Testimonials

Making new friends and creating lasting memories! A look at a few of the testimonials from our past guests helps solidify our status as a reliable company. Nagel Tours is proud to have an extremely high percentage of repeat clientele that have joined our Frequent Traveller Loyalty Program, which allows you to accumulate membership rewards that help you reduce the cost of future trips. Frequent travellers are the basis of our success, and we always look forward to seeing familiar faces!

British Columbia Circle – Inside Passage and Skeena Train – September 2011

Wakeup call today is at 7 o’clock
It may come to you as quite a shock
Brush your teeth and comb your hair
Soon we’re on the road without a care

Nina, our guide, so full of knowledge
I wonder where she went to college
Walking the aisle she counts one and all
There’s never a need to shout or call

Say good morning and climb aboard the bus
Our driver Kenny we have learned to trust
The day is warm and the sun is bright
There’s never a need to miss any great sight

The range of mountains is always in view
High walls and deep valley are scary too
The rushing rivers and crevices so deep
I’m sure that no one nods off to sleep

Soon we are close to the ocean so wide
I want to keep someone close to my side
This was the first week in early September
I know it’s a time we’ll always remember

Composed by: Barb and Lloyd Gonie, Pierceland, SK

British Columbia Skeena Train – August 2017

Tour left Edmonton with anticipation of exciting events ahead
Travelling along, picking up passengers, tour director was well read
Tour soon came to Banff, only town incorporated in a National Park
Incredible scenery, seen many times by some, on others left its mark

Saw Three Sisters, Castle Mountain, and Kicking Horse Pass
Stopped at Spiral Tunnels, marvelous feat, no trains alas!
Travelled through Rogers Pass, completed in nineteen sixty-three
Had time change, Mountain to Pacific Daylight, an extra hour Whoopee!

Three Valley Gap Chateau welcomed tour with a delicious BBQ dinner
Tour of Ghost Town, comfortable digs, friendly hospitality – a real winner
Aberdeen Mall, Kamloops, was lunch stop next day – time to SHOP!
Hope, home of chain saw carvings, magnificent work, was tour’s next stop

New Westminster, Inn at the Quay was the day’s overnight stay
Tour ferried from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo, smooth sailing all the way
Had a break in Campbell River to buy snacks for long ferry ride next day
Arrived at Port Hardy for overnight stay, up early, early for trip to the Bay

Boarded Northern Explorer for long voyage ahead, a bunch of sleepy heads
Got key for Aurora Lounge where we could relax, some took a cabin, with beds
Sailing to Bella Bella, saw the salmon jump, water was very calm
Saw porpoises, whales, a seal, lighthouses, islands, trees but no Palm

Highlight for some was a visit to the bridge – very informative
Prestige in Prince Rupert, for two nights is where we did live
Visited Sunken Garden, Port Interpretive Centre, Museum of Northern BC
North Pacific Cannery, had lunch at Cow Bay, halibut from the sea

Prince Rupert was Halibut Capital of the World, we tasted the local fare
Weather was wet, poured rain all day, as only it can do up there
Next day rain had let up, passenger’s spirits were revived
Long ferry ride over, time for a new adventure had arrived

Skeena Train was in operation and we went along for the ride
Snacks provided, three meals served at our seats VIA Rail pride
Access to the Dome car from which you could see all around
Travelling the rails to Vanderhoof town, the tour was bound

Different route than the highway, scenery from a different view
Passed communities, canyons, lumber mills, crossed rivers too
Made several stops on a siding, freight trains have priority
Magnificent experience, exhilarating according to majority

At Vanderhoof, train was met by our bus to continue the day
Sandman Inn & Suites. Prince George was tour’s overnight stay
Lunch and group picture next day at Mt. Robson Provincial Park
Saw stand of pine beetle infestation, beetles burrow under the bark

Driving tour of Jasper, then off to Hinton for the overnight stop
Farewell Dinner at Holiday Inn was excellent, service was over the top
Homeward bound next day, morning break at Niton – neat little spot
At Edmonton Inn new Friends were bid farewell, there were a lot

Lunch was in Ponoka where we bid farewell to two more
In Red Deer, home of Red Deer College, tour dropped off four
Onward tour travelled dropping off passengers here and there
Tour ended at Calgary with last drop-offs without fanfare

Three modes of transportation – motorcoach, ferry and train
Nagel has put together an exciting tour once again

Composed by: Vickie Murphy, Airdrie, AB

Christmas In Victoria-December 2018

Tour originated in Calgary, home of Harvey the Hound
It was Christmas in charming, scenic Victoria bound
Northward on Hwy 2, 2A, to Edmonton for hosted lunch
Picked up passengers along the way, all ready to munch

Travelled Yellowhead #16 to Tête Jaune Cache, then south on #5
Passengers became acquainted, talking, laughing, busy like a beehive
By-passed many communities, Gainford, Entwistle, and Edson
Overnighted at Best Western in Valemount, first long day was done

Valemount has one newspaper “Rocky Mountain Goat News”
Saw frozen waterfalls, outcroppings, much snow, scenic views
Avola is site of a protected habitat for spawning salmon
Clearwater lies in the river valley of the North Thompson

Lunched in Kamloops, known as “Canada’s Tournament Capital”
Travelled Coquihalla Highway, lots of snow, but saw no animal
Joined Trans-Canada at Hope, site of chainsaw carvings of wood
In New Westminster, saw intricate lighting of tree tops, with hood

Up early, boarded the coach, eager to begin the new day
Uh-oh! coach wouldn’t start, stranded we were, by the bay
Wonderful!  Nagel found us a comfortable replacement ride
Onward to ferry terminal to wait for sailing to Island side

Chemainus had NO POWER, no stay there, no theatre show
Plan changes were made, and we rallied like an old pro
To Victoria we travelled, lodged at Huntingdon Manor
Had dinner at Old Spaghetti Factory, in Inner Harbour core

Street lamps were adorned with wreaths, stars and red globes
Legislative Buildings were dressed in red and green robes
Inner Harbour was decorated with colourful lights aglow
The City, as a whole, put on a spectacular Christmas show

Saw Festival of Trees, an Imax show, had a City tour with guide
Snow-capped Mt. Baker was seen across the Strait, sunset beside
Enjoyed Christmas Eve dinner at Pendray Inn, at end of busy day
Everyone was in a festive mood, talking, laughing, all seemed A-OK

Christmas Day dawned bright and clear, no signs of snow or rain
Ate brunch at the Manor, variety of food, no fear of weight gain
After brunch went to tour guide’s suite to get a gift from under the tree
Everyone received a white Christmas bear and some form of candy

Enjoyed Traditional Christmas dinner at Pendray Inn, good food and cheer
Returned to the Manor, festivity and spirituality over for another year
Boxing Day travelled to Butterfly Gardens, saw flamingoes, turtles and fish
Then, off to Butchart Gardens for Festive High Tea – what a dish!

We hunted for the Twelve Days of Christmas displays – very artfully done
Watched the skaters, listened to the carollers, and brass band – it was fun
Rode the carousel around, talked and laughed, enjoyed it like a kid
When the lights came on we feasted our eyes on an amazing vid

Colours of blue, pink, green, orange, yellow, purple and red in Sunken Garden
Colourful dragon fountain, trees wrapped in white lights, colour in the open
One word cannot describe the sights we saw, they were Awesome Plus!
Still awed, but tired, we walked to parking lot and boarded the bus

We travelled back to Victoria, our last night on Vancouver Island
Ferried to mainland, a Nagel coach awaited us – give Nagel a hand
Reversed route from Calgary, overnighted in Kamloops at a Doubletree
No restaurant on site, our tour guide hosted a yummy Pizza Party

Northward on #5 to Barriere – area long occupied by the Simpcw
Saw pine trees cascading down mountainsides, covered with snow
Blue River is a community with least amount of wind in Nation
Half-way between Kamloops and Jasper, 280 residents is population

Saw some trees with spidery frost patterns, tree density was getting thinner
Jasper began as “Tent City” in 1915, Hinton was site of Farewell Dinner
Morning break was in community of 38 residents, Niton Junction
Home-going today, good-byes and well-wishing has begun

Dropped passengers in Edmonton, Leduc, Wetaskiwin and Red Deer
Rest went south, on to Calgary, where the coach reversed gear
Returned to Edmonton, home office of Nagel Tours is here
KUDOS to Nagel for a wonderful tour, problems resolved when they did appear.

Composed by: Vickie Murphy, Airdrie, AB

Cross Canada by Motorcoach – September 2018

I recently travelled on this tour with your company.  The trip was wonderful, comfortable and most enjoyable.  I am a Homesteader daughter and wanted to see my country which I had not travelled east of Winnipeg.  I also wanted to visit the New England states of the USA.  You allowed this to happen for me and I thank you very much.

Our Driver, Eric Longbottom, and Tour Director, Connie Hendrickson, were wonderful.  I have travelled with Nagel Tours 3 times and you are professional people!

I enjoyed my trip to the fullest and thank your company for providing a service for us seniors to be able to make our dreams come true.  Thanks a Million!

Testimonial: Reta Shumlanski, Hudson Bay, SK

Cross Canada by Motorcoach – September 12 2017

Two more days and we’ll be home
Rest our eyes and our bones
Spent all our money we know
In Cross Canada tour we go

We had great fun and many miles we went
Lots of history and pretty scenes we saw
Many laughs and jokes were told
With bus driver Ray and tour guide Connie
Tried their best to keep us on our way
And not one got lead astray
Rocks and water and Niagara Falls too
Quebec City and Montreal too
Beautiful flowers everywhere
Lovely trees dressed for fall
PEI and Anne of Green Gables
Many other sights to see
Rideau Canal and ferry rides
Also drove by huge lakesides
And a little bit of USA too
Many churches and beautiful homes galore
Weather was great we asked for
Now we go home with many memories to share
Saskatchewan and Alberta we are home
So long, it’s been good to know you

Composed by: Carol Hurley, Oyen, AB

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