Christmas is inching closer, and we’re all looking for the perfect gift. Something they’ll really appreciate. Something that shows how much we care. Something they’ll remember forever. Over the years, I’ve come to realize that memories are so much more valuable than mere “stuff.” Experiences like a road trip with the family, learning something new, or checking off that once in a lifetime experience from your bucket list – those are the kinds of things that create memories that last.
If you’re on the hunt for a unique and unforgettable gift this Christmas, check out the gift experiences at Breakaway Experiences! Since 2014, Breakaway Experiences has been offering once-in-a-lifetime and bucket list experiences, from pampering spa experiences and gourmet food tours, to outdoor adventures like stock car racing and flying lessons.
The times have changed, and so has gift-giving. Breakaway Experiences’ website makes it astonishingly easy to pick the perfect gift experience online so you never have to worry about leaving your shopping too late again. You can buy your gift experience at any time – even in your pyjamas! – and they’ll never know. Print out a certificate and slip it in a greeting card or email it directly to friends and family.
Breakaway has over one thousand gift experiences for individuals, couples, and families all across Canada, from Vancouver Island to St. John’s. Whether you’re looking for something romantic or thrilling, challenging or relaxing, you can find it here. Here’s a small selection of just a few of the experiences you can find at Breakaway Experiences, perfect for gift giving this holiday season!
The Chef & The Dish Cooking Class is a kitchen to kitchen culinary experience. Get step-by-step coaching and cooking tips from chefs for a private, one-to-one cooking class, all live via Skype. Choose from dozens of cooking classes like Paella, Jambalaya, Clam Chowder, Gumbo, Pad Thai, Gyoza, Singaporean Chicken Rice, Massaman Curry, Maki Sushi Rolls, Cashew Chicken and Tom Yum, Baklava, and so much more. Available in any kitchen, anywhere. $399 for 2 people
Slide behind the wheel of a race primed stock car for a high octane, adrenaline fueled NASCAR style stock car racing experience. See for yourself the speed and power that these machines bring to the table. Strap in, buckle up, and hang on for the ride of your life! Available in Agassiz, Medicine Hat, Saskatoon, Delaware, Millgrove, Peterborough, Fredericton, Antigonish, and Halifax. From $65
Learn how to swim through the water like a mermaid in this fun and dynamic 60-minute aqua-fitness class. Adults and kids can learn different synchronized swimming techniques to get you feeling like a beautiful mermaid. Available in Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City. $60
Are you ready for an adventure? Using logic, determination and teamwork, solve interactive scavenger hunt style mysteries while discovering the history and hidden facts about your city. Breakaway Experiences’ Clue Solving Adventures are great experience gifts for the puzzle solving adventurers in your life and make a great day out with the family. Available in Victoria, Vancouver, Nelson, Banff, Canmore, Calgary, Cochrane, Edmonton, and Crowsnest Pass. From $59 for up to 4 people
Take to the skies for a tour that will show Whistler and Blackcomb mountains from a unique perspective. Experience breath-taking views as you fly across alpine lakes, glaciers, and over the mountains surrounding Whistler. From $179 per person
See magnificent bald eagles in their winter habitat as you enjoy a gentle float down the Squamish and Cheakamus to witness the spectacular natural phenomenon that is the world’s largest gathering of bald eagles coming to feast on spawning wild salmon. $79-$119
Discover the wines of Cowichan Valley on this tour from Victoria. Spend a fun day sampling and sipping your way through three wineries along the Vancouver Island wine route in the Cowichan Valley. $120
Discover the mouth-watering flavors of some of the best places to eat in Vancouver’s Gastown and become immersed in an exciting cultural Vancouver food tour unlike any other. Experience the savory tastes, sounds, and sights of Gastown’s many superb eateries, pubs, and shops. $69
Discover the “spirit” of Edmonton’s craft distillery scene with a tour of 2 urban distilleries, each with their own unique origin story, and sample a variety of spirits crafted from locally-grown botanicals and grains. $95
Experience spectacular views as your guide leads you through a maze of colossal pillars of ice and surreal sculptures along a series of catwalks to breathtaking frozen waterfalls. It is no surprise the Canadian Tourism Commission has awarded this Johnston Canyon Icewalk as a Canadian Signature Experience. $74
Don your best ugly holiday sweater and join a special Niagara-on-the-Lake guided walking food tour. Stroll through Old Town clad in your ugly Christmas sweater as you discover eateries with tasty culinary delights and specialty boutiques where you’ll find unique gifts. $60
Experience the healing power of aromatherapy combined with the therapeutic benefits of a massage in luxury couple’s suite. Novo Spa, a premier urban retreat spa in Toronto’s stylish Yorkville neighborhood, will cater to your wellness needs with this luxurious couple massage. $291
Treat them to a truly amazing driving experience and realize their dream of racing a Exotic Car or Supercar on a real racing circuit! Choose from over 10 Super Cars and Exotic Cars for an unforgettable drive around a professional racetrack with no speed limits. Available in Toronto (Bowmanville) and London (Grand Bend). From $119
Discover the sweet side of the city on Toronto’s Ultimate Chocolate Tour. Join your expert guide on a stroll through the classy neighbourhoods of King West, Queen West and Dundas West and sample chocolaty sweets from 6 unique stores. $35-49
This unique experience offers a chance to visit a real forge and be guided in the art of making your very own vintage style 1920’s golf putter. From this blacksmith class, you will get a sense of the trade and its history while enjoying the artistry of the craft. $195
Enjoy a romantic helicopter flight with dinner over Mont-Tremblant. This private helicopter tour will fly you over the beautiful Laurentians and land at the restaurant for a superb candlelit dinner, overlooking the mountain or the lake and sunset. $249 per person
This is your chance to indulge in the best of Nova Scotia Wine Country while spending a day relaxing in the Annapolis Valley. Discover the best kept secrets of this wine region with a passionate, informed guide who will introduce you to the wines, the wineries and the local stories behind them. Enjoy an afternoon of sightseeing and wine tasting at 3 unique wineries completed with a picnic cheese tasting.$77-$85
Take a tour through charming downtown St. John’s stopping at a variety of historic landmarks and must visit eateries. Your guide will take you to five locally owned restaurants and cafés along Water Street and Duckworth Street for a delicious sampling from each of their tasty menus. Along the while you’ll be entertained with historical accounts of times gone by, along with insider information about the ever-changing downtown scene! $75
With over 1000 experiences to choose from, there’s something for everyone! Browse by activity type, province, occasion, or gift recipient.
Not sure which experience to get? You can buy a gift certificate online then print it out and slip in a greeting card, or schedule it to be emailed to your gift recipient at the time and date you choose. There’s no need for a gift receipt – any experience can be exchanged for its full value toward another experience. Gift certificates can be used as currency towards anything on the website, and they never expire.
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