If you were considering an overseas holiday next year, consider Canada, because getting there just got a whole lot easier.

It’s an integral part of each summer – wishing you could escape the heat to the other side of the world, most of which is currently more -40 degrees than 40 degrees. Does Canada always sound like a good idea at this time? Well, your snow-filled summer dreams could be more of a reality.

From June 2016, Air Canada is operating a new three times a week direct service between Vancouver and Brisbane.

The new service to be operated by Air Canada’s ultra-modern Boeing 787-8 will be the only direct service between the two cities, heralding a new beginning for Queensland and Canada.

The service will cut travel time between the two cities by five hours.

Julieanne Alroe, BAC CEO and Managing Director, said the new service will be great for Queensland travellers with Canada’s famously rugged and beautiful landscape now a direct flight away.

“Attracting international airlines to new destinations is hugely competitive and we’re thrilled to welcome Air Canada, one of North America’s leading airlines, which has committed its flagship aircraft to Queensland.

“We’ve been in negotiations for the past two years working in partnership with Air Canada, Vancouver Airport, Tourism and Events Queensland and Tourism Australia and the announcement of this new direct service between Brisbane and Vancouver is an achievement worth celebrating.

“Canadian travellers are at an all-time high to Queensland and, with the strong corporate links between our state and Canada due to the resource sector; I’d like to thank all of our partners who have helped make this happen and we look forward to working with Air Canada to make this service a success,” she said.

Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Air Canada continues to strategically expand its international network with the addition of our second Australian destination – Brisbane, complementing our year-round, daily flights from Sydney.

“The new Brisbane route increases our presence in the Asia-Pacific market at a time when trade and travel in the region and between North America is growing, with a further boost expected from the Trans-Pacific Partnership now under negotiation.

“The operating economics of the Dreamliner together with the support from the Queensland Government and Brisbane Airport have enabled us to launch the only year-round flights between Brisbane and Canada,” he said.

Mr O’Sullivan said Tourism Australia was looking forward to building demand for the new flights by working closely with Air Canada, Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane International Airport on a range of targeted marketing activities.

Air Canada’s service takes Brisbane Airport’s international network to 29 destinations spanning the Middle East, Asia, the South Pacific and North America.

Being the largest domestic airline in Canada, the service provides unparalleled connectivity to Air Canada’s domestic network of 64 Canadian cities, along with 52 destinations in the United States and 78 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America.