We are Passionate about Travel.

Ellison Travel & Tours is a full-service agency that provides committed customer care for your travel needs.

Ellison Travel’s four divisions, Student Travel, Customized Groups, Vacations & Cruises & Business Travel work together sharing knowledge and experience, a cross-over that works to your advantage.


Customized Group Travel

Vacations & Cruises


Our Beginnings

In 1980 Doug Ellison, President and CEO of Ellison Travel & Tours, opened his travel company in a small office in the Exeter Town Hall with 2 employees. Today, we employ over 90 people in 7 locations, Exeter, London, North Vancouver, Ottawa, Halifax, Toronto and Calgary. Prior to opening Ellison Travel & Tours, Doug spent 14 years in education at the high school level.  As a teacher, he organized school trips for students which sparked his interest in travel and he has never looked back. Ellison Travel & Tours is one of the largest Canadian owned travel agencies in Canada yet has all the advantages of a small-town business: friendly, personal attention, long-serving employees and a superior level of expertise and service.

Opening minds and hearts through travel

OUR MISSION: To provide a seamless travel experience at great value for our clients, while investing
in continuous growth and development of our people and processes.

At Ellison, we live up to our international reputation through our commitment to customer care, value for your dollar and risk management – before, during and after your travel experience.

Education is the foundation that Doug Ellison built this business on when he opened in 1980. Every day, we honour the importance of lifelong learning through travel, through sharing our wealth of industry knowledge, and continuous learning and professional development.

At Ellison, we do the right thing. We do what we say, and say what we do.

Ellison Travel is committed to sustainable travel, business and community. We strive to be responsible global citizens – socially and environmentally conscious of our precious planet, its people and its resources.

We value the continuous improvement of ourselves, our business and its technology and processes. We recognize that ongoing adaptation is vital to our continued personal and business growth and success

Our success is built on our trusted relationships – with our employees, our clients, suppliers and partners. We are bigger than ourselves!

Our Commitment

The Terry Fox Run is an annual event at Ellison Travel since Doug organized the first run in Exeter in 1982.  Ellison is proud to support the Terry Fox Foundation in its ongoing work to fund innovative and progressive cancer research programs and each year Ellison employees from coast to coast lace up to join the run, all with the common goal to “make cancer history”.
The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) supports community-level organizations that are turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, orphans, grandmothers and people living with HIV and AIDS. Ellison Travel & Tours has sponsored flights for a children’s choir from Africa to perform in London, ON while on tour in North America to create awareness and we continue to participate in other local fundraising projects in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
One Care Home and Community Support Services is a leading not-for-profit health care agency providing quality community support services, supportive housing services in Huron County and personal support/homemaking in Huron and Perth Counties and surrounding areas.  Ellison Travel & Tours’ employees share a Christmas tradition of raising funds at our annual Christmas party in support of One Care.
Ellison Travel & Tours’ Annual Charity Golf Classic began in 1997 and since has raised over $150,000 for charities both local and national including Huron Country Playhouse/Blyth Festival/Ausable Bayfield Conservation Area/Community Living/London Regional Cancer Centre/Children’s Health Foundation/Make-A-Wish Foundation/2001 Summer Games/Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of Canada/Canadian Cancer Society/Relay For Life/Parkinson Foundation of Canada/Huntington Society of Canada/MS Society of Canada/Haiti Relief/Habitat for Humanity/Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  In 2016, our 20th annual tournament supported the Huntington Society, Me to We and two local Syrian refugee families.   The Ellison Charity Golf Tournament ended after 20 years and we continue to support charities through the locally run tournament.
Ellison Travel’s community support extends to South Huron Hospital Campaign/Goderich Medical Clinic/Optimist Club/Kinsmen/Lions Club/Rotary/Big Brothers & Big Sisters/Midwestern Adult Day Centre/Foundation for Education/Goderich Tornado Relief/Bach Festival of Canada/Jessica’s House Residential Hospice, to name a few.
In 2020 Ellison Travel & Tours celebrates 40 years in travel and as a thank you to our clients and suppliers we organized a gala event and fundraising auction with a goal to raise $40,000 for 4 charities: London Children’s Health Foundation, Huntington Society of Canada, Terry Fox Run and a global charity to be named to replace We Charity which has closed Canadian operations.  The event was cancelled due to COVID-19 and will be held on March 17, 2022 which is the 40th anniversary of the Ellison Travel & Tours name.


Our Youth – Our Future

Ellison Travel Student Scholarship

Ellison Travel awards four $500 student scholarships for post-secondary education through a contest whereby secondary students in their final year of high school submit a photo from a tour they have travelled on with Ellison Travel. We look forward  to awarding these scholarships once again when it is safe for students to travel.

Ellison Travel & Tours MusicFest Canada Scholarship

As a sponsor of Musicfest Canada, Ellison Travel & Tours appreciates the value of this exceptional festival and in 2007 began granting cash awards at the festival as chosen by a panel of esteemed festival adjudicators.  We look forward to a festival year when students will again travel to the Nationals as we offer Ellison Travel Outstanding Chorister Scholarship  & Ellison Travel Vocal Scholarship.

SYTA Youth Foundation

The SYTA Youth Foundation provides student/youth financial resources and programming through travel experiences that impact the lives of tomorrow’s global citizens. The purpose of the Foundation is to design and implement programs that “Give Something Back” to student and youth travellers. The goal is simple – to raise money for students to travel with their schools or youth organizations. Ellison Travel & Tours is proud to be a founding sponsor.

Mary Lynn Higgins Youth Fund

Mary Lynn Higgins Youth Fund provides travel scholarships to students at the elementary and secondary school level. These scholarships are awarded to students in good standing who would otherwise not be able to travel with their class due to financial restrictions. 95% of the recipients are under the age of 13 and due to circumstances out of their control, the financial resources for their educational school trip are not available. They are students who are dedicated in school, are active in fundraising efforts and volunteer in the school community. Sponsoring these students to attend their class trip provides inclusion and boosts self-esteem ensuring equality in education beyond the classroom.  Ellison Travel & Tours is proud to be a charter sponsor.

Responsible Travel

Ellison Travel is committed to sustainable travel, business and community. We strive to be responsible global citizens – socially and environmentally conscious of our precious planet, its people and its resources. We are acutely aware of the powerful impact our business has on not only our travellers but the environment, people, and communities that we visit. We have the responsibility to leave a positive impact by supporting the well-being of local economies, partnering with responsible travel providers and charity organizations who share our values, and reducing our footprint where possible. As a business, we strive to ensure an inclusive and equitable environment for our staff, and promote the importance of well-being of our people, of our local economy and the broader community. Giving back to the causes we believe in, as well as our local community businesses is ingrained in who we are. Further, we are committed to leading by example.

Ellison Travel & Tours is a proud member and supporter of Sustainable Travel International.

Our Team

The success of this global company is due in part to investment in our team. Ellison Travel employees are provided with quality training and support and as a result are a team of dedicated and talented individuals who listening carefully to their clients and develop solutions that meet or exceed customer expectations.

Travel to destinations where we plan tours to is an essential element of our training.  Our travel consultants and group planners visit parts of the world unknown by many.

As technology is constantly evolving, so is the team at Ellison, updating our skills and knowledge to keep up with the ever-changing travel industry and to better serve you, our valued clients. To a large extent it is the dedication, energy and commitment of our team to our clients and each other that inspires each of us to achieve in a fast-paced and challenging market.