Tours in Canada

Canadian Rockies by Train

Discover the lush green western Canadian coast and the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies on a tour featuring VIA Rail's overnight train journey.

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$6,099PP
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DURATION
8 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Selected meals

About this holiday

VIA Rail

Climb aboard as VIA Rail’s The Canadian takes you between Vancouver and Jasper a once-in-a-lifetime overnight train journey. Relax in the dome car and experience panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes, rushing rivers and the sheer unspoiled wilderness of Canada. In Jasper and see the dramatic Maligne Canyon and its picture-perfect lake, where you enjoy breakfast with a view! Journey along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway. Stop at Columbia Icefield and choose from a Glacier Experience across this mass of glacier ice or take a walk on the Glacier Skywalk. Feel like royalty whilst overnighting in the region’s most elegant hotels and resorts. Discover the natural beauty of Moraine Lake, the powerful Bow Falls and impressive Hoodoos. Experience a day on a ranch in the Alberta plains, complete with a wagon ride in search of buffalo and a Barbecue lunch in the great outdoors.

Inclusions

  • See the dramatic Maligne Canyon, one of the area’s most spectacular landmarks.
  • At Athabasca Glacier, choose a ride on the glacier or walk on the Glacier Skywalk.
  • Behold spectacular Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks.
    • Experience the beautiful city of Vancouver with a sightseeing tour.
    • Witness spectacular views on your VIA Rail train ride.
    • Drive the unforgettable Icefields Parkway.
      • Enjoy breakfast at picture-perfect Maligne Lake.
      • Diner's Choice...select from a "menu" of Fairmont Banff Springs’ restaurants.
      • Diner's Choice...select from a "menu" of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s restaurants

Accommodation

Day 1               Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC or The Listel, Vancouver, BC

Day 2               VIA Rail's The Canadian, Vancouver, BC

Days 3, 4          Sawridge Inn, Jasper, AB or The Crimson, Jasper, AB or Chateau Jasper, Jasper, AB or Marmot Lodge, Jasper, AB or Lobstick Lodge, Jasper, AB

Day 5               Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, AB

Days 6, 7          Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, AB

Day 8               Westin Hotel, Calgary, AB

Travel dates

Multiple dates available, call for details.

Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver, British Columbia - Tour Begins

Join us for a remarkable journey through the stunning landscapes, charming towns and beautiful lakes of the Canadian Rockies. Your adventure opens in Vancouver. Mingle with your fellow travellers during a cocktail reception this evening.

Day 2: Vancouver - VIA Rail

A city tour of Vancouver begins this morning at beautiful Stanley Park, Canada’s renowned urban rainforest. Then, continue to Chinatown, the waterfront, and Gastown, a turn-of-the-century centre comprised of pubs, art galleries, boutiques and the world-famous steam-powered clock, perhaps the most photographed subject in all of Vancouver. Stroll picturesque Granville Island and its fascinating markets. Later, board VIA Rail’s The Canadian to begin your journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Relive train travel in the days of old as you are rocked to sleep tonight in your private accommodations. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 3: VIA Rail - Jasper, Alberta

Your eastbound train whisks you past the peaks of the Monashee Mountains and the stunning sight of Pyramid Falls cascading down Mt. Cheadle. Relax in the dome car as you experience 360-degree views of the glistening glaciers of the Albreda Icefields and on a clear day, view Mt. Robson – the highest peak of the Rockies! Moose, mountain goats, bear and caribou call this wonderland home. This afternoon, arrive in Jasper, nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies at the gateway to the incredible Icefields Parkway. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 4: Jasper

This morning we travel to Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies, and enjoy breakfast* against the backdrop of the picture-perfect sparkling waters of the lake. Whilst at Maligne Lake you may choose to embark on an optional cruise highlighting the beauty of Spirit Island. Later, enjoy the dramatic Maligne Canyon, one of the area’s most spectacular landmarks. Return to your hotel with time to independently explore this lovely town. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 5: Icefields Parkway-Glacier Experience or Glacier Skywalk-Lake Louise

Set off for a wonderful day of sightseeing en route to Lake Louise. Journey along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway! Waterfalls, rushing rivers, glacial peaks, imposing cliffs and snowcapped peaks paint the breathtaking canvas – so have your camera handy! Enjoy a stop at the Athabasca Falls and marvel at its sheer beauty and power. Then, it’s your choice! Stop at the Athabasca Glacier and choose a fun ride** across this mass of glacial ice which is over 1,000 feet thick – the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic Circle -OR- take a walk on the Glacier Skywalk to experience the breathtaking views of the Sunwapta Valley and witness the dramatic landscape from the glass-floored platform. Continuing down the parkway, be on the lookout for bears, furry marmots and stately elk. Enjoy a stop at Peyto Lake – a turquoise glacier-fed lake that evokes pure serenity – before arriving in Lake Louise. Enjoy a stay at the world-famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. This evening it’s Diner’s Choice...choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s great restaurants. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6: Lake Louise - Banff

En route to Banff, view the spectacular Moraine Lake and the awe-inspiring Valley of the Ten Peaks. The jagged Ten Peaks are distinctively saw-toothed, standing out amidst stunning alpine scenery. Arrive at the grand Fairmont Banff Springs, known as the “Castle in the Rockies,” for a luxurious 2-night stay. This evening it’s another Diner’s Choice...you’ll choose the perfect spot from one of the Fairmont Banff Springs’ great restaurants. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 7: Banff

Set off for a scenic drive through Banff featuring the powerful Bow Falls and Hoodoos – known as the “Land of the Sleeping Giants.” Next, meet a local ammolite specialist to learn about this rare gemstone found only in Alberta. During leisure time, perhaps you will take a stroll through Banff’s delightful downtown. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 8: Banff - Calgary

Leave the wonders of the Rockies for the prairies of Alberta en route to the Kananaskis Valley. Visit a local ranch where you can play a game of horseshoes, take a line dance lesson and enjoy a wagon ride** in search of buffalo. Meet the family that lives there to gain insight into their daily life on the ranch. Then, delight in a traditional Albertan barbecue with beautiful views of the mountains in the background. Later, enjoy the views of the prairies before you reach the vibrant city of Calgary. Tonight, join in a farewell toast celebrating the end of a memorable trip. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

Day 9: Calgary - Tour Ends

Your tour ends today in Calgary.

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