HIGHLIGHTS

This 10 days and 9 nights Trans Canadian rail & coach tour experience the famous train journey crossing the scenic lake lands of northern Ontario and across the prairies to the Canadian Rockies. You also tour the Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise, Kamloops and also get an opportunity to visit the Columbia ice field on the Athabasca glacier.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 TORONTO TO JASPER (RAIL)
This evening, check in at Toronto’s Union Station and board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ for the famous train journey across the prairies to the Canadian Rockies. Travel back in time to the days of classic rail travel. The original stainless steel ‘streamliner’ railcars, made famous by the ‘Canadian’ in the 1950’s, are totally refurbished with air conditioning, a café car, lounge car, and access for all on board to the dome car.

DAY 2 ON-BOARD VIA RAIL
Today is spent crossing the scenic lake lands of northern Ontario.
(breakfast, lunch & dinner is included today)

DAY 3 ON-BOARD VIA RAIL
Continue west through the provinces of Northern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the breadbasket of Canada with its golden wheat fields stretching as far as the eye can see.
(breakfast, lunch & dinner is included today)

DAY 4 ARRIVE JASPER (RAIL)
This morning awake to arrive in the city of Edmonton, Alberta, after a brief stop continue on for the final leg of your rail journey to Jasper. This small alpine community located in the majestic Canadian Rockies will be home for the next 2 nights.
(breakfast is included today)

DAY 5 EVENING WILDLIFE TOUR
Today is at your leisure to enjoy the spectacular wonders of Jasper. This evening experience the Jasper Wonderland for some amazing close-up photo opportunities of wildlife. Destinations can include the Maligne Valley and the Pyramid Bench (with its beaver ponds).

DAY 6 JASPER TO LAKE LOUISE (COACH)
Travel by coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America – the Icefields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefield that covers an area of nearly 325 sq km and reaches a depth of 320 metres. Time allows for an Ice Explorer ride (included) on the Athabasca Glacier. Along the way stops will be made at Bow & Peyto Lakes, the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This highway is renowned for sightings of bears, elk, moose & mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy. Please note: mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid June.
(picnic lunch included)

DAY 7 LAKE LOUISE TO BANFF (COACH)
Depart Lake Louise mid-morning for a short drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Banff, arriving midday.

DAY 8 MORNING SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF BANFF
This morning, tour through the town of Banff and its environs. Among the highlights are visits to the Hoodoos (shaped by centuries of wind), Surprise Corner, Sulphur Mountain (gondola ride included), and Tunnel Mountain Drive, which overlooks the splendour of Bow Valley and the Cave and Basin where Banff‘s history began. Enjoy the afternoon on your own to explore this charming resort.

DAY 9 BANFF TO KAMLOOPS (RAIL)
All aboard Rocky Mountaineer for the scenic rail journey to Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia. As the train crosses over the continental divide you pass through the spiral tunnels in Yoho National Park, a remarkable engineering achievement. Continue on through the Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park with endless views of snow capped mountains and stunning glaciers.
(breakfast & lunch is included today)

DAY 10 KAMLOOPS TO VANCOUVER (RAIL)
Re-board the train and follow the Thompson River through Ashcroft – one of Canada’s driest towns (with an average rainfall of just 18 centimetres). Pass through Rainbow Canyon with its cliffs striped with pinks, greens and greys creating a stunning effect. The last leg of the journey takes you through the lush farming region of the Fraser Valley to arrive in the pacific port of Vancouver late afternoon.
(breakfast & lunch is included today)

INCLUSIONS

Features:

  • Hotel accommodation including provincial taxes for 6 nights
  • Rocky Mountaineer Red Leaf Service between Banff and Vancouver (Gold Leaf Service
    Upgrade supplement available)
  • Via Rail onboard accommodation for 3 nights
  • Taxi transfers in Banff & Jasper
  • Wildlife tour in Jasper
  • Sightseeing full day transfer tour from Jasper to Lake Louise with picnic lunch included
  • Schedule coach transfer from Lake Louise to Banff
  • Sightseeing tour of Banff
  • Sulphur Mountain gondola ride
  • Ice Explorer ride onto Athabasca Glacier weather permitting
  • National Park fees
  • 381 page Canada Guide & Rand McNally Canada Map
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

ACCOMMODATIONS

Deluxe:

* Kamloops – Moderate Hotel(Provided by Rocky Mountaineer)
* Banff – Banff Caribou Lodge (Standard Room)
* Lake Louise – Deer Lodge (Heritage Room)
* Jasper – Sawridge Inn (Standard Room)
* Via Rail (Private Bedroom)

Fairmont Deluxe:

* Kamloops – Moderate Hotel (Provided by Rocky Mountaineer)
* Banff – Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (Fairmont Room)
* Lake Louise – Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Room)
* Jasper – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Fairmont Room)
* Via Rail (Private Bedroom)

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OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS

The following optional excursions are examples only for this tour. These optional excursions might or might not be available. We include the must-see sites and experiences in the basic tour, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability of these optional exursions is subject to availability, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation.

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