Western Circle Explorer from Vancouver
A grand circle through Canada's mountain West! Experience the pampering of VIA Rail's Sleeper Touring class aboard 'The Canadian' from Vancouver to Jasper.
A grand circle through Canada's mountain West! Experience the pampering of VIA Rail's Sleeper Touring class aboard 'The Canadian' from Vancouver to Jasper. Then explore off-rail in a luxury motorcoach as you travel through the amazing Canadian Rockies back to Vancouver. This independent vacation hits all the highlights and still gives lots of time to relax
Highlights and Inclusions
- 6 nights hotel accommodation
- 1 night aboard VIA Rail in Sleeper Plus Class
- 6 meals ( 2 breakfasts, 4 lunches)
- Explore Jasper Tour
- Icefield Parkway & Glacier Experience from Jasper to Banff
- Explore Banff Tour
- Kelowna Wine Tasting
- Transfer from Jasper Train Station to Jasper Hotel
- Banff to Lake Louise
- Glacier Skywalk
- National Park entrance fees
- Hotel luggage handling
Day 1 - VIA Rail's Canadian from Vancouver to Jasper
Transfer to VIA Rail Station on your own. Your vacation begins with an evening departure from Vancouver on VIA Rail's Canadian 'Sleeper Touring' service, with Dome and classic dining car. Overnight train.
Day 2 - Arriving in Jasper
In the early morning you will enter the Canadian Rockies, traveling in daylight to the resort town of Jasper. Winding through the Yellowhead Pass, view Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Jasper in mid-afternoon to begin a 2 night stay. Overnight Jasper.
Day 3 - Discovering Jasper
Experience Jasper National Park through the travels of the early explorers and view the unspoiled grandeur! A morning excursion will begin along the mighty Athabasca Canadian Heritage River, learning about David Thompson and the valley ecosystem. Travel above Maligne Canyon, with its narrow gorge and limestone walls created by 10,000 years of water flow. Visit a place of mystery and Indian legend as you continue to Medicine Lake, where sometimes it actually disappears! On your adventure, you are sure to see a variety of mountain wildlife. The rest of the afternoon is free to shop and explore the townsite. Overnight Jasper.
Day 4 - Jasper to Banff Sightseeing
Tour the Icefields Parkway to Columbia Icefield. Enjoy an Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier and the newly opened Glacier Skywalk. In the afternoon continue along the Icefields Parkway to the alpine town of Banff. Overnight Banff.
Day 5 - Exploring Lake Louise and Banff
This morning, take the informative "Explore Banff" excursion with a visit to sights such as Bow Falls and the Banff Hoodoos. In the afternoon, transfer to Lake Louise for time to explore and enjoy this fabulous setting. Overnight Lake Louise.
Day 6 - Lake Louise to Kelowna
Today, depart Lake Louise and head into the province of British Columbia. Ascending Roger's Pass, the summit of Glacier National Park, this route follows the Canadian Pacific rail line all along the way. A lunch break (included) is made in the alpine town of Revelstoke, founded in 1880 when the CP Railroad was built through the area. Driving further south, the Trans Canada Highway travels past Craigellachie, the site of the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. This railway system connects Canada from coast to coast. Continue on your journey south into the famed wine region of the Okanagan Valley, through the town of Vernon, home of Silver Star ski area. The last stop of the day is at a local winery for an exclusive tour and educational wine tasting. Sample a variety of hand-crafted Okanagan wines in this unique and authentic setting.
Kelowna is the overnight destination and is the cosmopolitan and cultural centre of the Okanagan Valley, including five pristine golf courses, white sand beaches, orchards and Big White ski area, in addition to over a dozen local wineries. An evening arrival at your Kelowna hotel allows time for dinner (meal not included) and exploration of the lakefront. Overnight Kelowna. (L)
Day 7 - Kelowna to Vancouver
After a hearty breakfast (included), depart the Okanagan Valley on the Coquihalla highway which travels through the interior to the town of Merritt. There, time is allowed at the Visitor Centre to stretch and learn about this historic territory, one of the premier ranching settlements in British Columbia from 1880. Then follow the TransCanada Highway 1 along the Fraser River and connect with the Fraser Canyon. En route a stop is made at Hell's Gate, located in the scenic Fraser Canyon. You will descend smoothly from the highway level in one of two comfortable 25-passenger gondolas, and experience a breathtaking flight directly above the unique Hell's Gate fish ways, where two million sockeye salmon challenge the river each year on their epic journey to their inland spawning grounds. At the lower terminal, after a 152-metre descent across the canyon, there are observation points to view the mighty Fraser River, where at peak level, 200 million gallons of water per minute leap and surge through the 34-metre-wide gorge. Admission and lunch are included before your return trip up to the highway level.
Following lunch, connect with the mighty Fraser River (named after Simon Fraser, a fur trader who explored the area in 1808), a major salmon spawning route. Up to 10 million fish a year travel up to this waterway each fall to the exact stream bed of their birth where they will complete their life cycle by spawning and dying. This act, in turn, will attract and feed many predators such as eagles and bears who depend on this yearly feast to build body fat that will sustain them during the lean winter months ahead. On the last leg of your journey, you'll find yourself travelling through the lush Fraser delta region and then into downtown Vancouver, for a late afternoon arrival. Overnight Vancouver. (B)
Day 8 - Departing Vancouver
Check-out from your hotel this morning to end your Rockies Circle West vacation.
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include Chateau Jasper, Mount Royal Hotel, Deer Lodge, Manteo Resort, and the Renaissance Vancouver. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Touring Class semi-private berth. Meals are included onboard the train along with exclusive access to the Park car with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views.
Hotels include Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs, Delta Grand Okanagan, and Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Touring Class in a private cabin. Meals are included onboard the train along with exclusive access to the Park car with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities.
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Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and do not include 6% GST. Prices are in USD (converted as of 1/18/14) and are subject to currency fluctuations. Please note moderate accommodations include a semi-private berth in Sleeper Class aboard the train. Child prices are available upon request. All prices are subject to change.