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 - Vancouver
Upon arrival at the Vancouver International Airport transfer independently, by city transit service, limousine or taxi to downtown Vancouver (transfer not included). This evening, visit Vancouver's newest attraction, Fly Over Canada (included). At its core, Fly Over Canada is a breathtaking, all-ages, flight simulation ride like no other! You will take off into a huge dome screen with the latest in projection and ride technology creating a true flying experience (complete with wind, scents, and mist!). Overnight in Vancouver
Day 2 - VIA Rail to Jasper
Spend the day at leisure exploring the city. Take an optional tour of the city, walk along the sea wall or perhaps visit the Vancouver Aquarium This evening, transfer by taxi (included) to Vancouver's Pacific Central Station and board VIA Rail's “Canadian” for your journey to Jasper. This experience, with its award-winning service, is luxury on rail. Points of interest include Hell's Gate (gorge), Suicide Rapids in the North Thompson Canyon, and the Cisco Tunnels above the Fraser River. Please note that dinner is not included onboard the train this evening. Overnight onboard VIA Rail
Day 3 - Jasper
Today, travel between the Monashee and Cariboo mountain ranges before ending the train journey in the resort town of Jasper. Breakfast and lunch are included onboard the train today. Upon arrival at the Jasper train station, a motor coach or taxi will transfer you to your hotel (transfer included). Overnight in Jasper. (B, L)
Day 4 - Jasper
Experience Jasper National Park through the travels of the early explorers and view the unspoiled grandeur! This morning's excursion will begin along the mighty Athabasca, learning about David Thompson and the valley ecosystem. En-route to Maligne Lake learn of the local Native legends of the mysterious Medicine Lake with its disappearing waters! On your adventure, you are sure to see a variety of mountain wildlife. Overnight in Jasper.
Day 5 - Jasper to Banff
Today's journey travels south along the famous Icefields Parkway, one of the most spectacular highways in North America. This excursion to Lake Louise also takes you through Jasper and Banff National Parks with stops at the newly opened Glacier Skywalk and the Columbia Icefield. The Glacier Skywalk is Jasper National Parks' newest attraction (admission included). Winner of the 2011 World Architecture Future Projects award, the Glacier Skywalk consists of a 400 metre interpretive boardwalk and a glass-floored observation platform extending 30 metres out over the Sunwapta Valley. The walkway contains interpretive stations highlighting the ecology, geology, glaciology, Aboriginal history and social history of the area. Only a few minutes down the road at the Columbia Icefield, board a Brewster Ice Explorer and travel onto the icy slopes of the Athabasca Glacier. This excursion allows you to travel in a specially designed Brewster Ice Explorer to the middle of the glacier while the driver/guide explains how the glaciers are formed and points out interesting geological features (Ice Explorer included). The ice is 365 metres (1,200 feet) thick - about the height of the Empire State Building. At the icefall below the glacial headwall, take the option of stepping out onto the ice formed from snow that fell 400 years ago. After your unique ice adventure, time is allowed at the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre, to relax over lunch (included) and visit the new and expanded Parks Canada Interpretive Centre. In the afternoon, continue to Lake Louise, the “Jewel of the Rockies” and, after a brief photo stop, drive to the resort town of Banff. Overnight in Banff. (L)
Day 6 - Banff to Lake Louise
This half day excursion tours through the town of Banff and its environs. Take a ride on a gondola car (included) to the peak of Sulphur Mountain for a 360 degree view of the Banff Town site and the Bow Valley. Visit Bow Falls before ascending Tunnel Mountain Drive to view Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos, overlooking the Bow River. Continue to Lake Minnewanka, the largest lake in Banff National Park. At Lake Minnewanka enjoy an hour long cruise (included) beneath the jagged peaks of Mount Aylmer and Mount Inglismaldie. Big horn sheep, deer and eagles are often spotted at the water's edge. Return to Banff via Minnewanka Loop with a stop at Two Jack Lake. This afternoon, transfer (included) to Lake Louise, where the remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Lake Louise
Day 7 - Lake Louise to Sun Peaks
Depart Lake Louise and head west into the province of British Columbia as the highway ascends through the spectacular untouched wilderness of Rogers's Pass. Stop for lunch in the alpine town of Revelstoke. After lunch, continue on your journey. The landscape transitions from rugged peaks to forested hills and expansive lakes. Continue through the desert-like hills surrounding Kamloops, as the road climbs through the Shuswap Highlands into the mountain region of Sun Peaks.
Upon arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure in the quaint mountain village of Sun Peaks. Choose from several cafes in the village for dinner and refreshments. Enjoy an evening stroll and keep your eye out for wildlife photo opportunities. Sun Peaks residents share this beautiful mountain village with many furry friends.
Overnight in Sun Peaks (L)
Day 8 - Sun Peaks to Vancouver
Continue your journey toward Vancouver passing from forested mountains to the dramatic desert scenery of British Columbia's cowboy country. Follow the Thompson River Valley through Spences Bridge, a small town established during the Cariboo Gold rush of the 1850's. Continue south toward Hell's Gate and the spectacular Fraser Canyon. Lunch and a tram ride at Hell's Gate offers a chance to witness the power of water as it churns and pushes through the narrow Hell's Gate gorge. Following lunch, wind along the mighty Fraser River through lush pastoral valleys, passing into the urban centres of Abbotsford, Langley, and Surrey. Conclude in the coastal city of Vancouver surrounded by spectacular ocean views and the impressive peaks of the Coast Mountains. Arrive into Vancouver in the afternoon. Overnight in Vancouver. (L)
Day 9 - Vancouver Departure
Transfer from your hotel to Vancouver International Airport (transfer not included) for your homeward or onward flight by taxi or limousine.
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include Sheraton Wall Centre, Chateau Jasper, Mount Royal Hotel, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise & moderate hotel accommodations in Sun Peaks. 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 The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, The Fairmont Banff Springs, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise & moderate hotel accommodations in Sun Peaks. 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.
Dates & Prices
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|5th May 2016||$2,843||Please call for availability.|
|26th May 2016||$3,122||Book Now|
|23rd June 2016||$3,437||Book Now|
|1st September 2016||$3,409||Book Now|
|22nd September 2016||$3,409||Book Now|
|5th May 2016||$3,709||Please call for availability.|
|26th May 2016||$4,083||Book Now|
|23rd June 2016||$4,526||Book Now|
|1st September 2016||$4,495||Book Now|
|22nd September 2016||$4,212||Book Now|
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Moderate: Departs 5th May 2016 from $2,843 - Please call for availability 26th May 2016 ($3,122), 23rd June 2016 ($3,437), 1st September 2016 ($3,409), 22nd September 2016 ($3,409)
Deluxe: Departs 5th May 2016 from $3,709 - Please call for availability 26th May 2016 ($4,083), 23rd June 2016 ($4,526), 1st September 2016 ($4,495), 22nd September 2016 ($4,212)
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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.