Pacific Northwest Rail Journey
Canada's Pacific Northwest awaits you on this 8-day train tour that combines coastal cities, the Canadian Rockies, the lakes and prairies of central British Columbia, and two incredible trains.
Beginning in Vancouver, you will discover the uniqueness of Canada's third largest city with your time at leisure. You will have the opportunity to witness some of the city's most iconic highlights, such as walking the shops of Robson Street, observing unique aquatic wildlife at the Vancouver Aquarium or taking in the gorgeous views from English Bay Beach.
From Vancouver, you will travel via the Canadian to the mountain town of Jasper. Discover the unspoiled scenery of Jasper as you travel through the National Park visiting iconic sights like Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed places in the world. After Jasper, you will board the Prince Rupert train for your travel northwest, with an overnight stay in Prince George before reaching the quaint town of Prince Rupert.
Prince Rupert is home to a multitude of fun things to do and see as there is an abundance of unique shops, cafes, and excellent art galleries. Depending on the month you are traveling, you will either enjoy a whale watching tour off the shores of Prince Rupert, or venture on a grizzly bear viewing excursion of Khutzeymateen. Your Pacific Northwest journey ends as you make your way back to Vancouver for your journey home.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Vancouver city sightseeing tour
- Transfers from hotel to VIA Rail station in Vancouver
- Overnight aboard VIA Rail in Sleeper Plus Class from Vancouver to Jasper with access to the domed viewing cars, dinner and breakfast aboard the train.
- Discover Jasper Tour
- Two full days on VIA Rail in Touring Class from Jasper to Prince George and Prince George to Prince Rupert; providing spacious first class seating, delicious meals served at your seat, access to the dome car for scenic viewing (Early June to mid September)
- Prince Rupert sightseeing tour (whale watching in August, grizzly bear tour mid May to July)
- 6 nights hotel accommodations
- Air transportation from Prince Rupert to Vancouver
- Hotel taxes GST as applicable
Day 1- Vancouver
Upon your arrival in Vancouver, check-in to your hotel and get situated. Your accommodations for tonight are centrally-located to the city's premier shopping, museums, and restaurants. Take the remainder of the day to explore the city on your own. Included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout, offering panoramic views of the city. Overnight Vancouver.
Day 2 - VIA Rail Vancouver to Jasper
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on your own before you transfer to the train station for your morning departure to Jasper. Board VIA Rail's Canadian, settle into your accommodations and prepare for your journey eastward. As the train pulls away, take time to explore your new surroundings and meet your fellow travelers. Overnight train.
Day 3 - Jasper
Admire the stunning scenery passing before you as you wake this morning on the train before pulling into Jasper. Transfer from the rail station to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure exploring what is considered to be one of the most-photographed locations in the world. Overnight Jasper.
Day 4 - Jasper Sightseeing
Jasper is brimming with beautiful wildlife and unspoiled scenery. Travel the trails of the early explorers to get an in-depth look at Jasper National Park and this beautiful area on today's sightseeing tour. Learn about David Thompson and the valley ecosystem as you begin to discover Jasper's hidden treasures along the Athabasca Canadian Heritage River. Your tour takes you above the narrow gorge and limestone walls of Maligne Canyon to Medicine Lake to learn about the Native legends surrounding this mysterious place. Next, travel to Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies, keeping an eye out for a variety of mountain wildlife along the way.
After your Discover Jasper adventure, the rest of the day is yours to see Jasper on your own. The best way to do so is a ride on the Jasper Tramway, which is renowned as the longest and highest guided aerial tramway in Canada and the only guided aerial ropeway in the Canadian Rockies. Along your ride enjoy unrivaled views of Jasper, six mountain ranges, the Athabasca River, and glistening glacier-fed lakes. Overnight Jasper.
Day 5 - Jasper to Prince George
Take the morning to enjoy Jasper at your leisure, leaving enough time to collect your bags and transfer to the rail station for your 12:45 pm train to Prince George. Settle into your seats aboard the train and prepare for your 6-hour journey. As a Touring Class passenger, you will enjoy delicious meals as well as exclusive access to a dome car with a private lounge and 360-degree panoramic views.
Spend the afternoon relaxing as the Jasper-Prince George Train whisks you northwest along the Skeena River. Read a book, nap, chat with fellow travelers or chart your travels as the train takes you through interesting towns along your route, including McBride, whose station was built in 1919 and is a showcase of elegant railway architecture from a bygone era. You'll know you're nearing Prince George when you reach Willow River with its quaint general stores near the tracks. Arrive in Prince George around 7:00 pm this evening and check in to your hotel. Be sure to get a good night's rest because you'll have an early wake-up call tomorrow. Overnight Prince George. (L, D)
Day 6 - Prince George to Prince Rupert
Arrive at the railway station early this morning for your 7:45 am departure aboard the train bound for Prince Rupert. Spend the day admiring the breathtaking scenery as you travel closer to the coast and your final destination. Be sure to take advantage of your access to the train's exclusive observation dome and private lounge car as part of your Touring Class privileges. Highlights of this route include Burns Lake, a popular fishing and boating area; Smithers, a railway town founded in 1913 and now popular as a recreation destination; Moricetown, a vital fishing site for more than 5,000 years; Kitwanga, famous for its totem poles, some of which are visible from the train; and, the Kitselas Canyon and tunnels, which are best viewed from the dome car where you will be in awe of the breathtaking river flowing over jagged rocks as the train skirts the edge of the canyon as it makes its way through the tunnels. You'll arrive in Prince Rupert at 8:00 pm. Overnight Prince Rupert. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Prince Rupert
The morning is yours to get acquainted with this small town. Visit the historic downtown area and Cow Bay for unique shopping, art galleries, restaurants, and cafes. As you navigate the streets, take note of the totem poles dotted around town as well as small details in the town's architecture and monuments that herald its rich history. Other stops this morning may include the Sunken Garden project, Pacific Mariner's Memorial Park, and Prince Rupert Waterfront Park. This afternoon, embark on a sightseeing adventure of either a whale watching tour off the shores of Prince Rupert or a grizzly bear viewing excursion in Khutzeymateen, north of Prince Rupert and home to the largest population of grizzly bears in the world. Overnight Prince Rupert.
Day 8 - Prince Rupert to Vancouver
This morning transfer to the city air terminal for your transfer to the local airport for your flight to Vancouver. Once in Vancouver, you can elect to extend your stay or continue your journey home.
Rail Your Way
Add more flexibility to your rail vacation by choosing when and where to begin and end your vacation. Whether you want to go east to west, west to east, north to south, south to north, start at the beginning, travel the reverse itinerary or begin in the middle, Rail Your Way allows you to tailor make your rail vacation so you can have the experience you want.
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Add a Cruise
Many of our rail vacations begin and end in popular port cities. Spice up your vacation by adding an ocean or river cruise aboard your preferred cruise line to your itinerary and experience the best of both worlds. Popular cruises include Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Panama Canal, New England and Eastern Canada, and historic river towns along the Mississippi River.
Look for the Add a Cruise icon to identify those vacations that offer pre- or post-cruises. Ask your rail specialist how you can Add a Cruise!
Extend Your Vacation
Extend your rail vacation with new city packages in Chicago, Toronto, and Vancouver. Optional pre- or post-night packages include hotel accommodations for two nights and popular local sightseeing, and may be added to the beginning or end of qualifying rail vacations.
Look for the Extend Your Vacation icon to identify those vacations which offer new city stay packages. Ask your rail specialist for details about these pre- and post-night extensions.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Georgian Court, Whistler Inn, Coast Inn of the North and Crest Hotel (or similar). VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus in a semi-private berth aboard the Canadian from Vancouver to Jasper. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Accommodations aboard VIA Rail between Jasper and Prince Rupert for departures June 7 - September 25 are in Touring Class and includes meals aboard the train. (seasonal)
Hotels include the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Sawridge Inn, Coast Inn of the North, and Crest Hotel (or similar). VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus in a private cabin aboard the Canadian from Vancouver to Jasper. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Accommodations aboard VIA Rail between Jasper and Prince Rupert for departures June 7 - September 25 are in Touring Class and includes meals aboard the train. (seasonal)
Hotels include the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Coast Inn of the North, and Crest Hotel (or similar). VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus in a private cabin aboard the Canadian from Vancouver to Jasper. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Accommodations aboard VIA Rail between Jasper and Prince Rupert for departures June 7 - September 25 are in Touring Class and includes meals aboard the train. (seasonal)
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities.
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