Experience spectacular rail journeys across Canada and the Rockies aboard the country's iconic trains.
About the Tour
Take in all of Canada’s grandeur aboard the storied rails of two iconic trains: the Rocky Mountaineer and VIA Rail’s Canadian. This 2-week voyage begins in Vancouver and includes stops in Kamloops, Banff, Jasper and Toronto. Each destination brings interesting excursions and comfortable hotel accommodations to enhance the journey. In Vancouver, a guided tour highlights the most interesting hotspots throughout the city, including Chinatown and Gastown. The Rocky Mountaineer takes us from Vancouver to Kamloops, the gateway to the Canadian Rockies. Continuing to Banff, points of interest throughout the National Park and the townsite are presented on our guided tour. By motorcoach, we drive down Icefields Parkway to Jasper - but not before stopping at the Columbia Icefield to marvel at the spectacular Athabasca Glacier. Enjoy time at leisure in Jasper to soak in the stunning natural surroundings and to explore as you please. It is in Jasper where we board VIA Rail’s Canadian bound for Toronto. The beauty of Canada is on display while you spend three days traveling across Canada’s interior on the train. In Toronto, enjoy a day trip to one of the great wonders of the world, Niagara Falls - the perfect conclusion to a perfect journey.
- 2 days of scenic rail travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer
- Rail travel on VIA Rail Canada (3 nights on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 10 nights
- 13 meals
- Guided city tours of Vancouver and Toronto*
- Excursion to Lake Louise and Emerald Lake
- Columbia Icefield excursion
- Excursion to Niagara Falls
- Transportation on a deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour escort and knowledgeable local guides for touring
Day 1 – Vancouver
Meet your group and Tour Manager at the Blu Horizon Hotel in Vancouver. Vancouver is vibrant and welcoming city, combining its breathtaking setting with beautiful architecture and a perfectly-pitched way of life. It is among Canada's largest cities, and its port is the largest on North America's west coast. The first European settlers came here in 1858, as a result of a local gold rush, and in 1884 the city became the terminus for the transcontinental Canadian railroad, leading to a booming population that continues to this day, no doubt aided by its stunning scenery and lively atmosphere. The city lies between the beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline and the majestic Coastal Mountains. Overnight Vancouver.
Day 2 – Exploring Vancouver
Our morning sightseeing tour of Vancouver today visits historic Gastown, an area of coffee shops, galleries and native art stores. We also experience the exciting scents and sights of Chinatown, and leafy Stanley Park, with its colorful totem poles. This afternoon, you are free to discover this diverse city at your own pace. Overnight Vancouver.
Day 3 – At leisure in Vancouver
Today, you are free to experience Vancouver at leisure. Why not take the bus to Grouse Mountain, and take the Skyride cable car (payable locally) for fantastic views over the city? Known as the 'Peak of Vancouver', the mountain is open year-round, and the Skyride offers an incredible panorama over the city, the Pacific Ocean beyond, and closer, the glittering tops of the Douglas firs that dot the mountainside. Overnight Vancouver.
Day 4 – Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops
Today we embark on a daylight journey to the Rockies on the world-renowned Rocky Mountaineer. This fantastic journey from Vancouver to Kamloops takes in one of the most dramatic stretches of the line. Keep your eyes open for Canadian wildlife as the magnificent train leaves the Pacific Coast and travels along the Thompson and Fraser Canyons. We travel in SilverLeaf Service, marveling at the passing scenery with breakfast and lunch served at our seats. Overnight Kamloops.
Day 5 – Rocky Mountaineer to Banff
We continue our journey through the Rockies on the Rocky Mountaineer. This magnificent trip to Banff takes in the scenery of the 'First Passage to the West' route, passing over the Continental Divide and through Banff National Park. We arrive in picturesque Banff and transfer to our hotel for two nights. Overnight Banff.
Day 6 – Banff National Park
Today we experience the spectacular natural beauty of Banff National Park, visiting the Spiral Tunnels, as well as the majestic Emerald Lake, renowned for its vivid colors, and the idyllic waters of Lake Louise. The views at Lake Louise are nothing short of majestic. Here, we absorb the beauty of the vibrant yet calm waters of the lake, surrounded on all sides by soaring peaks, and covered, at the base of them, by verdant pine forests that slope away from the shore. The lake itself is indeed a calming oasis amidst the drama of its backdrop. Overnight Banff.
Days 7-8 – Through the Rockies to Jasper National Park
We depart by coach along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, a 144-mile road that links Banff with Jasper and takes us through some of the world's most spectacular mountain scenery. We travel along a lake-lined valley past many of the highest and most rugged peaks in the Rockies to the Icefields Center at the foot of the vast Columbia Icefields. Here we stop to marvel at the breathtaking Athabasca Glacier.
We arrive in Jasper where we spend two nights surrounded by majestic mountain scenery. The town of Jasper - and later the park - was named after Jasper Hawes, who used the area as a trading post in the late 19th century. The beautiful enclosure first became a park in 1907, and was granted National Park status in 1930. In 1984, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, and now attracts almost two million visitors every year, and with scenery like this, it isn't hard to see why. Day 8 is spent at leisure to further discover the beauty of Jasper. Days 7 & 8, overnight Jasper.
Days 9-11 – On board the Canadian
Today we begin our epic journey on the Canadian, traveling to Toronto. We settle into our berths for our journey through the foothills of the Rockies, passing pine forests, glaciers, plunging canyons and soaring peaks. If you'd prefer to travel in added comfort and style, we have upgrades available to Sleeper Plus Class cabins (speak with a rail specialist for details). These cabins come highly recommended, and feature private bathroom facilities and a greater amount of space.
Day 10 is our first full day on the Canadian. We travel through the province of Saskatchewan, crossing the prairies on our way towards Winnipeg, a fascinating city which is home to over 50 ethnic communities. Day 11 is spent crossing the Canadian Shield, and enjoying the wonderful facilities of the iconic train. Days 9-11, overnight train.
Day 12 – Arrive in Toronto
Our journey on the Canadian ends today as we arrive in Toronto and transfer to our hotel, where we stay for two nights. Overnight Toronto.
Day 13 – Niagara Falls
Our excursion today takes us to incredible Niagara Falls, truly one of the natural wonders of the world. During our time at the falls you can experience the awesome power of crashing waters from the viewing area or at the foot of the thundering falls on board the boat (payable locally). Overnight Toronto.
Day 14 – Tour Conclusion
A guided sightseeing tour of Toronto* is included today, before your journey through Canada comes to a close.
*Flights out of Toronto need to be booked after 6:30pm EST in order to participate in the sightseeing tour.
Hotels include Blu Horizon, Vancouver; Banff Caribou Lodge, Banff; Crimson Lodge*, Jasper; and Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
Discover the Canadian Rockies onboard Western Canada’s premier all-daylight train. Considered one of the world’s great rail journeys, you will be immersed in awe-inspiring beauty as we travel the historic paths of 19th-century explorers, winding through the wilderness, river valleys and alpine towns of Western Canada by train. SilverLeaf Service features reserved seating in a single-level dome rail coach. Choices of delicious hot entrees are offered for both breakfast and lunch, served at your seat so you can enjoy your meal beside lovely picture windows.
The Canadian is VIA Rail’s flagship train traveling trans-Canada between Vancouver to Toronto. Board the train in Jasper for your three-night journey across Alberta, the Plains, and through the Canadian Shield.
Accommodations are in Sleeper Plus Class in curtained berths with shared bathroom facilities. Meals are included onboard the train along with access to the Park Car with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views. To enhance your experience, we also offer upgrades to Sleeper Plus Cabins. These twin or single berth cabins consist of armchairs during the day and upper and lower berths at night, with a private bathroom.
*Jasper Hotels vary by departure, speak with a rail specialist for details.
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Itinerary and accommodations may vary for 2021 departures, please speak with a rail specialist for details. Flights out of Toronto need to be booked after 6:30pm EST in order to participate in the sightseeing tour. You may elect to skip the city tour should you wish to depart prior to that time.