Visit three Canadian provinces on one spectacular rail vacation!
About the Tour
Two big cities, three Rocky Mountain destinations and expeditions to thrill any adventurer: These are just some of the things you can look forward to on this 12-day train journey. The tour begins on the West Coast in Vancouver, where landmark sites are aplenty. It is also in Vancouver that you board VIA Rail’s Canadian for an overnight journey to the mountain town of Jasper. Deep within the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Jasper offers picturesque scenery and myriad outdoor adventures. From Jasper, the tour moves to the resort town of Banff and out to the hamlet of Lake Louise, which is famed for its emerald-green lake and charming lakeside chateau. Moving back to Jasper, you will once again board the famed rails of the Canadian for another overnight journey, this time bound for Manitoba’s capital, Winnipeg. In Winnipeg, you will have a full day to soak in the amazing diversity and fantastic culture that comes with a big city before this tour comes to a close. Keep your camera close and your mind open to adventure for this fantastic journey!
- Two nights aboard VIA Rail's Canadian
- Nine nights hotel accommodations
- Meals onboard the train
- Full day motorcoach sightseeing excursion from Banff to Jasper with a trip onto the Columbia Icefields aboard an Ice Explorer
- Vancouver Lookout
- Banff Sightseeing Tour
- Transfer service from Jasper to Lake Louise and Lake Louise to Banff
- Transfer from Vancouver hotel to VIA Rail station
Day 1 - Vancouver Arrival
Arrive in Vancouver and transfer independently from the airport to your hotel. Drop off your luggage and get checked in, then spend the day exploring this coastal city. Must-see attractions include Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, English Bay Beach, Granville Island, Chinatown, the UBC Museum of Anthropology and the Robson Street shopping district. Included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout, offering panoramic views of the city. Stroll the cobbled streets of Gastown, view some of the Olympic sites and dine in one of the city's fantastic restaurants this evening. Overnight Vancouver.
Day 2 - Vancouver/VIA Rail to Jasper
Spend the morning and early afternoon taking in the best Vancouver has to offer. Later today, transfer to Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station to board VIA Rail’s Canadian for an overnight journey to Jasper. Being a Sleeper Plus passenger, you will enjoy preferred check-in and comfortable, private onboard accommodations. Overnight train. (D)
Day 3 - Jasper Arrival
Wake this morning in the Canadian Rockies as the train makes its way towards Jasper. Transfer to your hotel and then spend the rest of the day getting acquainted with this famed resort town. Maybe go for a hike, or ride aboard the Jasper Sky Tram for an eagle-eye view of the mountains and town below. Overnight Jasper. (B)
Day 4 - Jasper to Banff
Today's one-way excursion between Jasper and Banff offers one of the most spectacular journeys in the world with mountains, lakes, wildlife and a one-of-a-kind experience. Your tour will encompass the ultimate glacier exploration with a visit to the Columbia Icefield for the Glacier Adventure and Skywalk. From walking on ancient ice to standing on a glass-floored observation platform over a glacier-formed valley, today's experience will be sure to leave you in awe. Overnight Banff. (L)
Day 5 - Banff Sightseeing
Explore Banff today on an included tour. Take a ride on a gondola to the peak of Sulphur Mountain for a 360-degree view of the Banff Townsite and the Bow Valley. Visit Bow Falls before ascending Tunnel Mountain Drive to view Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos, overlooking the Bow River. Return to the heart of town and spend the remainder of the day taking advantage of the assortment of outdoor activities Banff offers. Overnight Banff.
Day 6 - Banff to Lake Louise
Today you will set out through the rugged landscape to the crowning jewel of the Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise. This lake is known for its picturesque surroundings and, of course, the famous hotel that sits upon its banks. Upon arrival, you will have time to explore the offerings of the emerald green lake. There are wildlife tours, hiking trails, horseback rides, kayaks and canoes for rental and more. Photographers love this location for its colorful backdrop and array of subject matter. Overnight Lake Louise.
Day 7 - Lake Louise to Jasper
This afternoon you will be transferred from Lake Louise back to Jasper. The ride through the mountains is incredible, with wildlife, breathtaking views and unobstructed skies around each turn. When your shuttle arrives in Jasper, you will have the evening to do as you please. Overnight Jasper.
Day 8 – Exploring Jasper
Your last day in the Rockies is free to explore Jasper at your leisure. Take some time to stroll the quaint mountain town and its many shops and restaurants, take a wildlife tour, or venture out onto the Summit Trail at the peak of the Jasper SkyTram for unprecedented views of six mountain ranges and the Athabasca River. Overnight Jasper.
Day 9 - VIA Rail Jasper to Winnipeg
Spend the morning enjoying the fresh mountain air or soaking in the local hot springs. Transfer to Jasper’s train station, and begin your easterly journey to Winnipeg. This train route will take you through the magnificent forests, past serene lakes and out of the mountains into the vast lands of Alberta. You can take in all the changing sights from your private cabin, from one of the sightseeing lounges aboard the train or from one of the observation decks. Overnight train. (D)
Day 10 - Arrive Winnipeg
Your great adventure continues today as the train journeys towards Winnipeg, passing through the rest of Saskatchewan and into Manitoba. In addition to larger cities and beautiful rural towns, you will also see landmark destinations, such as Melville, named after Charles Melville Hays, President of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad Company who died in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. After the train pulls into Winnipeg’s train station, you will transfer to your hotel independently. Overnight Winnipeg.
Day 11 - Winnipeg
With a population of more than 762,000 culturally diverse people, Winnipeg has a cosmopolitan, international flair and a warm, welcoming spirit. From world-class historic sites to excellent museums, superb restaurants and an active cultural community that supports festivals, ballet, theater, and music, there are so many activities to enjoy year-round in Manitoba’s capital. You will have the day to take it all in. Overnight Winnipeg.
Day 12 - End of Tour
Your Canada rail vacation comes to an end today, yet the memories you have made will last a lifetime. You may wish to extend your stay in Winnipeg to fully explore the city and all of its incredible sights, or transfer on your own from your hotel to the airport.
Hotels include Delta Vancouver Downtown, Whistler's Inn, Banff Ptarmigan Inn, Lake Louise Inn, and the Delta Winnipeg. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus class in a semi-private berth. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounge cars.
Hotels include Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Sawridge Inn & Conference Center, Rimrock Resort, Post Hotel, and Delta Winnipeg. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounge cars.
Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and Fairmont Winnipeg. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounge cars.
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