Canada’s landscape is vast and diverse, a contrast of natural beauty and stunning man-made sites; a contrast you will see unfold as you journey from Banff to Toronto.
About the Tour
From the rugged peaks Canadian Rockies to the roaring waters of Niagara Falls, this all-encompassing rail tour offers a glimpse at what makes Canada so special. In addition to extraordinary destinations, your time in the north will be marked by private transfer between destinations, four- and five-star hotel accommodations, Prestige Class service on one of Canada’s most famous rail lines and high-end tour options. Your vacation begins in the heart of the mountains, with stays in Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper. Surrounded by National Parks and vast wilderness, this region is postcard perfect. You will have ample time to enjoy both the natural and commercial sides of these locales before boarding VIA Rail’s Canadian for the trip of a lifetime. During your 3 days on this grand train, you will be treated to chef-prepared cuisine, luxurious sleeping accommodations, and breathtaking views as you pass through Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario en route to Toronto. Sights of the diverse architecture, Lake Ontario and Niagara Falls make the finale of your Canadian adventure just as incredible as the previous 10 days.
- Three nights aboard VIA Rail’s Canadian, Prestige Class accommodations
- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
- Private sightseeing tour of Banff
- Optional dog sledding excursion
- Private tour of Niagara Falls
- Transfer between destinations
- Airport transfers in Banff and Toronto
Day 1 - Arrive in Banff
Today your flight will arrive at Calgary International Airport. As your plane touches down, you will be met by a Meet & Greet representative at your arrival gate. The driver will take you from Calgary to Banff by private car, and it is in Banff that your true Canadian adventure begins. Overnight Banff.
Day 2 - Banff Touring
Upon waking this morning, you will be surrounded soaring mountains, picturesque views and charming resort town amenities. A driver will meet you at your hotel this morning, and you will set off for a 5-hour tour of Banff. During your time on this in-depth tour, you will see some of the natural sites that surround Banff, possibly including Lake Moraine, Columbia Icefields and Athabasca Glacier and Mount Norquay, as well as the most famous tourist attractions the resort town has to offer. Following your tour, you time to explore Banff on your own. Perhaps take a look over the town from the Banff Gondola or explore the locally owned stores downtown. Banff also features an awesome dining scene, which features restaurants that offer everything from traditional Canadian cuisine to international favorites. Overnight Banff.
Day 3 - Lake Louise
Spend a little more time soaking in the beauty of Banff this morning - maybe even grab breakfast at one of the local eateries or pamper yourself at the Willow Spa. When it comes time to check out of your hotel, you will be transferred you to your next stop, Lake Louise. This beloved destination is a sightseer’s dream, with its stunning blue waters sitting at the base of the ever-impressive Canadian Rockies. You will have the remainder of the day to explore Lake Louise and all of its surrounding beauty. Snowshoeing tours and sleigh rides are great ways to get acquainted with the landscape. Alternatively, soak in the views from your lakeview room. Overnight Lake Louise.
Day 4 - Jasper
This morning you are off once again, this time to the beautiful town of Jasper. Your driver will take you on a scenic drive through the mountains, along the famed Icefields Parkway and into the resort town center of Jasper National Park. Keep your camera handy for this drive. When you get to Jasper, you have the day to do as much or as little as you desire. There are a variety of shops to explore, wonderful restaurants in which to taste the local cuisine and many tours to embark on. Do not forget to take a journey above the town with a ride aboard the Jasper Tram. Overnight Jasper.
Day 5 - Jasper
Once again you awake surrounded by the great snowy Canadian Rockies this morning. Soak in the mountain air and the relaxed atmosphere. For tours that take place between December and March, you have the option to set out for a one-of-a-kind, full-day dog sledding expedition. You will be transferred to Valemount, B.C., which is located 90 minutes outside of Jasper for a day of learning and fun. You will be treated to an instructional presentation about the sport, then you will have the option to set out with a team of your own dogs. Whether you choose to be the driver, maneuvering the dogs through the wintry landscape, or to snuggle up in the sled and enjoy the passing scenery, this is an expedition to remember. If you select to stay in Jasper instead, or for tours that take place out of season, enjoy a day of leisure. Miette Hot Springs are a great place to visit, or there are many spas to choose from. The town is brimming with activity and adventure, and your options are limitless. Overnight Jasper.
Days 6-8 - VIA Rail’s Canadian to Toronto
Today you are off for a new type of adventure: a ride aboard one of Canada’s most famous rail lines, VIA Rail’s Canadian. You will transferred from your resort to the Jasper train station, and upon boarding the train, you will be escorted to your Prestige Cabin to get settled in for the first of three nights. As a Prestige Class traveler, your time on the Canadian is filled with convenience and luxury. The vistas along the way are unbelievable, and you will be treated to some of the most incredible scenery Canada has to offer as you make your way to Toronto. Watch the landscape unfold from the Panorama, Park or Skyline sightseeing cars, or relax in one of the lounges. A concierge is on hand 24 hours a day to attend to your needs while aboard the train, and you will be treated to performances and onboard entertainment. All of your meals are freshly prepared by the onboard chef and include specialties that highlight the regional cuisine. If it is privacy you desire, your cabin features an L-shaped leather sofa by day and a plush murphy bed for two by night. There is also a TV within the room. Overnight train.
Day 9 - Toronto
Today, the train makes its way out of Canada’s vast wilderness, and the skyline of Toronto comes into view. Upon arrival, transfer to your centrally located hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the amenities of a big city. Check out one of the many museums, gaze upon the varied architecture or eat your way through Toronto by checking out one of many restaurants. Overnight Toronto.
Day 10 - Niagara Falls
An international delight, Niagara Falls is your destination for the day. A driver will meet you at the hotel, and you will travel out of the city and south to the falls. Upon arrival, get a little-seen look at Niagara Falls with a Behind the Falls tour. A deluxe lunch is served at the Penthouse Fallsview Restaurant, where you can marvel at the cascading waters as you enjoy a chef-prepared meal. There are so many sights to be seen - Table Rock, Floral Clock, Upper Rapids and Niagara Gorge - and you will have the opportunity to experience them all before moving on via the famed Niagara Parkway. This route is as historic and it is scenic and takes you to the charming old town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Here, time is yours to shop the local boutiques, explore the historic buildings and to stroll along the tree-lined streets. Overnight Toronto.
Day 11 - Toronto
Your tour through Canada comes to a close this morning. Reflect on all of the adventures and amazing sights you have experienced as your driver transfers you from the hotel to Toronto Pearson International Airport. The trip may be over, but the memories of this journey will last for years to come.
Hotels included are the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and the Fairmont Royal York.
The Prestige Sleeper Class provides an exciting new level of comfort and service for travelers on the Canadian, one of the world's greatest train journeys. Each Prestige Sleep Cabin has a modular leather L-shaped couch by day and a Murphy bed for two by night facing the window with electric radiant heated cabin floors and walls that maintain a comfortable and constant temperature. Highlights of this Prestige Class includes: a personalized dedicated service by the Prestige Concierge; a spacious cabin, large windows and a private washroom with shower; flat-screen TV with video selection; minibar stocked with a selection of beverages and more.
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