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Marvel at the wonders of the Canadian landscape on this 8-day rail tour, which both begins and ends in Vancouver.

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20212022
8 days From $4,604 per person

2021 Tour code: PR-BORR-21

About the tour

The majesty of the Canadian Rockies awaits on this round-trip tour through western Canada. Begin in the coastal city of Vancouver before you board the first train of your tour, the Rocky Mountaineer, early the next morning for the journey to Kamloops. After an overnight, take in more Rocky Mountain scenery on the way to the famed resort town of Banff, where you enjoy both guided touring and free time to explore.

From Banff, pass through the unique landscape of the Columbia Icefield on the way to Jasper. Spend the day sightseeing on your own before boarding VIA Rail's Canadian for the ride back to Vancouver, where the tour comes to an end.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Vancouver

Arrive in the coastal city of Vancouver today. Your hotel is ideally located in the heart of Vancouver, close to many popular attractions, shops, and restaurants. Make the most of your day in the city. You may wish to shop along Robson Street, visit Stanley Park or the Vancouver Aquarium. For those looking for adventure, get an aerial view of the city from Grouse Mountain or swing from the trees at the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Get a taste of the city's vibrant culinary scene and ferry over to Granville Island, or dine in Gastown. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 2 - Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops

Board the Rocky Mountaineer this morning for your 7:30 am departure. Admire the breathtaking scenery as you're whisked east through the Coastal Mountains to the Fraser River, which will be your path to tonight's destination. Your onboard attendants will be able to share detailed commentary on the region through which you're traveling. Enjoy delicious meals as you're awed by the beauty of British Columbia. Scenic highlights of today's journey include the rushing waters of Hell's Gate deep in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes leading into the Thompson River. Arrive in Kamloops this evening and stroll the quaint town at leisure. Overnight Kamloops. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 - Kamloops to Banff onboard Rocky Mountaineer

Rise and shine! The Rocky Mountaineer departs Kamloops early this morning to continue its journey through the Canadian Rockies. Highlights of today's trip include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, and the Spiral Tunnels. Just when you think the scenery can't be any more stunning, it is. Cross the Continental Divide and arrive in Banff this evening. Overnight Banff. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 - Banff Sightseeing

This morning, embark on a sightseeing tour of Banff to discover the town's natural surroundings and see where it all began. Your tour will take you to the hoodoos, Tunnel Mountain Drive, and the Cave & Basin, a National Historic Site that commemorates the birthplace of Canada's National Park System, which started in Banff in 1885. This afternoon is yours to explore Banff on your own. Go for a hike, visit the Banff Upper Hot Springs, explore Banff National Park, or take advantage of the many activities available through your hotel. Overnight Banff.

Day 5 - Banff to Jasper

Today travel from Banff to Jasper by way of the Icefields Parkway, a scenic two-lane road that travels through Banff and Jasper National Parks. Stop at the Columbia Icefield where you will venture by Ice Explorer onto the massive Athabasca Glacier. Make a brief stop in Lake Louise to photograph the glistening blue waters before arriving in Jasper this evening. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight Jasper. 

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 6 - Depart Jasper aboard VIA Rail's Canadian

After breakfast on your own, transfer to the train station to board VIA Rail's Canadian. Settle into your onboard accommodations and prepare for your overnight journey west to Vancouver. Overnight train. 

Includes
  • Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Vancouver

Arrive this morning in Vancouver and transfer to your hotel. Spend the day enjoying all this beautiful city has to offer. Included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout, offering panoramic views of the city. Overnight Vancouver.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 8 - Conclusion

Your tour comes to a close this morning. You may wish to extend your stay for additional time in Vancouver or transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Additional information

Please Note

Cabins purchased on VIA rail for a single traveler are Cabins for 1. For upgrade options, ask your rail specialist for details.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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RANDALL

5 stars

Submitted 26 Aug 2019

Beautiful train ride on the Rocky Mountaineer and the Canadian Rail system. As a passenger train, we were low on the priority list, so had to give way to freight trains. But it was worth it, as it provided an opportunity to take in more of the scenery and watch the passing trains! Service was excellent and the food was great. Breakfast and lunch included on the Rocky Mountaineer. Due to traffic and frequent pull overs, we were 2 & 1/2 hr late getting into our town. The chef threw together a great dinner for us, which was a great treat!

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Marie

5 stars

Submitted 24 May 2019

Wonderful vacation

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Leslie S, Ft Lauderdale, FL

4 stars

Submitted 20 Dec 2018

I would not hesitate to use Vacations by Rail again.....you even arranged perfect weather.

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Emory W., Marietta, GA

5 stars

Submitted 03 Dec 2018

Everything was first class- Staff was so friendly and accommodating!

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Mary, M, Palos Heights, IL

4 stars

Submitted 12 Nov 2018

Everything was first class. Great service and accommodations

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William C, Cleveland Heights, OH

4 stars

Submitted 16 Oct 2018

The highlights were beautiful from the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper and the Rocky Mountaineer train. The scenery was spectacular and I would definitely recommend the trip

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