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Canada and The Rocky Mountaineer


     

Enjoy Spectacular Rail Journeys In The Rockies

From the laid-back city of Toronto to the dramatic Pacific Ocean setting of Vancouver and the natural beauty of Vancouver Island, this incredible adventure takes us across Canada by rail, lifting you high into the mighty Rockies in style and comfort on board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer, one of the world's greatest trains.
 
Our Opinion
Another superb journey across Canada (almost!). Start in Toronto and head west.  This is the best itinerary for heading across Canada if you wish to see a bit more of the Canadian Rockies.

Tour Highlights
Toronto
Niagara Falls
The Canadian rail journey
Jasper
The Columbian Icefield
Banff
Lake Louise
The Rocky Mountaineer rail journey
Vancouver
Maligne Lake & Canyon

 

Itinerary in Brief

Toronto: 3 nights

The Canadian (train): 2 nights

Jasper: 2 nights

Banff: 3 nights

Rocky Mountaineer/Kamloops: 1 night

Vancouver: 2 nights

Victoria: 2 nights

 

Full Itinerary

 
Day 1-3: Fly to Toronto - Afternoon Guided City Tour

Depart from London Heathrow to Toronto, arriving midafternoon. Our hotel for three nights is the Eaton Chelsea Hotel, located in the heart of Toronto's downtown, close to many of the city's main attractions. Toronto is a multicultural melting-pot with an inviting, laid-back atmosphere. The city looks out across mesmerising Lake Ontario from its position on the northern shore, and is overlooked by the CN Tower, one of the world's tallest structures. On Day 2, enjoy a guided tour of Toronto, visiting many of they citys captivating highlights. On Day 3 you are free to continue exploring.

 

Day 4 : Niagara Falls

Todays excursion takes you to the incredible Niagara Falls, truly one of the natural wonders of the world. During our time at the Falls you have time to experience the awesome power of crashing waters, either from the viewing area or at the foot of the thundering Falls on board the Maid of the Mist (payable locally). Continue to Niagara-on-the-Lake, where you have free time to explore. Tonight, board The Canadian in Toronto and begin your journey across the vast expanse of the prairie grasslands towards the Rockies.

 

 
 

Days 5-6: On board The Canadian

The first full day on board is spent crossing the Canadian Shield. On Day 6, arrive in Winnipeg, a fascinating city which is home to over 50 ethnic communities. The train stops in Winnipeg for the morning, providing the opportunity to explore. Continue crossing the prairies and arrive in the province of Saskatchewan in the late evening.

 

 

 

Days 7-8: Through the Rockies to Jasper National Park

After passing Edmonton, begin the climb into the foothills of the Rockies passing pine forests, glaciers, plunging canyons and soaring peaks. Arrive in Jasper in the early afternoon and spend two nights at the Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites, surrounded by majestic mountain scenery. On Day 8, enjoy a tour of Jasper National Park, including the spectacular Maligne Canyon, a 164ft deep gorge of sheer limestone walls, waterfalls and rock formations. Take a rest stop by the gorgeous turquoise waters of Maligne Lake, the largest glacier-fed body of water in the region.

 

Day 9: The Icefields Parkway

Depart by coach along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, a 144-mile road that links Jasper with Lake Louise and takes you through some of the world's most spectacular mountain scenery. Travel along a lake lined valley past many of the highest and most rugged peaks in the Rockies to the Icefields Centre at the foot of the vast Columbia Icefields. Here, stop to marvel at the breath taking Athabasca Glacier, and you have the option to enjoy an exciting ride over the icefield by giant Snocoach. Continue to Banff for a three-night stay at the Caribou Lodge.

 

Days 10-11: Banff National Park

Today, experience the spectacular natural beauty of Banff National Park, visiting the majestic Emerald Lake, renowned for its vivid colours and the idyllic waters of Lake Louise. Day 11 is free for you to explore the charming resort of Banff.

 

 

Day 12: The Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops

We embark on a daylight journey through the Rockies on the world-renowned Rocky Mountaineer. This 309 mile trip to Kamloops takes in the scenery of the First Passage to the West route, passing through Banff National Park and across the Continental Divide. Travel in SilverLeaf Class, marvelling at the passing scenery with breakfast and lunch served at our seats. Overnight at a hotel in Kamloops.

 

Day 13: The Rocky Mountaineer to Vancouver

Your Rocky Mountaineer experience continues on one of the most dramatic stretches of the line, travelling along the Thompson and Fraser Canyons. As you keep your eyes open for Canadian wildlife, the line descends towards the Pacific Coast. On arrival in Vancouver, spend two nights at the Blue Horizon Hotel, located on Robson Street.

 

 

Day 14: Discovering Vancouver

Vancouver, widely regarded as one of the most desirable places in the world to live, combines its breathtaking setting with beautiful architecture and a perfectly-pitched way of life. The city lies between the beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline and the majestic Coastal Mountains. Enjoy morning sightseeing tour visiting 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 colourful Totem Poles. Your tour then takes in Granville Island, located in the heart of the city, which boasts an amazing, mouthwatering food market. This afternoon, you are free to discover this diverse city at your own pace.

 

Days 15-16: Victoria on Vancouver Island

Leave the city of Vancouver today and travel by ferry to Vancouver Island, sailing through the Gulf Islands archipelago, keeping an eye out for wildlife - whales, porpoises, dolphins and seals are all commonly found in these waters, and bald eagles inhabit the area. We spend two nights in Victoria, famous for its idyllic tree-lined avenues and leafy open spaces. On Day 16, you are free to experience Vancouver Island at leisure. Probably the most exciting option is the opportunity to go whale watching, joining one of the boats which leave from Victoria just off the island's southern tip.

 

Days 17-18: Victoria

Your morning is free to spend at leisure in Victoria. We then make our way to Vancouver airport for our flight to London, arriving on Day 18.

 

 

Single Supplements

Supplement for single occupancy is from £795pp depending on season.

 

Rocky Mountaineer Travel Classes

SilverLeaf is included as standard, travel in a single-level Dome Coach with over-sized windows. Breakfast and lunch is served at your seat, with a choice of main course options at lunch. Complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are also included during the journey.

 

GoldLeaf Upgrade - For unrivalled views of the Canadian landscape, upgrade to GoldLeaf Service and travel in style in a custom-designed bi-level Dome Coach. GoldLeaf passengers have access to covered open-air vestibules, as well as the GoldLeaf dining room, where an a la carte menu is served.

 

What is Included

Scheduled British Airways/Air Canada flights in Economy Class from London Heathrow to Toronto, and Vancouver to London Heathrow

13 nights hotel accommodation (room only)

3 nights Sleeper Touring Class rail travel on the Canadian from Toronto to Jasper in two-berth cabins including all meals (except dinner on the first evening on board)

2 days' daylight rail travel in SilverLeaf on the Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Vancouver, with meals on board

Full day excursion to Niagara Falls

Guided city tours of Toronto and Vancouver

Visit to the Icefields Parkway

Excursion to Lake Louise and Emerald Lake

Visit to Maligne Lake and Canyon

Porterage is included throughout the Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer holiday. At railway stations staff will load your luggage onto the train prior to departure. Your luggage will also be transported from the train on arrival at your destination. At hotels, 'bellhops' will ensure your luggage is taken from the coach to your room on arrival, and from your room to the coach on departure.

The services of a professional Tour Manager throughout