This ultimate Canadian vacation includes two rail journeys, plus several sightseeing adventures throughout Canada’s Rocky Mountains and Eastern provinces.
This 17-day train adventure takes you on a 6400 km (4000 miles) journey across Canada. Explore the scenery and culture which have made Canada famous. You'll see Vancouver on the Pacific Coast, Halifax on the Atlantic Coast, and many points in between. The all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer train begins your vacation. You will spend a few days exploring the Canadian Rockies before boarding VIA Rails’ Canadian for an incredible train journey east. The final leg of this cross county journey includes overnight stays in Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax.
This holiday is available from Halifax to Vancouver based on your travel preferences.
Features & Inclusions
Day 1- Arrive Vancouver
Upon arrival today, transfer independently and check into your hotel and then hit the town. Spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 2 – Vancouver to Kamloops
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer (meals included) from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia's interior. On today's journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser River valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountains, to the desert-like environment of the interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake and into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops. (B, L)
Day 3 – Kamloops to Banff
Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today's highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends in the resort town of Banff this evening. Overnight in Banff. (B, L)
Day 4 – Banff Sightseeing
Today enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff, where highlights include visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Banff.
Day 5 – Banff to Lake Louise
Today explore the natural wonders of Lake Louise and Yoho National Park. Highlights include a walk along Johnston Canyon, Moraine Lake, the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint, Emerald Lake and Takakkaw Falls, the second highest waterfall in Canada. Your tour ends in Lake Louise this afternoon, where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight in Lake Louise. (L)
Day 6 – Lake Louise to Jasper
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Arrive in Jasper this evening. Overnight Jasper. (L)
Days 7-9 - VIA Rail Jasper to Toronto
Late this morning, transfer to the Jasper train station to board VIA Rail's Canadian. Say goodbye to the peaceful mountain town of Jasper as you depart for Toronto, the economic center of Canada. Continue traveling across the Great Central Plains of Canada, through Winnipeg to rugged Ontario. Overnight train. (2B, 2L, 3D)
Day 10 - Arrival in Toronto
Arrive in Toronto on VIA Rail this afternoon, and check into your centrally located hotel. Spend the remainder of your day exploring the great restaurants, museums, and shopping this great city has to offer. Overnight Toronto. (B, L)
Day 11 – Niagara Falls Excursion
Enjoy a full-day motorcoach tour to Niagara Falls, one of the great natural wonders of the world. Included is a cruise on The Hornblower* to the base of Horseshoe Falls. Return to Toronto early this evening. Overnight in Toronto. (L)
*Imax Theatre or Journey Behind the Falls is substituted when The Hornblower is not operating
Day 12 - Toronto Sightseeing
You have a full day to explore the cosmopolitan city of Toronto. Make use of your included Hop-on Hop-off pass and let the friendly and knowledgeable guides educate you on the fun facts and history of Toronto as they take you through the city. Featured stops include CN Tower, Hockey Hall of Fame, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto's Harbourfront and more. Overnight in Toronto. (L)
Day 13 – VIA Rail Toronto to Montreal
Travel by VIA Rail in Business Class from Toronto to Montreal. Relax and enjoy lunch onboard (included). Overnight in Montreal
Day 14 – Montreal Sightseeing
Enjoy a half-day guided city tour of Montreal today. Scheduled stops include Old Montreal, Notre-Dame Basilica, Olympic Park, Mount Royal and McGill University. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore this vibrant city on your own. Overnight in Montreal.
Day 15 – VIA Rail Montreal to Halifax
Spend the morning independently exploring Montreal before boarding the VIA Rail train to Halifax. Overnight on train. (D)
Day 16 – Halifax
Enjoy the scenic Nova Scotia and New Brunswick landscapes before arriving in Halifax this afternoon. Upon arrival transfer independently to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring this small Atlantic coastal city. Overnight in Halifax. (B, L)
Day 17 – Halifax Departure
A morning check-out from your hotel concludes your Canada Coast to Coast vacation.
Hotels include Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Sawridge Hotel Jasper, Chateau Lake Louise, Rimrock Resort Banff, Delta Montreal, Sheraton Center Hotel, and Delta Halifax. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is in SilverLeaf service and includes travel in a single-level dome car featuring panoramic views and hot meal service at your seat.
Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Montreal, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Royal York, and Delta Halifax. VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is in GoldLeaf service and includes travel in a bi-level dome car featuring panoramic views on the upper level and an elegant private dining room to take breakfast and lunch.
Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Montreal, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Royal York, and Delta Halifax. 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 include: 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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