Day 1: Vancouver, British Columbia - Tour Begins
Join us for a remarkable journey through the stunning landscapes, charming towns and beautiful lakes of the Canadian Rockies. Your adventure opens in Vancouver.
Day 2: Vancouver - VIA Rail
A city tour of Vancouver begins this morning at beautiful Stanley Park, Canada’s renowned urban rainforest. Then, continue to Chinatown, the waterfront, and Gastown, a turn-of-the-century center comprised of pubs, art galleries, boutiques and the world-famous steam-powered clock, perhaps the most photographed subject in all of Vancouver. In the afternoon, you'll board VIA Rail’s The Canadian for your epic train ride to Jasper and the majestic Rocky Mountains. Relax and settle in for a journey that takes you from bustling Vancouver to the agricultural heartland of British Columbia. Toast the start of your adventure at a bon voyage reception; while aboard, you’ll enjoy lunch in one of the train’s many domed observation cars. Along this scenic route, you’ll take in stunning views of Fraser Canyon, the Cascade and Coastal Mountains, and the raging rapids of Hell’s Gate from one of the train’s many domed observation cars. Relive train travel in the days of old as you are rocked to sleep tonight in your private accommodations.
Day 3: VIA Rail - Jasper, Alberta
This morning, open your bedroom blinds to find the towering Rocky Mountains just outside your window. Enjoy breakfast as your train whisks you past the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Robson, the tallest mountain of the Canadian Rockies. Moose, mountain goats, bear and caribou call this wonderland home. Continue to admire idyllic landscapes and pass by the still waters of Moose Lake before a morning arrival into Jasper. Head to Pyramid Lake, a natural beauty that flows right into the Athabasca River through Pyramid Creek. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the lake as you take in this spectacular scenery. Next, experience the incredible alpine sights on-board the Jasper Skytram, the longest aerial tramway in Canada. Enjoy lunch with a commanding view of the mountains.
Day 4: Jasper
This morning we travel to Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies, and enjoy breakfast* against the backdrop of the picture-perfect sparkling waters of the lake. Later, enjoy the dramatic Maligne Canyon, one of the area’s most spectacular landmarks. Return to your hotel with time to independently explore this lovely town.
Day 5: Icefields Parkway-Glacier Experience or Glacier Skywalk-Lake Louise
Set off for a wonderful day of sightseeing en-route to Lake Louise. Journey along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway! Waterfalls, rushing rivers, glacial peaks, imposing cliffs and snowcapped peaks paint the breathtaking canvas – so have your camera handy! Enjoy a stop at the Athabasca Falls and marvel at its sheer beauty and power. Then, it’s your choice! Stop at the Columbia Icefield and choose a fun ride** across this mass of glacial ice which is over 1,000 feet thick – the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic Circle. Or, take a walk on the Glacier Skywalk to experience the breathtaking views of the Sunwapta Valley and witness the dramatic landscape from the glass-floored platform. Continuing down the parkway, be on the lookout for bears, furry marmots and stately elk. Enjoy a stop at Peyto Lake – a turquoise glacier-fed lake that evokes pure serenity – before arriving in Lake Louise. Enjoy a stay at the world-famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. This evening it’s Diner’s Choice... choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s great restaurants.
Day 6: Lake Louise – Banff
En route to Banff, view the spectacular Moraine Lake and the awe-inspiring Valley of the Ten Peaks. The jagged Ten Peaks are distinctively saw-toothed, standing out amidst stunning Alpine scenery. Arrive at the grand Fairmont Banff Springs, known as the “Castle in the Rockies,” for a luxurious 2-night stay. This evening experience another Diner’s Choice...you’ll choose the perfect spot from one of the Fairmont Banff Springs’ great restaurants.
Day 7: Banff
Set off for a scenic drive through Banff featuring the powerful Bow Falls and Hoodoos – known as the “Land of the Sleeping Giants.” Next, meet a local ammolite specialist to learn about this rare gemstone found only in Alberta. During an afternoon at leisure, perhaps you will take a stroll through Banff’s delightful downtown.
Day 8: Banff – Calgary
Leave the wonders of the Rockies for the prairies of Alberta en route to the Kananaskis Valley. Visit a local ranch where you can play a game of horseshoes, take a line dance lesson and enjoy a wagon ride** in search of buffalo. Meet the family that lives there to gain insight into their daily life on the ranch. Then, delight in a traditional Albertan barbecue with beautiful views of the mountains in the background. Later, enjoy the views of the prairies before you reach the vibrant city of Calgary.
Day 9: Calgary - Tour Ends
Your tour ends today in Calgary.