THIS TOUR CAN ALSO BE BOOKED WITH ROCKY MOUNTAINEER FROM JASPER INSTEAD OF BANFF
DAY 1 Board the train at Toronto at Union Station (downtown) and unpack for the next 3 nights aboard VIA's amazing Trans-Continental. Your porter is on-hand throughout the journey to ensure that you have a comfortable stay. Roll across the Canadian Shield, boreal forests, countless lakes and the hardest rock on Earth! 1/3 of the fresh water in the World is in Canada and you will see some of it on this trip.
DAY 2 Arrive into Winnipeg to take on more passengers and continue rolling through Manitoba, the province of 100,000 lakes. Drink in the vistas from the Dome Cars and enjoy the terrific on-board service including World-Class Cuisine. How about a night cap in the Park Car's "Bullet Lounge" tonight?
DAY 3 & DAY 4 Enjoy a delicious breakfast in the Dining Car and relax as we forge across the great wheatfields of Saskatchewan. Cross into Alberta before our arrival into Edmonton, capital ofAlberta. After a brief stop we continue the train journey to the "Jewel of the Canadian Rockies" Jasper, Alberta. Disembark and we are transferred to our hotel for the first of 2 nights. Keep on the lookout for wild animals around town.
DAY 5 This morning we tour Jasper including a boat cruise of magnificent Maligne Lake and its incredible aquamarine waters. The views are stunning and the water is a shade of blue found only in these mountains. Stop at Spirit Island and drink in the pristine vistas and crisp fresh air that only these mountains can offer.
DAY 6 Depart Jasper for Banff on our deluxe motor coach along the Icefields Parkway. This is one of the most scenic drives on earth. We'll ride a Sno-Coach onto the Columbia Icefield's Athabasca Glacier. The Columbia Icefields are no fewer than 30 glaciers where 3 river systems flow to three different oceans. The Icefields Parkway delivers us past beautiful Bow Lake and baby blue Peyto Lake. Continue south to Lake Louise, one of the most mesmerizing spots on earth. We see the reflections of the mountains in her aqua blue waters and we'll find out how rock flour helps the water retain its mesmerizing color. Continue to Banff for overnight.
DAY 7 A very special day awaits! Our excursion today includes mountains, lakes and waterfalls. Depart Banff on our motor coach and travel the beautiful Bow Valley Expressway to Johnston Canyon where you are given time for a short nature walk. We continue to beautiful Moraine Lake to see its mystical green waters. Visitors come from all over the World to stand before this magnificent setting. We cross the Great Divide and enter Yoho National Park. You’ll visit Yoho’s scenic highlights such as 1300 foot Takakkaw Falls, Emerald Lake and the Natural Rock Bridge before returning to Banff in the late afternoon. Breathtaking! Overnight Banff
DAY 8 This morning, board the Rocky Mountaineer westbound. The Rocky Mountaineer is all daylight travel and is one of the most dramatic train trips in the World. Service by on-board multi-lingual attendants is superb. Experience the great Spiral Tunnels (where the train circles around inside a mountain) and ascend Rogers Pass. Roll on through alpine wilderness into semi-desert terrain to the city of Kamloops for overnight in a local hotel.
DAY 9 Re-board the Rocky Mountaineer in the morning and continue west. This region of Canada is interesting as we emerge from the great Rockies into Canada's only desert. Dramatic scenery rolls by as we parallel the mighty Thompson and Fraser Rivers past Hell's Gate. Arrive in Canada's most beautiful city, Vancouver in the early evening. Transfer on your own to our downtown hotel (a very easy cab ride).