Banff Alberta
    Jasper Alberta
    Yoho Park BC

 


    
    

 

 

 

 


    Great Parks of the West

9 Days or Longer from Toronto, Ending Calgary

Western Canada's Fascinating Parks.  Enjoy VIA Rail to Jasper and then visit 3 of North America's most diverse and scenic wonders, Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks.  Thousands of square miles of pristine natural beauty, teaming with wildlife and dramatic surprises await you!  This is a wild nature lovers paradise


     


DAY 1  Board the train this evening in  Toronto at Union Station (downtown) and unpack for the 3 nights aboard VIA's 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 tonight?

DAY 3   Enjoy a delicious breakfast in the Dining Car and relax as we forge across the great wheatfields of Saskatchewan. Talk to people from all over the planet in the Bullet Lounge.

DAY 4   Cross into Alberta before our arrival into Edmonton, capital largest metropolis in Alberta.   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 often seen in and around the town.

DAY 5  This morning we tour Jasper National Park.  Above the townsite, is beautiful Pyramid Lake.   Enjoy our 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.   Spirit Island is a famous spot for photographers seeking the perfect picture.  Have a walk through Maligne Canyon, see the amazing disappearing lake called "Bad Medicine Lake" by local natives. O/N Jasper.

DAY 6  Depart Jasper  for Banff National Park on our deluxe motor coach along the Icefields Parkway.  This is one of the most scenic drives on earth.  We'll visit roaring Athabasca Falls, ride a Sno-Coach (weather
permitting) onto the Columbia Icefield's Athabasca Glacier.  The Columbia Icefields are 125 square miles in size (massive!), with no fewer than 30 glaciers where 3 river systems flow to three different oceans.   The Icefields Parkway delivers us  past Bow Lake and Peyto Lake south to Lake Louise, one of the most enchanting 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 further into Banff National Park to the majestic town of  Banff for the first of two nights here.

DAY 7  Tour 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 and then visit Lake Louise.  Visitors come from all over the World to stand before the lake. After lunch at Lake Louise (lunch not included in fare), cross the Great Divide and enter Yoho National Park. You'll visit Yoho's scenic highlights such as tumbling Takakkaw Falls, Emerald Lake and the Natural Rock Bridge before crossing back over the Continental Divide to Banff Townsite in the late afternoon.  What a day! Overnight Banff

DAY 8  Enjoy our Banff area sightseeing including Bow Falls, the Hoodoos and a gondola ride to the summit of Sulfur Mountain.  This afternoon a bit of free time for shopping.  Overnight in one of our Banff hotels.

DAY 9  Board our motor coach for the trip to Calgary International Airport

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