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    GREAT CANADIAN RAIL JOURNEY

From Toronto- 11 Days GB

This breathtaking vacation crosses Canada using the scenic railroad. Your trip begins in Toronto with an orientation tour and excursion to Niagara Falls. Board a Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise for a thrilling boat ride to view thundering Niagara Falls from the river level. Bboard our Art Deco cars on VIA Rail’s "The Canadian" train for a 3-night rail journey through Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan to Alberta. Watch the scenic countryside, lakes, and sun-dappled forests from your windows as you relax in first-class, refurbished cars from the 1950s. Then we treat you to the magnificent Rocky Mountains and British Columbia interior!    Wow

     

DAY 1   ARRIVE TORONTO
Welcome to Toronto! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

DAY 2   TORONTO - NIAGARA FALLS - VIA RAIL "THE CANADIAN"
Drive along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. Enjoy a Niagara Falls sightseeing Cruise for a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering falls from river level. Return to Toronto for an orientation tour of the downtown area. Enjoy dinner atop the 1,815-foot-tall CN Tower before transferring to the train station for your departure later this evening. Breakfast / Dinner

DAY 3   VIA RAIL TRANS-CONTINENTAL - ONTARIO
Watch the scenic countryside from your windows as you relax in first-class refurbished art deco cars from the 1950s. Travel past the sparkling lakes and sun-dappled forests of Ontario. Try the observation dome for unparalleled views or enjoy quiet conversation in one of the comfortable lounges.  Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 4    VIA RAIL TRANS-CONTINENTAL – WINNIPEG, MANITOBA
Enter Manitoba with its endless golden prairies and vast cultivated fields. Arrive this morning in Manitoba’s capital city of Winnipeg, where you will disembark the train for time to explore this historic city, including Forks National Historic Site, a commercial hub for more than 5,000 years and now home to the Forks Market that boasts a vast number of boutiques and restaurants. Reboard the train late this morning and continue west.  Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 5   VIA RAIL TRANS-CONTINENTAL THROUGH SASKATCHEWAN TO JASPER, ALBERTA
From Winnipeg to Jasper, the train roughly parallels the famed Yellowhead Route, Canada’s historic trail of westward expansion. Arrive in Jasper this afternoon. This evening, enjoy an excursion to Maligne Lake for a fully narrated Cruise to Spirit Island. Afterward, enjoy a Local Favorite, a lakeside dinner with incredible views and local fare.  Brunch / Dinner

DAY 6   JASPER
Enjoy a day in Jasper to explore at your leisure. Maybe take an optional guided hike on the “Path of the Glacier,” where an experienced guide teaches you about the various glacier formations in the area. This afternoon, perhaps play a round of golf on one of the top-rated courses in North America or stroll the streets of Jasper with its array of specialty stores.   Breakfast

DAY 7   JASPER - COLUMBIA ICEFIELDS - LAKE LOUISE - BANFF
This morning, travel through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway to the 1,000-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling Ice Explorer Ride. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into Banff National Park.   Breakfast / Dinner

DAY 8   BANFF
Sightseeing includes visits to Sulphur Mountain for a ride on the Banff Gondola, complete with amazing scenic panoramas AND Bow Falls and the statuesque Hoodoos. The rest of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies.   Breakfast

DAY 9   BANFF - BRITISH COLUMBIA'S WINE COUNTRY
This morning, travel through the spectacular beauty of Yoho National Park, one of Canada’s most popular recreational areas and site of pre-Cambrian fossil finds. On to Canada’s Glacier National Park, where the motorcoach climbs 4,379-foot-high Rogers Pass, a perfect spot for photos of the surrounding mountain cliffs and glaciers. Continue to the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the shores of Okanagan Lake. Before arriving at your hotel, learn about this wine-growing region and enjoy a Local Favorite, sumptuous Wine Tasting. The evening is at leisure.   Breakfast

DAY 10  BRITISH COLUMBIA'S WINE COUNTRY - VICTORIA ON VANCOUVER ISLAND
Catch a BC Ferry to Vancouver Island and the very British “Garden City” of Victoria. Upon arrival, visit world-famous Butchart Gardens. Later, your orientation tour of Victoria includes the gardens of Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.   Breakfast

DAY 11  VICTORIA  
This morning, enjoy free time for independent sightseeing and shopping. Your Tour Director suggests an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. Over dessert this evening, enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite private Presentation about why Victoria is considered the most haunted city in Canada. A local storyteller and historian will entertain you with stories of the city’s interesting characters and colorful events.   Breakfast / Dinner

DAY 12  VICTORIA - VANCOUVER
Take the Ferry through the Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Arrive in Vancouver for a city tour that includes the harbor and beaches, Chinatown, historic Gastown, and Stanley Park with its towering evergreen forests and totem poles. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.   Breakfast / Dinner

DAY 13   VANCOUVER  
Your tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. Breakfast
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