DAY 1 Arrive in Vancouver and check into your hotel for the night. Have some time for exploring the city voted number one travel destination in North America by the American Business Association!
DAY 2 Our incredible train journey begins at Pacific Central Station as we hear the famous "all aboard" as we step onto VIA Rail's Trans-Continental. Check into your comfortable bedroom and enjoy our ""Silver And Blue" class of service. You have full access to the dome cars and the Bullet Lounge in the Park Car. Follow the Fraser River past snow-capped mountains until it meets the Thompson River at Hell's Gate and continue aceoss the Great Divide. All meals included on the train. Fall asleep to the gentle rocking of the train.
DAY 3 Arrive Jasper, Alberta. Breathe in the fresh mountain air in this quaint alpine townsite. Wild animals are likely seen in town or on the outskirts. Wapiti, Bighorn Sheep, Dalls Sheep, Mountain Goats, Red fox, and the occasional bear are all in the area. Overnight in one of our Jasper hotels.
DAY 4 The feelings of calm and peace that overtake you in the wild Canadian Rockies will refresh you like never before. The treat for today is a narrated trip to Maligne Lake, Malinge Canyon followed by a motorboat cruise to tranquil and very remote Spirit Island. Travel past a masive lake that disappears every year. Overnight in one of our Jasper hotels.
DAY 5 Free time in the morning. Late afternoon we bid farewell to Jasper and depart on VIA Rail's great Trans-Canadian once more, bound for the East. We roll through Edmonton, capital of Alberta. Cross the mighty Saskatchewan River which originates at the Columbia Icefields and winds its way to Hudson's Bay.
DAY 6 Your rail journey continues into the great wheatfield province of Saskatchewan along the Yellowhead Route where settlers crossed in their colonization of the untamed west. Our first-class rail cars are refurbished to the 1950's genre in Art Deco and. Private bedrooms are comfortable with all meals included in the dining cars!
DAY 7 Our epic journey continues. Enjoy a hearty breakfast (included) and then occupy the observation dome which offers unequalled views as we roll through the green and golden wheatfields into Manitoba. Arrive in Winnipeg for a one-hour stop and then travel into northern Ontario, past sparkling lakes and sun-dappled forests. The bullet car is a great meeting place for conversation and the meals on-board are fabulous. Fall asleep this evening to the gentle rocking of the train. Ride the rails across track laid over the hardest rock on earth.
DAY 8 Arrive this morning into Toronto, Ontario. Transfer to our hotel with the rest of the day free. This evening you might want to visit one of the tallest free standing structures on Earth, the CN Tower. Be sure to ride the elevators to the second platform.
DAY 9 Depart Toronto for the Niagara Peninsula. Within its heart is one of the world's natural wonders, Niagara Falls. We have time to board the "Maid of the Mist" (weather permitting) to view both the American and Canadian sides of the falls. See the floral clock and picturesque village of Niagara-on-the-lake. Return to Toronto for an orientation tour of the city and some free time for shopping. Our tour guide will host a special farewell dinner atop the 1800 foot CN Tower (tallest in the world) where we can recall the highlights of our amazing journey across Canada. The views are quite impressive from this gigantic height and we can stand on the glass floor that looks down 1400 feet to the city below! Overnight Toronto.
DAY 10 All aboard! We travel by train on VIA1 into French speaking Canada. A pleasant train journey past oak and ash trees delivers us to Montreal, Quebec. The city bustles with the color and flair of an international port. The city receives 4,000 ships per year and is a potpouri of sights and fragrances. We have time on our own to explore the Chinatown or see the city from river level on a harbor cruise. Overnight
DAY 11 Our morning tram tour introduces us to the second largest French-speaking city in the world. Old Montreal is fascinating and has seen haggling and trading for 300 years. Today it is described as "Amsterdam rolled into Paris" in a vibrant new world culture. A special tram tour will show us Notre Dame Basilica, Olympic Park, Mount Royal, and the Montreal Harbor on the great St. Lawrence River. This afternoon you might shop for bargains, French Style! Board overnight VIA Rail train and check into your comfortable bedroom.
DAY 12 We begin our day aboard our train with continental breakfast and arrive in the early afternoon in Halifax. Transfer to hotel in Halifax for overnight at one of our comfortable hotels.
DAY 13 A special treat awaits us today. Our escorted tour shows us Peggy Cove and the most photographed lighthouse on Earth and other highlights of this Maritime jewel. Overnight in Halifax once more
DAY 14 Tour ends today with checkout from our hotel at 11:00AM.