Contrasts of Canada

Rocky Mountains
15 Days from $4,406 per person

An epic exploration, east meets west on this grand trip across Canada, taking you coast to coast on VIA Rail's renowned train, The Canadian.


You'll enjoy Insider moments like… playing horseshoes with your travel companions and listening to music performed by the Guinn Family, while relaxing beneath the stars after a meal of great BBQ whipped together on the family ranch.

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  1. Welcome to Vancouver. Check in to your hotel and get settled or head out to explore. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow traveling companions for a Welcome Reception.
    hotel:Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront
  2. Set out for Stanley Park to see its towering totem poles and explore historic Chinatown and Gastown. Travel by ferry to Vancouver Island. Visit a family-owned winery for a taste of their delectable wines. Later, arrive at your hotel in quaint Victoria.
    hotel:Marriott Inner Harbor
  3. Greet the day with breakfast at Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre showcase of gorgeous floral gardens. Meet with a representative who can answer any questions you may have before spending some time exploring on your own. Back in Victoria, enjoy a guided city tour and enjoy the rest of the day as you wish. This evening, dinner is up to you with a selection of restaurants for a your choice dining experience.
    meal(s):FB, YC
  4. Set out for Chemainus, famous for its outdoor murals. Return to the mainland by ferry and drive along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway. Board the Sea-to-Sky Gondola and ride all the way to Summit Lodge while enjoying sweeping views. Later this afternoon, arrive in Whistler.
    hotel:Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa
  5. Start the morning with a guided walking tour led by a Local Specialist. Learn about the history of the resort and its significance to the 2010 Winter Olympics. Next, step into a fascinating world where ancient ways meet modern life at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Center. Your Local Specialist, a First Nations ambassador, will greet you with a warm welcome in traditional song. The afternoon is at leisure in Whistler.
  6. Leaving Whistler, head through Cache Creek, offering some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Canada. Continue past historic Kamloops, toward the thriving ski resort of Sun Peaks. Enjoy an interpretive walk before your Regional Meal dinner where a Local Specialist will join you to give a true insider's perspective on the fur trapping and trading industry of the region.
    meal(s):FB, RM
    hotel:Sun Peaks Grand
  7. Sample the best of Canada's natural treasures in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. Travel through Mount Revelstoke National Park, crossing the Columbia River and Yoho National Park. Cross the Continental Divide, enter Banff National Park and arrive at your quintessential mountain resort for a relaxing two night stay. Enjoy drinks and a presentation with a Local Specialist where you will learn all about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from a real life "Mountie."
    hotel:Banff Park Lodge
  8. Immerse yourself in the natural glories of Banff, including the classic viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the hoodoo rock formations. The afternoon is free. In the evening, join your traveling companions for a visit to a ranch in the scenic Kananaskis Valley as your hosts greet you for a memorable Be My Guest experience and dinner.
    meal(s):FB, BG
  9. Arrive on the shores of lovely Lake Louise with a short lakeside talk. Enjoy a unique adventure at the Columbia Icefield where you board an Ice Explorer and drive on the massive Athabasca Glacier. Later this afternoon, arrive at your hotel in the heart of Jasper National Park. Join a Local Specialist and your newfound friends for a "Farewell to the Rockies" Dinner.
    meal(s):FB, FD
    hotel:The Sawridge Inn
  10. Enjoy an interpretive walk on the trails of Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Embark on a narrated cruise across the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake. Stop at Spirit Island, before returning to Jasper. Later this afternoon, bid farewell to your Travel Director and fellow travelers as you board VIA Rail's The Canadian for your independent transcontinental journey across Canada, from Jasper to Toronto. Take in the legendary scenery, one of the most renowned long-distance journeys in the world. Get settled in and relax in your Sleeper Plus or Prestige Sleeper Class (optional upgrade) compartment.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:VIA Rail The Canadian, Sleeper Plus Class
  11. Enjoy the full experience of traveling aboard VIA Rail's flagship: delicious meals are prepared fresh by local chefs and served in the elegant, fully renovated dining cars. Enjoy wine tastings and interactive presentations on the history, geography and culture of the regions you travel through. From time-to-time, musicians play on board, providing a soundtrack for the journey. As you travel across the continent, take in the sweeping landscapes from the comfort of your private compartment or from the Bullet Lounge, Mural Lounge or the scenic glass dome Skyline and Park cars, where you can unwind with a coffee or make new friends.
    meal(s):FB, L, D, FB, L, D
  12. Arrive in Toronto, Canada's most cosmopolitan city located on the shore of Lake Ontario. On arrival, you will be met and taken to your hotel in the heart of Toronto's vibrant city. Time permitting, start exploring Toronto with your complimentary “hop-on, hop-off” city sightseeing tour.

    Note: Your scheduled arrival at Toronto Union Station is 9:30 a.m., but local rail traffic conditions may result in service disruptions and delays. Should you arrive too late to enjoy your complimentary “hop-on, hop-off” city sightseeing tour, we will replace it with with another ticket valid before your departure time. We therefore recommend a later flight on Day 15 to avoid any disappointment.

    hotel:Sheraton Center Toronto
  13. Today, venture to the Niagara Peninsula for a full day sightseeing tour. Take in the picturesque countryside of the Niagara Peninsula and stop at one of the local wineries where you can sample selections of some of Ontario's finest wines. Continue along the Niagara Parkway to Niagara Falls with photo opportunities at the famed Floral Clock. Board the Hornblower for an exhilarating boat ride to the base of the majestic Horseshoe Falls. Enjoy some free time around the falls before heading back toward Niagara-on-the-Lake, stopping along the way for photo opportunities at the observation deck. Once in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, you will have time to stroll through the charming streets, soaking up the history and heritage of one of Canada's most famous landmarks. The rest of the day is free.
  14. Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Toronto Pearson International Airport.

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We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

14 nights' accommodations, 14 full breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy a hosted dinner on a family-owned ranch in Kananaskis Valley.

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Whistler, with a First Nations ambassador at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Center and in Sun Peaks, Banff and Jasper.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler and Banff
  • Visit the thriving ski resort of Sun Peaks and Niagara Falls
  • View Lake Louise, Stanley Park, Yoho and Mount Revelstoke National Parks
  • Scenic drive along the Sea-to-Sky Highway
  • Iconic train journey aboard VIA Rail's "The Canadian" train
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
17 Apr 17 1 May 17 checkmark $4,895$4,406pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$4,895 $4,406 pp
8 May 17 22 May 17 checkmark $4,895$4,406pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$4,895 $4,406 pp
15 May 17 29 May 17 checkmark $4,895$4,406pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$4,895 $4,406 pp
22 May 17 5 Jun 17 checkmark $4,895$4,406pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$4,895 $4,406 pp
29 May 17 12 Jun 17 checkmark $5,175$4,658pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,175 $4,658 pp
5 Jun 17 19 Jun 17 checkmark $5,225$4,703pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,225 $4,703 pp
26 Jun 17 10 Jul 17 checkmark $5,250$4,725pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,250 $4,725 pp
10 Jul 17 24 Jul 17 checkmark $5,250$4,725pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,250 $4,725 pp
24 Jul 17 7 Aug 17 checkmark $5,250$4,725pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,250 $4,725 pp
7 Aug 17 21 Aug 17 checkmark $5,250$4,725pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,250 $4,725 pp
4 Sep 17 18 Sep 17 checkmark $5,250$4,725pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,250 $4,725 pp
11 Sep 17 25 Sep 17 checkmark $5,250$4,725pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,250 $4,725 pp

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,050.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $151 per person.

Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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