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Contrasts of Canada

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Rocky Mountains
Tour Style: First Class
15 Days from $4,752 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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  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.
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    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 before a Regional Meal dinner.

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  6. Leaving Whistler, continue toward the ski resort of Kamloops for an evening at leisure. 

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    hotel:Kamloops DoubleTree
  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."

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    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.
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  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.
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    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.
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    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.
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  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.

     

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    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.
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  14. Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Toronto Pearson International Airport.
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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
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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.

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  • 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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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Banff

Explore the Rockies Tour 20 min

Adult Price: $195.00 | Child Price: $195.00

Blades humming, the helicopter from Rockies Heli Canada rises up from the Kananaskis Base and soars away over the valley, crossing snow-capped mountains, rivers, and lakes. Rising to 9,500 feet, gaze upon all of these breathtaking panoramic views as you glide smoothly by on the Explore the Rockies tour. The tour is long enough to get beyond the face of the Rockies and “behind” the peaks. This exciting option typically will provide the excitement of flying through or over a mountain pass with frequent sightings of Big Horn Sheep and occasionally herds of Elk. Subject to weather permitting.

Banff

Grand Rockies Tour 30 mins

Adult Price: $325.00 | Child Price: $325.00

The thrill of flight and the breathtaking scenery of the Canadian Rockies as seen from an eagle's perspective - the Grand Rocky Mountain Tour is Rockie Heli's most popular flight from our RHT-K base, the tour will introduce you to the spectacular scenery of the Spray Lakes Valley, the Iconic Three Sisters Mountains of Canmore as well as stunning Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park. Subject to weather permitting.

Banff

Summit Helicopter Tour, 12 mins

Adult Price: $135.00 | Child Price: $135.00

The Summit Tour will provide you with you first glimpse into the spectacular Rocky Mountains.   Flying up to 7,000 ft. (2,300 m) above sea level, this tour will give you a taste of beautiful Kananaskis Country and the glorious peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Subject to weather condition.

Whistler

Peak 2 Peak Gondola

Adult Price: $63.00 | Child Price: $63.00

From our ancient, volcanic peaks with their 360 degree views, to our vibrant and sophisticated village with its incredible vibe, Whistler Blackcomb has summer covered from top to bottom. Travel across BC’s rooftop on the world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, explore over 50 kms of high alpine hiking trails, then head to the valley for a bike ride on Whistler’s paved valley trail, or its renowned single-track network in the world-famous Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

Jasper

Jasper Float Trip

Adult Price: $73.00 | Child Price: $30.00

Join the fun and experience an easy rafting / scenic float trip down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. A National Park licensed guide will provide commentary on the human and natural history of Jasper while navigating you along the same route used by the “fur traders” over 2 centuries ago. Lifejackets and the specially designed, 7 meter / 25 foot long, oar powered rafts; offer a safe and comfortable ride through several small, easy sets of rapids and calm stretches that any first time rafter will enjoy. Don’t worry the guides do all the rowing; you sit back and enjoy while exploring all the spectacular scenery drifting down a route that was used by fur traders many years ago. There is always a chance of seeing various wildlife including elk, deer, moose, coyotes, wolves, eagles, ospreys, mountain sheep and bears. Tours will operate rain or shine, and a poncho will be provided when required.

Banff

Brewster Banff Gondola

Adult Price: $49.00 | Child Price: $25.00

At the Banff Gondola, you’ll see more mountains in a moment than most see in a lifetime! Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a bird’s eye view of six mountain ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Begin with an eight-minute journey to the summit in a fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin. The views become increasingly spectacular as you climb to an elevation of 7,486 feet ( 2,281 meters) to the Summit Upper Terminal. Witness the breathtaking views in every direction or go to the restaurant area to enjoy the views inside or from its upper deck. You can also take the Banff Skywalk for a short self-guided interpretive walkway along the summit ridge leading to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site of Canada. Subject to weather conditions.

Victoria

Victoria Whale Watching Excursion

Adult Price: $121.00 | Child Price: $90.00

Board your vessel to enjoy a three-hour whale-watching expedition in the waters off Victoria. While it can’t be guaranteed in advance which of the abundant marine wildlife you’ll see on your journey, chances are you’ll also spot magnificent bald eagles, porpoises or seals. Spring and summer are the best times of the year to see the resident Orca whales in all their glory.

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