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Contrasts of Canada

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

Your exploration of Canada's interior will take you through Vancouver's Gastown streets, the Olympic slopes of Whistler and icy Athabasca Glacier before boarding 'The Canadian' on an iconic transcontinental rail journey.

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Your exploration of Canada's interior will take you through Vancouver's Gastown streets, the Olympic slopes of Whistler and icy Athabasca Glacier before boarding 'The Canadian' on an iconic transcontinental rail journey.

  1. Blaze a trail through the heart of Canada, beginning your untamed adventure in the West Coast wonderland of Vancouver. Spend the day discovering the city's scenic surrounds, then join your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Welcome Reception this evening.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
  2. Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge Park before delving into the historic neighborhoods of Chinatown and Gastown, whose Victorian heritage stems from a single tavern founded by 'Gassy Jack'. We explore the city's leafy peninsula on a visit to Stanley Park.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  3. Travel by ferry to Vancouver Island to savor the crisp, sweet flavors of craft cider during a visit to one of the island's most renowned cider houses. Continue to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Marriott Inner Harbour
  4. Enjoy breakfast at Butchart Gardens and learn how the spectacular floral display was once a giant disused quarry. Spend some time strolling through the garden. Enjoy a your choice dining experience tonight.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Your Choice Dining
  5. Admire the outdoor gallery displayed in Chemainus, then return to the mainland by ferry. We embark on a scenic road-trip, winding along the Sea-to-Sky to the ski resort sensation of Whistler where our Stay with a Story is the alpine village's landmark ski-in ski-out hotel.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Fairmont Chateau Whistler
  6. Visit the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Center and listen to a traditional welcome song from your Local Specialist First Nations ambassador. Spend the rest of your day at leisure.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  7. We wind our way from Whistler to Kamloops. The evening is yours to enjoy on your terms.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Kamloops DoubleTree
  8. Explore the UNESCO-listed national parks that protect this striking mountain landscape - Mount Revelstoke National Park, Yoho National Park and Banff National Park, where we'll meet a retired "Mountie" Local Specialist. 

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Banff Park Lodge
  9. Immerse yourself in Banff's soul-stirring natural surrounds. We venture into the Kananaskis Valley to Connect with Locals at a traditional Rocky Mountain Be My Guest dinner.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  10. The clear waters of Lake Louise provide a mesmerizing backdrop for our short lakeside talk this morning. We board an Ice Explorer for our exploration of the Athabasca Glacier. Arriving at our hotel in Jasper National Park, we enjoy a "Farewell to the Rockies" dinner with our newfound friends.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel:The Sawridge Inn
  11. 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, get settled in and relax in your Sleeper Plus or Prestige Sleeper Class (optional upgrade) compartment.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:VIA Rail The Canadian, Sleeper Plus Class
  12. Enjoy the full experience of travelling aboard VIA Rail's flagship with delicious meals prepared fresh by local chefs. Enjoy wine tastings, interactive presentations and sometimes even musicians. As you travel across the continent, take in the sweeping landscapes from the comfort of your private compartment or from the scenic Skyline and Park glass dome cars.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Continue your journey across Canada on board the VIA Rail's flagship.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. 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 vibrant city. Time permitting, start exploring with your complimentary "hop-on, hop-off" city sightseeing tour.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Sheraton Centre Toronto
  15. 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. 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 of one of Canada's most famous landmarks.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  16. Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Toronto Pearson International Airport.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
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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: $1,750 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $177 per person.

VIA Rail Prestige Class upgrade: Enjoy a larger window, turndown service, stocked mini-bar, private bathroom and shower for our VIA Rail trip. From $1,750 per person twin share and $4,695 single cabin supplement. No triples available.

Note: Your scheduled arrival at Toronto Union Station is 9:30 am, 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 another ticket valid before your departure time. We therefore recommend a later flight on Day 16 to avoid any disappointment.

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  • 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

25 meals: 15 full breakfasts, 2 lunches, 8 dinners.

Included Highlights

Connect with Local

  • Enjoy a hosted dinner on a family-owned ranch in Kananaskis Valley at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies

Stays with Stories

  • Stay at an alpine retreat at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing with a First Nations ambassador at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and meet a retired Mountie in Banff

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Banff
  • Visit Chase, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Niagara Falls
  • Iconic train journey aboard VIA Rail's The Canadian train
  • View Lake Louise, Athabasca Glacier, Rogers Pass, Athabasca Falls, Sea-to-Sky Gondola, Butchart Gardens
  • Scenic drive along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Icefields Parkway
  • Cruise across Maligne Lake to iconic Spirit Island
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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 24 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.

VICTORIA

*Victoria Whale Watching Excursion

Adult Price: 123.00

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. Approx. duration: 3 hours.

WHISTLER

Peak 2 Peak Gondola

Adult Price: 65.00

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. Approx. duration: 1 hour.

BANFF

Brewster Banff Gondola

Adult Price: 59.00

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. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours.

Mt. Assiniboine Tour 30 mins

Adult Price: 331.00

You are in for something special as you are transported to Mount Assiniboine - "the Matterhorn" of the Canadian Rockies. Our most popular adventure has all the fantastic scenery of the previous tours plus a fly by over top of the glacier. This photogenic peak rises majestically to 3,611meters (11,870 feet) along the Great Divide. The Gloria and Assiniboine Glaciers will astound you. This is an experience you will never forget! Approx. duration: 30 minutes.

Royal Canadian Tour 25 mins

Adult Price: 273.00

This journey will only enhance the Three Sisters Peaks Tour by exploring the Goat and Sundance Ranges of the Rocky Mountains. You will see mountain peaks, alpine meadows, waterfalls and untouched glacier lakes. Perhaps even a glimpse of some wildlife. It's an extraordinary adventure not to be missed.

Three Sisters Peak Tour 12 min

Adult Price: 136.00

The most action packed twelve minutes of your life. Get up close and personal with the world famous Three Sisters Peaks. Reach out and touch them as you whisk by before escaping into the Spray Valley where you will explore the extraordinary hues of the Spray Lakes. Your return flight travels along the Goat Range before following the pristine Bow River back to Canmore.

JASPER

*Jasper Float Trip

Adult Price: 73.00

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, 25 foot (7 meter) 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. Approx. duration: 50-90 minutes

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