CANADIAN ROCKIES BY TRAIN
CANADIAN ROCKIES BY TRAIN

Day 1: Vancouver, British Columbia - Tour Begins
Join Vacations for Catholics for a remarkable journey through Alpine vistas, stunning landscapes, charming towns and beautiful lakes. Explore the beautiful Canadian Rockies by train. Your adventure begins in Vancouver.

Day 2: Vancouver - VIA Rail
A city tour of Vancouver begins this morning at beautiful Stanley Park, Canada’s renowned urban rainforest, and continues to Chinatown, the waterfront, and Gastown, a turn-of-the-century center comprised of pubs, art galleries, boutiques and the world-famous steam-powered clock, perhaps the most photographed subject in all of Vancouver. Stroll picturesque Granville Island and its fascinating markets. This evening, enjoy dinner overlooking the city skyline. Later, board VIA Rail’s The Canadian to begin your journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Relive train travel in the days of old as you are rocked to sleep tonight in your private accommodations.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 3: VIA Rail - Jasper, Alberta
Enjoy a lovely hot breakfast in the dining car as your eastbound train whisks you past the peaks of the Monashee Mountains and the stunning sight of Pyramid Falls cascading down Mt. Cheadle. Relax in the Dome car as you experience 360-degree views of the glistening glaciers of the Albreda Icefields and on a clear day, view Mt. Robson – the highest peak of the Rockies! Moose, mountain goats, bear and caribou call this wonderland home. This afternoon, arrive in Jasper, nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies at the gateway to the incredible Icefields Parkway. This evening, enjoy a "Taste of Alberta" dinner complete with several choices featuring various Alberta products and special recipes that highlight the cuisine of the province.
Today Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Day 4: Jasper
This morning we travel to Maligne Lake and enjoy breakfast* against the backdrop of the picture-perfect sparkling waters of Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies. While there you may choose to embark on an optional cruise highlighting the beauty of Spirit Island. Later, enjoy the dramatic Maligne Canyon, one of the area’s most spectacular landmarks. Return to your hotel with leisure time to explore this lovely town.
Today Breakfast is included.

Day 5: Icefields Parkway-Glacier Experience or Glacier Skywalk-Lake Louise
Set off for a wonderful day of sightseeing en route to Lake Louise. Journey along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway! Waterfalls, rushing rivers, glacial peaks, imposing cliffs and snowcapped peaks paint the breathtaking canvas – so have your camera handy! Enjoy a stop at the Athabasca Falls and marvel at its sheer beauty and power. Stop at the Columbia Icefield and choose a fun ride** across this mass of glacial ice which is over 1,000 feet thick – the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic Circle; or, take a walk on the Glacier Skywalk to experience the breathtaking views of the Sunwapta Valley and witness the dramatic landscape from the glass-floored platform. Continuing down the parkway, be on the lookout for bears, furry marmots and stately elk. Enjoy a stop at Peyto Lake – a turquoise glacier-fed lake that evokes pure serenity – before arriving in Lake Louise. Enjoy a stay at the world-famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. This evening it’s Diner’s Choice...your dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s great restaurants.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 6: Lake Louise - Banff
En route to Banff, view the spectacular Moraine Lake and the awe-inspiring Valley of the Ten Peaks. The jagged Ten Peaks are distinctively saw-toothed, standing out amidst stunning Alpine scenery. Arrive at the grand Fairmont Banff Springs, known as the “Castle in the Rockies,” for a luxurious two-night stay. This evening experience another Diner’s Choice...tonight you’ll choose the perfect spot from one of the Fairmont Banff Springs’ great restaurants.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 7: Banff
Set off for a scenic drive through Banff featuring the powerful Bow Falls and Hoodoos – known as the “Land of the Sleeping Giants.” Next, meet a local ammolite specialist to learn about this rare gemstone found only in Alberta. During an afternoon at leisure, perhaps you will take a stroll through Banff’s delightful downtown.
Today Breakfast is included.

Day 8: Banff - Calgary
Leave the wonders of the Rockies for the prairies of Alberta en route to the Kananaskis Valley. Visit a local ranch where you can play a game of horseshoes, take a line dance lesson and enjoy a wagon ride** in search of buffalo. Then, delight in a traditional Albertan barbeque with beautiful views of the mountains in the background. Later, enjoy the views of the prairies before you reach the vibrant city of Calgary.
Today Breakfast and Lunch are included.

Day 9: Calgary - Depart for Home

 

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Highlights...
British Columbia • Vancouver • VIA Rail
Jasper • Columbia Icefields • Lake Louise
Banff • Calgary

  • Look upon the glistening glaciers of the Albreda Icefields and Mt. Robson – the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.
  • Stop at the Columbia Icefield and choose from a Glacier Experience across this mass of glacial ice which is over 1,000 feet thick or take a walk on the Glacier Skywalk.
  • Spend two nights at the magnificent The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, properly nicknamed the "Castle in the Rockies."

9 Days • 13 Meals:
7 Breakfasts • 2 Lunches • 4 Dinners

CALL FOR PRICES*

Starting at $3,099. *per person, land only, double occupancy
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YOUR ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

DAY 1
  Westin Bayshore
DAY 2
Via Rail Canada
DAY 3, 4
Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre
DAY 5
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
DAYS 6, 7
The Farimont Banff Springs Hotel
DAY 8
Westin, Calgary

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Experience It!
Experience Canada - VIA Rail


Listen to the peaceful sounds of a bygone era while natural beauty dances to life before your eyes in a scenic wonderland; it’s a veritable journey back in time as you travel from Vancouver to Jasper. Relax and discover the delight of overnight training aboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian. Heralded in 1955 as "the first and only all-stainless steel "dome’ streamliner in Canada,” The Canadian has been exceeding passenger expectations ever since. Enjoy first-class meals and awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies vistas during the day. Spend the night in the comfort of your own bed inside a private sleeping room that includes a private bath. From the moment you board VIA Rail’s The Canadian, you’ll embrace the nostalgia of a golden era; rail lines trace history while whisking travelers through scenery far removed from the highway.


For more information call Pam Adair at
216.751.8301 or 888-878-8187


Please Note:
• Passport is required.
• *Some attractions may not be available during the "off-season" months (weather permitting) and is reflected in the rate. Glacier Experience is weather permitting throughout the travel season. Order of sightseeing is subject to change. The number of single accommodations is limited on this tour. An overnight bag is necessary for your train experience aboard VIA Rail. Maximum elevation: 7,000 feet.
• This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.

 

Vacation updated: 12/27/2016 1:30:41 PM