Day 1 – Vancouver Arrival
Welcome to the beautiful city of Vancouver, situated on the Pacific Coast of British Columbia, and backed by the spectacular Coast Mountain range. The day is yours to explore the many highlights of downtown. For locally crafted food, art and clothing, visit the Granville Island Market. Stroll through historic Gastown, or take a walk along the seawall. A visit to FlyOver Canada provides a great introduction to Canada’s diverse geography and scenic wonders from coast to coast.
Day 2 – Vancouver to Kamloops
All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer sightseeing train headed east towards Kamloops. View the dynamic landscapes of British Columbia as the train traverses through desert hills, ranchlands, lush river valleys, and mountains. Arrive in Kamloops, situated in the beautiful Thompson River Valley, for an overnight stay.
Day 3 – Kamloops to Banff
Enjoy a second day on the Rocky Mountaineer train, bound for Banff National Park. Travel through the rugged wilderness of Roger’s Pass, wind through the Spiral Tunnels, and climb and descend the Continental Divide. Pass the towering peak of Mount Temple, and follow the Bow River to the town of Banff. Enjoy an evening of relaxation in this charming alpine resort.
Day 4 – Banff
Spend the morning visiting Banff’s local points of interest. Visit scenic highlights including Bow Falls, Two Jack Lake, and Surprise Corner. Learn the historical significance of Hoodoo rock formations overlooking the Bow Valley. At Banff Gondola, ascend to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding peaks and the Banff town site far below. Stand on the shores of Lake Minnewanka and look out over the vast waters surrounded by impressive mountain peaks. Spend a leisurely night in Banff.
Day 5 – Banff to Lake Louise
Explore the wonders of Lake Louise and Yoho National Park during this full-day sightseeing tour. Walk along the deep walls of Johnston Canyon, and duck through a cave to view a waterfall that plummets into the canyon. Photograph the emerald waters of Lake Louise backed by Mount Victoria and the Victoria Glacier. Stand in awe of Takakkaw Falls, one of Canada’s highest waterfalls. Enjoy the serene setting of Moraine Lake and Emerald Lake. Enjoy a quiet evening in the wilderness setting of Lake Louise.
Day 6 – Lake Louise to Jasper
An epic day of sights and photo opportunities begins with the spectacular Icefields Parkway. Travel through mountain corridors surrounded by rocky peaks, sparkling streams, and hanging glaciers. Step out onto the Athabasca Glacier and enjoy an interpretive journey in an all-terrain Ice Explorer. Gaze out over the Sunwapta Valley from a glass platform suspended high above the valley floor at the Glacier Skywalk. Continue along the Icefields Parkway with a final photo stop at Athabasca Falls. Arrive in the resort town of Jasper for an evening at leisure. This mountain town is full of character and colourful local mountaineers and skiers.
Day 7 – VIA Rail to Toronto
Board a VIA Rail train and resume your journey east towards Toronto, with many amenities onboard to make you feel at home. The panorama viewing car offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscape, the lounge car offers tasty beverages and socializing, and the dining car serves up first-class cuisine for every meal. Overnight aboard the train.
Day 8 & 9 – VIA Rail to Toronto
Continue your journey aboard VIA Rail towards Ontario, and the culturally rich city of Toronto. Travel through the Great Central Plains of Canada to the rugged forests and freshwater lakes of the Canadian Shield. All meals are served aboard the train each day.
Day 10 – Toronto Arrival
Arrive at Union Station in downtown Toronto, and enjoy an evening in this metropolitan city. The downtown core offers a variety of interesting cultural venues and districts to explore from the Distillery District, to Little Italy, to the quirky Kensington Market neighborhood.
Day 11 – Niagara Falls Day Trip
Spend a day exploring the Niagara Falls region. Travel through the orchards of the Niagara Peninsula to the city of Niagara Falls. One of the wonders of the world, Niagara Falls is a large, horseshoe-shaped falls with the highest flow rate in the world. Enjoy a lunch buffet overlooking the falls, and a trip along the scenic River Road. Take a Hornblower Cruise to the centre of the action, and stand on a boat deck at the base of the falls. Travel through the peaceful Niagara-on-the-Lake region during the return trip to Toronto.
Day 12 – Toronto Departure
A morning checkout from your downtown hotel concludes this memorable rail adventure.
The Canadian Rail Adventure package
is also available starting from Toronto.