This breathtaking tour crosses Canada using the historic railroad. It features spectacular scenery, including an excursion to Niagara Falls, where you’ll enjoy a cruise to view the falls from the river level; an excursion from Jasper to Maligne Lake, the largest glacially formed lake in the Canadian Rockies, where you’ll cruise to Spirit Island; a thrilling Ice Explorer ride on the 1,000-foot-deep Columbia Icefield; a stop at stunning Lake Louise with its green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria; and much more.
In Toronto, board the art deco cars of VIA Rail’s The Canadian train for the highlight of this Canada tour…your 3-night rail journey through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Watch the scenic countryside, lakes, and sun-dappled forests from your windows as you relax in first-class, refurbished cars from the 1950s. Enjoy premium service, exquisite cuisine, and amazing views as you sit back and enjoy this marvelous train journey.
We have arranged out-of-the-ordinary adventures for you on this Canada tour. In Victoria, learn why Victoria is considered Canada’s most haunted city during a private presentation by a storyteller and historian. Other fun experiences included are a wine tasting in British Columbia’s wine-growing region and a lakeside dinner with incredible views of Maligne Lake.
All of this and more await you on this spectacular tour through Canada!
Day 1 Arrive in Toronto
Welcome to Toronto! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
Day 2 Toronto-Niagara Falls-VIA Rail the Canadian
Drive south along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. For the adventurous, your Tour Director will suggest optional flightseeing over the falls. Then, board the MAID OF THE MIST for a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering falls from river level. Before leaving the area, see the Floral Clock, then return to Toronto for an orientation tour of the downtown area. Enjoy dinner atop the 1,815-foot-tall CN TOWER before transferring to the train station for your departure on the CANADIAN later this evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Notes: The operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. When weather is unfavorable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.
For your convenience, baggage that will not be needed during the train journey will be checked through to Jasper. Checked baggage will not be accessible during the journey. Plan to pack an overnight bag with necessities for the train portion of the tour, including any medications, eyeglasses, and other important items.
Day 3 VIA Rail the Canadian-Ontario
Watch the scenic countryside from your windows as you relax in first-class refurbished art deco cars from the 1950s. Travel through “Cottage Country,” a favorite retreat for the city dwellers of southern Ontario. Continue past the sparkling lakes and sun-dappled forests of northern Ontario. Try the observation dome for unparalleled views or enjoy quiet conversation in one of the comfortable lounges. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 VIA Rail the Canadian-Winnipeg, Manitoba
Enter Manitoba with its endless golden prairies and vast cultivated fields. Arrive this morning in Manitoba’s capital city of Winnipeg, where you will disembark the train for time to explore this historic city including Forks National Historic Site, a commercial hub for more than 5,000 years and now home to the Forks Market that boasts a vast number of boutiques and restaurants. Reboard the train late this morning and continue west. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 VIA Rail the Canadian through Saskatchewan & Alberta-Jasper
From Winnipeg to Jasper, the train roughly parallels the famed Yellowhead Route, Canada’s historic trail of westward expansion. Arrive in Jasper this afternoon for a 2-night stay. (Brunch)
Day 6 Jasper – Excursion to Maligne Lake
Enjoy a day in Jasper to explore at your leisure. Maybe take an optional guided hike on the “Path of the Glacier,” where an experienced guide teaches you about the various glacier formations in the area. This afternoon, perhaps play a round of golf on one of the top-rated courses in North America or stroll the streets of Jasper with its array of specialty stores. This evening, enjoy an excursion to Maligne Lake for a fully narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island. Afterward, enjoy a LAKESIDE DINNER with incredible views and local fare, including famous Alberta beef. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7 Jasper-Columbia Icefield-Lake Louise-Banff
This morning, travel through JASPER NATIONAL PARK on Icefields Parkway to the 1,000-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling ICE EXPLORER RIDE. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers, then scale Bow Pass with splendid views of Peyto Lake. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8 Banff
Sightseeing includes a visit to Sulphur Mountain for a ride on the BANFF GONDOLA, complete with panoramic views of Banff ‘s spectacular scenery. Also visit Bow Falls and the hoodoos. The balance of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional float trip excursion on the Bow River or a helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye views of the Rockies. (Breakfast)
Day 9 Banff – British Columbia Wine Country
This morning, travel through the spectacular beauty of Yoho National Park, one of Canada’s most popular recreational areas and site of pre-Cambrian fossil finds. On to Canada’s Glacier National Park, where the motorcoach climbs 4,379-foot-high Rogers Pass, a perfect spot for photos of the surrounding mountain cliffs and glaciers. Continue to the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the shores of Okanagan Lake. Before arriving at your hotel, learn about this wine-growing region and enjoy a WINE TASTING. The evening is at leisure. (Breakfast)
Day 10 British Columbia Wine Country – Victoria
Catch a BC FERRY to Vancouver Island and the very British “Garden City” of Victoria. Upon arrival, visit world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS. Later, your orientation tour of Victoria includes the gardens of Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. Over dessert this evening, enjoy a private PRESENTATION about why Victoria is considered the most haunted city in Canada. A local storyteller and historian will entertain you with stories of the city’s interesting characters and colorful events. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 11 Victoria
Today is at leisure for independent sightseeing and shopping. Your Tour Director suggests an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this harbor city. (Breakfast)
Day 12 Victoria-Vancouver
This morning, take the FERRY and sail through the Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Arrive in Vancouver for a city tour that includes the harbor and beaches, Chinatown, historic Gastown, and Stanley Park with its towering evergreen forests and totem poles. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 13 Vancouver
Your vacation ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided. (Breakfast)
Toronto – Orientation tour; dinner at CN Tower
Niagara Falls – Sightseeing cruise
Toronto-Jasper – Private bedroom on VIA Rail’s the Canadian (travel in Sleeper Touring class)
Jasper National Park – Scenic sightseeing Cruise on Maligne Lake; enjoy incredible views with a lakeside dinner
Columbia Icefield – Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield
Banff National Park – Gondola ride up Banff’s Sulphur Mountain
British Columbia’s Wine Country– Wine Tasting
Vancouver-Victoria – Scenic ferry ride through Gulf Islands
Victoria – Orientation tour; Butchart Gardens – private presentation by local historian and storyteller
Vancouver – Sightseeing tour; farewell dinner
Note: Maximum elevation on vacation: 7,500 ft.
Inside visits and special features are shown in the description, including admission charges when applicable.
Breakfast daily, 1 brunch, 2 lunches, 7 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Vancouver
SUPERIOR HOTELS – (D) Deluxe (SF) Superior First-Class (F) First-Class
TORONTO Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (MD), VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN Sleeper Touring class, JASPER Sawridge Hotel (F), BANFF Banff Park Lodge (F), KELOWNA Delta Grand Okanagan (SF), VICTORIA Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort (MD), VANCOUVER Georgian Court (SF)