Western Canada By Land, Rail And Sea
Cruise; Sightseeing; Cruise Vacation; Canadian Rockies; Lake Louise; Maligne Canyon; Banff National Park; Cruise Adventure; Train ride; Maligne Lake; Parliament Buildings; Bow Falls; Athabasca Glacier; Mount Robson; Bastion Square; Bow River Valley; Athabasca River; Mount Robson Provincial Park; Northern British Columbia; Northern Adventure Ferry; Inner Harbour; Thunderbird Park;
Enjoy 12 Days Western Canada By Land, Rail and Sea Escorted tour featuring sightseeing and many activities in Banff, Calgary, Jasper, Prince Rupert, Vancouver and Victoria. Edmonton Travel Guide and Trip PlannerRead Full Description
- Trip Length:
- 12 days
- Best Time to Go:
Jul 05, 2008 to Jul 16, 2008
Aug 16, 2008 to Aug 27, 2008
Jul 19, 2008 to Jul 30, 2008
Aug 02, 2008 to Aug 13, 2008
Aug 30, 2008 to Sep 10, 2008
Sep 13, 2008 to Sep 24, 2008
- Recommended for:
Infants (under 2)
Children (2 - 5)
Children (6 - 8)
Children (9 - 11)
Children (12 - 14)
Children (15 - 17)
Adults (18 - 20)
Adults (25 - 29)
Family Trip, Group Retreat, Trip Around the World
Detailed Trip Description
Enjoy 12 Days Western Canada By Land, Rail and Sea Escorted tour featuring sightseeing and many activities in Banff, Calgary, Jasper, Prince Rupert, Vancouver and Victoria. Edmonton Travel Guide and Trip Planner
Day 1 - Calgary
Welcome to Calgary, gateway to the Canadian Rockies! A complimentary transfer is provided to the hotel. Your Tour Director is available this afternoon to answer your questions.
Food and Dining
Tonight, meet your traveling companions at a Welcome Reception at the hotel.
Stay at International Hotel Suites Calgary (SF).
Day 2 - Banff
Calgary - Banff.
After a short tour of Calgary, head into the great Canadian Rockies and world-famous Banff National Park with its odd-shaped hoodoos standing guard over the Bow River Valley and Bow Falls. Look out for wildlife including elk, bear and bighorn sheep.
The afternoon is free to explore the town of Banff on your own, or join one of the many optional activities available. (FB)
Stay at Banff Park Lodge (F).
Day 3 - Jasper
Banff - Lake Louise - Icefields Parkway - Jasper.
Your first stop today is at Lake Louise. Learn about the wildlife, nature and history of the area on a narrated walk along the lakeshore. Then travel along the Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most spectacular drives. Marvel at the towering snow-capped peaks, azure lakes, thundering waterfalls, glaciers and wildlife.
Food and Dining
Tonight enjoy a wildlife presentation after dinner. (FB,D)
At the Columbia Icefield, board an Ice Explorer for a unique ride on the Athabasca Glacier. Then on to Jasper for a two-night stay.
Stay at Chateau Jasper (SF).
Day 4 - Jasper
Start the day with a narrated walk along Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
Optional activities include a cruise on Maligne Lake, a float trip down the Athabasca River, and a guided alpine hike through the unmatched beauty of Mount Edith Cavell. (FB)
Day 5 - Prince George
Jasper - Mount Robson - Prince George.
Head west this morning along the scenic Yellowhead Highway. Stop at Mount Robson Provincial Park and enjoy views of Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Rockies. Continue on through the picturesque Caribou Mountains and along the Fraser River to the logging and lumber city of Prince George. (FB,D)
Stay at Ramada Prince George (F).
Day 6 - Prince Rupert
Prince George - The Skeena Train - Prince Rupert.
Board The Skeena, one of the most memorable train journeys on earth. Relax and enjoy Totem Deluxe service with reserved seating in the glass-domed car. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on board. Keep an eye out for bear, moose, elk, deer, wolves, eagles and hawks, and marvel at the remote and wild landscapes.
Arrive in the early evening at the fishing port of Prince Rupert and transfer to the hotel with a harbor-view room. Stay at Crest Prince Rupert Hotel (SF). (CB,L,D)
Day 7 - Prince Rupert
Start the day with a guided tour of the Museum of Northern British Columbia. Learn about the diverse aspects of First Nations culture and history.
Explore the exhibits and enjoy a performance of First Nations dances.
Next, take a guided walking tour around the city, viewing the totem poles of Prince Rupert.
The rest of the day is free.
Exciting options are available: a Khutzeymatten Grizzly Bear watching tour, a canoe excursion, deep sea fishing, and a Pike Island archaeological and cultural tour. (FB)
Day 8 - Port Hardy
Prince Rupert - Inside Passage Cruise - Port Hardy.
Board the Northern Adventure ferry for a voyage following the famous Inside Passage. The ship features outdoor decks, comfortable lounges, a gift shop and full service café.
Enjoy the scenic grandeur as you sail through narrow passages and past islands, towering mountains, and the green coastal rainforest. Look for eagles, bear, porpoise and Orca whales. A number of cabins are available to be shared throughout the journey as exclusive hospitality space for relaxing.
Arriving on Vancouver Island, overnight in the fishing town of Port Hardy. (FB)
Stay at Glen Lyon Inn & Suites (F).
Day 9 - Parksville
Port Hardy - Parksville.
Journey south, following the eastern coastline of Vancouver Island, renowned for its ocean scenery, rainforests, First Nations culture and wildlife. Stop at Cathedral Grove for a walk through a forest of 800-year-old trees towering majestically skyward.
Continuing south, arrive at your beachfront hotel in Parksville, a popular summer destination. (FB,D)
Stay at Quality Resort Bayside (F).
Day 10 - Victoria
Parksville - Victoria.
Your first stop is in Chemainus, a quaint seaside town known for its murals. Then take a winery tour and wine tasting in the Cowichan Valley with its Mediterranean-like growing season and mild maritime winters.
This afternoon, arrive in Victoria, where a tour introduces you to the Inner Harbour, the Parliament Buildings, Thunderbird Park and Bastion Square.
Food and Dining
As an option this evening, why not enjoy a visit to Canada's oldest Chinatown, and a Chinese banquet? (FB)
Stay at Laurel Point Inn (SF).
Day 11 - Victoria
Food and Dining
This morning, breakfast is hosted by a horticulturist at the flower-filled conservatory of the Blue Poppy Restaurant at world-famous Butchart Gardens. After breakfast, there is time to stroll through the gardens.
The rest of the day is free to explore this very "British" city. A variety of optional activities are available: a horse-drawn carriage ride, an ocean excursion in search of Orca, and a cruise aboard an historic tall ship.
Food and Dining
Tonight, a Farewell Dinner is served at a specialty restaurant. (FB,D)
Day 12 - Vancouver
Victoria - Depart Vancouver.
Cross the Strait of Georgia by ferry.
Travel into Vancouver where a complimentary transfer is provided to Vancouver International Airport or the Georgian Court Hotel in Vancouver for those wishing to extend their stay. NOTE: Please do not schedule any flights before 3 p.m. (FB)
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