Canadian Rockies & Yukon Rail Tour highlights Include: Vancouver | VIA Rail | White Pass & Yukon Railroad | Jasper | Lake Louise | Banff | Whitehorse |
Circle tour from Vancouver traveling through dynamic landscapes of Western Canada and the Yukon by coach and Rail. This ten-day tour is packed with incredible sights and unique experiences. From glacier fed lakes of the Canadian Rockies to the fertile farmland of the Fraser Valley.
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Day 1 Vancouver to Jasper (Rail) This evening (7.30pm), check in at the Pacific Central Station and board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ for the famous train journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Travel back in time to the days of classic rail travel. The original stainless steel ‘streamliner’ railcars (made famous by the ‘Canadian’ in the 1950) are totally refurbished with air conditioning, a café car, lounge car.
Exclusive to Sleeper Touring Class: In the evening attendants transform your quarters into cozy bunks or a bedroom. Visit the Dome Car where you will experience the true essence of travelling by train as a panoramic scene sweeps by. In Sleeper Touring Class some of the amenities include thick towels, plump pillows, cozy down duvets and a shower kit.
Day 2 Canadian Rockies by daylight onboard VIA Rail; arrive Jasper late afternoon (Rail) By the time you awake this morning the train will have just departed Kamloops to begin a day of travelling towards the Canadian Rockies and Jasper. Enjoy breakfast (included) while surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Around lunchtime the ‘Canadian’ begins its passage into the Canadian Rockies with views of snow-capped peaks, Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields. Pass by Mount Robson, which at 3954 metres is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Jasper at 4.00pm and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the afternoon is yours to explore this unique mountain community. (breakfast & lunch included today onboard VIA Rail)
Day 3 Jasper – Evening wildlife tour Today is free to explore Jasper before departing this evening to experience the environs of Jasper, and for some amazing close-up photo opportunities of wildlife.
Day 4 Jasper to Lake Louise (Coach) Travel by coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America – the Icefields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefield that covers an area of nearly 125 sq mi (325 sq km) and reaches a depth of 1050 ft (320 m). Time allows for an Ice Explorer ride (included) on the Athabasca Glacier, then a stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk (included) to experience a glass-floored observation platform 918 ft (280 m) over spectacular glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. After, continue along the Icefield Parkway where stops will be made at Bow & Peyto Lakes, the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This highway is renowned for sightings of bears, elk, moose & mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy. Please note: mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June. (picnic lunch included today)
Day 5 Lake Louise to Banff (Coach) Depart Lake Louise mid-morning for a short drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Banff, arriving midday.
Day 6 Morning sightseeing tour of Banff with Gondola This morning, tour the town of Banff and its environs. Among the highlights are visits to the Hoodoos (shaped by centuries of wind) & Bow Valley Viewpoint, Surprise Corner, Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka and Bankhead: an abandoned mining town and the relic of Banff’s industrial past. At the end of the tour you will be taken to the Banff Gondola for a breathtaking ascent to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain for an aweinspiring 360-degree panorama of sheer mountain majesty. Return to downtown Banff at your leisure. (transfer not included)
Day 7 Banff via Calgary to Whitehorse (Coach / Air) This morning is free to explore Banff before your scheduled coach to Calgary departs early-afternoon. Follow the Trans Canada Highway and leave the Rocky Mountains to the Great Central Plains that roll to the east for 2000 kilometres and extend as far south as Mexico. This is ‘cattle ranching country’ and the breadbasket of Canada. Arrive Calgary Airport late afternoon to checkin for a scheduled flight to Whitehorse. Upon arrival transfer (own cost) to your hotel.
Day 8 Whitehorse City Tour (Coach) Located on the banks of the Yukon River, Whitehorse is the largest city in the territory as well as the Yukon capital. This morning join a city tour for a brief introduction to the local history of Whitehorse. Highlights include Old Log Church, Log Skyscraper, Fish Ladder, SS Klondike, Miles Canyon and Miles Canyon Lookout. A stop will be made at the Visitor Information Centre, which offers a great variety of information on Whitehorse, Yukon, Alaska and Northwest Territories. An excellent film “As the Crow Flies” shown every thirty minutes is a must see for all those interested in Yukon. Use this centre to help plan your stay, or enjoy the additional information. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 9 Whitehorse to Skagway Excursion (Train & Coach) Board a motor coach at the White Pass Depot in Whitehorse for a trip along the scenic South Klondike Highway to Fraser, BC, where you will connect with the world famous narrow gauge White Pass & Yukon Route Railway. Your 28-mile rail excursion will descend over the White Pass Summit and into Skagway, Alaska. Includes a two hour layover in Skagway long enough to shop, have lunch, or just stroll around the unique and historic town. You’ll then re‐board your motor coach for the trip from Skagway back to Whitehorse.
Day 10 Whitehorse to Vancouver Depart this morning for your return flight to Vancouver, your mini package ends upon arrival at Vancouver International Airport mid morning.
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