Great Canadian Rail Journey
This breathtaking vacation crosses Canada using the scenic railroad. Your trip begins in Toronto with an orientation tour and excursion to Niagara Falls. Board a Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise for a thrilling boat ride to view thundering Niagara Falls from the river level. Back in Toronto, board the Art Deco cars of VIA Rail’s The Canadian train for your 3-night rail journey through Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Watch the scenic countryside, lakes, and sun-dappled forests from your windows as you relax in first-class, refurbished cars from the 1950s.Disembark in Jasper and take in the beauty of Jasper National Park. Enjoy an excursion to Maligne Lake for a fully narrated cruise to Spirit Island, and travel through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway. Take a thrilling Ice Explorer ride on the 1,000-foot-deep Columbia Icefield. On the way to Banff National Park, drink in the stunning sights of Lake Louise with its green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. In Banff, visit Sulphur Mountain for a ride on the Banff gondola with panoramic views of Banff’s spectacular scenery. Next, enjoy a wine pairing and dinner at a local winery in Kelowna, then catch a ferry to Victoria for a visit to Butchart Gardens and free time on your own. Your Canadian vacation ends back in Vancouver.
TORONTO Orientation tour; dinner at CN TowerNIAGARA FALLS Sightseeing cruiseTORONTO–JASPER Private bedroom on VIA Rail’s the Canadian (travel in Sleeper Touring class); explore WinnipegJASPER NATIONAL PARK Cruise Maligne Lake and [LF] enjoy incredible views with a lakeside dinner; scenic sightseeing COLUMBIA ICEFIELD Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia IcefieldBANFF NATIONAL PARK Gondola ride up Banff’s Sulphur MountainBRITISH COLUMBIA’S WINE COUNTRY[LF] Wine tastingVANCOUVER–VICTORIA Scenic ferry ride through the Gulf IslandsVICTORIA Orientation tour; Butchart Gardens; [LF] private presentation by local historian and storyteller VANCOUVER Sightseeing tour; farewell dinner
TORONTO Fairmont Royal York (MD)VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN Sleeper Plus classJASPER Sawridge Hotel (F)BANFF Banff Park Lodge (F)KELOWNA Delta Grand Okanagan (SF)VICTORIA Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort (MD)VANCOUVER Georgian Court (SF)
Breakfast (B) daily, 1 brunch (BR), 2 lunches (L), 7 three-course dinners (D) including a farewell dinner in Vancouver