Western Canada by Rail on VIA Rail (8935) - 2017 / 2016

9 Day Tour from Calgary to Vancouver


Western Canada by Rail on VIA Rail
The beautiful harbour in Vancouver
The beautiful harbour in Vancouver
Jasper National Park - located in Alberta, Canada
Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks
Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies
Vancouver Island
Visit Butchart Gardens with over 50 acres of floral extravagance
Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792
Enjoy all the wildlife of Jasper National Park
Stanley Park features numerous unique Totem poles
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

Create a lifetime of incredible memories traveling through the unforgettable Canadian Rockies! Take a snocoach ride on Athabasca Glacier in Alberta, travel across British Columbia on VIA Rail’s the Canadian, and enjoy ferry crossings to/from Vancouver Island—these are just a few of the many highlights on this memorable Western Canada vacation. Begin your trip in Calgary with a sightseeing tour of Calgary’s major sites. Then, travel to Banff, one of Canada’s favorite resorts, for time to hike, relax, or take an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies. On the way to Jasper National Park, stop in Lake Louise and marvel at this world-famous location with its cold waters reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Next, a highlight of your vacation: take a thrilling ride aboard an Ice Explorer on the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Canadian Rockies. Continue on to Jasper National Park, the largest national park in Canada, for two nights.

Then, journey on the Canadian for the overnight run west across Canada’s Rocky Mountains to Vancouver. This train ride through breathtaking scenery takes you back to a time when getting to your destination was part of the fun. Along the way, see wild rivers, majestic mountain ranges, and beautiful lakes. Upon arrival in Vancouver, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s major sites. Then, set sail for Victoria and enjoy a sightseeing tour, including world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of floral displays. Your grand Canadian Rockies vacation ends in Vancouver. This is truly an unforgettable vacation with an amazing itinerary full of beautiful scenery and once-in-a-lifetime activities.

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Sightseeing:
In Calgary and Vancouver; orientation tour in Jasper, Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride), Stanley Park, and Butchart Gardens. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Scenic Highlights:
Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Thompson River, Monashee Mountains, Fraser Canyon, Strait of Georgia, and the Gulf Islands.

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director.


Day 1Calgary

Welcome to Calgary! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2Calgary–Banff National Park

The discovery of oil converted this cattle ranching town into a thriving, sophisticated city. Guided sightseeing shows off downtown, Fort Calgary, Stampede Park, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Next, drive west through the foothills of the Rockies into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. (B)

Day 3Banff National Park

Full day at leisure. Banff is one of Canada’s favorite resorts—your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.

Day 4Banff National Park–Lake Louise–Columbia Icefield–Jasper National Park

First stop is Lake Louise, whose cold waters reflect the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and exquisite lakes come into view as the motorcoach scales two mountain passes. Another highlight today is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 feet thick. Late this afternoon, join our optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River. In Jasper, an orientation tour showcases the unspoiled beauty. Accommodation for the next two nights is in JASPER NATIONAL PARK.

Day 5Jasper National Park

Join the optional narrated cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island. On the return journey, you’ll be mesmerized by dramatic Maligne Canyon. With much of the afternoon and evening free, consider hiking or exploring Jasper’s local charm.

Day 6Jasper National Park–VIA Rail the Canadian

On VIA Rail’s the Canadian, a late-afternoon departure allows you one last chance to explore Jasper before you transfer to the train station for the overnight run west across Canada’s Rocky Mountains to Vancouver. The Canadian features renovated cars, comfortable cabin accommodations in Sleeper Plus class, and delicious meals. Enjoy regional cuisine over a 3-course dinner in the dining car. Spend time in the Skyline car, with dome seating and a lounge area, or relax in the Park car and meet other travelers. The comfortable cabins come with bed turndown service, in-car shower access, and lots of little extras, such as a personal toiletry kit. (D)

Day 7VIA Rail the Canadian–Vancouver

Continue through the ranchlands along the South Thompson River, the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley, and snowcapped Coast Mountains. Upon arrival in Vancouver, your day is at leisure for independent sightseeing. (B)

Day 8Vancouver–Ferry Crossing–Victoria

Morning sightseeing focuses on Vancouver’s Chinatown, Gastown, and lovely STANLEY PARK. Afterward, sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, known for its Mediterranean-like climate. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its collection of totem poles.

Day 9Victoria–Ferry Crossing–Vancouver

Morning departure for Vancouver. The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Vancouver International Airport are included. Please schedule flights after 1:30 pm.

Transportation:
Private bedroom from Jasper to Vancouver in Sleeper Plus Class; ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island; private, deluxe airconditioned motorcoach while touring


CALGARY International Hotel Calgary (SF)
BANFF NATIONAL PARK Bow View Lodge (ST)
JASPER NATIONAL PARK Lobstick Lodge (F)
VIA RAIL Overnight on the train in Sleeper Plus Class
VANCOUVER Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown (F)
VICTORIA Royal Scot Hotel & Suites (F)

1 breakfast; on VIA Rail—1 breakfast, 1 dinner


With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LYNDA BROWN

Years of Experience: 17 years

Born in Calgary, I caught the travel bug while teaching in Europe-and I haven't looked back since! Western Canada is my preferred travel destination, and having the Rockies in my backyard to enjoy year round is indeed a privilege! I've also had the thrill of introducing many visitors to Calgary's famous Stampede every July. I'm a proud Canadian and proud Calgarian. I am here to share the pride and love I have for my country--its people, culture, food, geography, and history.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Western Canada by Rail on VIA Rail:

  • Banff National Park
  • Jasper National Park


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