VIA Rail and the Canadian Rockies (8935)

9 Day Tour from Calgary to Vancouver

2019 Tour Details

Spectacular scenery, exciting cities, and thrilling experiences—this western Canada tour includes all of this and more. You’ll overnight in Calgary, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Vancouver, and Victoria. You’ll also overnight on Via Rail’s the Canadian, a tour highlight that takes you across Canada’s Rocky Mountains and brings you back to the days when the journey was part of the fun. In comfortable cabin accommodations and renovated cars, you’ll witness snowcapped mountains, ranchlands along the South Thompson River, and fertile fields as you sit back, relax, and travel from Jasper to Vancouver.

Another tour highlight is the journey from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park. You’ll stop at breathtaking Lake Louise, with green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria, and you’ll pass snowcapped mountains, exquisite lakes, and steep gorges on your way to Columbia Icefield. Here, you’ll experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 feet thick! Before heading to Jasper, you’ll enjoy two nights and free time in Banff National Park, one of Canada’s favorite resorts. Two nights in Jasper National Park give you time to explore, hike, or take an optional narrated cruise on Lake Maligne.

This western Canada tour also includes sightseeing in each city—Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria. You’ll enjoy sailing from Vancouver to Victoria via the scenic Gulf Islands. In Victoria, you’ll visit world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of floral displays.

For the value-minded traveler looking for stunning scenery, fun adventures, and exciting cities, this western Canada tour is the perfect vacation!
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 Tour Highlights

CALGARY
Sightseeing
BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Orientation tour; stay overnight inside the park
LAKE LOUISE
Visit the lake
COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield
JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Orientation tour; stay overnight inside the park
JASPER NATIONAL PARK-VANCOUVER
Journey aboard VIA Rail’s the Canadian in Sleeper Plus class
VANCOUVER
Sightseeing; Stanley Park
VICTORIA
Sightseeing; visit Butchart Gardens

Transportation:

Transportation:
On VIA Rail’s Canadian—Private bedroom from Jasper to Vancouver in Sleeper Plus class; ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island; private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

1 breakfast, 1 lunch

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 CALGARY

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

Day 2 CALGARY–BANFF NATIONAL PARK

The discovery of oil converted this cattle ranching town into a thriving, sophisticated city. 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. On arrival, enjoy an orientation tour.

Day 3 BANFF NATIONAL PARK

Full day at leisure. Banff is one of Canada’s favorite resorts, and the national park is home to 53 species of mammals. The most commonly seen are deer and big horn sheep. If the timing is right, you may spot black bears, grizzlies, or wolves. Your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.

Day 4 BANFF 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 three 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 750 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 are in JASPER NATIONAL PARK.

Day 5 JASPER 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. While exploring the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies keep an eye out for native wildlife which includes grizzly bears, moose, caribou, and wolves.

Day 6 JASPER NATIONAL PARK–VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN

On VIA Rail’s the Canadian, an early evening departure allows you a 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 hot hors d’oeuvres with Bon Voyage service and enjoy regional cuisine for breakfast and lunch 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.

Day 7 VIA 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, transfer to your hotel where the evening is free for independent activities.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

Day 8 VANCOUVER–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. Sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its collection of totem poles.

Day 9 VICTORIA–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.

 Tour Director

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

Escorting tours for more than 15 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.

Tour Director - LYNDA BROWN

 Accommodations

Calgary
Banff
Jasper
Vancouver
Victoria

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Banff
Jasper
Victoria

Banff

Canyons and Peaks -  Moraine Lake Tour

Canyons and Peaks - Moraine Lake Tour

This interpretive sightseeing tour takes you on a journey to Johnston Canyon, along the Bow Valley Parkway and then Moraine Lake, nestled in the Valley of the Ten Peaks.

Price Range: $

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter Tours

Discover unparalleled views of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies region by helicopter. There are several options to choose from, but all deliver spectacular opportunities for a once in a lifetime experience in the Rockies.

Price Range: $$$

Jasper

Jasper Raft On The Athabasca River

Jasper Raft On The Athabasca River

Jasper's best rafting scenic float trips take you down the Athabasca River for a unique perspective for Jasper National Park.

Price Range: $$

Maligne Lake Cruise to Spirit Island

Maligne Lake Cruise to Spirit Island

Soak in the amazing views of Jasper's Maligne Lake and land on Spirit Island, one of the most iconic places in the Canadian Rockies.

Price Range: $$

Magical Mystical Maligne Canyon Walk

Magical Mystical Maligne Canyon Walk

Join us on a walk along the edge of the Maligne Canyon, the deepest accessible canyon in Jasper National Park.

Price Range: $$

Victoria

Victoria dinner at Milestones Restaurant

Victoria dinner at Milestones Restaurant

Enjoy a farewell dinner with your new friends at Milestones Restaurant in Victoria.

Price Range: $

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