On VIA Rail - 1 continental breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner (except on departures June 17, July 15, August 26 & September 9 when meals are available for purchase)
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 VANCOUVER AREA
Welcome to Vancouver! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
Day 2 VANCOUVER AREA
This morning, an included city tour highlights STANLEY PARK, Chinatown, the harbor and beaches, and more. The rest of the day is at leisure, and your Tour Director will have suggestions for your further exploration of the city. Maybe take a water taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafes’. Or, visit historic Gastown with its steam powered clock, antique shops, art galleries, and street vendors.
Day 3 VANCOUVER AREA–FERRY CROSSING–VICTORIA
This morning set sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an area known for its Mediterranean like climate. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its unusual collection of Totem Poles.
Day 4 VICTORIA
Be sure to discover some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum. Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel, a whale watching cruise on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fine shopping along Government Street.
Day 5 VICTORIA–CHEMAINUS–PORT HARDY
An early departure from Victoria follows the eastern coastline of Vancouver Island, stopping in Chemainus, the unique village with more than 30 murals depicting pioneer settlement of the area. Then, it’s through the port of Campbell River, the “Salmon Capital of the World”.
Day 6 PORT HARDY–INSIDE PASSAGE CRUISE–PRINCE RUPERT
Early this morning, embark on one of the world’s most beautiful ocean voyages. The scenery is spectacular, with towering mountains, roaring waterfalls, endless islands, and virgin rainforests. Marine life abounds, often with sightings of sea lions, eagles, and porpoises— you may even spot a killer whale! Late-evening arrival in Prince Rupert.NOTE:Cruising time through the Inside Passage is approximately 16 hours. Please come prepared with all medications, eyeglasses, and any other items you will need.
Day 7 PRINCE RUPERT
Enjoy an orientation tour of Prince Rupert, and visit the NORTH PACIFIC HISTORIC FISHING VILLAGE, a National Historic Site, for a guided tour of British Columbia’s oldest cannery village. Learn of the canning process and what life was like in the village during peak production in the last century.
Day 8 PRINCE RUPERT–VIA RAIL THE SKEENA–PRINCE GEORGE
This morning, board VIA Rail’s Skeena train for the trip of a lifetime. Sit back and enjoy an all-daylight journey that winds its way through the majestic Coast Mountains, follows the mighty Skeena River-often referred to as the “River of Mists”-and concludes in the Pacific Coast Rainforest. You’ll retrace ancient First Nations trading routes and follow the paths of the earliest fur traders. Soaring bald eagles, inquisitive black bears, browsing moose and other wildlife may be spotted from the glassed-in observation dome that provides 360-degree views.
Day 9 PRINCE GEORGE–MOUNT ROBSON–JASPER NATIONAL PARK
As we continue onward to JASPER NATIONAL PARK the peak elevations grow, culminating with Mount Robson, the highest of Canada’s Rockies at almost 13,000 feet. In Jasper, an orientation tour showcases the unspoiled beauty. Overnight in Jasper National Park.
Day 10 JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Today, join the optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, where you embark on a narrated cruise of the lake. The balance of the day is free to enjoy everything Jasper has to offer, from guided hikes and quaint shops to meandering wildlife.
Day 11 JASPER NATIONAL PARK–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–LAKE LOUISE-BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Winding our way down the western fringe of Alberta, our journey takes us through some of the Canadian Rockies’ most breathtaking wilderness. Our first highlight is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 750 feet thick. Next, Lake Louise, its cold waters perfectly mirror the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens come into view as we continue the journey south to BANFF NATIONAL PARK. On arrival, enjoy an orientation tour.
Day 12 BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Banff is one of Canada’s favorite year-round resorts, with summer activities including hiking, boating, horseback riding, and fishing. Cosmos has arranged an optional helicopter ride high over the Canadian Rockies.
Day 13 BANFF NATIONAL PARK–CALGARY STAMPEDE GROUNDS
Welcome to Calgary and “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Dressed in your best Cowboy fashion from belt buckles, boots to chaps, explore the CALGARY STAMPEDE grounds at your leisure with your included admission. Step through the gates of Stampede Park into a world of wonder, fun, and “Wild West” excitement. Walk back in time through an authentic Indian Village or stroll the streets of a recreated frontier town. Enjoy a wide variety of exciting talent at the many entertainment stages, and then maybe head into the dazzling array of international exhibits and displays of Western art. This evening, watch the heart-stopping CHUCKWAGON RACES in an all-out dash for the finish line, an amazing contest of nerves and horsepower. You’ll be out of your seats cheering on your favorite driver during each heat. Afterward, get ready for an outdoor STAGE SHOW featuring hundreds of singers, dancers, and musicians in a lavishly produced and choreographed musical variety spectacular.
Day 14 CALGARY STAMPEDE GROUNDS AND RODEO
Fuel up for the day’s activities by visiting Fluor Rope Square at Olympic Plaza for a pancake breakfast. Return to the Stampede grounds this morning to see anything you missed yesterday, and cheer on your favorite rodeo contenders. If you haven’t already, get suited with a cowboy hat, threads, and boots at one of the many stalls before heading to the Grandstand for the Calgary Stampede RODEO this afternoon. See the best of the best as they saddle up for world-class rodeo action. Top professionals take on the West’s wildest horses. You’ll also enjoy rodeo’s most famed event—bull riding! You will be in awe of the talent as you sit on the edge of your seat. Make the most of your time here and discover Canada’s country core. With square dancing, mock gun fights, country bands, bars, restaurants and livestock, there is loads to see.
Day 15 CALGARY
Your vacation ends this morning.