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Western Canada Winter Adventure 2014

  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: USA and Canada 2014
  • Style: Discovery
  • Description: Get your camera ready as you embark on a guided holiday of a lifetime full of snow-capped mountains, pristine lakes and evergreen forests. Explore cosmopolitan Vancouver, delight in panoramic views from the glass-domed ceiling of 'The Canadian Train' and take a gondola ride in Banff. Say "Mush!" as you guide a team of huskies in a once-in-a-lifetime experience and enjoy an exciting tour of the Butterfly Gardens, home to more than 3,000 butterflies.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to Vancouver, Canada’s third largest city and the jewel of British Columbia. Winter is a very special time of year to visit Canada when the always-beautiful landscapes transform into a snow-covered wonderland where travellers can experience a variety of activities not available during the summer months. After checking in at the hotel, relax or begin to explore this cosmopolitan city on your own. At 6 p.m., join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at the hotel for a Welcome Reception.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Travel to a local ice rink for a Unique Insight into Ice Curling, a distinctively Canadian sport similar to shuffleboard, but on ice! Next, enjoy a Local Speciality during a culinary tour of the Granville Market complete with tastings and a guide who will explain the market’s history and impact on the Vancouver food scene. This afternoon, see the totems at Stanley Park and visit Gastown and Chinatown before gathering with your new friends for dinner at a local restaurant. Board The Canadian train tonight for an overnight adventure travelling through the interior of British Columbia as you journey to stunning Jasper National Park.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 3


    Enjoy your private, comfortable compartment and all of the amenities on board today. Delight in panoramic views from the glass-dome ceiling in the Skyline Car of the passing landscape experiencing all the natural glory of Canada: snow-capped mountains, pristine lakes, sparkling rivers and endless evergreen forests. Upon arrival in Jasper, transfer to your grand hotel ideally located with the incredible mountains as the backdrop. Enjoy beautifully-appointed guestrooms complete with charming amenities, at your Authentic Accommodation, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. What started out as "Tent City" in 1915, turned into a homelike atmosphere of log cabins, where Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip celebrated Alberta's 100th Anniversary. After getting settled in, enjoy an evening treat of s’mores and spirited refreshments around a bonfire.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch)

    Hotel: The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Enjoy a presentation by a Local Expert about Jasper’s wildlife before embarking on an ice walk through Maligne Canyon. The afternoon is yours to continue your exploration as you please before gathering at the hotel for dinner where you will learn about a local favourite as the chef demonstrates the making of the Beaver Tail pastry. After satisfying your appetite, embark on a guided stargazing tour (weather permitting) to discover Jasper's beautiful night sky.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 5


    The Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff is one of the most magnificent mountain drives in the world, made even more impressive during the winter months when the towering peaks of the Canadian Rockies are overrun with glistening snow. Relax during a leisurely drive down to the quaint town of Banff. Check into the stately Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, and partake in a heritage tour of your magnificent Authentic Accommodation where the likes of Helen Keller, Marilyn Monroe, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited. Another guest of the hotel, Benny Goodman, was influential in Banff obtaining its own landing strip, as he wanted to stay at the hotel but could only do so if there was an area to land his plane. The hotel's late Victorian architecture of visually clean, striking and exciting style became so significant throughout the early 1900's that it became the focal point of Canadian architecture until the beginning of the second world war. After dinner, learn about the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during a “Meet a Mountie” Local Expert presentation.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Continue your exploration of Banff today with an unforgettable winter sleigh ride through the park before embarking on a gondola ride for a bird’s-eye view of six snow-capped mountain ranges. The rest of the day is yours to continue trekking the park or take advantage of the countless amenities at your resort, a National Historic Site of Canada. Often called “The Castle in the Rockies,” the hotel has been welcoming guests for over 125 years and offers a variety of activities including a world-class spa, 12 restaurants and lounges, shopping, and a bowling centre. If you want to get out on the town tonight, choose to join an optional excursion for a dinner and a show.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 7


    A once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits today as you learn all about and partake in dog sledding. Say “Mush!” as you guide your team of huskies along a specially groomed trail as they skillfully glide over the snow-covered ground. After, savour a hot chocolate around a roaring fire while trading tales of your adventure. Head to Lake Louise this afternoon and upon arrival indulge in your choice of a guided Heritage Lake Shore Walk or Ice Skating before checking into your hotel, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, an Authentic Accommodation. Literally hundreds of stars have visited for filming or holiday, including Alfred Hitchcock, Christopher Reeve and Angie Dickenson. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner with drinks this evening during a special fondue experience and presentation before ending the night with a snow shoe walk.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

    Hotel: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    Bid farewell to Lake Louise and take to the road for a scenic drive to Kelowna. After arriving at your hotel, delight in a wine pairing with hors d’oeuvres and learn about ice wine and other local vintages of British Columbia during a Local Expert presentation by the hotel’s sommelier.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Delta Grand Okanagan Resort (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Head to charming Victoria via ferry today, the capital city of British Columbia. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening on your own.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 10


    The morning is yours to relax and take in the atmosphere before an exciting excursion to Butterfly Gardens, a vast enclosure of tropical colour and aromas, home to more than 3,000 butterflies. Then, it’s on to beautiful Butchart Gardens. Your day ends with a Farewell Dinner at a family-owned winery with a delectable meal expertly paired with local vintages.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 11


    Head back to the mainland and take your complimentary transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel for guests extending their stay. Please do not schedule flights before 2 p.m.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Take a guided tour of Vancouver’s Granville Market complete with tastings.
  • Local Expert Enjoy a wildlife presentation in Jasper.
  • Local Expert Learn about the Canadian Mounted Police at a “Meet a Mountie” presentation.
  • Local Expert Learn about and taste ice wine and other local vintages from a sommelier in Kelowna.
  • Unique Insight Visit a curling centre in Vancouver to learn about and play this ice sport.
  • Authentic Accommodation The former "Tent City" in Jasper is now a quintessentially Fairmont hotel in a beautiful setting where royalty have visited.
  • Authentic Accommodation Helen Keller, Marilyn Monroe, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Benny Goodman have all visited the Fairmont Banff Springs Resort where you'll stay two nights.
  • Authentic Accommodation Spend the night at "Hollywood North" at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, where early movies were filmed and hundreds of stars have made holidays.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VancouverSee the city’s main attractions on a sightseeing tour.
  • The CanadianTravel from Vancouver to Jasper in style aboard The Canadian train.
  • JasperSee stunning Maligne Canyon; discover the Dark Sky Preserve on a guided stargazing tour.
  • BanffSee the main sights; take a gondola ride for an aerial view of six mountain ranges; embark on a dog sledding adventure.
  • Lake LouiseSee one of the most photographed landscapes in Canada.
  • KelownaTravel to the place of beautiful parkland and sandy beaches of Okanagan Lake.
  • VictoriaVisit beautiful Butterfly Gardens and see Butchart Gardens decorated for the holidays (in season).


  • 10 full breakfasts
  • 1 lunch: On board The Canadian
  • 7 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Vancouver
    • 4 three-course dinners
    • Highlight Dinner with wine and fondue in Lake Louise
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Victoria

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided trip
  • 10 nights First Class accommodation
  • VIA Rail Canada’s The Canadian train (Sleeper Plus class) from Vancouver to Jasper
  • Private compartment with en suite facilities that transform into a bedroom at night with comfortable upper and lower berths
  • Full access to the Skyline Car with a glass-dome ceiling, Park Car and lounges
  • All tips to train personnel included

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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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