Trans Canadian Adventure - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

14 days

from $4600 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Sep 2015.
"The trip was an exciting adventure"
Marilyn , Jul 2014

An epic exploration, east meets west on this grand trip across Canada, taking you coast to coast on VIA Rail's renowned train, The Canadian.

It's Insider moments like… getting an inside look at Canada's stunning scenery – by rail and road. On the east coast, it's uncovering the lush wine-growing region of the Niagara Peninsula, often missed by those just heading to the iconic falls. On the west coast, it's encountering the dramatic Rockies, from the pine forests to the glaciers of the Columbia Icefield and Icefields Parkway. And, of course, it's meeting locals, like our vintner friends in British Columbia, who invite you to taste their wines and dine with them.

Trip type:
Discoveries
Trip code:
DBTW

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE VANCOUVER

    Welcome to Vancouver, Canada's third largest city and the jewel of British Columbia! Check into your hotel and spend some time exploring before gathering at 6 p.m. at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown

  • 2.

    VANCOUVER – STRAIGHT OF GEORGIA – VICTORIA (2 NIGHTS)

    Set out for Stanley Park and the towering totem poles and explore the vibrant neighbourhoods of Chinatown and Gastown with their cobbled streets. Travel by ferry to Vancouver Island and Victoria, home to fashionable tearooms and old English charm. Visit a family-owned winery and taste the perfectly-balanced vintages, carefully crafted with grapes farmed from over 100 acres and aged in French oak barrels. Indulge in a Be My Guest lunch featuring local cuisine delicately paired with their delicious wines followed by a tour of the winery. This afternoon, tour the exhibit of free-flight tropical butterflies at the Butterfly Gardens, an indoor world of tropical colour and sights and home to more than 3,000 butterflies.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

    Hotel

    Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour

  • 3.

    VICTORIA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Start your day with breakfast at the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre preserve of gorgeous flowers. Learn about the history as well as current exhibits featuring flowers in their full summer bloom. Spend some time exploring the gardens on your own, strolling its winding pathways, spotting colourful butterflies and taking in their unique natural beauty. Back in Victoria, enjoy the rest of the day on your own. This evening, savour a dinner at one of three local restaurants with Your Choice Dining.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Your Choice

  • 4.

    VICTORIA – SEA-TO-SKY HIGHWAY – WHISTLER

    Return to the mainland and board your motorcoach for a drive along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway, which winds between the glittering waters of Howe Sound and the soaring Coastal Mountains. Feel the spray on your face and listen to the thunder of the water at the 1,105 foot (337 metre) high Shannon Falls near the town of Squamish, once the southern terminal of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway. This afternoon, arrive in Whistler where you'll check into your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa

  • 5.

    WHISTLER – KAMLOOPS

    Head east as you cross the Coast Mountains and travel along remote Duffy Lake Road through some of the most beautiful scenery in Canada. Then, it's on to your hotel in Kamloops.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Doubletree by Hilton Kamloops

  • 6.

    KAMLOOPS – CANADIAN ROCKY MOUNTAIN PARKS – BANFF (2 NIGHTS)

    Sample the best of Canada's natural treasures in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. Travel through Mount Revelstoke National Park, home to old-growth rainforest of alpine meadows rich with wildflowers. Then, enter Glacier National Park and climb over stunning Rogers Pass—keep an eye out for native wildlife such as caribou, mountain goats and grizzly bears. After crossing the Columbia River, arrive in Yoho National Park with its towering waterfalls, ice-clad peaks and a natural bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. Surmount the Continental Divide, and enter Banff National Park where you arrive at your quintessential alpine resort. Enjoy dinner and a Local Expert presentation where you will learn all about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from a real life "Mountie."

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Banff Park Lodge

  • 7.

    BANFF SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Immerse yourself in the natural glories of Banff, including the classic viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the hoodoo rock formations. Then board the Banff Gondola for a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a bird's-eye view of six mountain ranges. Spend the rest of the day as you like; explore the shops along Banff Avenue, or join one of the many optional activities, including a scenic helicopter flight over Mount Assiniboine, a float trip down the Bow River or a fun-filled dinner show this evening.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 8.

    BANFF – LAKE LOUISE – ICEFIELDS PARKWAY – JASPER NATIONAL PARK

    Arrive on the shores of lovely Lake Louise where you'll learn about the history and geology of the area on a short interpretive walk. Then, soak in the stunning scenery with its azure glacial waters surrounded by deep green forests and jagged snow-covered mountains. Head north amidst a landscape of towering peaks, thundering waterfalls and ancient glaciers, keeping an eye out for elk, black bear and mountain goat. Get ready for a unique adventure at the Columbia Icefield when you board an Ice Explorer on the massive Athabasca Glacier. More action is in store if you'd like to take an optional float trip on the Athabasca River on the way to Jasper. Stay in the heart of the park where you'll learn about the wildlife that call these stunning mountains home at an interactive, after-dinner presentation by a naturalist, your Local Expert, on Jasper wildlife.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Chateau Jasper

  • 9.

    JASPER NATIONAL PARK – THE CANADIAN TRAIN (3 NIGHTS)

    Start the day with an optional cruise on Maligne Lake before embarking on an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Rockies. Learn about the underground river system while strolling along the canyon's trail past beautiful waterfalls and spectacular rock formations. Bid farewell to your Travel Director and enjoy some free time before boarding the Canadian Train for your independent rail journey to Eastern Canada. Relax in your private Sleeper Plus class compartment with en suite facilities, and settle in for one of the world's great train journeys.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

  • 10-11

    ONBOARD THE CANADIAN

    Enjoy your comfortable compartment, delicious meals and gracious service with this independent travel experience. Unwind with a drink in the welcoming lounge and be sure to spend some time in the open dome car with panoramic views of the passing landscape. As your rail adventure continues, experience all the natural glory of Canada: pristine lakes, expansive prairies stretching to the horizon, sparkling rivers and endless evergreen forests.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,Full Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

  • 12.

    THE CANADIAN – TORONTO (2 NIGHTS)

    After breakfast, your train arrives in Toronto where you are met, welcomed to the city and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to discover the sights of Toronto aboard a Hop-On, Hop-Off London-style, double-decker sightseeing tour bus.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Sheraton Centre Toronto

  • 13.

    NIAGARA FALLS EXCURSION

    Experience the majesty of one of the world's great natural wonders. Travel through Niagara Peninsula, a lush wine-growing region, before arriving at Niagara Falls. Enjoy a panoramic view of the cascades before an exhilarating boat ride to the base of spectacular Horseshoe Falls. You'll have plenty of time for shopping and picture taking before continuing to the historic, picturesque community of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Finish your unforgettable Niagara visit with a wine tasting experience at a local winery.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 14.

    DEPART TORONTO

    Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Toronto International Airport or extend your stay at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Enjoy a private lunch, tour and tasting at a family-owned winery in Victoria.
  • Local Expert

    Enjoy a wildlife presentation in Jasper.
    Learn about the Canadian Mounted Police at a "Meet a Mountie" presentation in Banff.
  • Your Choice Dining

    Enjoy a dinner at one of three delectable dining options in Victoria.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Vancouver

    City tour of Vancouver.
  • Jasper to Toronto

    Iconic train journey from Jasper to Toronto aboard VIA Rail's The Canadian train.
  • Niagara Falls and Toronto

    Orientation tours of Niagara Falls and Toronto.
  • Sea-to-Sky Highway

    Scenic drives along the Sea-to-Sky Highway and Icefields Parkway.
  • Mount Revelstoke National Parks

    View Lake Louise, Stanley Park, Glacier, Yoho and Mount Revelstoke National Parks.
  • Victoria and Banff

    Visit scenic Victoria, Banff and Jasper National Parks.

Dining

  • 6 dinners

    (including Your Choice Dining, 3 three course dinners and 2 onboard the Canadian).
  • 13 full breakfasts.

  • 3 lunches

    (including Be My Guest and 2 onboard The Canadian).
  • Welcome Reception

    Welcome Reception with light appetisers.

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • 13 nights First Class accommodation
  • Round-trip ferry across the Strait of Georgia between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay
  • All tips to train personnel included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIA Rail Canada's The Canadian Train (Sleeper Plus class) from Jasper to Toronto • Private compartment with en suite facilities that transforms into a bedroom at night with comfortable upper and lower berths • Delicious meals served in the Dining Car • Full access to the Skyline Car with its glass-dome ceiling, Park Car and lounges

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

We offer a range of Optional Experiences and entertainment options to complement our trips. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited, these can be paid with cash or credit card. We are sorry but at this time we are unable to display all optionals for this trip. Where available, these Optional Experiences will be added to our website shortly.

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