Experience the natural beauty of Western Canada and get out and about. In addition to relaxing sightseeing journeys, you’ll enjoy guided hiking in Jasper, rafting on the Bow River, canoeing on Lake Louise, and more!
Day 1: Vancouver
Your admission to the Vancouver Lookout is included in your package: get a 360 degree view of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Your adventure starts with a 40 second glass elevator that climbs over 550 feet to the panoramic observation deck. From here, you'll gaze out onto Metro Vancouver’s cosmopolitan downtown, the vast Pacific Ocean, and the beautiful North Shore mountains. Explore the Vancouver Lookout on your own. Transportation to and from the Vancouver Lookout is not included. Open from: 8:30am to 10:30pm.
Day 2: Vancouver
Experience the Howe Sound coastline from a 30 ft. rigid hull inflatable boat on a “Sea Safari”. With the refreshing sea mist in their faces, guests will take in the towering cliffs of Anvil Island, the seals at play at Pam Rocks, the caves of Bowen Island, and many more picturesque sights only seen from the water. Spend an unforgettable 2 hours cruising along the water’s surface, surrounded by BC’s unique Coastal Mountains, taking pictures with seals bathing in the sun, or cruising through the waves on our natural roller coaster. Includes hotel pick-up/drop-off transportation.
Day 3: Vancouver to Kamloops
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Vancouver Station at 7:30am PT. Travel from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia?s interior. On today?s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell?s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Breakfast & lunch included onboard. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops between 6:00pm and 7:30pm PT. Spend the evening exploring the city of Kamloops or relaxing in your hotel room. All hotels in Kamloops are of moderate standard: your hotel will be assigned post-booking.
Day 4: Kamloops to Jasper
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Kamloops Station at 7:30am PT. Today your journey continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Today?s highlights include Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard. Your rail journey ends this evening between 7:30pm and 9:00pm MT on arrival in the resort town of Jasper.
Day 5: Jasper
Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies? largest national park. This morning you will enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park?s natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this region home. In the afternoon, experience the majestic scenery of Jasper National Park on foot. A 3-hour guided nature walk will feature a spectacular array of rolling hills, jagged peaks, forests, meadows, marshes, streams and stunning glacial lakes. Your licensed interpreter will lead this leisurely walk as you explore the abundant flora and fauna along these routes that often offer incredible opportunities to spot wildlife. Marvel at snow-capped peaks during the months of May and early June, in mid-summer the forest and alpine meadows are ablaze in glorious wildflower shades of red, blue, yellow and white. By late August and through the month of September, the mountain landscapes glow with the red, orange, and gold of larch and aspen trees. Transportation to and from the trailhead is included. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently. Overnight in Jasper.
Day 6: Jasper to Lake Louise
Consisting of a 400 metre (1,640 feet) interpretive boardwalk and a glass-floored observation platform extending 30 metres (98 feet) out over the Sunwapta Valley, Glacier Skywalk takes spectacular scenery and a rare view of nature to unbelievable heights. The award-winning architecture of the Skywalk is a feat of contemporary design.
Day 7: Lake Louise
Canoes are a historic way in which to experience Lake Louise as they have been on the water for over a century. Paddle on the sparkling emerald surface of the lake from the comfort of an authentic 26’ cedar strip group canoe. As you journey across the lake, your guide will share local stories about the wildlife, the indigenous people, and the early explorers. Enjoy the remainder of your day at your leisure in Lake Louise. Popular activities include hiking in the mountains or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views. Overnight in Lake Louise.
Day 8: Lake Louise to Banff
This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. After lunch, a half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Banff. Overnight in Banff. Please note: While departure from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 2:00 p.m., scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs.
Day 9: Banff
In the morning, make your way to the launch point at the base of Bow Falls (less than 2.5km from downtown Banff, near the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course). The river float will begin at 9:20AM. You can take a free shuttle from Banff Park Lodge or Fairmont Banff Springs hotel to the launch point. The raft will travel approximately 7 km down the Bow River encountering extraordinary views of Buffalo, Rundle, Cascade and Tunnel Mountains. Float past the Hoodoos, and your interpretive guide will land the rafts near the towering north face of Mount Rundle. This gentle raft float is the perfect way to intimately encounter this natural mountain beauty. You will see and experience the Canadian Rocky Mountains and perhaps have the opportunity to view wildlife in their natural habitat. A shuttle bus will return you to your starting point on a scenic 10-minute mountain meadow drive. The morning before the float trip, and the remainder of the day are free for you to explore more of Banff independently. Soak in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoy a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visit Banff?s historic museums, or play a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight in Banff.
Day 10: Banff to Calgary
Your admission to the Calgary Tower is included in your package: like feeling like you're suspended mid-air? Then you'll love the vantage point on top of the Calgary Tower, with stellar views from 525 feet above the city. With a 360 degree view, spot the rolling foothills that surround Calgary and meet the Rocky Mountains in the distance. A free multimedia tour is included with admission.Explore the Calgary Tower on your own. Transportation to and from the Calgary Tower is not included.
Day 11: Calgary
Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Calgary hotel.