Welcome To Vancouver
The soaring peaks of Canada’s soul-stirring Rockies take centre stage on this epic alpine adventure that begins in Vancouver, one of the world’s most livable cities. Spend the day discovering the city’s scenic surrounds, then join your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Welcome Reception this evening.
Discover The Sights Of Victoria
Embark on a morning sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s historic neighbourhoods. Savour the smells of freshly steamed Siopao in Chinatown and admire the Victorian façades of Gastown as you make your way to the leafy sanctuary of Stanley Park to view First Nations totem poles. We continue by ferry to Vancouver Island and enjoy lunch with a view at The Flying Otter Grill. Later, we enjoy some sightseeing in Victoria.
Admire The Colors Of Victoria Make Travel Matter
Embrace the Garden City status of Victoria as you greet the day with breakfast at Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre showcase of gorgeous floral gardens that have colourfully transformed a once unused quarry. Then buckle your shoes for a “Signs of Lekwungen” walking tour and MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Join your guide and learn about indigenous culture as you visit four significant sites in and around the Inner Harbour. Celebrate your newfound knowledge with a tasty salmon lunch. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the walkable capital of British Columbia.
Relax And Enjoy The Outdoors In Kamloops Stays With Stories
Today you’ll depart Victoria by ferry with one last view of the city’s historic buildings and make your way to Kamloops for a relaxing afternoon and evening to rest and recharge. In Kamloops, enjoy a Stays With Stories experience at The South Thompson Inn. Once home to a thoroughbred racing stable, this riverfront property still has the original brick manor and carriage houses. Relax in the lounge, swimming pool, or hot tub overlooking the South Thompson River, go on a nature walk around the Reflection Pond, try your hand at horseshoes and other lawn games, or take one of their bikes for a spin. Cap off another big day in Canada with a delicious dinner, the great outdoors, and an evening around the fire pit sharing stories with your travel mates with plenty of s’mores and liqueurs for everyone to try.
Gaze Upon Mount Robson
This afternoon you'll stop at the Mount Robson Visitor Center where you can admire UNESCO-listed Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies in all its 12,972 feet (3,954 meters) of glory. Continue to the raw wilderness of Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we’ll spend the next two nights.
Admire Jasper National Park
Join an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon this morning. Later, take to the aqua waters and cruise Maligne Lake to Spirit Island (seasonal), admiring views of its three glaciers and Spirit Island. After the cruise enjoy a delicious lunch with wine at the lakeside Maligne Lake Chalet. Later enjoy a Be My Guest Experience with Warrior Women.
Voyage To Athabasca Glacier
The icy fingers of the Columbia Icefield beckon as we journey along the Icefields Parkway to Athabasca Glacier. Cross its icy terrain on board a specially designed Ice Explorer and continue on to Lake Louise, where there is time to soak in the majestic beauty of the lake and its turquoise, glacier-fed waters, fringed by high peaks, deep green forests and overlooked by Victoria Glacier. Continue on to the township of Banff, in the heart of UNESCO-listed Banff National Park. Settle in for an evening at leisure.
The day is free for you to pursue your own interests. Your Travel Director will be available to help plan the perfect day for you. Tonight, we join our newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner to toast the end of our unforgettable encounter with Canada’s Rockies.
Start Your Railway Journey To Kamloops
Your train journey starts as you travel through the Rockies on your way to Vancouver, stopping overnight in Kamloops.
Continue your journey by rail through British Colombia to Vancouver. Upon arrival in Vancouver, you will make your own way to the Vancouver Airport or your post-night hotel.