Canadian Rockies by Train featuring the Calgary Stampede
9 days with Collette Vacations Rating:
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Day 2 Vancouver, British Columbia - Tour Begins
Take a remarkable journey through the stunning landscapes, charming towns and beautiful lakes of the Canadian Rockies. Your adventure opens in Vancouver.
Day 3 Vancouver - VIA Rail
A city tour of Vancouver begins this morning at beautiful Stanley Park, Canada’s renowned urban rainforest. Then, continue to Chinatown, the waterfront, and Gastown - a turn-of-the-century center comprised of pubs, art galleries, boutiques and the world-famous steam-powered clock, perhaps the most photographed subject in all of Vancouver. Stroll picturesque Granville Island and its fascinating markets. Later, board VIA Rail’s The Canadian to begin your journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Relive train travel in the days of old as you are rocked to sleep tonight in your private accommodations. (B,D)
Day 4 Jasper
This morning, travel to Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies, and enjoy breakfast* against the backdrop of the picture-perfect sparkling waters of the lake. While at Maligne Lake, you may choose to embark on an optional cruise highlighting the beauty of Spirit Island. Later, enjoy the dramatic Maligne Canyon, one of the area’s most spectacular landmarks. Return to your hotel with time to independently explore this lovely town. (B)
Day 5 Jasper - Icefields Parkway - Lake Louise
Set off for a wonderful day of sightseeing en route to Lake Louise. Journey along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway. Waterfalls, rushing rivers, glacial peaks, imposing cliffs and snowcapped peaks paint the breathtaking canvas – so have your camera handy! Enjoy a stop at the Athabasca Falls and marvel at its sheer beauty and power. Then, it’s your choice! Stop at the Athabasca Glacier and choose a fun ride** across this mass of glacial ice which is over 1,000 feet thick – the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic Circle -OR- take a walk on the Glacier Skywalk to experience the breathtaking views of the Sunwapta Valley and witness the dramatic landscape from the glass-floored platform. Continuing down the parkway, be on the lookout for bears, furry marmots and stately elk. Enjoy a stop at Bow Lake – a beautiful crystal clear lake fed by Bow Glacier – for photographs and a walk along its shore before arriving in Lake Louise. Enjoy a stay at the world-famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice...choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s great restaurants. (B,D)
Day 6 Lake Louise - Banff
En route to Banff, view the spectacular Moraine Lake and the awe-inspiring Valley of the Ten Peaks. The jagged Ten Peaks are distinctively saw-toothed, standing out amidst stunning Alpine scenery. Arrive at the grand Fairmont Banff Springs, known as the “Castle in the Rockies,” for a luxurious 2-night stay. This evening, it’s another Diner’s Choice...you’ll choose the perfect spot from one of the Fairmont Banff Springs’ great restaurants. (B,D)
Day 7 Banff
Set off for a scenic drive through Banff featuring the powerful Bow Falls and Surprise Corner, known for its picture-perfect panoramic views. Next, meet a local ammolite specialist to learn about this rare gemstone found only in Alberta. During leisure time, perhaps you will take a stroll through Banff’s delightful downtown. (B)
Day 8 Banff - Calgary
This morning we’re off to the Calgary Stampede which has been entertaining patrons since 1912. Travel to the Stampede grounds and visit the Midway, an authentic Native American village, various exhibits and enjoy entertainment. The rodeo is the heart of the Calgary Stampede and this evening you will have the opportunity of reserved seating for a great view of the various Stampede performances including the Chuckwagon races*** and musical entertainment. (B,L)
Day 9 Calgary - Tour Ends
Your tour ends today in Calgary.
All This Included
From the lush green Pacific coast of Vancouver to the world-famous Calgary Stampede, board VIA Rail’s The Canadian for a once-in-a-lifetime overnight train journey. Relax in the dome car and experience panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes, rushing rivers and the sheer unspoiled wilderness of Canada. Arrive in Jasper and see the dramatic Maligne Canyon and its picture-perfect lake, where you enjoy breakfast with a view! Journey along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway. Marvel at Athabascsa Glacier. Feel like royalty while overnighting at the fabulous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Fairmont Banff Springs. Discover the natural beauty of Moraine Lake and the powerful Bow Falls. End your tour in Calgary, where it’s time for some rodeo fun as you take your seat at the world’s largest rodeo, the Calgary Stampede! Discover the natural beauty only found in the Canadian Rockies.
Vancouver, BC: Westin Bayshore
Overnight Train: VIA Rail's The Canadian
Jasper, AB: Chateau Jasper
Lake Louise, AB: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Banff, AB: Fairmont Banff Springs
Calgary, AB: Westin Hotel
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