Canadian Rockies featuring Rocky Mountaineer
7 days with Collette Vacations Rating:
Day 1 Vancouver, British Columbia - Tour Begins
Set out to explore the beautiful Canadian Rockies by train. This timeless adventure begins in the beautiful city of Vancouver.
Day 2 Vancouver
Nestled amongst the towering trees in North Vancouver, enjoy your breakfast at Capilano Suspension Bridge. Afterwards, enjoy a squirrel’s eye view of this woodland jungle. Cross the exhilarating suspension bridge that extends to the other side of paradise, where several exciting activities await. Try the new Cliffwalk, a walkway hugging to the rock face above Capilano Canyon; or venture out on a Treetops Adventure made up of 7 suspension bridges. Next we begin our Vancouver sightseeing tour at beautiful Stanley Park, Canada’s renowned urban rainforest. Follow the park’s famous seawall where you’ll discover views of the mountains along trails, beaches, and historical landmarks, not to mention its stunning and colorful gardens. Next, board a ferry for a two-minute trip across the water to picturesque Granville Island Public Market, where you’ll have time to stroll through its fascinating stalls of handmade crafts and artisan food producers. (B,D)
Day 3 Vancouver - Rocky Mountaineer - Kamloops
Onboard Rocky Mountaineer, embark on an awe-inspiring rail journey as you travel through some of the world’s most majestic scenery. Beyond your sparkling-glass window, enjoy views of coastal deep-green forests, roaring river canyons, and snowcapped mountain peaks. From Vancouver, B.C. to Banff, Alberta, let the Rocky Mountaineer bring you on a spectacular voyage through the verdant farmlands of the Fraser Valley and the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains. Inside your single-level dome coach, gaze out at the stunning panoramas of the mighty Fraser River and the raging white waters of Hell's Gate. Watch the landscape transform again, this time to a semi-arid desert, as you travel toward the city of Kamloops for your overnight stay* in a hotel. (B,L)
Day 4 Kamloops - Rocky Mountaineer - Banff, Alberta
Continue east this morning to the spectacular Canadian Rocky Mountains. History comes alive as you travel this legendary rail route that united Canada as a nation, through the century-old Spiral Tunnels and along the powerful Kicking Horse River. Traverse the Continental Divide and keep an eye out for moose, elk, and bighorn sheep – not to mention osprey, soaring eagles, even the occasional bear. After another beautiful day onboard Rocky Mountaineer, arrive this evening in the picturesque mountain town of Banff, where you will enjoy a leisurely 3-night stay among the majestic Canadian Rockies. But first, raise a glass for a final toast onboard Rocky Mountaineer. (B,L)
Day 5 Banff
Set off for a scenic drive through Banff featuring the powerful Bow Falls and Hoodoos – known as the “Land of the Sleeping Giants.” Next, meet a local ammolite specialist to learn about this rare gemstone found only in Alberta. During an afternoon at leisure, perhaps you will take a stroll through Banff’s charming downtown. (B,D)
Day 6 Banff - Icefields Parkway - Choice on Tour - Banff
A wonderful day of sightseeing awaits as we set out along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway. Marvel at impressive waterfalls, rushing rivers, glacial peaks, imposing cliffs and the picture-perfect snowcapped mountain ranges. Stop at the Columbia Icefield where it’s your choice! Take a fun ride** across this 1,000 feet thick mass of glacial ice – 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. This afternoon, stop at stunning Peyto Lake, a turquoise glacier-fed lake that evokes pure serenity. Be on the lookout for bears and stately elk on your return to Banff. (B,D)
Day 7 Calgary - Tour Ends
Your adventure comes to a close**** today, leaving you with many memories of your extraordinary journey through the awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies. (B)
All This Included
Set out to explore the best of Western Canada on a tour that opens in Vancouver and takes you to Banff aboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer train. Begin your trip with breakfast at Capilano Suspension Bridge. Enjoy the “living forest” and try their new Cliffwalk and Treetop Adventures. Then enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver that begins in beautiful Stanley Park and stops in the famed Granville Market. Board your train and travel among the fields of Fraser Valley and the scenic Fraser River. Journey alongside Kicking Horse River while enjoying the beautiful scenery. During your time in Banff, stop at stunning Peyto Lake and admire Bow Falls.
Vancouver, BC: Georgian Court Hotel
Banff, AB: The Rimrock Resort Hotel
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