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Canadian Rockies & Rail Journey from Toronto

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Canadian Rockies & Rail Journey from Toronto

8 days / 7 nights
Departs Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
May to October
From Toronto

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VIA Rail’s classic Canadian between Toronto and Jasper, one of the world’s classic long-distance rail journeys. Your tour includes 4 nights in the magnificent Canadian Rocky Mountains.

  • Travel over 3600 km of Canada’s most diverse landscapes
  • Visit 3 National Parks including Jasper, Banff & Yoho
  • Travel south down the Icefields Parkway for breathtaking views of the mountains and surrounding lakes & valleys
  • Premiere option provides upgrade to Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
  • Prestige Class is available on this tour. See details below.

Day 1 — Toronto / VIA Rail

Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday

Transfer from airport or downtown Toronto to VIA Rail’s Union Rail Station for departure aboard VIA Rail’s train the Canadian in Sleeper Plus Class this evening. Relax in the private waiting area and enjoy priority boarding. Choose from semi-private or private accommodations within VIA Rail’s Sleeper Plus Class accommodations. Your cozy accommodations are prepared for your nights rest with your friendly car attendant just steps away. Overnight VIA Rail

Day 2 — VIA Rail

Wednesday / Friday / Sunday

Wake up to picturesque views of the Southern Ontario region. Travel through towns and settlements, thick forests and over rugged Precambrian rock as you wind your way through the Canadian Shield. Follow along with our milepost information to receive a knowledgeable historical enhanced view of the places you are passing through. Bridges and viaducts abound, lakes and rivers are plentiful. Relax in your private room or visit the Park Car dome seating for a 360 degree view of the passing scenery. Overnight VIA Rail. Breakfast, lunch & dinner served in the dining car.

Day 3 — VIA Rail

Thursday / Saturday / Monday

Early morning has you arriving into Western Canada’s oldest city, Winnipeg. There is time today to step off the train and visit the local area. Winnipeg’s VIA Rail station is known for having a variety of shopping and delicious local foods available close by in the kiosks located right by the rail station. It is also possible to take a tour of the Winnipeg area which can be arranged by request. Afternoon has you continuing west and heading into the rolling prairies. Overnight VIA Rail. Breakfast, lunch & dinner served in the dining car.

Day 4 — VIA Rail / Jasper

Friday / Sunday / Tuesday

Early morning has a brief stopover in Edmonton as you begin your journey into the Canadian Rockies. The geography changes from flat lands back into forest and hills. Begin your climb into the cozy nestled town of Jasper. Arrival into Jasper early afternoon today with transfer service to your accommodation. This afternoon has free time to relax and get a feel for this quaint town considered the gateway to Jasper National Park and the Canadian Rockies. Overnight Jasper. Breakfast and lunch served in the dining car.

Day 5 — Jasper / Icefields Parkway / Lake Louise

Saturday / Monday / Wednesday

Enjoy a full day sightseeing excursion taking you from Jasper south down the Icefields Parkway to glorious Lake Louise. Stops include the Glacier Skywalk, a newly created horseshoe shaped glass floored outcrop designed to provide exceptional views, and feelings, of the surrounding Canadian Rockies. Continue onwards with further stops at points of interest, and then into the Icefields Centre where you will be taken by special vehicle up onto the Athabasca Glacier. A truly engrossing tour providing a visual odyssey of rock formations, valleys, and up close experiences with nature. This evening has you arriving into arriving into the pristine forests of Lake Louise. Enjoy stunning views of the surrounding Canadian Rockies from your hotel. Enjoy the indoor swimming pool and spa available for a relaxing evening or unwind with hot chocolate on the deck. Overnight Lake Louise. Buffet lunch at Icefields Parkway included.

Day 6 — Lake Louise / Banff

Sunday / Tuesday / Thursday

Today you explore the mountains, lakes & waterfalls of Banff & Yoho National Parks. Visit Moraine Lake, Valley of the Ten Peaks, the Spiral Tunnels, and Takakkaw falls for breathtaking sights while learning about the evolution and appearance of these natural wonders. Early evening arrival into Banff today with time this evening to take in the colourful Banff nightlife. Overnight Banff. Lunch at Emerald Lake Lodge included.

Day 7 — Banff

Monday / Wednesday / Friday

Explore Banff this morning with a sightseeing tour including visits to Sulphur Mountain, Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain Drive, Surprise Corner, Hoodoos, Two Jack Viewpoint, and Lake Minnewanka. Then take a ride to the top of the mountain with your Sulphur Mountain Gondola experience. Your mountaintop viewpoint provides exceptional visions of the gorgeous Canadian Rockies and is not to be missed. Overnight Banff

Day 8 — Banff / Calgary

Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday

Your tour concludes today with a choice of morning, mid-day, afternoon or evening transfer to downtown Calgary or Calgary Int’l Airport. Travel homewards with fond memories of your Canadian Rockies & Rail Journey from Toronto.

Price Includes

  • 4 nights’ accommodation in hotels.
  • 3 nights in VIA Rail’s Sleeper Plus Class accommodations.
  • Transportation and transfers, as described.
  • Select sightseeing, activities, and admissions, as described (Seasonal Availability).
  • 10 meals: 1 Continental breakfast; 2 breakfasts; 1 brunch; 1 buffet lunch; 3 lunches; 2 dinners.
  • Not included — any items not listed such as but not limited to Goods & Service Tax and/or Harmonized Sales Tax; meals (other than listed); baggage handling; gratuities; travel insurance; personal expenses; custom tour add-ons.

2018 Canadian dollar prices — per guest, double occupancy in hotels • Senior = 60 years and better.

2018 Season
May – October
MAY $3329 $3099
JUN – OCT $4499 $3999
MAY $5299
JUN – OCT $5999
Pricing for accommodation and rail travel varies considerably throughout the year, please call for further details.

Prestige Class

VIA Rail has unveiled their new exciting class of service, Prestige Class, offering stylish cabins and modern décor and available on this JSRT tour.

Prestige Class cabin

During the daytime, your Prestige Class accommodation provides a relaxing atmosphere with comfortable seating on leather-clad furniture, private fully stocked refrigerator, and unprecedented views of the passing varied landscapes. Prestige Class travellers also enjoy 24hr personalized concierge service.

By night, continue your odyssey from the comfort of your Murphy bed for two, facing the large window and ensuring the best views of the night skies.

Enjoy private washroom & shower facilities, priority baggage handling and priority reservations in the dining car. Delicious meals are freshly prepared by skilled chefs and include regional specialties, a selection of Canadian wines.

Your peace of mind is at the heart of this high-end design.

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