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Canadian Rockies & Rail Winter Journey from Toronto

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Canadian Rockies & Rail Winter Journey from Toronto

8 days / 7 nights
Independent Holiday Package

Nov–Dec 2018 & Jan-Apr 2019
Begins Tuesdays & Saturdays
From Toronto, Ontario

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Travel aboard VIA Rail’s classic train, The 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
  • Prestige Class is available on this tour. See details below.

Day 1 — Toronto / VIA Rail

Tue / Sat

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 or Prestige 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 or large cabin in Prestige Class. Cozy accommodations are prepared for your nights rest with your friendly car attendant just steps away.

Overnight VIA Rail.

Day 2 — VIA Rail

Wed / Sun

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.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner served in the dining car. Overnight VIA Rail.

Day 3 — VIA Rail

Thu / Mon

Early morning has you arriving into Western Canada’s oldest city, Winnipeg. Winnipeg’s VIA Rail station is known for having good shopping and delicious local foods available close by in the kiosks located right by the rail station. Check with your rail attendant about taking a moment to visit this area. Afternoon has you continuing west and heading into the rolling prairies.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner served in the dining car. Overnight VIA Rail.

Day 4 — VIA Rail / Jasper

Fri / Tue

Early morning has a brief stopover in Edmonton as you continue 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 is late afternoon today. Transfer to your accommodation and get a feel for this quaint town, considered the gateway to Jasper National Park and the Canadian Rockies.

Breakfast and lunch served in the dining car. Overnight Jasper.

Day 5 — Jasper / Lake Louise

Sat / Wed

Continue onwards today with transfer service to Lake Louise. Pass through the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains on your journey south and keep your camera ready for wildlife along the way. There is time this afternoon to spend exploring Lake Louise, or relax at the hotel indoor swimming pool. Hot chocolate on the deck is also a great way to take in the surrounding Rocky Mountains.

Overnight Lake Louise. 

Day 6 — Lake Louise / Banff

Sun / Thu

Spend your morning relaxing as you take in the blissful wintry landscapes of beautiful Lake Louise. An early afternoon transfer to Banff today provides time to explore. Visit the Sulphur Mountain Gondola or enjoy a visit to the Banff Hot Springs.

Overnight Banff.

Day 7 — Banff

Mon / Fri

This morning has you exploring Banff and its Wildlife with a guided tour of the area.  Learn about the history of the Rockies, search for wildlife, and take in the points of interest along the way. Afternoon is at leisure to continue your exploration of beautiful Banff.

Overnight Banff.

Day 8 — Banff / Calgary

Tue / Sat

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 night’s accommodation in hotel
  • 3 nights accommodation in VIA Rail’s Sleeper Plus Class or Prestige Class
  • 8 meals – 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Transportation and transfers as described
  • Select sightseeing, activities, and admissions as described (Seasonal Availability)
  • 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.

2018/2019 Season
Nov–Dec & Jan-Apr
NOV-DEC $2399 $2199
JAN-MAR $2699 $2499
APR $2999 $2799
NOV-DEC $4299
JAN-MAR $5099
APR $5399
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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