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Cross Canada Classic Winter Journey West to East

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Cross Canada Classic Winter Journey West to East

8 or 9 days / 8 or 9 nights
Departs Tuesdays or Fridays
Jan–Apr & Nov–Dec 2018

This is one of our ROCKIES BY DAYLIGHT tours. View the Rockies at their best—in daylight from the train. Check out our other Rockies By Daylight tours here.

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Enjoy passage aboard VIA Rail’s flagship train, The Canadian, between Vancouver and Toronto.

  • Upgrade to Premiere Hotel Category and visit the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
  • Visit Jasper National Park and Banff National Park
  • Prestige Class is available on this tour. See details below.

8 Day Itinerary (Begins Tuesdays)

Day 1 — Vancouver / VIA Rail

Tuesday

Transfer from airport or hotel to Pacific Central station to begin your winter adventure. Depart this evening aboard VIA Rail’s train The CANADIAN, in Sleeper Plus Class accommodations. Visit the Skyline car and celebrate your journey with fellow passengers while enjoying the Vancouver skyline as you move north into the heart of British Columbia. Overnight VIA Rail.

Day 2 — VIA Rail / Jasper

Wednesday

Begin your morning with a full hot breakfast served in the dining car. Enjoy fresh meals prepared by the chef and coordinated to suit your dining needs. Watch for Mount Robson as you make your way from British Columbia into the province of Alberta and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Late afternoon arrival into Jasper with transfer to hotel. Overnight Jasper — Breakfast & lunch included aboard VIA Rail.

Day 3 — Jasper / Banff

Thursday

Early morning rise for transfer service to Banff. Your shuttle service will take you south down the Icefields Parkway and past some of the most breathtaking views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Arrival into Banff early afternoon with time to explore this vibrant bustling mountain village. Overnight Banff.

Day 4 — Banff / Jasper

Friday

Morning sightseeing tour of Banff including a visit to the Cave & Basin, a National Historic Site. Take pictures and learn about the history of Bow Valley whilst watching for wildlife. Transfer north to Jasper this afternoon with early evening arrival. Overnight Jasper.

Day 5 — Jasper / VIA Rail

Saturday

Jasper National Park was established in 1907 and is the largest at 10,878 sq km (4200 sq. mi) and most northerly of the Rocky Mountain National Parks. Jasper National Park became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, along with the neighbouring parks, Banff, Yoho and Kootenay. In 1990 these four national parks — combined with the three adjoining British Columbia Provincial Parks of Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber — became the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tallest peak in Jasper National Park is Mount Edith Cavell at 3363 meters (11,000 feet). Early evening transfer to VIA Rail station for departure East. Overnight VIA Rail. Dinner included aboard VIA Rail.
Jasper National Park in Winter

Day 6 — VIA Rail

Sunday

Look out your Sleeper Plus Class OR Prestige Class accommodation window and see the panoramic views of the province of Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan covers 651,900 square kilometres, more than a quarter million square miles. Contrary to popular belief, fully one half the province is covered by forest, one-third is farmland and one-eighth is fresh water with nearly 100,000 lakes! Overnight VIA Rail. Breakfast, lunch & dinner served aboard VIA Rail.

Day 7 — VIA Rail

Monday

Relax today as you take in the winding twists and turns of the train as you travel over bridges and through tunnels. The land suddenly changes from marshy flatlands and sugar beet fields to rock and scrub bush. The Prairies have been left behind and we are entering the rugged and rocky Canadian Shield. Endless lakes and rivers populate the areas passed through. Watch for mink, otter, beaver, lynx, moose, bear and wildfowl. Overnight VIA Rail. Breakfast, lunch & dinner served aboard VIA Rail.

Day 8 — VIA Rail / Toronto

Tuesday

Early morning arrival into the cosmopolitan city of Toronto. Your tour provides private transfer service to airport or hotel. Breakfast served aboard VIA Rail.

Itinerary includes hotel accommodations, sightseeing and transfers. Please enquire for more information, pricing and detailed itinerary.

Would you like to spend more/less time in the Canadian Rockies? Our professional Tour Consultants can work with you to provide a more comprehensive visit to the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

9 Day Itinerary (Begins Fridays)

Day 1 — Vancouver / VIA Rail

Friday

Transfer from airport or hotel to Pacific Central station to begin your winter adventure. Depart this evening aboard VIA Rail’s train The CANADIAN, in Sleeper Plus Class accommodations. Visit the Skyline car and celebrate your journey with fellow passengers while enjoying the Vancouver skyline as you move north into the heart of British Columbia. Overnight VIA Rail.

Day 2 — VIA Rail / Jasper

Saturday

Begin your morning with a full hot breakfast served in the dining car. Enjoy fresh meals prepared by the chef and coordinated to suit your dining needs. Watch for Mount Robson as you make your way from British Columbia into the province of Alberta and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Late afternoon arrival into Jasper with transfer to hotel. Overnight Jasper — Breakfast & lunch included aboard VIA Rail.

Day 3 — Jasper / Lake Louise

Sunday

Early morning rise for transfer service to Banff. Your shuttle service will take you south down the Icefields Parkway and past some of the most breathtaking views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Arrive into Lake Louise late morning. Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation, or take a walk around the grounds and local area to see gorgeous views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Overnight Lake Louise.

Day 4 — Lake Louise / Banff

Monday

Morning sightseeing tour of Banff including a visit to the Cave & Basin, a National Historic Site. Take pictures and learn about the history of Bow Valley whilst watching for wildlife. Transfer north to Jasper this afternoon with early evening arrival. Overnight Jasper.

Day 5 — Banff / Jasper

Tuesday

Morning sightseeing tour of Banff including a visit to the Cave & Basin, a National Historic Site. Take scenic pictures and learn about the history of Bow Valley whilst watching for wildlife. Transfer north to Jasper this afternoon with early evening arrival. Overnight Jasper.

Day 6 — Jasper / VIA Rail

Wednesday

Jasper National Park was established in 1907 and is the largest at 10,878 sq km (4200 sq. mi) and most northerly of the Rocky Mountain National Parks. Jasper National Park became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, along with the neighbouring parks, Banff, Yoho and Kootenay. In 1990 these four national parks — combined with the three adjoining British Columbia Provincial Parks of Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber — became the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tallest peak in Jasper National Park is Mount Edith Cavell at 3363 meters (11,000 feet). Early evening transfer to VIA Rail station for departure East. Overnight VIA Rail. Dinner included aboard VIA Rail.

Day 7 — VIA Rail

Thursday

Look out your Sleeper Plus Class OR Prestige Class accommodation window and see the panoramic views of the province of Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan covers 651,900 square kilometres, more than a quarter million square miles. Contrary to popular belief, fully one half the province is covered by forest, one-third is farmland and one-eighth is fresh water with nearly 100,000 lakes! Overnight VIA Rail. Breakfast, lunch & dinner served aboard VIA Rail.
Jasper Park Lodge

Day 8 — VIA Rail

Friday

Relax today as you take in the winding twists and turns of the train as you travel over bridges and through tunnels. The land suddenly changes from marshy flatlands and sugar beet fields to rock and scrub bush. The Prairies have been left behind and we are entering the rugged and rocky Canadian Shield. Endless lakes and rivers populate the areas passed through. Watch for mink, otter, beaver, lynx, moose, bear and wildfowl. Overnight VIA Rail. Breakfast, lunch & dinner served aboard VIA Rail.

Day 9 — VIA Rail / Toronto

Saturday

Early morning arrival into the cosmopolitan city of Toronto. Your tour provides private transfer service to airport or hotel. Breakfast served aboard VIA Rail.

Itinerary includes hotel accommodations, sightseeing and transfers. Please enquire for more information, pricing and detailed itinerary.

Would you like to spend more/less time in the Canadian Rockies? Our professional Tour Consultants can work with you to provide a more comprehensive visit to the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Price Includes

  • 3 or 4 nights’ accommodation in hotels.
  • 4 nights’ accommodation aboard VIA Rail in Sleeper Plus Class or Prestige Class
  • Transportation and transfers, as described.
  • Select sightseeing, activities, and admissions, as described (Seasonal Availability).
  • 10 meals: 4 breakfasts; 3 lunches; 3 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.
PRICE DETAILS:

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

2018 Season
Jan–Apr & Nov–Dec
8 DAY ITINERARY
Sleeper Plus ADULT SENIOR
JAN–MAR $2999 $2769
APR $3369 $3069
NOV–DEC $2999 $2769
Prestige ADULT/SENIOR
JAN–MAR $5669
APR $5999
NOV–DEC $5669
9 DAY ITINERARY
Sleeper Plus ADULT SENIOR
JAN–MAR $3099 $2869
APR $3469 $3169
NOV–DEC $3099 $2869
Prestige ADULT/SENIOR
JAN–MAR $5769
APR $6099
NOV–DEC $5769
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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