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Cross Canada Rockies Circle Tour

Also see: Winter Version
Cross Canada Rockies Circle Tour

10 days / 9 nights
Departs May to October

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VIA Rail’s classic train, The Canadian, from Toronto to Jasper and return plus 3 nights in the Canadian Rockies.

  • Sleeper Plus Class OR Prestige Class aboard VIA Rail
  • Jasper National Park
  • Premiere option includes upgrade to Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
  • Prestige Class is available on this tour. See details below.

Day 1 — Toronto / VIA Rail

Tuesday / Thursday

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

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

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

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. Continental breakfast and brunch served in the dining car.

Day 5 — Jasper

Saturday / Monday

Discover Jasper today with a half day tour of Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Athabasca Viewpoint, Medicine Lake, and Maligne Canyon. Summer travellers can take part in a boat cruise on Maligne Lake. Keep your camera ready for an assortment of wildlife including elk, moose, black bear, mountain goat and more. Overnight Jasper

Day 6 — Jasper

Sunday / Tuesday

Day at leisure to explore Jasper. Visit the Yellowhead or Wildlife Museum to get a more in depth comprehension of the history and geology of this enchanting township located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy the shops and restaurants or spend time poolside at your hotel. Overnight Jasper

Day 7 — Jasper / VIA Rail

Monday / Wednesday

There is time today to explore the town of Jasper on your own. Shopping, restaurants, and museums are available to explore. 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 Robson at 3,954 metres (12,872 ft). Early evening transfer to VIA Rail station for departure west. Overnight VIA Rail. Dinner included aboard VIA Rail.

Day 8 — VIA Rail

Tuesday / Thursday

Look out your Sleeper Plus 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! Head up to the dining car for expertly made freshly served cuisine prepared by professional chefs. Dietary needs can be accommodated (let us know early) for those who must have specific meals.

Your stopover in Winnipeg this evening provides time to have a quick exploration of the city of Winnipeg. Check with your rail attendant prior to disembarking the train this evening. Winnipeg (population 671,000) is Canada’s oldest western city, dating from 1812. The downtown area is a mix of modern towers, heritage buildings and older established neighbourhoods. Union Station was built in 1911 to serve the many rail lines that made Winnipeg the crossroads of Canada. The same architects who created New York’s famous Grand Central Station designed the station’s massive dome, the interior of which is delicately plastered in pink and white. Overnight VIA Rail. Continental breakfast, lunch & dinner served aboard VIA Rail.

Day 9 — VIA Rail

Wednesday / 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 10 — VIA Rail / Toronto

Thursday / Saturday

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

Would you like to spend more 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 nights’ accommodation in hotels.
  • 6 nights aboard VIA Rail in Sleeper Plus Class.
  • Transportation and transfers, as described.
  • Select sightseeing, activities, and admissions, as described (Seasonal Availability).
  • 16 meals: 2 Continental breakfasts; 4 breakfasts; 2 brunches; 3 lunches; 5 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 $3889 $3499
JUN – OCT $5399 $4899
MAY $7489
JUN – OCT $8299
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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