Enjoy passage aboard VIA Rail’s legendary train, the Canadian, and the magnificent Canadian Rockies.
- Banff & Yoho National Park & Jasper National Park
- Banff Sulphur Mountain Gondola, Columbia Icefields, Glacier Skywalk, Glacier Adventure
- Premiere option features Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Chateau Lake Louise & Jasper Park Lodge
Day 1 – Vancouver / VIA Rail
Tuesday / Friday / Sunday
Your adventure begins with transfer service within Greater Vancouver or Vancouver Int’l Airport to Pacific Central Station. As a Sleeper Plus Class passenger, enjoy the private waiting area and priority boarding. Evening departure aboard VIA Rail’s train the Canadian offers both private and semi-private accommodations within Sleeper Plus Class. Also included are delicious freshly prepared meals served in the dining car and access to the Park Car, consisting of lounge, sitting area, and dome seating. Overnight VIA Rail.
Day 2 – VIA Rail / Jasper
Wednesday / Saturday / Monday
Begin your day with a cozy seat in the dining car, and enjoy the passing scenery from your large picture window as you make your way to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. To the west of the eastbound train is the Premier Range, with eleven peaks named after Canadian and British prime ministers. The dominant peak is Mount Sir Wilfred Laurier. Mount Terry Fox is to the east. Watch for Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3954 metres (12,972 ft.) Arrival into Jasper late afternoon with transfer service to hotel. Overnight Jasper. Breakfast & lunch served in the dining car aboard VIA Rail.
Day 3 – Jasper
Thursday / Sunday / Tuesday
Morning pickup for your half day Explore Jasper Tour including Maligne Lake Boat cruise (cruise available in summer season). Your tour will take you to the Athabasca Viewpoint, Medicine Lake, and Maligne Canyon. Watch for wildlife and keep your camera ready. Jasper has an abundance of wildlife including bear, caribou, mountain goats and a host of smaller animal life such as lynx and bobcat. This evening is yours to relax in your comfortable accommodation or enjoy the quiet night life of Jasper. Overnight Jasper.
Day 4 – Jasper / Icefields Parkway / Lake Louise
Friday / Monday / Wednesday
Early morning departure on your Rockies Discovery Tour to Lake Louise. This is an excellent way to see the Canadian Rockies traveling north to south. Your driver will provide commentary including geological information, and historical facts about the places you are visiting. Stops include Athabasca Falls & Stutfield Glacier. Venture out onto the glass-floored Glacier Skywalk to glorious views of the Canadian Rockies. Your stop at the Icefields Parkway provides you with the Glacier Adventure ride, taking you to the top of the Athabasca Glacier, and allowing you to walk around on ice formed over thousands of years. Early evening arrival into Lake Louise. Overnight Lake Louise. Hot buffet lunch at Icefields Parkway included.
Day 5 – Lake Louise / Banff
Saturday / Tuesday / Thursday
Midday transfer service takes you into the majestic town of Banff, surrounded by the Canadian Rockies. Leisure time this afternoon allows for personal exploration of the shops, restaurants, museums and art galleries located in abundance around town. Or take in the Banff Hot Springs located just minutes away from downtown Banff. Your John Steel Tour Consultant is pleased to assist with golf or spa reservations. Overnight Banff.
Day 6 – Banff
Sunday / Wednesday / Friday
Explore Banff this morning with a sightseeing tour including 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 7 – Banff / Calgary
Monday / Thursday / Saturday
Door to door transfer service is provided from Banff to Calgary today. Choose between morning, afternoon, or early evening transfer service. Drop off to downtown Calgary and the Calgary Int’l Airport.
- 5 nights’ accommodation in hotels.
- 1 night in VIA Rail’s Sleeper Plus Class accommodation.
- Transportation and transfers, as described.
- Select sightseeing, activities, and admissions, as described (Seasonal Availability).
- 3 meals: 1 breakfast; 2 lunches.
- 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.