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Marvel at the untamed scenery and majestic beauty of wild Canada

13 days From £3,195 per person
Operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys

2023 Tour code: CAJ23

About the tour

See roaring Niagara Falls, journey on The Canadian and visit two of Canada's greatest cities - Vancouver and Toronto. This adventure sees us explore the untamed scenery and breathtaking beauty of Canada and its national parks.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Vancouver

We fly from London Heathrow to Vancouver for two nights and check in to our hotel on arrival.

Day 2 - Vancouver

We enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of one of the country's largest and most cosmopolitan cities, visiting historic Gastown, an area of coffee shops, galleries and native art stores that make up one of Vancouver's best-loved neighbourhoods. We also experience Stanley Park. Larger than Central Park and home to over half a million trees, Stanley Park first opened in 1888, quickly becoming a widely recognised symbol of the city known for its beauty. Its most famous feature though, has to be its large collection of totem poles, displaying the impressive designs of the indigenous peoples of North America. We continue to Chinatown, soaking in the area's enticing scents and sights. Your afternoon is free to explore this vibrant destination further. You could take a stroll to Queen Elizabeth Park, a former rock quarry offering panoramic views over the city.

Day 3 - Kamloops

Leaving Vancouver behind, we travel by coach to Kamloops for the night, stopping in the town of Hope for some free time to get lunch. We continue via the mountainous Coquihalla Pass, traversing stunning landscapes and reaching 4,000 feet in altitude. Once in Kamloops, we check into our hotel for the night.

Day 4 - Banff

Back on board our coach, we continue our journey eastwards to Banff for two nights, stopping en route at Revelstoke. Our scenic route takes us through more of Canada's incredible scenery, and we have the chance to soak in the sights of towering mountains, peaceful lakes and dense evergreen forests as we travel. In the evening, after settling in, we meet a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, also known as a Mountie, who tells us all about their unique experiences and gives us time to ask any questions we may have about their years in service.

Day 5 - Banff and Yoho National Park

We discover the beauty of Banff's famous National Park, visiting Lake Louise, a glacier-fed lake surrounded by soaring peaks and dense pine forests, before continuing to the Spiral Tunnels. This ingenious piece of railway track is an incredible feat of engineering that allows trains to traverse the steep, mountainous terrain via two looping tunnels. If we're lucky, we may see a train snaking through the tunnels themselves - a marvellous sight. Next, we make a stop at Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park. As its name suggests, this body of water is known for its fantastically vibrant colours, and with free time to enjoy the sights, now might be a great time to practice your photography skills.

Day 6 - The Icefields Parkway

Travelling by coach along the famous Icefields Parkway, a 144-mile road that links Lake Louise with Jasper and cuts through some of the world's greatest mountain scenery, we arrive at the Columbia Icefields Discovery Centre, at the foot of the vast Columbia Icefield. Take the time to marvel at the ancient Athabasca Glacier before we continue our journey past many of the highest peaks in the Rockies, pausing at scenic spots, including the Athabasca Falls, on our way to Jasper for the night

Day 7 - The Canadian

Enjoy a free morning in Jasper before we board The Canadian to start our iconic, cross-country journey. Our on-board accommodation consists of a cosy berth, shielded by a heavy curtain for privacy, and access to shared bathroom facilities in the same sleeper car. During certain times of the day, wander to one of the observation cars for incredible views of the spectacular Canadian scenery as the train passes through Jasper National Park.

Day 8 - The Canadian

We spend our first full day on board The Canadian today. As we cross the vast and wild landscapes, keep your eyes peeled for the local wildlife, which includes eagles, elk, moose and bears.

Day 9 - The Canadian

Our journey continues through the Rockies towards bustling Toronto.

Day 10 - Toronto

We arrive in multicultural Toronto for a two-night stay, setting off on a guided tour after checking-in at our hotel. The city boasts a wealth of museums, excellent restaurants, and thriving shopping areas, and is also home to the world's longest street, Yonge Street, and the dramatic CN tower. With free time to discover more of these incredible sights this afternoon and evening, you might also like to sample some of the local flavours at one of the many trendy eateries in the downtown area. Perhaps make your way to Toronto's unique Distillery District, home to a plethora of art galleries, eateries and live music venues. The Victorian brick-paved streets of this neighbourhood have been designated as a National Heritage Site and while you're here, why not try some of the local flavours, such as a Caesar Cocktail, Canada's national cocktail? A different take on a Bloody Mary, the celery is often replaced with a piece of crispy Canadian bacon.

Day 11 - Niagara Falls

We make our way to the US-Canadian border to see the magnificent Niagara Falls, a stunning natural spectacle that's split into three separate sections - American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Canadian Horse-shoe Falls - all dating back about 12,000 years, when melting glaciers allowed a passage of water from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. We enjoy a boat cruise through the dramatic mists that form at the base of the falls, allowing us up-close views of the thundering waters. Afterwards, we visit Table Rock viewpoint before continuing to Niagara Gorge to see the natural whirlpool that formed here thousands of years ago.

Day 12 - Toronto to London

Enjoy a free morning to do a little last-minute sightseeing ahead of our transfer to the airport and flight back to London Heathrow.

Day 13 - London

We land in the UK on today and our holiday comes to an end.

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. 

We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Caribou Lodge

Caribou Lodge, Banff

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Chateau Jasper, Jasper

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Chelsea Hotel

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

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Sheraton Wall Centre hotel, Vancouver

Sheraton Wall Centre hotel, Vancouver

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