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Canada by Rail, Road & Vineyards

  • Toronto
  • Niagara Falls
  • Jasper
  • Banff
  • Emerald Lake
  • Vernon
  • Whistler
  • Vancouver
  • 15 nights from
  • £3,149 per person
  • Trip Code: RT-593

Holiday Overview

A sensational 16-day Canada holiday itinerary from East to West, starting from Toronto and ending in Vancouver.

Travel from Toronto to Jasper with Via Rail, staying in your own private bedroom on board for your 4-day journey to the Rockies.

This trip of a lifetime takes also takes in Niagara Falls, Banff, Emerald Lake, Vernon and Whistler, with admissions to Sulphur (Banff) Mountain Gondola, Jasper or Banff Hot Springs, Ice Explorer Ride at the Columbia Icefields, Hat Creek Ranch and an unbelievable ride on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola at Whistler.

It really is a terrific itinerary taking in the very best of Canada.  

Canada by Rail, Road & Vineyards includes:

  • 12 nights Hotel accomodation
  • 3 nights Via Rail onboard accommodation
  • Niagara Falls sightseeing tour with lunch
  • Ice explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Admission to either Banff Upper Hot Springs or Miette Hot Springs, Jasper
  • Banff Gondola
  • Admission to Historic Hat Creek
  • Peak to Peak Gondola Ride (Operates daily May 26th to September 16th. price for non operated dates will be adjusted at time of booking)
  • Total number of meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Car hire - A driving pack is included with your tickets and consists of regional Provincial road maps and detailed driving instructions. (We recommend adding Sat Nav)
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Day 1 - Fly Uk to Toronto

Arrive in Toronto and transfer to your downtown hotel (not included)

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Hilton Toronto

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Fairmont Royal York

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Day 2 - Niagara Falls

Full day excursion to Niagara Falls. Travel by air-conditioned motorcoach for a breathtaking, full-day tour through the orchard-laden Niagara Peninsula to Niagara Falls, one of the great wonders of the world. Tour includes: Hornblower Niagara Falls Cruise or Journey Behind the Falls, a meal overlooking Niagara Falls, free time in Niagara on the Lake and a winery tour including a wine tasting.

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Hilton Toronto

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Fairmont Royal York

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Day 3 - Toronto to Jasper - VIA Rail Private Bedroom

This morning, check in at Toronto’s Union Station and board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ for the famous train journey across the prairies to the Canadian Rockies. Travel back in time to the days of classic rail travel. The original stainless steel ‘streamliner’ railcars, made famous by the ‘Canadian’ in the 1950s, are totally refurbished with air conditioning, a café car, lounge car, and access to the dome car. Exclusive to Sleeper Touring Class: In the evening attendants transform your quarters into cozy bunks or a bedroom. Visit the Dome Car where you will experience the true essence of travelling by train as a panoramic scene sweeps by. In Sleeper Touring Class some of the amenities include thick towels, plump pillows, cozy down duvets and a shower kit.

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Day 4 - On-Board Via Rail

Today is spent crossing the scenic lake lands of northern Ontario. (breakfast, lunch & dinner is included today)

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Day 5 - On-Board Via Rail

Continue west through the provinces of Northern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the breadbasket of Canada with its golden wheat fields stretching as far as the eye can see. (breakfast, lunch & dinner is included)

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Day 6 - Jasper

This morning awake to arrive in the city of Edmonton, Alberta, after a brief stop continue on for the final leg of your rail journey to Jasper. This small alpine community located in the majestic Canadian Rockies will be home for the next two nights. (breakfast is included today)

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Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper

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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 7 - Jasper Sightseeing

Pick up your hire car this morning and explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights. Take a tram ride up Whistlers Mountain, or visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world, and enjoy a 90-minute cruise heading toward the south end of this postcard setting (cruise not included). You will marvel at the magnificent shoreline with dense forest and glacial peaks rising abruptly from the water’s edge. Stopping at Spirit Island, you will have the opportunity to take your own version of the world famous photograph of the lake.

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Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper

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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 8 - Jasper to Banff

Your scenic drive today takes you along the Icefields Parkway through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. View a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald coloured lakes. Along the way see such sights as the Columbia Icefield and take an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier (included). Also watch for the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival into Lake Louise. From Lake Louise choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Banff.

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Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

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The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 9 - Banff Exploring

A full day to explore Banff. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site (not included) and Banff Gondola (included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley, and then take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs. (included).

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Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

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The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 10 - Banff to Emerald Lake

Enjoy the leisurely drive to Emerald Lake. Choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Emerald Lake Lodge for your overnight stay.

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Emerald Lake Lodge

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Day 11 - Emerald Lake to Vernon

Your drive today is on the famed Trans Canada Highway, following a route charted by the railroad engineers and fur traders of the mid 1800s. Leave Yoho National Park where you cross the continental divide, then drive through Glacier National Park and ‘Rogers Pass’ with spectacular mountain vistas in every direction. Continue through the Monashee Mountain range and on to the sun & vineyards of Vernon. With over 2,000 hours of sunshine and only 13” of precipitation annually this allows for a wide range of outdoor activities and grape growing for various wines.

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Sparkling Hill Resort, Vernon

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Day 12 - Vernon

Today is yours to experience serenity and well-being at Sparkling Hill Resort, a European-style BC resort spa and world-renowned wellness destination or tour around the Okanagan Valley visiting some of the vineyards that the valley is becoming quite famous for; most are open to the public, and do sell wines on the spot. They can arrange shipment home for you too. If you prefer a little more activity, try one of the many golf courses this region has to offer. (breakfast is included today)

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Sparkling Hill Resort, Vernon

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Day 13 - Vernon to Whistler

Leaving the Okanagan, travel North west through scenic cattle ranching country to Kamloops continue along the Logan Lake Route to the Gold Rush Town of Cache Creek, where you stop to visit the historic Hat Creek Ranch (admission included), which literally takes you back to the days of the Gold Rush. From the Cache Creek travel south to Lillooet, home to the largest Canadian producers of the medicinal plant Ginseng. Departing Lillooet, travel the Duffey Lake Road to Whistler. On the upper elevations of the Duffey Lake Road enjoy breath-taking views of Joffre Glacier and snow-capped Mount Currie that rises to a height of 2596 meters. (breakfast is included today)

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Delta Whistler Village Suites

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Fairmont Chateau Whistler

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Day 14 - Whistler Peak 2 Peak Gondola

This charming alpine resort is nestled between world-renowned Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola (included) to Whistler Mountain’s sub-alpine and then rise to over 7,000 feet via Whistler’s premier open chairlift. At the top of the Peak Chair, guests will be treated to unbelievable views of glaciers, extinct volcanoes, snowcapped peaks and more. Gondola dates of operation: May - Sep, Summer dates are subject to change due to factors such as weather and snowpack, if gondola is not operating a refund will be issued.

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Delta Whistler Village Suites

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Fairmont Chateau Whistler

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Day 15 - Whistler to Vancouver

Depart Whistler at your own leisure along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Vancouver. Highlights along the way include the cascading Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock where climbers from all over the globe migrate to climb the granite cliffs. Arrive into Vancouver and proceed to your selected hotel.

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Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

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Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 16 - Fly Vancouver to UK

Taxi transfer included from your hotel to Vancouver Airport.

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