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Northern BC & Rockies Explorer

  • Whistler
  • Jasper
  • Banff
  • Prince George
  • Prince Rupert
  • Port Hardy
  • Vancouver
  • 17 nights from
  • £4,699 per person
  • Trip Code: 744

Holiday Overview

Northern BC & Rockies Explorer - a Canada Rail Holiday

 

A terrific 18 day rail holiday experience through Canada's Northern British Columbia on the famous Skeena route and the Rockies, including a stay in Whistler and Vancouver. 

If this wasn't enough experience the Inside Passage on a ferry cruise from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert. The Inside Passage & Rockies are a paradise for photographers and wildlife enthausiasts. Travel along the scenic Icefield Parkway ride on an Ice Explore onto the Athabasca Glacier, experience a Glacier Skywalk and have a ride on the Banff Sulphur Mountain Gondola for awe-inspiring 360-degree views.

Northern BC & Rockies Explorer includes:

  • Return UK flights
  • 17 nights accommodation
  • Peak 2 Peak Gondola
  • VIA Rail private cabin between Vancouver & Jasper
  • VIA Rail Vancouver to Jasper Meals : 1 Dinner and 1 Breakfast
  • VIA Rail Skeena Touring Class Jasper to Prince Rupert
  • VIA Rail Touring Class Meals : 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Ice Explorer & Glacier Skywalk
  • Maligne Lake & Guided Walk - Jasper
  • Discover Jasper & its Wildlife Tour
  • Explore Banff Tour with Gondola ride & cruise
  • Flight from Port Hardy to Vancouver
  • Vancouver Hop on Hop off Sightseeing Tour
  • BC Ferry from Price Rupert to Port Hardy
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Day 1 - Fly from UK to Vancouver

Fly from UK to Vancouver. Coach transfer from Vancouver Airport to Whistler. (included)

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Day 2 - Whistler

Spend today at your leisure. Take advantage of your Peak2Peak Gondola ride ticket for some awe-inspiring views.

Featured accommodation

Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel

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Aava Hotel

Four Seasons Whistler

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Day 3 - Explore Whistler

Today is yours to spend at leisure exploring Whistler. Take advantage of the walks/hikes and lakes in Whistler.

Featured accommodation

Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel

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Aava Hotel

Four Seasons Whistler

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Day 4 - Whistler to Vancouver - Jasper

This morning depart on the coach from Whistler to Vancouver Downtown where you will then transfer to the nearby rail station for your trip on VIA Rail's 'Canadian' for the famous train journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. 

Board VIA Rail's "The Canadian" for an unforgettable train journey! Pass through Vancouver's eastern suburbs and into British Columbia's agricultural heartland. Take in the stunning views of the Fraser Canyon as the train winds its way through the Cascade and Coast Mountains perched alongside the mighty Fraser River and past the raging rapids of Hell's Gate. Ride through golden prairie fields, rugged lake country, waterfalls, picturesque towns and the snowy peaks of the majestic Rockies. Take in the view of Mt. Robson, the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

By day, rest comfortably in an armchair while enjoying the spectacular views of the landscape rolling by. Each spacious bedroom has private toilet facilities, a sink, a mirror, razor outlet, small closet, large window with blind and locking door. A shower, just a few steps away from the bedrooms and berths, is reserved for sleeper plus class passengers. Complimentary shower towels and an amenity bag for body care articles are provided. At night, your armchair will be converted into a cozy bed equipped with a reading light. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided.

Inclusions: All meals and non-alcoholic beverages included in the dining car. Complimentary coffee, tea, fruit and cookies in the lounge cars.

**Meal Plan: Dinner on day of boarding. Breakfast on day 2. **

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Day 5 - Canadian Rockies; arrive Jasper late afternoon

Rise to the snowy peaks of the Canadian Rockies today as you arrive in Jasper and transfer to your hotel. The day is free to explore this unique alpine community. (breakfast included today onboard VIA Rail). Transfer from Jasper Rail Station to your hotel is included. Afternoon at your leisure.

Featured accommodation

Chateau Jasper

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Lobstick Lodge

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 6 - Maligne Lake & Guided Walk

This morning you will be picked up for your 5-6 hour excursion - Maligne Lake & Guided Walk. 

This amazing tour is a guided interpretive drive up the Maligne Valley. Our exploration will include a stop at Maligne Canyon for a gentle guided walk to the first two bridges above the gorge, a short stop at the "disappearing" Medicine Lake, and finally Maligne Lake. At this picturesque gem of the Canadian Rockies enjoy a guided walk along the Mary Schaffer Loop (3.2km return).

Featured accommodation

Chateau Jasper

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Lobstick Lodge

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 7 - Jasper to Banff

Around 1pm you will be transfered from Jasper to Banff via one of the most scenic highways in North America - the Icefield Parkway. Pass by the Columbia Icefield that covers an area of nearly 325 sq km's and reaches a depth of 250 - 320 metres. Other highlights along the way include the Crowfoot Glacier, Peyto and Bow Lakes. This highway is also renowned for sightings of bear, elk, moose & mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy. A brief stop will be made at Lake Louise before continuing on to Banff. Two of the more outstanding landmarks along the way are Castle Mountain (2750 meters) and Mount Temple (3523 meters). Upon arrival in Banff your driver will take you to your hotel, arrival approx 7.30pm.

Featured accommodation

Banff Aspen Lodge

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Fox Hotel & Suites

The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 8 - Banff Sightseeing

Today we have included a terrific tour to take in the best of Banff National Park - Explore Banff with Gondola ride & Lake Cruise. Learn about culture, geology and wildlife while exploring the spectacular sights of the renowned mountain town of Banff. This sightseeing tour will take you to some of the most incredible sights and sounds that western Canada has to offer. Head up the Banff Gondola to the peak of Sulphur Mountain for a 360 degree panorama of the Bow Valley. Complete the day with a historical tour of Lake Minnewanka on the Lake Minnewanka Cruise. You will visit points such as: - Bow Falls - Sulphur Mountain - Tunnel Mountain Drive - Surprise Corner - Hoodoos - Two Jack Viewpoint - Lake Minnewanka Cruise (admission included) - Banff Gondola (admission included) - Dedicated on-board host - Light snacks & refreshments included - Light lunch included in tour Note: - When Lake Minnewanka is unavailable due to ice on the lake, additional programming will be provided. - Stops listed in the itinerary may be substituted based on the driver's discretion. Some stops may be unavailable due to seasonality, weather conditions or traffic delays.

Featured accommodation

Banff Aspen Lodge

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Fox Hotel & Suites

The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 9 - Explore Banff

Spend today at your leisure to explore Banff

Featured accommodation

Banff Aspen Lodge

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Fox Hotel & Suites

The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 10 - Banff to Jasper

Today will be a big highlight of your trip with the Banff to Jasper tour with various stop offs along the way to allow for a stroll and photo opportunities.

Duration: 11 hours* *Note: Not all of the regularly scheduled stops on this sightseeing tour are accessible during the Winter, so the length of this tour may be shortened during this time.

Today's tour to Jasper takes us through some of the most spectacular mountain landscapes in North America. Following the spine of the Canadian Rockies, view a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged snowy peaks, and over 100 glaciers. The entire day is spent in the majesty of Canada's two most famous National Parks, Banff and Jasper. Departing Banff we pass Vermilion Lakes and the fortress formations of Castle Mountain before arriving at stunning Lake Louise and the world famous Chateau Lake Louise. After a short break we continue northwards on the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic stretches of highway in North America. Stops will be made at Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, and the Weeping Wall before arriving at the Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefield where we allow time to enjoy the "Ice Explorer Ride" and the Glacier Skywalk. From here the parkway descends Tangle Ridge and follows the Athabasca River, which begins as melt water from the Athabasca Glacier. We then stop at the Athabasca Falls, where the boiling waters of the river plunge into a chasm gouged out of the valley floor.

Highlights: - A boxed lunch is included - Glacier Adventure Package (Ice Explorer & Glacier Skywalk) admissions are included

Featured accommodation

Whistlers Inn

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Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 11 - Jasper

Spend today at your leisure in Jasper.

Featured accommodation

Whistlers Inn

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Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 12 - Jasper to Prince George

Today (approx 11am) embark on a memorable rail journey with VIA Rail 'Skeena' across British Columbia's Cariboo Region to the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Pass the cloud-veiled peals of Mount Robson and watch the horizons widen as the train descends from the Rockies onto the rugged interior plateau. The northern arm of the Fraser River leads to Prince George. Arrive approx 7.10pm

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Day 13 - Prince George to Prince Rupert

Continuing west, enjoy the rugged beauty and pioneering character of a landscape once solely travelled by First Nation people and fur traders. The train follows the turbulent currents of the Skeena River and meanders through spectacular canyons and open valleys in the presence of ever present mountain ridges. Arrive in Prince Rupert this evening for your overnight stay.

Featured accommodation

Crest Hotel

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Day 14 - Prince Rupert to Port Hardy

Welcome to the glorious Inside Passage, a paradise for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts. Sail to Vancouver Island through a maze of enchanting islands, relishing the ever-changing vistas of deep fjords, densely forested shorelines, massive ice-flows and jagged inlets. Watch bald eagles soaring overhead, sea lions slumbering on the rocks and whales traversing the offshore waters. Full day cruising, before arriving in Port Hardy for your overnight.

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Day 15 - Port Hardy to Vancouver

This morning depart on a scheduled flight to Vancouver. Make your own way to downtown Vancouver (taxi not included) for your 3 night stay.

Featured accommodation

Delta Hotel Vancouver Downtown Suites

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Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 16 - Vancouver Sightseeing

Spend today at your leisure taking in the best of Vancouver. To help you do this we have included a complimentary 48 hour Vancouver Hop on Hop off Sightseeing pass.

Featured accommodation

Delta Hotel Vancouver Downtown Suites

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Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 17 - Vancouver

Spend today at your leisure taking in more of Vancouver's attractions. We highly recommend the full day trip to Victoria, ask one of our Canada Experts for more details.

Featured accommodation

Delta Hotel Vancouver Downtown Suites

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Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 18 - Fly Vancouver to UK

Today you have a transfer included from your downtown hotel to Vancouver Airport for your flight to the UK.

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