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Come explore the mesmerizing, wild landscapes of the Canadian Rockies! During this seven-day Essential Canadian Rockies Discovery Eastbound rail journey, you’ll experience all the natural beauty and awe-inspiring sights that attract millions of visitors to this corner of the world each year. Starting in Vancouver, you’ll have the opportunity to visit all of its crowd-pleasing landmarks and attractions, including Chinatown, Stanley Park, Gastown, and Granville Island. If you’re feeling a little extra adventurous, make some time on your own to visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge! Next, enjoy a relaxing overnight VIA Rail overnight train ride into Jasper, one of the most beautiful locations on the planet. In Jasper, tour Medicine Lake, Maligne Lake, and Maligne Canyon before exploring the Icefields Parkway and all of its breathtaking views. Take a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the Athabasca Glacier and take in amazing, expansive views from the Glacier Skywalk! From there, you’ll travel into Banff National Park, where you’ll quickly realize just how vast and magnificent this Canadian treasure is. A few memorable highlights include Moraine Lake, Johnston Canyon, and the photo-worthy Lake Louise!

Highlights

  • Admission to the Vancouver Lookout
  • Sightseeing tour of the Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of the Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Banff
  • Sightseeing tour of Banff National Park and Lake Louise 

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • One-way overnight VIA Rail® from Vancouver to Jasper on the Canadian®
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodations; 1 night onboard VIA Rail
  • Tour transfer from Jasper to Banff and shuttle transfer from Banff to Calgary
  • 2 meals (2 lunches)
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

DAY 1             YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN VANCOUVER
Welcome to Vancouver! When you arrive, travel to your hotel and check in. Use your included admission to the Vancouver Lookout for unbelievable 360-degree views of the beautiful North Shore Mountains and metro Vancouver. Head to the revolving restaurant on your own to enjoy a cocktail or meal. The rest of the day is yours to explore the rest of the city at your leisure. (Overnight in Vancouver)

DAY 2             OVERNIGHT ONBOARD VIA RAIL®
Today, you'll board The Canadian for an overnight VIA Rail journey east to unforgettable Jasper. Enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the wilderness from the comfort of your cabin or from the scenic dome car. You'll gain an entirely new perspective of the Canadian Rockies on the train. (Overnight onboard VIA Rail).

DAY 3             JASPER
 Arrive in Jasper this morning and enjoy a day at your leisure. (Overnight in Jasper)

DAY 4             JASPER
Your included sightseeing tour of Jasper will allow you to discover the Canadian Rockies' largest national park and UNESCO World Heritage site. Showcasing gorgeous wide-open spaces adorned with dense forests, mountains, and lakes, Jasper's wilderness is sure to captivate any visitor. Highlights of this spectacular tour include Medicine Lake, Maligne Lake, and Maligne Canyon. (Overnight in Jasper)

DAY 5             JASPER TO BANFF
If you had only one day to explore the Canadian Rockies—aside from seeing the lakes of Banff—touring the Icefields Parkway is how you should spend it. This winding stretch of road from Jasper to Lake Louise along the Continental Divide features more than 100 ancient glaciers, gorgeous cascading waterfalls, towering mountains, and sweeping valleys of pine forests. During your included Icefields Parkways tour, get up close to the amazing Columbia Icefield and take a once-in-a-lifetime ride onboard an Ice Explorer to the Athabasca Glacier. Then, visit the incredible Glacier Skywalk for jaw-dropping views. A hot buffet lunch at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre is included today. (Overnight in Banff) L

DAY 6             BANFF TO LAKE LOUISE
Today, experience the grandeur of the great outdoors in Banff National Park. While countless regions of Canada are famed for their natural beauty, Banff is utterly awe-inspiring. It's truly a Canadian treasure. During your included Mountain, Lakes and Waterfalls tour, visit famous landmarks, natural wonders, and learn all about the historic locations within the Canadian Rockies. To say that your day will be packed with memorable moments is an understatement. Witness the majesty of Moraine Lake, the waterfalls in Johnston Canyon, take in views from atop Sulphur Mountain, and gaze out over breathtaking Lake Louise. Lunch is included today. (Overnight in Banff) L

DAY 7             YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN CALGARY

Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Georgian Court Hotel Vancouver

The Georgian Court Hotel is a 4 star boutique hotel and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Situated downtown Vancouver, steps from BC Place Stadium – home of the Vancouver Canucks – Rogers Arena, fashionable Robson Street and many downtown Vancouver’s main tourist attractions.

Fairmont Banff Springs

Located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the world famous Fairmont Banff Springs hotel stands as a landmark in the picturesque alpine town of Banff, Alberta. Canada's "Castle in the Rockies",

Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

Just a fifteen-minute walk from downtown, the Banff Caribou Lodge invites you into a world away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday, with all the amenities of a first class resort hotel.

Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Distinct from the majority of Banff hotels, Buffalo Mountain Lodge is situated on Tunnel Mountain – formerly called “Sleeping Buffalo” by the First Nations living in the region.

Banff Ptarmigan Inn

For those who love to play in the great outdoors, there's no better place than Banff, and no better place to call home after a day of adventure than the Banff Ptarmigan Inn.

Elk & Avenue

Experience exceptional comfort and warm hospitality at the Elk + Avenue Hotel, located in downtown Banff, in the heart of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy all the comforts of a modern hotel, including flat screen televisions, indoor whirlpool and dry cedar sauna.

Fox Hotel & Suites

The Fox Hotel & Suites is located in the scenic Banff National Park. This mountain accommodation offers hotel rooms perfect for the traveler staying for a few days or even a week.

Mount Royal Hotel

The Mount Royal Hotel's history dates back to 1908 when it opened for business. Originally called the Banff Hotel, the red brick structure complete with a lead roof, boasted 60 rooms as well as a spacious dining room and billiard room. It was opened by Dave and Annie McDougall of Morley Alberta at a time when Banff was little more than a CP Rail outpost gaining some recognition as a starting point for guided backcountry adventures in the Canadian Rockies.

Rimrock Resort Hotel

The Rimrock Resort Hotel is located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies on Sulphur Mountain and Banff National Park. The Rimrock Resort Hotel offers exceptional views of the Canadian Rockies, fine dining, and a luxury spa. With unmatched style, decor and superb hospitality, the Rimrock Resort Hotel is a very special place to visit for a truly remarkable experience.

Chateau Jasper

The newly renovated Chateau Jasper is a cozy hotel with a variety of accommodations and facilities.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Surrounded by captivating mountains and sparkling lakes, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Resort Hotel welcomes you to The True Rocky Mountain Experience. Situated in the magnificent Canadian Rockies in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge resort invites you to experience the unique accommodations and luxury Signature Cabins, sure to invoke memories that will last a lifetime.

Lobstick Lodge

Lobstick Lodge welcomes you to the Canadian Rockies. Recently renovated and conveniently located in the town of Jasper, you will experience a serene atmosphere in a majestic mountain setting.

Marmot Lodge

Marmot Lodge offers 107 guestrooms and suites with exterior entry. Large families and groups will love the convenience of our kitchen suites along with a separate bedroom. All guests have access to our heated indoor pool, sauna, and an indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi.

The Crimson Jasper

The Crimson was inspired by true Canadian colours: Jasper's sunsets and fall foliage, our Canadian flag and the uniform of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, Downtown Vancouver

For unbeatable Vancouver accommodations in the heart of downtown, drop your bags at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Downtown Vancouver for a hassle-free metropolitan stay-experience. Featuring contemporary accommodations with a stylish downtown vibe, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, Downtown Vancouver delivers comfortable rooms and suites with generous amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, mini-kitchen stations and heavenly Cloud Nine beds by Serta®.

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel

Those who stay at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel enjoy an innovative fitness center with treadmills and elliptical trainers, as well as a whirlpool and heated indoor swimming pool. All rooms have 32-inch flat screen televisions, free high-speed Internet, fog-free mirrors, plush bathrobes, and the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed. Rooms are also smoke-free so that those guests that have allergies or sensitivities never have to worry

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Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

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