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Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer

(Tour code: TCJ6)Enjoy spectacular rail journeys in the Rockies

From the laid-back city of Toronto to the dramatic Pacific Ocean setting of Vancouver and the natural beauty of Vancouver Island, this incredible adventure takes us across Canada by rail, lifting us high into the mighty Rockies in style and comfort on board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer, one of the world's greatest trains.

Tour Highlights
  • Toronto
  • Niagara Falls
  • The Canadian rail journey
  • Jasper
  • The Columbian Icefield
  • Banff
  • Lake Louise
  • The Rocky Mountaineer rail journey
  • Vancouver
  • Maligne Lake & Canyon
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    3 Nights on The Canadian
    2 Days on Rocky Mountaineer
  • Selected Breakfasts
    Selected Evening Meals
    13 Nights' Hotel Accommodation
  • All Transfers Included
    Selected Porterage
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Upgrades Available

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Days 1-3

Fly to Toronto and a guided tour

We depart from London Heathrow to Toronto, arriving midafternoon. Our hotel for three nights is the Eaton Chelsea Hotel, located in the heart of Toronto's downtown, close to many of the city's main attractions. Toronto is a multicultural melting-pot with an inviting, laid-back atmosphere. The city looks out across mesmerising Lake Ontario from its position on the northern shore, and is overlooked by the CN Tower, one of the world's tallest structures. On Day 2 we enjoy a guided tour of Toronto, visiting many of its captivating highlights. On Day 3 you are free to continue exploring.

  • Scheduled flights
  • In-flight Meal
  • Day 2 - Guided tour of Toronto
  • Day 3 - Free day
Niagara Falls
Day 4

Niagara Falls

Our excursion today takes us to the incredible Niagara Falls, truly one of the natural wonders of the world. During our time at the Falls you have time to experience the awesome power of crashing waters, either from the viewing area or at the foot of the thundering Falls on board the Maid of the Mist (payable locally). We continue to Niagara-on-the-Lake, where we have free time to explore. Tonight we board The Canadian in Toronto as we begin our journey across the vast expanse of the prairie grasslands towards the Rockies.

  • Guided tour of Niagara
Days 5-6

On board the Canadian

Our first full day on board is spent crossing the Canadian Shield. On Day 6 we arrive in Winnipeg, a fascinating city which is home to over 50 ethnic communities. The train stops in Winnipeg for the morning, giving us the opportunity to explore. We continue crossing the prairies and arrive in the province of Saskatchewan in the late evening.

  • Days 5-6 - Breakfast, lunch, dinner on-board The Canadian
The Rockies
Days 7-8

Through the Rockies to Jasper National Park

After passing Edmonton, we begin the climb into the foothills of the Rockies passing pine forests, glaciers, plunging canyons and soaring peaks. We arrive in Jasper in the early afternoon and spend two nights at the Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites, surrounded by majestic mountain scenery. On Day 8 we enjoy a tour of Jasper National Park, including the spectacular Maligne Canyon, a 164 ft deep gorge of sheer limestone walls, waterfalls and rock formations. We also see the gorgeous turquoise waters of Maligne Lake, the largest glacier-fed body of water in the region.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast on-board The Canadian
  • Day 8 - Tour of Jasper National Park & Maligne Lake & Canyon
The Icefields Parkway
Day 9

The Icefields Parkway

We depart by coach along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, a 144 mile road that links Jasper with Lake Louise and takes us through some of the world's most spectacular mountain scenery. We travel along a lakelined valley past many of the highest and most rugged peaks in the Rockies to the Icefields Centre at the foot of the vast Columbia Icefields. Here we stop to marvel at the breathtaking Athabasca Glacier, and you have the option to enjoy an exciting ride over the icefield by giant Snocoach. We continue to Banff for a three-night stay at the Caribou Lodge.

  • Trip along Icefields Parkway
Banff National Park
Days 10-11

Banff National Park

Today we experience the spectacular natural beauty of Banff National Park, visiting the majestic Emerald Lake, renowned for its vivid colours, and the idyllic waters of Lake Louise. Day 11 is free for you to explore the charming resort of Banff.

  • Day 10 - Tour of Sulphur Mt, Lake Louise & Emerald Lake
  • Day 11 - Free day
The Rocky Mountaineer
Day 12

The Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops

We embark on a daylight journey through the Rockies on the world-renowned Rocky Mountaineer. This 309 mile trip to Kamloops takes in the scenery of the 'First Passage to the West' route, passing through Banff National Park and across the Continental Divide. We travel in RedLeaf Class, marvelling at the passing scenery with breakfast and lunch served at our seats. We overnight at a hotel in Kamloops.

  • Day 12 - Breakfast, lunch
  • The Rocky Mountaineer
The Rocky Mountaineer
Day 13

The Rocky Mountaineer to Vancouver

Our Rocky Mountaineer experience continues on one of the most dramatic stretches of the line, travelling along the Thompson and Fraser Canyons. As you keep your eyes open for Canadian wildlife, the line descends towards the Pacific Coast. On arrival in Vancouver, we spend two nights at the Blue Horizon Hotel, located on Robson Street.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • The Rocky Mountaineer
Day 14

Discovering Vancouver

Vancouver, widely regarded as one of the most desirable places in the world to live, combines its breathtaking setting with beautiful architecture and a perfectly-pitched way of life. The city lies between the beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline and the majestic Coastal Mountains. Our morning sightseeing tour visits historic Gastown, an area of coffee shops, galleries and native art stores. We also experience the exciting scents and sights of Chinatown, and leafy Stanley Park, with its colourful Totem Poles. Our tour then takes in Granville Island, located in the heart of the city, which boasts an amazing, mouthwatering food market. This afternoon, you are free to discover this diverse city at your own pace.

  • Guided city tour of Vancouver
Vancouver Island
Days 15-16

Victoria on Vancouver Island

We leave the city of Vancouver today and travel by ferry to Vancouver Island, sailing through the Gulf Islands archipelago, keeping an eye out for wildlife - whales, porpoises, dolphins and seals are all commonly found in these waters, and bald eagles inhabit the area. We spend two nights in Victoria, famous for its idyllic tree-lined avenues and leafy open spaces. On Day 16 you are free to experience Vancouver Island at leisure. Probably the most exciting option is the opportunity to go whale watching, joining one of the boats which leave from Victoria just off the island's southern tip.

  • Free Day
The journey home
Days 17-18

Victoria and the journey home

Your morning is free to spend at leisure in Victoria. We then make our way to Vancouver airport for our flight to London, arriving on Day 18.

  • Scheduled flights
  • In-flight Meal
  • Free Day


Kathryn Cambridge
James Eaton
Phil Conde
Lynne Broadley

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