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Ultimate Canada and The Rocky Mountaineer

4.2 stars(13 reviews)

Enjoy spectacular rail journeys in the Rockies

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15 days From £4,995 per person

2021 Tour code: TCJ21

About the tour

From the dramatic Pacific Ocean setting of Vancouver, to the laid-back city of Toronto, this incredible adventure takes us across Canada by rail, in style and comfort onboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer and The Canadian, two of the world's greatest journeys.


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Day 1 - London and Vancouver

We fly from London Heathrow to Vancouver, arriving mid-afternoon.

  • Scheduled flights
Day 2 - Exploring Vancouver

On our morning sightseeing tour of Vancouver today, we visit historic Gastown, an area of coffee shops, galleries, and native art stores that is one of Vancouver's best-loved neighbourhoods. We also experience Stanley Park, which is larger than New York's Central Park, and is famous for its large collection of colourful totem poles. Later on our guided tour, we uncover the exciting scents and sights of Chinatown.

Day 3 - Vancouver

On Day 3 you are free to experience Vancouver further.

Day 4 - Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops

Today we embark on a daylight journey through the Rockies on the world-renowned Rocky Mountaineer. This fantastic journey from Vancouver to Kamloops takes in one of the most dramatic stretches of the line. Keep your eyes open for Canadian wildlife as the train leaves the Pacific Coast and travels along the Thompson and Fraser Canyons. We travel in SilverLeaf Class with breakfast and lunch served at our seats.

Day 5 - Rocky Mountaineer to Banff

We continue our journey through the Rockies on the Rocky Mountaineer. This trip to Banff takes in the scenery of the 'First Passage to the West' route, passing over the Continental Divide and through Banff National Park. We stay in Banff for 2 nights.

Day 6 - Banff National Park

Today we experience the spectacular natural beauty of Banff National Park, visiting the Spiral Tunnels as well as Emerald Lake, renowned for its vivid colours, and the idyllic waters of Lake Louise. The views at Lake Louise are nothing short of majestic. Here, we absorb the beauty of the vibrant yet calm waters, surrounded on all sides by soaring peaks, and covered, at the base of them, by verdant pine forests that slope away from the shore. The lake itself is indeed a calming oasis amidst the drama of its backdrop. Afterwards, we meet a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, known locally as a 'Mountie', who gives us a talk with opportunity for photos.

Day 7 - Jasper National Park

We depart by coach along the world-famous Icefields Parkway today, a 144-mile road that links Banff with Jasper. We travel along a lake-lined 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. Later, we arrive in Jasper where we spend 2 nights surrounded by majestic mountain scenery. In 1984, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 8 - Jasper

Day 8 is free for you to take in the sights of Jasper.

Day 9 - The Canadian

Today we begin our epic journey on The Canadian, travelling to Toronto. We settle into our berths for the journey through the foothills of the Rockies, passing pine forests, glaciers, plunging canyons and soaring peaks.

Day 10 - The Canadian

Day 10 is our first full day on The Canadian. We travel through the province of Saskatchewan, crossing the prairie lands on our way towards Winnipeg, a fascinating city which is home to over 50 different ethnic communities.

Day 11 - Crossing the Canadian Shield

Day 11 is spent crossing the Canadian Shield and enjoying the wonderful facilities of our iconic train.

Day 12 - Toronto

Our journey on The Canadian ends on Day 12 as we arrive in Toronto, where we stay for 2 nights. Toronto is a multicultural melting-pot with an inviting, laid-back atmosphere.

Day 13 - Niagara Falls

Our excursion on Day 13 takes us to incredible Niagara Falls, truly one of the natural wonders of the world. During our time at the falls you can experience the awesome power of crashing waters from the viewing area, or perhaps take an exhilarating boat tour (payable locally).

Day 14 - To London

On Day 14 you have free time until the afternoon, when we transfer to the airport for our flight to London Heathrow.

Day 15 - London

We arrive on Day 15  at London Heathrow.

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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.

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.


Caribou Lodge, Banff

Caribou Lodge, Banff

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Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

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Blue Horizon Hotel, Vancouver

Blue Horizon Hotel, Vancouver

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4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 13 reviews

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4 stars

Submitted 03 Nov 2019

Brilliant holiday - just maybe amend the Toronto itinerary - we felt rushed through the falls then given more time than necessary at Niagara on the Lake village. We found the Toronto tour guide not in tune to our needs, quite brusque and not very informative, encouraging us to visit many shops! Other than that - a perfectly organised and enjoyable trip.

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Mr A Brown

5 stars

Submitted 20 Oct 2019

Very well organised and a generally wonderful experience

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Mr S Hills

5 stars

Submitted 13 Oct 2019

Well organised and everything was as expected. With half the group being American made for interesting conversations especially about cricket!

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Mr C Shead

5 stars

Submitted 11 Oct 2018

A great holiday in every way. Wonderful scenery, good food, Friendly party, good Hotels, and a good tour manager in Charles White.

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Mr B Smith

4 stars

Submitted 10 Oct 2018

The holiday was well organised and lived up to my expectations. The hotels were all central and had decent sized rooms. The excursions were as stated and very informative.

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Mrs K Smith

4 stars

Submitted 03 Oct 2018

Enjoyable holiday, tour manager was fantastic. Would have like more breakfasts & dinners included in the price. Like more warning that half our holiday money would go on top.

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