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A spectacular journey across Canada, staying in superb Fairmont Hotels.

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2024 Tour code: TCP24

About the tour

Join us on a spectacular journey across Canada - starting with a couple of days in the welcoming Pacific coast city of Vancouver, which we explore on a guided tour, we travel east on iconic trains, the Rocky Mountaineer and The Canadian, and staying in superb Fairmont Hotels. We soak up stunning mountain scenery and breathtaking natural beauty in Banff National Park, enjoy stargazing in Jasper's Rocky Mountain set-ting, visit picturesque Lake Louise, take a boat trip to the base of the fabulous Niagara Falls and explore the exhilarating city of Toronto.

Unforgettable experiences

Stanley Park, Vancouver
Stanley Park, Vancouver
Discover the highlights of vibrant Vancouver on a fascinating guided tour, with time in the magnificent Stanley Park, known for its colourful totem poles.
The Rocky Mountaineer
The Rocky Mountaineer
Journey through the stunning Rockies aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, passing lush green forests and crossing dramatic canyons to Canada's interior.
Banff National Park
Banff National Park
Soak up the natural beauty and stunning mountain landscapes of Banff National Park.
Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park
Visit the Icefields Centre, at the foot of the vast Columbia Icefields, seeing the awe-inspiring Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park, a World Heritage site.
Lake Louise
Lake Louise
Explore picture-perfect Lake Louise, where soaring peaks and pine forests frame the pristine lake.
The Canadian
The Canadian
Travel aboard The Canadian on a three-night journey from Jasper to Toronto, crossing the prairies, the Canadian Shield and Ontario’s scenic lakelands.
Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls
Experience the wonderful Niagara Falls close up, as we take a boat trip into the fine mist beneath the thundering falls.

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 – London and Vancouver

We meet at London Heathrow for our flight to Vancouver, and check into the city's exceptional Fairmont Hotel for two nights.

Day 2 – Exploring Vancouver

We enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of this wonderful, multicultural city. We visit historic Gastown, an area of coffee shops, galleries and native art stores which is one of Vancouver's best-loved neighbourhoods. We also experience Stanley Park. Larger than Central Park, with over half a million trees, the park may be best-known for its fantastic collection of totem poles, displaying the impressive designs of North America's indigenous people. We continue to China-town, soaking up enticing scents and sights.

Day 3 – The Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops

Today we embark on a daylight journey towards the Rockies on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer, travelling to Kamloops along one of the most dramatic stretches of the line. We pass through lush green forests and dramatic valleys, home to an abundance of Canadian wildlife, along the dramatic Thompson and Fraser Canyons before entering the desert-like environs of Canada's interior. Look out for Rainbow Canyon, where a myriad colours are reflected in the rocks. Other features to spot are 'hoodoos' - tall skinny spires of rock which protrude from the arid Thompson Plateau. Local mythology describes these as giants, turned to stone by the Great Spirit. We disembark in the town of Kamloops where we spend the night.

Day 4 – The Rocky Mountaineer to Banff

Re-boarding the Rocky Mountaineer, we enter the towering landscapes of the Rocky Mountains, following the 'First Passage to the West'. Along the route, we experience the legendary spiral tunnels - a feat of engineering, built to overcome the steep gradients of the Rockies - and cross the Continental Divide. We enjoy spectacular views before arriving in Banff, where we spend two nights in the luxurious Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

Day 5 – Banff National Park

Immersing ourselves in the natural beauty of Banff National Park, we see the Spiral Tunnels from a different vantage point, and visit Emerald Lake, renowned for its vivid colours. We continue to the idyllic Lake Louise, a picture-book landscape of soaring peaks and pine forests, framing the pristine lake. Afterwards, we meet a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, known locally as a 'Mountie', who gives a talk and answers our questions about their time in service.

Day 6 – Jasper National Park

We depart by coach along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, a 144-mile road that links Banff with Jasper. Travelling along a lake-lined valley, past many of the highest and most rugged peaks in the Rockies, we stop at the Icefields Centre, set at the foot of the vast Columbia Icefields. Here, we marvel at the breathtaking Athabasca Glacier, an offshoot of the vast Columbia Icefield. Arriving in Jasper, we check into the outstanding, luxurious Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge for two nights, surrounded by stunning World Heritage mountain scenery.

Day 7 – Free day and Jasper Planetarium

Today you are free to explore independently. You could head into Jasper National Park. Full of sublime natural attractions, including canyons, lakes and hot springs, you might visit Maligne Canyon, a deep limestone gorge, and Maligne Lake - the largest glacier-fed body of water in the region. There's plenty of wildlife to watch out for, such as grey wolves, hoary marmot, caribou and moose. Elk can also be found in the town of Jasper and out on the mountains, and there's a variety of birdlife. This evening there is an included optional excursion to Jasper Planetarium for a telescope tour. Here in the Canadian Rockies stargazing is a delight, as the dark night sky is unpolluted by city lights.

Day 8 - The Canadian to Toronto

We begin our epic journey aboard The Canadian, travelling to Toronto over the next three days and nights. We settle into our berths for the journey through the foothills of the Rockies, passing pine forests, glaciers, plunging canyons and soaring peaks.

Day 9 - The Canadian

Today is our first full day on board, and we travel through the province of Saskatchewan, crossing the prairie lands on our way to Winnipeg, a fascinating city home to over 50 different ethnic communities.

Day 10 - Crossing the Canadian Shield

Today is spent crossing the Canadian Shield from the comfort of the glass-roofed panoramic observation car. Sit back and watch the world go by as we skirt the scenic lakelands of northern Ontario ahead of our arrival into Toronto.

Day 11 – Toronto

Stepping off the train, we make our way to our hotel for two nights. Arriving in the evening you may like to start exploring Toronto, a multicultural melting-pot with an inviting, laid-back atmosphere. You could walk past the finest collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America, and spend time in Toronto's unique Distillery District. Home to art galleries, restaurants, bars and live music venues, the brick-paved streets of this neighbourhood have been designated a National Heritage Site.

Day 12 – Niagara Falls

Our day takes us to the incredible Niagara Falls, which straddles the US-Canadian border. Our tour includes a Hornblower boat ride into the spray and mist at the base of the powerful falls. Split into three separate sections, we see American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls as well the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, which date back about 12,000 years, when melting glaciers created a pas-sage of water from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. The Horseshoe Falls are the second largest in the world, after Victoria Falls in Southern Africa, and are also the easiest to access and view.

Day 13 - Toronto to London

Enjoy a free morning in Toronto, maybe to do some last-minute sightseeing. We then transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to London Heathrow.

Day 14 - London

We arrive back in London today, where your tour comes to an end.

Additional information

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.

Hotels

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff

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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper

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Hotel le Germain Maple Leaf Square, Toronto

Hotel le Germain Maple Leaf Square, Toronto

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Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

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Trains

The Canadian Train
The Rocky Mountaineer

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