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Experience Canada by Rail

13

days

starting from US $6,290per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Experience Canada’s magnificently diverse scenery as you explore the country by rail. Journey from Toronto’s bustling city streets and then take in the rustic prairie landscape before arriving in the spectacular Canadian Rockies. Marvel at the power of Niagara Falls, relax along the shores of Lake Louise and watch for wildlife while driving the famous Icefields Parkway. This 13-day adventure introduces you to Canada’s most iconic and unforgettable attractions.

Experience Canada by Rail – Map View of Toronto and the CN tower View of the Canadian prairies Peyto lake viewpoint in the Canadian Rockies Aerial view of Lake Louise and the Fairmont in winter Canada rail - Canadian pacific railway Coal arbour and Vancouver city views
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Trip at a glance

Arrive Toronto*
2 nights Toronto
3 nights VIA Rail
2 nights Jasper
1 night Lake Louise
2 nights Banff
1 night Kamloops
1 night Vancouver
Depart Vancouver
*Can be done in reverse

Itinerary

Note: This itinerary can be adjusted to meet your needs, please contact us to speak to one of our local experts.

Day 1 – Arrive in Toronto
Welcome to the bustling energy of Canada’s largest city. Toronto is known for its diverse population, thriving art scene, excellent bars and restaurants and so much more. As soon as your flight lands, you can get out and explore the city. Wander the streets and explore, tempted by the aroma from a Chinese bakery, the sounds of a street performer playing guitar or the colourful fashions in a window display. Take in all the sights and sounds that the city has to offer.

Feature Dinner in Toronto
We want to make sure you eat at the best spot in Toronto – and what better spot than the CN tower? Marvel at the spectacular views as you eat world class cuisine. Relax, because you’re travelling the Fresh Tracks Canada way; we have the inside scoop to ensure your vacation is off to a great start!

Day 2 – Explore Toronto or Niagara Falls
You have the day to explore Toronto or surrounding area.

Choose from the following
3 options to explore Toronto today:

• Option 1: Full Day Tour to Niagara Falls
Marvel at Niagara Falls, one of the most impressive natural wonders in the world. A guide drives you through the scenic wineries and fruit farms of the Niagara Peninsula as you make your way to this iconic Canadian attraction.

Seeing Niagara Falls for the first time will take your breath away – the enormous scale is difficult to comprehend. Cover yourself in a poncho and take a Hornblower boat cruise close enough to the falls that you can feel the cold, wet spray on your face. Being so close to this massive thundering waterfall will give you a sense of its magnitude and power.

Your guide will then take you on a scenic drive through the Niagara Parkway to the quaint and lovely town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Look around in the cute local boutiques and pick up a souvenir of your trip, such as a bottle of locally made wine.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Twilight Toronto Island Tour by Bicycle
A short ferry ride across the harbour and you reach the beautiful Toronto Islands. By evening, the daytime crowds have retreated to the city, meaning you experience what few others do, the beauty of the islands after dusk!
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Choice of Toronto Food Tour
Take a stroll and sample some delicious foods! For those who are curious, Toronto has a variety of culinary adventures to pick from. You could try a unique ‘pizza tour’, or an Old Chinatown Food Tour. There is also the option to venture to the Corktown, Canary and Distillery District, a neighbourhood that began in the 19th century as home to Irish immigrants. Learn about the city’s history while eating some delicious foods along the way.
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 3 – Sightseeing in Toronto and VIA Rail’s “The Canadian”
Spend a day enjoying the quaint and colorful neighborhoods for which Toronto is famous.

You have
2 options to choose from today.

• Option 1: Hop on/ Hop off Toronto Sightseeing Tour
Spend the morning exploring everything that Toronto has to offer. Your tour will take you to the SkyDome, the CN Tower, Casa Loma, Chinatown, Queens Park and much more. And the entire time, you’ll get unique insight into the history and culture of this diverse city.

• Option 2: Culture Nature and Discovery Walk
Spend the day taking a deeper look at Indigenous culture in Toronto
. One short subway ride to Old Mill station, you walk towards the shores of Lake Ontario along the River Humber in this idyllic greenspace in the west of Toronto City. Learn what life was like for first inhabitants, smell sacred healing plants, taste delights that are naturally plentiful to the area, and learn the wisdom of indigenous teachings and how they could be useful to your life. A curiosity and love of learning is essential for this tour.
Activity rating: Moderate

In the evening, relax inside your comfortable cabin on VIA Rail’s The Canadian. This train will take you from Toronto to Jasper over the next three days, travelling past pristine lakes, forests and rivers along the way.

Day 4 & 5 – Canadian Rail Journey on the Canadian
Leave the forested lake lands of Ontario and enter the plains of the prairie provinces, where fields of grain stretch to the horizon. Admire the expansive prairie skies and the occasional grain elevator or tiny historic town as you watch the scenery go by from your window.

Day 6 – Arrive in Jasper
Arrive in the quiet mountain town of Jasper, where the scent of pine trees and the calls of mountain songbirds fill the air. This small community is nestled within rugged mountain peaks and surrounded on all sides by rivers, forests, canyons and other natural wonders. Jasper will welcome you with friendly local shops and hotels, providing you comfort and convenience even in the wilds of the Canadian Rockies.

Day 7 – Touring Jasper
Spend an entire day drinking in the untouched beauty of Jasper National Park, from the crystal clear glacial lakes to the rugged mountain peaks.

You have
3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Jasper to the fullest.

• Option 1: Maligne Lake Cruise or Walk
With a guide, head into the Maligne Valley for a chance to spot a range of wildlife including deer, elk, bears, bald eagles, osprey and big horn sheep. Admire the longest natural body of water in the Rockies, the "disappearing" Medicine Lake, and then explore a stunning 50-metre gorge carved by erosion over the span of 10,000 years. Take a cruise to Spirit Island, a photogenic spot that's captivated thousands of photographers from around the world.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Nature Walk
Drink in the sights, smells and sounds of nature on this professionally guided interpretive walk through Jasper National Park. Enjoy a leisurely pace, and plenty of time for photos and discussion. See wildlife, admire rare alpine wildflowers, and magnificent valley views.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
A sightseeing tour unlike any other for 1 or 2 passengers. From the freedom of the sidecar of a powerful Harley Davidson touring motorcycle view famous lakes, historical viewpoints and attractions of the Jasper area.
Activity rating: Easy

Day 8 – Jasper to Lake Louise
Enjoy a day discovering the Icefields Parkway, a truly remarkable rugged mountain landscape. Travel along the spine of the Rockies to picture perfect Lake Louise.

Here are
2 options for exploring the Icefields Parkway today:

• Option 1: Small Group Sightseeing Tour
With a small group and guide, explore the Icefields and its main attractions As you walk along the surface of the enormous Columbia Icefield and the Athabasca Glacier, you will feel like you have been transported back in time millions of years to the ice age. Roll across the glacier on an enormous Ice Explorer vehicle, with wheels as tall as you are and and marvel at the Glacier Skywalk. Keep a look out for elk, moose, mountain goats, sheep or even bears – there’s a great chance that you’ll spot them in this area. In the late afternoon arrive in the stunning Lake Louise area.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience
Spend the day with a private driver-guide, to explore the Icefields at your own pace. Then, step away from the crowds and take a helicopter tour abundant in natural beauty, glaciers and waterfalls. Leave from an exclusive Icefields base and soar over Cline Pass and over Cline, Lion and Lioness Glaciers. You’ll also view a spectacular 900ft waterfall flowing from 2 aqua green lakes!
Activity rating: Easy

Feature Dinner in Lake Louise
No matter how you choose to tour, this evening you’ll relax and refresh with an indulgent dining experience. Surrounded by spectacular lake views and attentive service, indulge in a 3-course meal in Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Fairview Dining Room.

End your day gazing out over the relaxing turquoise waters of Lake Louise while relaxing at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Day 9 – Lake Louise to Banff
Today the morning is at your leisure in Lake Louise. You may wish to simply relax and soak in the views and enjoy free time. Or, ask us for our Lake Louise activity menu, from which you can choose activities such as a scenic canoe paddle, Lake Louise interpretive gondola ride, a guided hike or Afternoon Tea.

In the afternoon, transfer to the vibrant mountain village of Banff, a town with a friendly vibe and a happy, laid back energy. Stroll down Banff Avenue and explore the unique local galleries, welcoming cafes and restaurants, sweet shops and quirky boutiques. There’s always something happening in bustling Banff – quite a contrast to the quiet night on the shores of Lake Louise.

Day 10 – Exploring Banff
The town of Banff is nestled within some truly wild and gorgeous mountain scenery, so spend a full day exploring it.

You have 3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Banff:

• Option 1: Banff Sightseeing Tour
On a guided bus tour, admire the views of Norquay, Cascade, Rundle and Tunnel Mountains and marvel at the strange wind-shaped hoodoo rock formations. Stop at “Surprise Corner” on Tunnel Mountain Drive and admire the stunning view of the valley.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Sunrise Photography Tour
Wake up early to experience the magical wilderness of Banff National Park at sunrise. Explore with a private guide and learn how to take great photos. Ideal for the amateur photographer wanting to increase their skills with a manual camera. This is a sure way to make friends and family at home jealous!
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Banff Heli-Hike and Picnic
Soar above majestic peaks and get away from the crowds of Banff on a guided heli-hike and picnic. Marvel at pristine and breathtaking vistas that will leave you speechless.
Activity rating: Moderate

No matter how you choose to explore, all guests have the opportunity to glide up to the top of Sulphur Mountain in a comfortable gondola. Once at the top, you have a panoramic view of the gargantuan mountains and the expanse of the Bow Valley.

Insider tip:
We recommend an evening gondola ride, once the crowds have dispersed for the day.

Day 11 – Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
Take the Rocky Mountaineer on a scenic journey from the mountains of Banff to the interior of beautiful British Columbia. As you travel, the towering peaks transform into rugged foothills, lakes, rivers and ranch lands where cows and horses roam. Watch spellbound as you pass by glaciers and waterfalls as well as Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels, the Continental Divide and Craigellachie – where the workers who built the Canadian Pacific Railway drove in the last spike. Spend the night in the friendly town of Kamloops.

Day 12 – Arrive in Vancouver
From the dry interior of British Columbia to the lush greenery of the coast, today you will travel from Kamloops to Vancouver. The train weaves through pristine forests, past waterfalls and rivers and alongside dramatic canyons from the fertile Fraser River Valley to the Coast and Cascade Mountains. Take in the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes of the Thompson River.

Day 13 – Departing Vancouver
Catch your departing flight from Vancouver and say goodbye to the amazing wilderness of Canada. You’ll arrive home with many amazing stories to tell about your adventures across Canada by train.

What we love about this trip

Seeing world famous towns and cities of Canada, including Lake Louise, Jasper, Banff, Vancouver and Toronto

Sightseeing in small groups for a more intimate experience

Traveling for two days on the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer

Enjoying three days on a VIA Rail train.

Witnessing the magnificent natural wonder of Niagara Falls

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Hornblower cruise of the Niagara Falls - Hornblower cruise of the Niagara Falls
Hornblower cruise of the Niagara Falls
Private cabin on the train - Private cabin on the train
Private cabin on the train
Gourmet meals on the train - Gourmet meals on the train
Gourmet meals on the train
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer - Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Accommodations & rail service:
• 9 nights of hotel accommodation
• 3 nights onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian train, in a private cabin
• 2 spectacular days on the Rocky Mountaineer train, between Banff and Vancouver

Sightseeing & activities:
• Your choice of hand-picked activities in Toronto, Jasper, Banff, and along the Icefields Parkway*
• Interpretive transfer between Lake Louise and Banff
• Banff Gondola Ride

* Price of your trip may vary depending on activity choices.
* Some activities may not be available on all trip start dates, due to seasonal weather conditions. Your Vacation Advisor can provide further details.

Dining experiences:
• Feature dinner in Toronto or Vancouver depending on your trip’s direction
• 3 course dining experience in Lake Louise - either Chateau Lake Louise or Moraine Lake Lodge
• 12 delicious meals onboard the trains

Transfers:
• A personalized pick up from your arrival airport
• Train station transfers in Toronto, Jasper, Banff, Kamloops and Vancouver
• A personalized departure transfer, in time for your flight home

Additional inclusions:
• Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

 

Not Included

• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian Sales Taxes

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Renting a car and exploring the area
Renting a car and exploring the area
Whalewatching in the Salish Sea
Whalewatching in the Salish Sea
Touring Eastern Canada by train
Touring Eastern Canada by train
• Upgrade, or mix and match lodge and hotel accommodations
• Upgrade to GoldLeaf Service aboard the Rocky Mountaineer - excellent food make this option a must, and dome windows and an outdoor viewing platform optimize your view of the passing scenery and allow for wonderful photographic opportunities .
• Add a cruise along Alaska’s Inside Passage to your trip
• Add one of our train tours through Ontario and Quebec for an extended stay in Eastern Canada
• Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies to explore the nature trails with a guide, enjoy a gentle canoe paddle on Lake Louise, add a thrilling helicopter ride, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax and maybe indulge in afternoon tea in the Fairview dining room
• Experience the unique culture of the Pacific Northwest by adding a trip to Victoria, the quaint capital city on Vancouver Island. When there, you can go whale watching and visit the famous Butchart Gardens.

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Georgian Court Hotel - Relax in the whirlpool spa or the steam room.Georgian Court Hotel - Enjoy dining on the patio on a nice summer day.Georgian Court Hotel - Sleep in a comfortable bed after a day of fun activities.

Georgian Court Hotel

An example of our Comfort accommodations

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, this elegant 12-story brick building offers 180 stylishly decorated guestrooms. The seasonal patio offers the option for al fresco meals and the complimentary wi-fi keeps you connected.

Rimrock Resort - Rimrock Resort overlooking the Bow ValleyRimrock Resort - Resort interior with an upscale feelRimrock Resort - Spectacular setting in every season

Rimrock Resort

An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

The stunning 4.5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, offering gorgeous panoramic views over the Bow Valley from the large windows in the main lobby. The hotel is a fantastic example of Rocky Mountain luxury, with an upscale atmosphere and warm, welcoming service.

Fairmont Royal York - Classic exterior of the hotelFairmont Royal York - The comfortable Fairmont RoomFairmont Royal York - The health club with a spa and indoor poolFairmont Royal York - Downtown Toronto setting of the hotel

Fairmont Royal York

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

This hotel is one of the classic historic Fairmont properties, close to dining and shopping and only a few minutes away from Union Station. The hotel offers several luxurious facilities for guests, including a bar, a health club, a restaurant and a shop.

Moraine Lake Lodge - The unique atmosphere at the Moraine LakeMoraine Lake Lodge - Complimentary canoe rentalsMoraine Lake Lodge - The lodge has a log cabin look and feelMoraine Lake Lodge - Fine dining and complimentary market-fresh breakfastMoraine Lake Lodge - Enjoy an authentic mountain lodge experience

Moraine Lake Lodge

An example of our Luxury Mountain Lodge accommodations

Enjoy the ultimate in wilderness luxury at a unique and intimate lodge within a stunning setting. Feast on gourmet cuisine, savor the view on your patio while sipping a glass of wine and settle into your comfortable bed. Surrounded by exquisitely beautiful wilderness, you can relax in style while listening to the mountain songbirds and the wind through the pine trees.

 

Prices & Dates

2017 Toronto Start Dates
April 20, 23, 27, 30
May 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
June 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
July 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
September 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
October 1, 5

2017 Vancouver Start Dates*
April 27, 30
May 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
June 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
July 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
September 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
October 1, 5, 8

2018 Toronto Start Dates
Every Thursday & Sunday between April 19 - October 4

2018 Vancouver Start Dates
Every Thursday & Sunday between April 26 - October 7

*Please note that start dates from Vancouver include only 1 night in Jasper, and will have a Hop-On Hop Off Tour in Toronto instead of a Guided City Tour (please inquire for these trip prices)

Below you’ll find the prices for this trip, along with some helpful hints. Make sure to give us a call to chat about your options.
• Prices are per person, and double means two people sharing a room. Please give us a call for triple or child rates.
• SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf refer to the type of train service on the Banff - Vancouver portion of the journey
• Comfort level includes ‘RedLeaf’ train service, and the Superior level includes ‘SilverLeaf’ train service. You can refer to the upgrade chart at the bottom of the page if you’d like to enhance your train journey
• Deluxe and Deluxe Plus levels include the GoldLeaf train service

Comfort Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $6,290to US $8,307per person

Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

Superior Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $6,880to US $9,053per person

Our Superior Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.

Fresh Tracks Favorite
Deluxe Level Hotels
GoldLeaf Train Service
from US $7,990to US $10,357per person

On our Deluxe Level vacation, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.

Fresh Tracks Canada Vs. Others

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Flexibility and freedom of a personalized tour to suit your travel goals.

     
Personalized itineraries

Carefully crafted to your budget and needs.

     
Insider Knowledge

Plan your trip with help from insiders who live and travel in Canada. You'll know when to come, where to stay, which transportation to take, and lots more...

     
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Pre-packaged Trips

One-size-fits-all approach.

     

Group Tours

Cheapest type of travel with rigid itineraries and crowds.

     

Why choose us?

Online booking sites prefer you to book your vacation with them online. Truthfully, they'd prefer you not to bother them at all! Our approach is completely the opposite.

We don't use online booking – instead we use technology to put visitors directly in touch with our Canadian travel insiders because we believe the best vacations are personal.

Online booking sites and local travel agencies focus on multiple destinations – we focus only on Canada because it's our home and we know it better than anyone else.

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