Join us for a special departure through the Canadian Rockies to experience the Calgary Stampede! This affordable guided holiday travels through breathtaking scenery on VIA Rail’s Canadian® for train travel reminiscent of a bygone era. Travel in comfort in Sleeper Plus class in vintage rail cars with domed observation cars for spectacular views of the Canadian wilderness from Jasper National Park to Vancouver.
Begin in Calgary, Alberta, for the Calgary Stampede with daily passes to the Stampede grounds, rodeo admission, chuckwagon races, and the Grandstand Show. Enjoy guided sightseeing with your Tour Director to see Calgary’s sites of interest: Fort Calgary, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Depart Calgary for Banff National Park for a full day at leisure to explore the magnificent park and its wildlife. You’ll venture on to exquisite Lake Louise, reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Cross over three mountain passes amid snowcapped peaks and alpine lakes before reaching Columbia Icefield. Board the Columbia Ice Explorer to traverse the 750-foot thick ice. Arrive in Jasper for two nights in stunning Jasper National Park for an orientation of Canada’s largest national park. Enjoy free time to explore the park with an eye out for bear, moose, caribou, and wolves!
Board your VIA Rail train to journey over the Canadian Rockies to Vancouver, British Columbia. You’ll pass through the ranchlands along the South Thompson River, Fraser Valley, and the snowy Coast Mountains. Once in Vancouver, enjoy guided sightseeing in Chinatown, Gastown, and lovely Stanley Park. Next, board the ferry across the spectacular Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Dock in Victoria for sightseeing, including the fabulous Butchart Gardens and totem poles of Thunderbird Park. You’ll also enjoy a free day in Victoria with a variety of optional activities, including whale watching on the waters of San Juan and the Gulf Islands. This value holiday in Canada is an explorer’s dream—from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Northwest.