No map can define this gorgeous country. You have to explore every inch and be awed by every naturally beautiful place! That is the best part of traveling to Canada. It’s not something you just do on the way, it’s the country you experience as you take the train, bus and gondola rides or kayak through. Hike up mountains to find your own versions of paradises, God knows they have more than enough for everyone! Just have a quiet moment or two in the turquoise waters Banff and Jasper, just experience Canada the way it should be, on the ground, exploring and discovering as you go.
On arrival at Calgary, get transferred overnight to the bustling town of Banff.
In 1885 when three Canadian Pacific Railway workers discovered natural hot springs near what is now the Town of Banff, one of Canada's great stories - the creation of the nation's first national park - was born.
Today, Banff National Park continues to provide limitless inspiration to modern story tellers and adventure seekers alike. This place of spectacular natural beauty is also a place steeped in legendary tales of exploration, discovery and even mystery.
National Historic Sites have been designated based on their significance in Canada’s history and seven of them are located in Banff National Park! Many of the National Historic Sites, such as Banff Park Museum, Cave & Basin and Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, are easy to access. Others, including the Cosmic Ray Station on Sanson Peak, Skoki Lodge, Abbot Pass Hut and Howse Pass, require varying degrees of hiking and backcountry access.
Take a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain. The ride offers a great perspective on the local area, including the Banff Township, Cascade and Rundle Mountains, Bow River and the calm Lake Minnewanka).
Later stroll through town admiring the many shops. You can also take a boat tour on beautiful Lake Minnewanka.
Get on the Icefields Parkway tour from Banff to Jasper.
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 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. Lunch included today.
Today, the best way to explore Jasper – on the Maligne Canyon tour and Lake Cruise.
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.
If travelling on a train for two whole days is an unforgettable beautiful experience in itself, imagine the glorious vistas that await you.
Today, board the Rocky Mountaineer for two days of all-daylight rail travel through Canada's West and the Canadian Rockies.
• 2 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
• 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts
• 1 night hotel accommodation
• Station and hotel transfers
Rocky Mountaineer Hosts will attend to your needs. They will welcome you with a morning toast and entertain you with interpretive storytelling. Delicious, hot entrée options served at your seat and plated to your preference. Complimentary beverages, including wine, beer, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks will be served throughout the journey, along with gourmet snacks.
Sit back and enjoy panoramic views from oversized windows in the single-level dome coach.
Today, Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb down the Yellowhead Pass that leads into Jasper National Park.
Your rail adventure continues with the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River.
Once in Kamloops you will be transferred to a hotel for overnight stay in Vancouver.
After a good breakfast, set off to explore Vancouver on the San Francisco-style trolley for a Vancouver city tour.
Sightsee at your own pace as you hop-on and hop-off for any length of time at many premier attractions, parks, gardens, galleries and restaurants.
The most popular areas are: Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island and more. The tour features a live commentary so you’ll have the opportunity to learn what makes the spectacular city so special. It’s all at your pace!
It's time to bid good bye to this beautiful country and it's wonderful people!
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