Venture to the land of grizzlies and glistening glaciers. Your in-depth exploration of the Rocky Mountains begins in Stampede Country, taking you through scenic icefields, breathtaking lake landscapes, and alpine villages before you board Rocky Mountaineer to experience one of the world's most scenic rail adventures.
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Embark on a spiritual encounter with the Canadian Rockies, admiring the ethereal beauty of Lake Louise, the surrounding summits and Victoria Glacier, before we continue along the Icefields Parkway. Skirt the craggy peaks, waterfalls and luminous glacial lakes keeping an eye out for grizzlies, elk and mountain goats as you make your way through the wilderness to Jasper.
Soak up pristine natural surrounds enjoying a morning at leisure. Perhaps join a rafting optional and float along the Athabasca River, passing through many small sets of rapids as well as calm stretches. Your National Park licensed guide will point out the natural and human history of Jasper. In the afternoon, enjoy dramatic views as you take a guided walk to Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Rockies. Learn about the underground river system while following the canyon's trail past waterfalls and jagged rock formations. Take to the aqua waters of Maligne Lake later this afternoon (seasonal), admiring views of its three glaciers and Spirit Island, named by the Stoney Nation indigenous people for the experiences their ancestors had at this place centuries ago, a tiny grove of trees and pristine nature separated from the mainland by an isthmus. Spirit Island becomes a true island for a few short days during the summer. Later this evening, indulge in a Regional Dinner. The Maligne Lake Chalet is a rustic log building situated on a rise of land offering magnificent views of beautiful Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park.
We crunch across the glistening icefield of Athabasca Glacier this morning, stepping aboard an Ice Explorer to learn about glaciers and their impact on the environment. Take a sip of ice cold glacier water and admire the surrounding snowcapped panorama before continuing your journey to the alpine village of Banff. Before dinner, you'll enjoy a rare opportunity to meet a retired Royal Canadian Mountie, dressed in the traditional red serge uniform. This Local Specialist will share colourful stories about life in the 'force' and even pose for a photo or two. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.
Learn the art of playing the puck like a pro when you meet a real Canadian hockey player in Canmore. Dive into Culture and embrace Canada's national sport, learning the secrets and superstitions of hockey players as a professional coach walks you through a day in the life of a player. Go inside the players' dressing room and put on the full hockey gear with help of a real coach. Grab your stick and it's off onto the ice where you're soon find out whether you are a lefty or righty and learn how to score the big goal. A sightseeing excursion around Banff reveals the exquisite natural beauty of the area. Admire the classic viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the hoodoo rock formations.
Reconnect with nature, with a free morning to spend as you please. perhaps join your Tour Director for an optional excursion to Yoho National Park on the western slopes of the Great Divide with a stop at Emerald Lake. Then it's onto the rugged Valley of the Ten Peaks and Moraine Lake, surrounded by mountains, waterfalls and rock piles. With its vivid shade of turquoise, that changes in intensity through the summer as the glaciers melt, makes for a jaw-dropping experience. We travel to the Guinn family ranch and Connect with Locals over a special Be My Guest Farewell Dinner in pristine surrounds. After dinner, twist, kick and bump your way to country line-dancing success.
A sensational two day journey on-board the Rocky Mountaineer with a night in Kamloops.
Your train journey through Canada's stunning Rocky Mountains begins as you head west to Vancouver on board this legendary train. Gaze out over ranch lands, turquoise lakes and high mountain passes before travelling through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies.
On board you'll experience the comfort of the prestigious GoldLeaf service, where you'll enjoy panoramic views from your swivel seats in the upper-level dome, gourmet meals, fine wines and staff that will cater to your every whim. All you have to do is sit back and watch some of the world's most incredible scenery unfold in front of you.
Continue your journey in style through British Columbia to the beautiful city of Vancouver. You'll witness the dramatic changes in scenery, from the BC interior to the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights will include Hell’s Gate in Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River.
Upon arrival into Vancouver, your included transfer will take you to the Vancouver International Airport . Airport arrival will be between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., depending on rail traffic.
Want to extend your holiday? Perhaps, longer in Vancouver? Time on Vancouver Island? A train trip down the coast to San Francisco? Call Bon Voyage at (0800) 316 3012 to discuss the options available to you.