This adventure has enough variety to satisfy anyone with the desire to experience Canada's alpine splendour. Gondola rides to mountain summits, strolling on immense glaciers and nature walks are all just a hint of some of the experiences that await. This is a real treat for the traveller in search of an authentic adventure!
Upon arrival into Toronto, transfer via complimentary transfer serviceto your airport hotel. Spend the night exploring the area.
Overnight near Toronto Airport
Breakfast at hotel. Return to the Toronto Airport today via complimetary transfer service and board your plane to Calgary. Upon arrival into Calgary, transfer on a scheduled service (included) to the resort town of Banff. Spend the rest of the day exploring the town.
Overnight in Banff
Breakfast at hotel. Today is at leisure. You may wish to take an optional sightseeing tour or visit the local attractions. Attractions and Sightseeing in the area include the Banff Gondola, Lake Minnewanka, horse-drawn carriages, golf and Johnston Canyon.
Overnight in Banff
Breakfast at hotel. Today’s journey travels along the famous Icefields Parkway, one of the most spectacular highways in North America. This excursion to Jasper takes you through Banff and Jasper National Parks with a stop at the Columbia Icefield allowing time for the Ice Explorer tour. An excursion onto the Athabasca Glacier allows you to travel in a specially designed Brewster Ice Explorer to the middle of the glacier while the driver/guide explains how the glaciers are formed and points out interesting geological features (Ice Explorer included). The ice is 365 metres (1,200 feet) thick - about the height of the Empire State Building. At the icefall below the glacial headwall, take the option of stepping out onto the ice formed from snow that fell 400 years ago. After a unique ice adventure, time is allowed at the Columbia Icefield Centre, to relax over lunch (not included) and visit the new and expanded Parks Canada Interpretive Centre. Leaving the Athabasca Glacier, your camera should be ready to capture the majesty of the Athabasca Falls, prior to arrival into Jasper.
Overnight in Jasper
Breakfast at hotel. Have a free morning in Jasper. Explore the area. Visit the Jasper Tramway or take an optional tour of Jasper.
This afternoon, depart Jasper and travel south along the scenic Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise. (Note: this is an express service and will not stop at the Columbia Icefield or other sightseeing highlights.)
Overnight in Lake Louise
Breakfast at hotel. Today, depart Lake Louise and head into the province of British Columbia. Ascending Roger’s Pass, the summit of Glacier National Park, this route follows the Canadian Pacific rail line all along the way. One of the highlights of the trip is a stop at the Spiral Tunnels. This unique feature is an engineering marvel that loops into the heart of Mount Stephen. This was created in 1909 in order to reduce the steep grade of the rail line, a hazard of early travel that caused the concern for runaway cars due to the 4.5% grade (2.2% is the desired grade).
A lunch break (included) is made in the alpine town of Revelstoke, founded in 1880 when the CP Railroad was built through the area. Driving further south, the Trans Canada Highway travels past Craigellachie, the site of the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. This railway system connects Canada from coast to coast. The last stop today is in the small town of Armstrong before continuing on your journey south into the famed wine region of the Okanagan Valley, through the town of Vernon, home of Silver Star ski area.
Kelowna is the overnight destination and is the cosmopolitan and cultural centre of the Okanagan Valley, including five pristine golf courses, white sand beaches, orchards and Big White ski area, in addition to over a dozen local wineries. An evening arrival at your selected Kelowna hotel allows time for dinner (meal not included) and exploration of the lakefront.
Overnight in Kelowna
After a hearty breakfast, the first stop of the day is at a local winery for an exclusive tour and educational wine tasting. Sample a variety of hand-crafted Okanagan wines in this unique and authentic setting, surrounded by the actual vineyards where the fruit is produced on site.
Depart the Okanagan Valley on the Coquihalla highway which travels through the interior to the town of Merritt. Then continue your trek on the Coquihalla Highway through the heart of ranching country and back into mountainous territory. Later in the day, a two hour stop at Minter Gardens will feed your body and soothe your senses with a delectable lunch and guided walk through the exquisite gardens.
Following lunch, connect with the mighty Fraser River (named after Simon Fraser, a fur trader who explored the area in 1808), a major salmon spawning route. Up to 10 million fish a year travel up to this waterway each fall to the exact stream bed of their birth where they will complete their life cycle by spawning and dying. This act, in turn, will attract and feed many predators such as eagles and bears who depend on this yearly feast to build body fat that will sustain them during the lean winter months ahead. On the last leg of your journey, you’ll find yourself travelling through the lush Fraser delta region and then into downtown Vancouver, for a late afternoon arrival. You will be dropped off at your hotel.
Overnight in Vancouver
After breakfast, transfer today (not included) to the Vancouver Airport and board your flight to Toronto (not included) Upon arrival into Toronto, transfer via complimentary transfer serviceto your airport hotel.
Overnight near Toronto Airport
Breakfast at hotel. Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport (included). Your tour ends with happy memories of your vacation.