Coast to Coast by Rail: Between Vancouver and Halifax – 2018

15 Nights / 16 Days

Overview

Let the rails guide your adventure on this 16-day coast-to-coast Canadian tour. The journey begins in coastal Vancouver, where you board the famed Rocky Mountaineer for a scenic ride to Kamloops. We reboard the train the next morning for a trip through the Rockies to Banff. It is in Banff that you have the opportunity to soak in all the natural majesty this region has to offer, with guided and independent touring through some of the area’s most iconic sites. Spend the night at Lake Louise before visiting Banff and Jasper National Parks, Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier en route to Jasper.

It is in Jasper that the true rail adventure begins, as you board VIA Rail’s Canadian for a 3-day train ride to Toronto. Upon arrival, spend two days touring the city and Niagara Falls before moving on to Montreal using VIA Rail’s Business Class train. Use the day to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city before reboarding VIA Rail for the final leg of your tour. Though the scenic landscapes of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick lies Halifax, the place where this 4,000-mile tour comes to a close.

Call 604-990-9299 or 1-800-913-9207 or Email us for more information and reservations.

Features

  • 2 days onboard the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer
  • Accommodation for 4 nights onboard VIA Rail
  • VIA Rail from Jasper to Toronto
  • VIA Rail from Toronto to Montreal in Business class
  • VIA Rail from Montreal to Halifax
  • Hotel accommodations for 11 nights
  • 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Lake Louise to Jasper
  • Toronto Hop On/Hop Off city sightseeing tour
  • Niagara Falls Tour
  • Guided Sightseeing Tour of Montreal
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Banff

Prices

  • Prices depend on when you travel, number of travelers, train service you choose, extras you add and the hotels you choose.
  • Call 604-990-9299 or 1-800-913-9207 or Email us for more information and reservations.
Canadian Rail Adventure – 2017 Prices
Start DatesSILVERLEAF / VIA Rail Cabin
GOLDLEAF / VIA Rail Cabin
GOLDLEAF / VIA Prestige Cabin
May 4 – 25$6,009$7,208$8,555
Jun 1 – 29$7,022$7,990$9,217
Jul 6 – Aug 31$7,040$8,709$9,208
Sep 7 – 21$7,040$8,427$9,227

Prices are per person, in USD, before taxes based on Double Occupancy

Schedule

Starts in Vancouver
May 4, 11, 18, 25
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September 7, 14, 21

Itinerary

Day 1 – Vancouver Arrival
Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 2 – Vancouver to Kamloops
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey, you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser River valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountains, to the desert-like environment of the interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake and into Kamloops. Overnight Kamloops. (B, L)

Day 3 – Kamloops to Banff
Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends in the resort town of Banff this evening. Overnight Banff. (B, L)

Day 4 – Banff Sightseeing
Today enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff, where highlights include visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. The rest of the day is free. Overnight Banff.

Day 5 – Banff to Lake Louise
Today explore the natural wonders of Lake Louise and Yoho National Park. Highlights include a walk along Johnston Canyon, Moraine Lake, the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint, Emerald Lake and Takakkaw Falls, the second highest waterfall in Canada. Your tour ends in Lake Louise this afternoon, where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight Lake Louise.

Day 6 – Lake Louise to Jasper
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Time will be available for lunch on your own. Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Overnight Jasper.

Day 7 – VIA Rail Jasper to Toronto Day 1
This evening, begin your four-day journey aboard VIA Rail’s Canadian across the Prairie provinces and northern Ontario. Overnight train. (D)

Day 8 – VIA Rail Jasper to Toronto Day 2
Continue your rail journey across Canada to Toronto. Overnight train. (B, L, D)

Day 9 – VIA Rail Jasper to Toronto Day 3
Continue your rail journey across Canada to Toronto. Overnight train. (B, L, D)

Day 10 – VIA Rail Toronto Arrival
Arrive in Toronto on VIA Rail this afternoon. After arrival, check into your hotel, freshen up and embark on a Hop On/Hop Off tour to see all of the city’s impressive landmarks. Overnight Toronto. (B)

Day 11 – Niagara Falls Tour
Enjoy a full-day motorcoach tour to Niagara Falls, one of the great natural wonders of the world. Included is a cruise on The Hornblower to the base of Horseshoe Falls. Return to Toronto early this evening. Overnight Toronto.

Imax Theatre or Journey Behind the Falls is substituted when The Hornblower is not operating

Day 12 – VIA Rail Toronto to Montreal
Travel by VIA Rail in Business Class from Toronto to Montreal. Overnight Montreal. (L)

Day 13 – Montreal Sightseeing
Enjoy a half-day guided city tour of Montreal today. Scheduled stops include Old Montreal, Notre-Dame Basilica, Olympic Park, Mount Royal and McGill University. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore this vibrant city on your own. Overnight Montreal.

Day 14 – VIA Rail Montreal to Halifax
Spend the day sightseeing independently in Montreal before boarding the VIA Rail train to Halifax. Overnight train. (D)

Day 15 – VIA Rail Halifax Arrival
Enjoy the beautiful Nova Scotia and New Brunswick landscapes before arriving in Halifax this afternoon. Spend the rest of the day exploring this small Atlantic coastal city. Overnight Halifax. (B, L)

Day 16 – Halifax Departure
Your vacation comes to an end upon check-out from your Halifax hotel.

 

Levels of Service

Superior Accommodations
Hotels include Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Sawridge Hotel Jasper, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Rimrock Resort Banff, Delta Montreal, Sheraton Center Hotel, and Delta Halifax. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is in SilverLeaf service and includes travel in a single-level dome car featuring panoramic views and hot meal service at your seat.

Deluxe Accommodations
Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Hotel Le Germain Montreal, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Royal York, and Delta Halifax. VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is in GoldLeaf service and includes travel in a bi-level dome car featuring panoramic views on the upper level and an elegant private dining room to take breakfast and lunch.

Prestige Accommodations
Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Hotel Le Germain Montreal, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Royal York, and Delta Halifax. Each Prestige Sleep Cabin has a modular leather L-shaped couch by day and a Murphy bed for two by night facing the window with electric radiant heated cabin floors and walls that maintain a comfortable and constant temperature. Highlights of this Prestige Class includes: a personalized dedicated service by the Prestige Concierge; a spacious cabin, large windows and a private washroom with shower; flat-screen TV with video selection; minibar stocked with a selection of beverages and more.

 

Rocky Mountaineer: SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf Service

  • SilverLeaf Service includes reserved seating in a custom built single level car with expansive windows curving into the ceiling, hot breakfast and lunch served at your seat, and complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during the day.
  • GoldLeaf Service – Reserved seating in the GoldLeaf elevated dome car. Breakfast and lunch are served in the GoldLeaf dining car and GoldLeaf passengers have access to the outdoor viewing platform.
    Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included.
  • GoldLeaf Deluxe – All the amenities of GoldLeaf with upgraded rooms at your overnight accommodations.
  • View the Differences between SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf Service

Route Map

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