Fun experiences and stunning scenery by land, boat, and train—these are what you’ll experience on this western Canada tour. You’ll spend two nights in Vancouver, Victoria, Prince Rupert, Jasper National Park, and Banff National Park, and one night in both Port Hardy and Prince George.A tour highlight is the Inside Passage cruise from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert. One of the world’s most beautiful ocean voyages, you’ll witness towering mountains, roaring waterfalls, endless islands, and virgin rainforest. Keep your eyes open for sea lions, eagles, porpoises, and maybe even a killer whale! Another highlight of this western Canada tour is the train ride on Via Rail’s Jasper-Prince Rupert, an all-daylight journey that winds its way through the majestic Coast Mountains, follows the mighty Skeena River (often called the “River of Mists”), and concludes in the Pacific Coast rainforest. From the glassed-in observation dome, watch for soaring bald eagles, inquisitive black bears, moose, and other wildlife. In Jasper National Park, free time gives you the chance to take a guided hike, explore the quaint shops, and take an optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island. You’ll also have plenty of free time in Banff National Park to hike, boat, or take an optional excursion. In between Jasper National Park and Banff National Park, you’ll witness some of the Canadian Rockies’ most breathtaking scenery. You’ll stop at Lake Louise, with green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria, and visit the Columbia Icefield to ride the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 feet thick. Other stunning scenery includes steep gorges, snowcapped mountains, and exquisite lakes. This tour through western Canada also includes time and sightseeing in Vancouver and Victoria. For the value-minded traveler, it’s a dream vacation!
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In Vancouver and Victoria; Stanley Park, Butchart Gardens, orientation tour of Prince Rupert, guided visit to the North Pacific Historic Fishing Village, and Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride).Guides:
Services of a professional Tour Director.Scenic Highlights:
Strait of Georgia, Gulf Islands, coastline of Vancouver Island, Campbell River, Skeena River, Pacific Coast rainforest, Jasper National Park, Lake Louise, and Banff National Park.
Ferry crossing from the mainland to Vancouver Island; full-day cruise through the Inside Passage; VIA Rail’s Jasper—Prince Rupert train with seating in Touring class or Economy class on departures June 17, July 15, August 26, September 5 & 9; private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
On VIA Rail - 1 continental breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner (except on departures June 17, July 15, August 26 & September 9 when meals are available for purchase)
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
VANCOUVER. Welcome to Vancouver! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
VANCOUVER. This morning, an included city tour highlights STANLEY PARK, Chinatown, the harbor and beaches, and more. The rest of the day is at leisure, and your Tour Director will have suggestions for your further exploration of the city. Maybe take a water taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafés. Or, visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, art galleries, and street vendors.
VANCOUVER–FERRY CROSSING–VICTORIA. This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an area known for its Mediterranean-like climate. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its unusual collection of totem poles.
VICTORIA. Be sure to discover some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel, a whale-watching cruise on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fine shopping along Government Street.
VICTORIA–CHEMAINUS–PORT HARDY. An early departure from Victoria follows the eastern coastline of Vancouver Island, stopping at Chemainus, the unique village with more than 30 murals depicting pioneer settlement of the area. Then, it’s through the port of Campbell River, the “Salmon Capital of the World.”
PORT HARDY–INSIDE PASSAGE CRUISE–PRINCE RUPERT. Early this morning, embark on one of the world’s most beautiful ocean voyages. The scenery is spectacular, with towering mountains, roaring waterfalls, endless islands, and virgin rainforest. Marine life abounds, often with sightings of sea lions, eagles, and porpoises—you may even spot a killer whale! Late-evening arrival in Prince Rupert. NOTE: Cruising time through the Inside Passage is approximately 16 hours. Please come prepared with all medications, eyeglasses, and any other items you will need.
PRINCE RUPERT. Depart for an orientation tour of Prince Rupert, then visit the NORTH PACIFIC HISTORIC FISHING VILLAGE, a National Historic Site, for a guided tour of British Columbia’s oldest cannery village. Learn of the canning process and what life was like in the village during peak production in the last century.
PRINCE RUPERT–VIA RAIL TRAIN–PRINCE GEORGE. This morning, board VIA Rail’s Jasper—Prince Rupert train for the trip of a lifetime. Sit back and enjoy an all-daylight journey that winds its way through the majestic Coast Mountains, follows the mighty Skeena River—often referred to as the “River of Mists”—and concludes in the Pacific Coast rainforest. You’ll retrace ancient First Nations trading routes and follow the paths of the earliest fur traders. Soaring bald eagles, inquisitive black bears, browsing moose, and other wildlife may be spotted from the glassed-in observation dome that provides 360-degree views. (CB,L,D) NOTE: On departures June 17, July 15, August 26, and September 9, there are no included meals or dome-car access. However, meals are available for purchase.
PRINCE GEORGE–MOUNT ROBSON–JASPER NATIONAL PARK. As we continue onward to JASPER NATIONAL PARK the peak elevations grow, culminating with Mount Robson, the highest of Canada’s Rockies at almost 13,000 feet. Overnight in Jasper.
JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Today, join our optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, where you embark on a narrated cruise of the lake. The balance of the day is free to enjoy everything Jasper has to offer, from guided hikes and quaint shops to meandering wildlife.
JASPER NATIONAL PARK–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–LAKE LOUISE–BANFF NATIONAL PARK. Winding our way down the western fringe of Alberta, our journey takes us through some of the Canadian Rockies’ most breathtaking wilderness. Our first highlight on today’s agenda is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 feet thick. Next, Lake Louise, its cold waters perfectly mirror the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens come into view as we continue the journey south to BANFF NATIONAL PARK.
BANFF NATIONAL PARK. Banff is one of Canada’s favorite year-round resorts, with summer activities including hiking, boating, horseback riding, and fishing. Cosmos has arranged for an optional helicopter ride high over the Canadian Rockies.
BANFF NATIONAL PARK–CALGARY. The final leg of your journey takes you to Calgary International Airport for those with homebound flights. Please schedule flights after 2 pm. For those wanting to extend their time in the Canadian Rockies, consider the Banff extension or extra nights in Calgary.
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