Western Canada by Rail

Offer

Price per person
from £2,904

Price based on
London Heathrow
21st May 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 10 days

  • Western Canada

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Create a lifetime of incredible memories travelling through the unforgettable Canadian Rockies! Take an Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield in Alberta, travel across British Columbia on the Rocky Mountaineer train, and enjoy ferry crossings to/from Victoria—these are just a few of the many highlights on this memorable Western Canada by Rail tour. You’ll overnight in Calgary, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Kamloops, Vancouver, and Victoria. Along the way, witness spectacular scenery and explore western Canada’s most famous cities.

Two nights in both Banff National Park, one of Canada’s favourite resorts, and Jasper National Park, Canada’s largest national park, give you time to be amazed at the majestic scenery, hike, explore on your own, or take optional outings, such as a helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies. Between Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, stop in Lake Louise and marvel at this world-famous location with its cold waters reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. You’ll also stop for a highlight of this western Canada tour—a thrilling ride aboard an Ice Explorer on the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Canadian Rockies.

Another highlight of this western Canada tour is a 2-day, all-daylight journey from Jasper National Park to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer. This train ride through breathtaking scenery takes you back to a time when getting to your destination was part of the fun. Along the way, pass Mount Robson, the Canadian Rockies’ highest mountain; wild rivers; majestic mountain ranges; and beautiful Hell’s Gate. More scenery awaits on your ferry crossing from Vancouver through the spectacular Gulf Islands to Victoria. In Victoria, enjoy world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of floral displays.

This is an unforgettable, value-minded holiday with an amazing itinerary full of beautiful scenery and once-in-a-lifetime activities.

At a glance

  • Banff Stay in the popular mountain resort of Banff, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies.
  • Columbia Icefield Ride the Ice Explorer over the 1,200-feet thick Athabasca Glacier.
  • Rocky Mountaineer Train Take a two-day classic rail journey from the Canadian Rockies to the Pacific Coast.
  • Fraser Canyon Soak up the stark beauty of the Fraser Canyon from the comfort of your carriage.
  • Strait of Georgia Set sail across the Strait of Georgia through the serene Gulf Islands.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Customer Reviews

It would have been better if we had one night...

24th June 2018
Trusted Customer

It would have been better if we had one night at Jasper. After leaving the Rocky mountaineer train move to Victoria for two days and finish the holidays at Vancouver. It was a disappointing finishing leave Victoria very early take the ferry at 9 O’clock, and then strait to the airport . And wait there for an evening flight.

I was told it was going to be lovely holiday...

27th May 2018
Mrs Jean Rawlings

I was told it was going to be lovely holiday by other people and it was more than that, it was wonderful.

Multiple itineraries are available

This itinerary changes on some dates - select your preferred departure date to see the details.


Overview

Create a lifetime of incredible memories travelling through the unforgettable Canadian Rockies! Take an Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield in Alberta, travel across British Columbia on the Rocky Mountaineer train, and enjoy ferry crossings to/from Victoria—these are just a few of the many highlights on this memorable Western Canada by Rail tour. You’ll overnight in Calgary, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Kamloops, Vancouver, and Victoria. Along the way, witness spectacular scenery and explore western Canada’s most famous cities.

Two nights in both Banff National Park, one of Canada’s favourite resorts, and Jasper National Park, Canada’s largest national park, give you time to be amazed at the majestic scenery, hike, explore on your own, or take optional outings, such as a helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies. Between Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, stop in Lake Louise and marvel at this world-famous location with its cold waters reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. You’ll also stop for a highlight of this western Canada tour—a thrilling ride aboard an Ice Explorer on the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Canadian Rockies.

Another highlight of this western Canada tour is a 2-day, all-daylight journey from Jasper National Park to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer. This train ride through breathtaking scenery takes you back to a time when getting to your destination was part of the fun. Along the way, pass Mount Robson, the Canadian Rockies’ highest mountain; wild rivers; majestic mountain ranges; and beautiful Hell’s Gate. More scenery awaits on your ferry crossing from Vancouver through the spectacular Gulf Islands to Victoria. In Victoria, enjoy world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of floral displays.

This is an unforgettable, value-minded holiday with an amazing itinerary full of beautiful scenery and once-in-a-lifetime activities.

Total meals included:

  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches

UK - Calgary

Day
1

Fly to Calgary and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Calgary - Banff National Park

Day
2

The discovery of oil converted this cattle ranching town into a thriving, sophisticated city. Sightseeing shows off downtown, Fort Calgary, Stampede Park, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Next, drive west through the foothills of the Rockies into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. On arrival, enjoy an orientation tour.

Banff National Park

Day
3

Today is at leisure. Play golf, horse back ride, hike the many wilderness trails in the area, stroll through Banff, or simply relax at the hot springs. The park is the perfect place for wildlife watching and as a visitor you may spot many amazing creatures in their natural habitat. The most commonly seen are deer and big horn sheep.

Banff National Park - Lake Louise - Columbia Icefield - Jasper National Park

Day
4

First stop is Lake Louise, whose cold waters reflect the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and exquisite lakes come into view as the coach scales three mountain passes. Another highlight is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 750 feet thick. Late this afternoon, join our optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River. In Jasper, an orientation tour showcases the unspoiled beauty. Accommodation for the next two nights is in JASPER NATIONAL PARK.

Jasper National Park

Day
5

Join the optional narrated cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island. On the return journey, you’ll be mesmerised by dramatic Maligne Canyon. With much of the Departure dates afternoon and evening free, consider hiking or exploring Jasper’s local charm. While exploring the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies keep an eye out for native wildlife, including grizzly bears, moose, caribou, and wolves.

Jasper National Park - Rocky Mountaineer - Kamloops

Day
6

An exciting morning as you board the Rocky Mountaineer for a 2-day, all-daylight, classic rail journey from the Canadian Rockies to the Pacific Coast. En route, pass Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Follow the Thompson River and enjoy vistas of the Monashee Mountains.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Kamloops - Rocky Mountaineer - Vancouver

Day
7

Board the train and head through the ranch-lands along the South Thompson River. Continue through the stark beauty of Fraser Canyon and the turbulence of mighty Hell’s Gate. After an early evening arrival in Vancouver, transfer to your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Vancouver - Ferry Crossing - Victoria

Day
8

Morning sightseeing focuses on Vancouver’s Chinatown, Gastown, and lovely STANLEY PARK. Afterward, sail through the spectacular Gulf Islands, known for their Mediterranean-like climate. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its collection of totem poles.

Victoria - Ferry Crossing - Vancouver

Day
9

Morning departure for Vancouver. The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Vancouver International Airport are included.

Home landing in the UK

Day
10

Things to note

Book Early: With heavy demand for this tour and limited Rocky Mountaineer seats, especially in GoldLeaf we encourage you to book early

The Rocky Mountaineer: Your rail journey is based on SilverLeaf Service or you may wish to upgrade to GoldLeaf Service.

Please call our Travel Specialists to upgrade to GoldLeaf

SilverLeaf Service

Coach style: Single level dome; Window Style: Oversized domed windows; Included meals served on board: Delicious hot entrée options; Meal service style: Served at your seat; Number of Rocky Mountaineer Hosts: Two; Alcoholic beverages: Complimentary wine or beer at lunch; Non alcoholic beverages: Included; Luggage in Kamloops: Delivered to your hotel.

GoldLeaf Service

Coach style: Bi-level dome; Window style: Fully domed windows with panoramic views upstairs, private dining room on the lower level with large picture windows; Included meals served on board: Gourmet à la carte meals; Meal service style: Served in the dining room; Number of Rocky Mountaineer Hosts: Three to four plus full culinary team; Alcoholic beverages:  Complimentary throughout journey; Non alcoholic beverages: Included; Outdoor viewing area: Large open-air vestible; Luggage in Kamloops: Delivered to your hotel

Accommodation as stated or similar

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Calgary - Sandman Hotel City Centre

This central Calgary city centre hotel offers an on-site restaurant and lounge. All guestrooms offer free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. The Calgary Tower is only 12 minutes' walk away. The Scotiabank Saddledome and Calgary Stampede are only 9 minutes' drive away. 17th Avenue shopping and entertainment district is just over 0.6 miles from the property.

  • Location

    888 7th Avenue Southwest, T2P 3J3 Calgary, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Fitness centre
    • Wifi available
    • Indoor rooftop
    • Hot tub

Featuring a fitness centre and hot tub on-site, this hotel is located in the heart of Banff, surrounded by the Canadian Rockies. Shopping and restaurants are conveniently within a few minutes walk. Free WiFi is provided. Banff Gondola is only 12 minutes' drive away. Mount Norquay ski area is only 4.7 miles from the property. 

  • Location

    429 Banff Avenue, T1L 1B2 Banff, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Free parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Family rooms
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Restaurant

Jasper - Lobstick Lodge

Loacted in the town of Jasper, this hotel has an indoor pool as well as a number of jacuzzis to maximise relaxation. Each room has its own cable tv as well as ensuite bathroom with toiletries available.

  • Location

    94 Geikie St, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • Wifi available
    • Indoor pool
    • Jacuzzi
    • Fitness Centre

Kamloops - South Thompson Inn & Conference Centre

This beautiful accommodation is surrounded by scenic countrryside. Each of the rooms are individually decorated and have attach balconies that overlook either the river or the countryside and local wildlife. Enjoy relaxing in the outdoor heated pool and hot tub.

  • Location

    3438 Shuswap Rd, Kamloops, BC V2H 1T2, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • Wifi available
    • Room service available
    • Outdoor heated pool
    • Hot tub

Vancouver Downtown Holiday Inn

A coffee machine and a desk are featured in all rooms at Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown & Suites. Ironing facilities are included. A private bathroom offers a hairdryer. The hotel is located just 200 yards from Granville Street entertainment district.

  • Location

    1110 Howe Street, V6Z 1R2 Vancouver, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Indoor swimming pool
    • Fitness centre

Victoria - Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Royal Scot Hotel & Suites features spacious rooms, studios and suites with pillow-top mattresses and in-room coffee facilities. This property is 12 minutes’ walk from the beach. Just 5 minutes’ walk from Victoria ferry terminal, this hotel features an indoor pool and a hot tub. Free WIFI is provided.

  • Location

    425 Quebec Street, V8V 1W7 Victoria, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub

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