Edmonton to the Rockies by Rail
Holiday Ref: 16187 – Available May - September 2018/2019
Explore the untouched beauty of the Canadian Rockies during this unique tour. Your adventure begins on board VIA Rail bound for Jasper.
Experience breath-taking scenery as the train winds through the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Arrive in the charming mountain town of Jasper, known for exceptional wildlife viewing and hiking.
A journey south on the Icefield Parkway traverses through narrow valleys surrounded by towering peaks, hanging glaciers, and cascading waterfalls. Witness remarkable views from a glass viewing platform situated high above the valley floor at the Glacier Skywalk, and step out onto and actually touch the Athabasca Glacier during the unique Glacier Adventure.
Place yourself in the postcard perfect setting of Lake Louise, en route to Banff. Immerse yourself in mountain life and experience incredible panoramic views from the Banff Gondola. A drive through the ranch lands and rolling foothills surrounding Calgary wraps up this memorable tour
Upon arrival into Edmonton Airport transfer (independently) to your overnight Hotel. Overnight: Edmonton
Day at leisure. Explore the sights of downtown Edmonton, or take a walk along the scenic river valley. Take a trip to the West Edmonton Mall North America’s largest entertainment and shopping centre. Overnight: Edmonton
Board a VIA Rail train and enjoy a scenic journey through Alberta’s golden prairies into the rolling foothills and majestic Rocky Mountains. Travel through pristine forests, along sparkling freshwater lakes, and look up at the rugged mountains of Jasper National Park. Overnight: Jasper
Your introduction to Jasper begins with a short tour of the town before heading across the Athabasca River to Maligne Lake. A century after Mary Schaeffer’s remarkable adventure, come discover “World-renowned” Maligne Lake for yourself! A stop at Maligne Canyon offers staggering views of the river thundering through a series of magnificent waterfalls in a gorge 10,000 years in the making. Farther up the valley, stop to solve the mystery of “disappearing” Medicine Lake. Next we’ll carry on to the pinnacle of our tour, breathtaking Maligne Lake! Once there you can enjoy an interpretative boat cruise bound for Spirit Island, truly another of Canada’s iconic images, or a nice guided walk along the shoreline of this unimaginable beauty. Overnight: Jasper
This morning you will depart Jasper and discover Canada’s most scenic mountain roadway; The Icefields Parkway. This is the route to over one hundred visible glaciers, turquoise lakes, and rushing waterfalls. Venture onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier in a specially designed Ice Explorer for a spectacular Ice Age adventure. Experience Jasper National Park’s newest attraction, the Glacier Skywalk. Step out onto a glass-floored observation platform extending 30 metres out over the Sunwapta Valley for an unobstructed view of the surrounding glaciers. Overnight: Banff
Day at leisure. Take a gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain and see more mountains in a moment than you will see in a lifetime. Overnight: Banff
Today take the complementary shuttle for an interpretive boat tour of magnificent Lake Minnewanka will immerse you in a rugged wilderness steeped in history, Aboriginal folklore and geology. Nestled in the heart of Banff National Park, Lake Minnewanka offers some of the most interesting and spectacular scenery found anywhere in the Canadian Rockies. For more than 10,000 years people have hunted and camped along these shores and now you too can discover its wild nature and hidden wonders. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Banff
Your memorable holiday ends with a coach transfer from Banff to Calgary Airport and your flight back to the UK.