A Taste of the Canadian Rockies
Holiday Ref: 16525
Experience a taste of the Canadian Rockies. A Spend a night in the mountain town of Banff, Canada’s first national park, then board the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer for an experience of a lifetime as you make your way to the vibrant city of Vancouver. Cap off your Western Canada experience with 3 nights right downtown.
Depart the UK and head for Western Canada. As you will arrive late, your overnight will be conveniently located at the airport.
Take your included transfer today from Calgary to Banff. Drop off your bags and head out to explore. Try the Banff Gondola or just relax and explore the picturesque Banff village. Scope out somewhere for dinner, try a pub, a smoke house or fine dining. Banff has it all.
Board your Rocky Mountaineer train in SilverLeaf and begin your journey. The railcar will provide you with views of snow-packed peaks, tumbling mountain streams and earth-carving glaciers. The Spiral Tunnels, Rogers Pass and Glacier National Park (12 percent of it is solid ice), all noted landmarks, will add to the awe of your journey. After crossing the Continental Divide, you’ll enter British Columbia. The glacier-clad mountains give way to arid grassland hills of the Kamloops region. Overnight in Kamloops.
Your Rocky Mountaineer train will continue west before turning south into the Fraser River Valley. With the return of the mountains, the landscape again changes dramatically. The Canadian Cascades combine with thick fir forests and the charging Fraser River to create a spectacular setting. Along the way you’ll pass Hell’s Gate, a narrow canyon with sheer, towering walls that transforms the Fraser River into a froth of surging rapids.
Three full days in the vibrant city of Vancouver - explore the city at your own pace. Popular attractions include Gastown, Chinatown, Granville Square, Stanley Park and the Robson Street Shopping District. Take a day trip to Whistler or Vancouver Island. Head up Grouse Mountain and try the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Try some of the amazing seafood, do a foodie tour or a brewery tour; there are so many different ways to explore this city.
Take a bus or taxi to the airport and return to the UK.