Duration: 12 Days
Nothing lifts your spirits like sunny days, blue skies, and even bluer water – not to mention soaring peaks, stunning glaciers, and heartwarming wildlife. This lofty tour of Western Canada leads you to see the inspirational sights of British Columbia and Alberta – and from a variety of vantage points. Enjoy a two-day scenic rail journey from bustling Vancouver to the still beauty of Banff National Park; cross the 750-foot-thick Columbia Icefield aboard an exciting Ice Explorer; then get ready to melt as you ferry to the “garden city” of Victoria to tiptoe through the tulips. You’ll also relish the timeless scenery of Jasper National Park and the newer resorts of Sun Peaks and Whistler. These dream sights are complemented by the dreamiest of hotels as you rest your wonder-filled head at the best of the Fairmont Collection, including the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Banff Springs Hotel, Chateau Lake Louise, Jasper Park Lodge, and the Chateau Whistler Resort.
Please note: Itinerary is based on 2022, and is subject to change. Full details will be confirmed in 2022.
Welcome to Vancouver! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome drink.
VANCOUVER Guided tour includes the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park. Free time this afternoon before dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
ROCKY MOUNTAINEER Scenic train ride along Fraser Canyon and the Thompson River en route to Kamloops.
KAMLOOPS Free time this evening. (B,L)
ROCKY MOUNTAINEER Scenic train ride along Shuswap Lake shoreline, Kicking Horse River, and over the Continental Divide en route to Banff National Park.
Your Train: SilverLeaf service is included and features a single-level dome coach, and panoramic oversized windows. GoldLeaf service update is available and offers luxury reminiscent of a bygone era, including extra attendants, an elegant bi-level dome car, and regional cuisine in an exclusive dining car.
BANFF NATIONAL PARK Free time this evening. Spend two nights at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, internationally recognised as the symbol of Canadian hospitality. Opened by Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888, this majestic chateau-style hotel became one of the top three getaways in North America. (B,L)
BANFF NATIONAL PARK Guided tour includes Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain, and Surprise Corner. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B,D)
BANFF NATIONAL PARK Scenic drive past Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks en route to Lake Louise.
LAKE LOUISE [LF] Guided Heritage Walk along the lake to hear about the area's first settlers, some unique characters, and the history of this incredible setting. Enjoy an overnight and dinner at the exclusive Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. (B,D)
LAKE LOUISE Scenic drive on Icefields Parkway en route to Columbia Icefield.
COLUMBIA ICEFIELD Scenic Ice Explorer ride with a Glaciologist Guide on the Athabasca Glacier.
JASPER NATIONAL PARK Free time this evening at the luxurious base camp, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. (B,D)
JASPER NATIONAL PARK Scenic drive on Yellowhead Highway along the Fraser and Thompson Rivers en route to Sun Peaks.
SUN PEAKS Free time this evening. (B)
SUN PEAKS Scenic drive en route to Whistler.
WHISTLER Free time this afternoon and evening at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. (B)
ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Whistler with a ride on Peak-to-Peak Gondola. This and more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyAccount. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
WHISTLER Private breakfast at the [LF] Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, a First Nation's museum brings to life the history of Native peoples whose traditions and beautiful culture still resonate today. Scenic BC Ferry crossing through the Gulf Islands to Victoria on Vancouver Island.
VICTORIA Guided city sightseeing. Free time this evening. (B)
VICTORIA Free time this morning before an afternoon visit to [LF] Butchart Gardens, listed as a National Historic site, this botanical oasis made of millions of flowering beds and over 900 varieties of plants in exquisitely landscaped gardens brings fairytales to life. Enjoy the gardens and a special farewell dinner in the original, now restored, greenhouse. (B,D)
VICTORIA Scenic BC Ferry crossing through the Gulf Islands to Vancouver.
Your holiday ends at the Vancouver International Airport or the Vancouver tour hotel for those with post-nights. Schedule flights from Vancouver International Airport after 2 pm. (B)