Great Canadian Rail Journey (CZ) - 2014 / 2015

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13 Day Tour from Toronto to Vancouver


Great Canadian Rail Journey
Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies
Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies
Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks
Visit Butchart Gardens with over 50 acres of floral extravagance
Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792
Enjoy all the wildlife of Jasper National Park
See major landmarks such as the CN Tower in Toronto
Jasper National Park - located in Alberta, Canada
Visit the top of the 1,815-foot CN Tower for great views of Toronto
Experience a Canadian rail adventure

Vacation Overview

This breathtaking vacation crosses Canada using the scenic railroad. Your trip begins in Toronto with an orientation tour and excursion to Niagara Falls. Board a Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise for a thrilling boat ride to view thundering Niagara Falls from the river level. Back in Toronto, board the Art Deco cars of VIA Rail’s The Canadian train for your 3-night rail journey through Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Watch the scenic countryside, lakes, and sun-dappled forests from your windows as you relax in first-class, refurbished cars from the 1950s.

Disembark in Jasper and take in the beauty of Jasper National Park. Enjoy an excursion to Maligne Lake for a fully narrated cruise to Spirit Island, and travel through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway. Take a thrilling Ice Explorer ride on the 1,000-foot-deep Columbia Icefield. On the way to Banff National Park, drink in the stunning sights of Lake Louise with its green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. In Banff, visit Sulphur Mountain for a ride on the Banff gondola with panoramic views of Banff’s spectacular scenery. Next, enjoy a wine pairing and dinner at a local winery in Kelowna, then catch a ferry to Victoria for a visit to Butchart Gardens and free time on your own. Your Canadian vacation ends back in Vancouver.

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TORONTO
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JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Cruise Maligne Lake and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy incredible views with a lakeside dinner; scenic sightseeing

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Gondola ride up Banff’s Sulphur Mountain

BRITISH COLUMBIA’S WINE COUNTRY
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Wine tasting

VANCOUVER–VICTORIA
Scenic ferry ride through the Gulf Islands

VICTORIA
Orientation tour; Butchart Gardens; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite private presentation by local historian and storyteller

VANCOUVER
Sightseeing tour; farewell dinner


DAY 1Arrive in Toronto

Welcome to Toronto! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Downtown Toronto located on the shores of Lake Ontario The Parliament Building in Toronto Toronto is Ontarios capital and Canadas largest city 
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DAY 2Toronto–Niagara Falls–Via Rail® the Canadian

Drive along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. For the adventurous, your Tour Director will suggest optional flightseeing over the falls. Then, enjoy a Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise for a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering falls from river level. Before leaving the area, see the Floral Clock, then return to Toronto for an orientation tour of the downtown area. Enjoy dinner atop the 1,815-foot-tall CN TOWER before transferring to the train station for your departure on the CANADIAN later this evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)

NOTES:
The operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. When weather is unfavorable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

For your convenience, baggage that will not be needed during the train journey will be checked through to Jasper. Checked baggage will not be accessible during the journey. Plan to pack an overnight bag with necessities for the train portion of the tour, including any medications, eyeglasses, and other important items.

Visit the top of the 1,815-foot CN Tower for great views of Toronto Beautiful Niagara Falls at sunset See major landmarks such as the CN Tower in Toronto Get an up close view of Niagara Falls 
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DAY 3Via Rail the Canadian–Ontario

Watch the scenic countryside from your windows as you relax in first-class refurbished art deco cars from the 1950s. Travel past the sparkling lakes and sun-dappled forests of Ontario. Try the observation dome for unparalleled views or enjoy quiet conversation in one of the comfortable lounges. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 4Via Rail the Canadian–Winnipeg, Manitoba

Enter Manitoba with its endless golden prairies and vast cultivated fields. Arrive this morning in Manitoba’s capital city of Winnipeg, where you will disembark the train for time to explore this historic city, including Forks National Historic Site, a commercial hub for more than 5,000 years and now home to the Forks Market that boasts a vast number of boutiques and restaurants. Reboard the train late this morning and continue west. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Winnipeg, the capital city of the province of Manitoba 
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DAY 5Via Rail the Canadian through Saskatchewan & Alberta–Jasper

From Winnipeg to Jasper, the train roughly parallels the famed Yellowhead Route, Canada’s historic trail of westward expansion. Arrive in Jasper this afternoon. Tonight, enjoy an excursion to Maligne Lake for a fully narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island. Afterward, enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite lakeside dinner with incredible views and local fare including famous Alberta beef. (Brunch, Dinner)

Experience the Northern Lights as viewed from Alberta Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park 
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DAY 6Jasper

Enjoy a day in Jasper to explore at your leisure. Maybe take an optional guided hike on the “Path of the Glacier,” where an experienced guide teaches you about the various glacier formations in the area. This afternoon, perhaps play a round of golf on one of the top-rated courses in North America or stroll the streets of Jasper with its array of specialty stores. (Breakfast)

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DAY 7Jasper–Columbia Icefield–Lake Louise–Banff

This morning, travel through JASPER NATIONAL PARK on Icefields Parkway to the 1,000-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling ICE EXPLORER RIDE. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Wildlife roams freely in Jasper National Park Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks Lake Louise Take in the magnificent scenery of the Icefields Parkway 
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DAY 8Banff

Sightseeing includes visits to Sulphur Mountain for a ride on the BANFF GONDOLA—complete with amazing scenic panoramas—plus Bow Falls and the Hoodoos. The rest of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies. (Breakfast)

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DAY 9Banff–British Columbia's Wine Country

This morning, travel through the spectacular beauty of Yoho National Park, one of Canada’s most popular recreational areas and site of pre-Cambrian fossil finds. On to Canada’s Glacier National Park, where the motorcoach climbs 4,379-foot-high Rogers Pass, a perfect spot for photos of the surrounding mountain cliffs and glaciers. Continue to the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the shores of Okanagan Lake. Before arriving at your hotel, learn about this wine-growing region and enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WINE TASTING. The evening is at leisure. (Breakfast)

The rushing waters in Yoho National Park Glacier National Park in Montana Glacier National Park in Montana Glacier National Park in Montana 
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DAY 10British Columbia's Wine Country–Victoria

Catch a BC FERRY to Vancouver Island and the very British “Garden City” of Victoria. Upon arrival, visit world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS. Later, your orientation tour of Victoria includes the gardens of Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this harbor city. (Breakfast)

Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792 The Vancouver Harbour at dusk Vancouver Island The Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, Canada 
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DAY 11Victoria

This morning, enjoy free time for independent sightseeing and shopping. Your Tour Director suggests an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. Over dessert this evening, enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite private PRESENTATION about why Victoria is considered the most haunted city in Canada. A local storyteller and historian will entertain you with stories of the city’s interesting characters and colorful events. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 12Victoria–Vancouver

This morning, take the FERRY and sail through the Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Arrive in Vancouver for a city tour that includes the harbor and beaches, Chinatown, historic Gastown, and Stanley Park with its towering evergreen forests and totem poles. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The beautiful harbour in Vancouver Stanley Park features numerous unique Totem poles View of downtown Vancouver 
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DAY 13Vancouver

Your tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided. (Breakfast)

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Breakfast daily, 1 brunch, 2 lunches, 7 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Vancouver


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

GARY CULP

Years of Experience: 20 years

After working as an educator, I transitioned to a career in travel. Today, I have over two decades of tour management experience in Eastern, Atlantic, and Western Canada; the Pacific Northwest; Alaska; America's western national parks; New England; the Mid-Atlantic States, and the Deep South. What a wonderful way to paint a picture of our beautiful nation than to tell its stories, share its history, meet its people, and enjoy its amazing sights with our enthusiastic guests.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Great Canadian Rail Journey:

  • Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks