Trans Canada Rail, Road & Vineyards
Toronto – The Canadian Train – Jasper – Banff – Emerald Lake - Vernon - Whistler – Vancouver
This all-encompassing Canada itinerary takes you from the east to west, allowing you to appreciate the sheer scale and diversity of natural wonders that the country has to offer. Visit Toronto and Niagara before boarding The Canadian train through the prairies and into the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Then hit the road and drive west via turquoise lakes, pretty vineyards and stunning mountain scenery before arriving into vibrant Vancouver.
- Superb city views from Toronto’s CN Tower.
- Visit the mighty Niagara Falls and a local winery.
- Experience the romance of rail for 3 nights aboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian.
- Explore some of Canada’s most beautiful national Rocky Mountain parks including Banff and Jasper.
- Choose from a great selection of outdoor pursuits including hiking, biking, canoeing and white water rafting.
- Go wine tasting in the vineyards of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.
- End your trip with a few nights in Canada’s most beautifully positioned city, Vancouver.
An epic cross country adventure by rail and road from Toronto to Vancouver
Fly to Toronto and proceed to your hotel, with the remainder of the day at leisure to explore. Take in the expansive views from the top of the CN Tower, explore the harbour area or get a different view of the city with a boat trip on Lake Ontario.
Today, enjoy a full-day tour to the Niagara Peninsula - Canada’s fruit belt and major wine-producing region and home of the spectacular Niagara Falls, one of the great wonders of the world. Get up close and personal to the mighty falls on a scenic cruise before enjoying lunch overlooking Niagara Falls, along with a winery tour and tasting.
This evening, check in at Toronto’s Union Station and board VIA Rail’s The Canadian for the famous train journey across the prairies to the Canadian Rockies. Travel back in time to the days of classic rail travel. The original stainless-steel ‘streamliner’ railcars, made famous in the 1950s, are totally refurbished with air conditioning, a café car, lounge car, and access to the dome car. Travel in Sleeper Plus Class where in the evening attendants transform your quarters into cosy bunks or a bedroom. Visit the Dome Car where you will experience the true essence of travelling by train as a panoramic scene sweeps by.
Overnight: VIA Rail – The Canadian
Today is spent crossing the scenic lake lands of northern Ontario.
Overnight: VIA Rail – The Canadian
Continue west through the provinces of Northern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the breadbasket of Canada with its golden wheat fields stretching as far as the eye can see.
Overnight: VIA Rail – The Canadian
This morning you awake to arrive in the city of Edmonton, Alberta, where after a brief stop you continue on for the final leg of your rail journey to Jasper. Pick up your hire car for the rest of the trip upon arrival. This small alpine community located in the majestic Canadian Rockies will be home for the next two nights.
Explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights. Take a tram ride up Whistlers Mountain, or visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world, and enjoy a 90-minute cruise heading toward the south end of this postcard setting. You will marvel at the magnificent shoreline with dense forest and glacial peaks rising abruptly from the water’s edge.
There are plenty of wonderful hiking trails in Jasper National Park, making the most of this vast wilderness of mountains, forests and countless lakes. These range from short easy hikes near the town to longer and more demanding routes such as the steep but rewarding Sulphur Skyline hike which offers far reaching views from its summit. A rewarding dip in the Miette Hot Springs awaits hikers upon their return.
Your scenic drive today takes you along the Icefields Parkway through the spine of the Canadian Rockies towards Banff, a total drive of around 4 hours. View a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald coloured lakes. Along the way see such sights as the Columbia Icefield and take an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier. Also, watch for the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival into Lake Louise. From Lake Louise choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Banff.
A full day to explore Banff and the surrounding area. In town you’ll find lots of excitement including shopping, cafés, nightlife and museums. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff Gondola - where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley - and then take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs. If you are keen to spot wildlife or escape some of the crowds, we suggest an early start to do some hiking in the more remote parts of the national park. There are hikes of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty depending on your interest and stamina.
Today is an easy drive to nearby Emerald Lake. Choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Emerald Lake Lodge for your overnight stay.
Overnight: Emerald Lake
Your drive today is on the famed Trans-Canada Highway, following a route charted by the railroad engineers and fur traders of the mid-1800s. Leave Yoho National Park where you cross the continental divide, then drive through Glacier National Park and ‘Rogers Pass’ with spectacular mountain vistas in every direction. Continue through the Monashee Mountain range and on to the sun & vineyards of Vernon. With over 2,000 hours of sunshine and only 13” of precipitation annually this allows for a wide range of outdoor activities and grape growing for various wines.
Today is yours to experience serenity and well-being at Sparkling Hill Resort, a European-style BC resort spa and world-renowned wellness destination, or tour around the Okanagan Valley visiting some of the vineyards that the valley is becoming quite famous for; most are open to the public, and do sell wines on the spot. They can arrange shipment home for you too.
Today is a longer drive of around 5 hours towards Whistler. Leaving the Okanagan, travel North west through scenic cattle ranching country to Kamloops continue along the Logan Lake Route to the Gold Rush Town of Cache Creek, where you stop to visit the historic Hat Creek Ranch, which literally takes you back to the days of the Gold Rush. From the Cache Creek travel south to Lillooet, home to the largest Canadian producers of the medicinal plant Ginseng. Departing Lillooet, travel the Duffey Lake Road to Whistler. On the upper elevations of the Duffey Lake Road enjoy breath-taking views of Joffre Glacier and snow-capped Mount Currie that rises to a height of 2596 meters.
This alpine resort of Whistler offers plenty of summer activities from hiking to white water rafting and is nestled between the world-renowned Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Experience the beauty of Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine environment via the Peak Adventure on Whistler Mountain. Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola to Whistler Mountain’s sub-alpine and then rise to over 7,000 feet via Whistler’s premier open chairlift. At the top of the Peak Chair, guests will be treated to unbelievable views of glaciers, extinct volcanoes, snow-capped peaks and more.
Depart Whistler at your own leisure along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway for the 2 hour drive to Vancouver. Highlights along the way include the cascading Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock where climbers from all over the globe migrate to climb the granite cliffs. Arrive into Vancouver and proceed to your selected hotel.
After almost two weeks of wilderness and awe-inspiring scenery, Vancouver is not quite the shock to the senses that some cities might be. In an enviable location between the sea and the mountains, Vancouver is a very beautiful city with good food, arts, shopping and plenty of outdoor pursuits on its doorstep should you require a last-minute dose of the great outdoors.
You are at leisure to explore Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhoods. Many tourists head for historic Gastown, but vibrant Chinatown or the Downtown area with its excellent selection of cafes and restaurants, ideal for a long breakfast or brunch, feel more authentic. Granville Island is another popular spot with markets, galleries and shops making for an enjoyable afternoon. Hiring bikes and heading to Stanley Park is another popular pursuit with its extensive cycle ways through forests and along the coast.
Today is at leisure to further explore Vancouver until you drop your car back at the airport in time for your overnight flight back to the UK.
From £3,585 per person
Price is based on travel in mid season and on 2 people sharing. Includes international flights from the UK, accommodation with 3 nights onboard VIA Rail's The Canadian, and car hire.
All of our itineraries are tailor-made to your specific requirements and therefore prices do vary. The above is an indication only. Prices will vary depending on the season of travel and the standard of accommodation used. Please contact us for a quotation and to discuss your holiday requirements in more detail.