A nine day tour offering some of the most visually exotic sights by rail anywhere in Canada.
Here is an example schedule of the Golden Circle/Whistler tour:
Day 1 Vancouver Arrival
You will be met on arrival at Vancouver International Airport and transferred to your downtown Vancouver accommodation.
Day 2 Vancouver to Whistler (Whistler accommodation), Glacier Dome Experience
Travel on board the Whistler Mountaineer Glacier Dome Experience from the coastal city of Vancouver to the resort town of Whistler (a great Whistler condo rental is here), renowned for outstanding skiing and year-round outdoor activities. Following your motor coach transfer from Downtown Vancouver, the Whistler Mountaineer takes you on a breathtaking rail journey through the stunning scenery of this "Sea to Sky" region.
Day 3 Whistler (Whistler lodging) to Quesnel, GoldLeaf Service
Travel on board the Rocky Mountaineer in GoldLeaf Service style from the four-season mountain resort of Whistler to the charming rural town of Quesnel, the gateway to the North Cariboo. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley, to the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, and the Cariboo Plateau with its rolling hills and vast ranch lands. Highlights include the shorelines of Anderson Lake and glacial fed Seton Lake, sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon and Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world.
Day 4 Quesnel to Jasper, GoldLeaf Service
Your journey continues eastward today to the majestic Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park. From Quesnel the Rocky Mountaineer follows the Fraser River north to the town of Prince George and then travels east through the forests of Northern British Columbia, home to plentiful wildlife including a large population of moose. Entering the Rocky Mountain Trench you are surrounded to the north by the steeply rising Rocky Mountains and to the south by the Cariboo Mountains. Continue climbing past Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet), and through the Yellowhead Pass into the province of Alberta. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in your overnight destination of Jasper. Overnight at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
Day 5 Jasper Sightseeing
All traveling in the Canadian Rockies is onboard a specially designed motor coach providing extra legroom and additional comfort. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
Day 6 Icefields Parkway Tour from Jasper to Lake Louise
Continue your trip through the Canadian Rockies traveling along one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Crowfoot Glacier, Peyto Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Sunwapta Falls and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and it is here that you will ride an Ice Explorer to the middle of Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. T
Day 7 Lake Louise to Banff
Enjoy a full-day tour of Yoho and Banff National Parks. Begin your morning in Yoho Park visiting the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural Rock Bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River.
Day 8 Banff to Kamloops, GoldLeaf Service
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia's interior. Your journey offers you a spectacular range of scenery as you travel between the high peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior. Today's highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels a remarkable feat of railroad engineering, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass, Craigellachie where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven and of course the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies.
Day 9 Kamloops to Vancouver, GoldLeaf Service
Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today's journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the interior, through winding river canyons and forests surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains to the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Overnight at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
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