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Best of Canada in a Week

8

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Make your way across this vast and beautiful land, from the bright city lights of Toronto to the untouched beauty of the Rocky Mountains. This Canada-by-train journey offers you the experience of the exciting big city, as well as the tranquillity of the great outdoors. It’s the perfect opportunity to witness the diversity of Canada’s gorgeous landscape.

Trip at a glance

8 Days / 7 Nights

Arrive Toronto* 3 nights VIA Rail train 2 nights Jasper 1 night Kamloops 1 night Vancouver Depart Vancouver *Can be done in reverse

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    Sample Itinerary

    Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

    Days 1 to 3 – Your Canadian Train Excursion Begins
    Just as your plane touches down in Toronto – the largest city in Canada – the excitement of your upcoming rail trip begins to really set in. Your driver takes you from the airport to downtown, where you can enjoy a special dinner at the CN Tower.

    Later, board your awaiting train, where you can relax in your comfortable cabin and enjoy the views of the city from a large window.

    Your cabin includes cozy seats that can be converted into a bed at night, allowing you to enjoy a comfortable sleep. Drift off to the gentle rhythm of the train as it clickety-clacks through the Canadian countryside. In the morning, admire the view in the panoramic dome car, which is located steps from your cabin and offers stunning vistas of the iconic landscape.

    The train also offers a dining car where sumptuous meals are served and you can socialize with your fellow travellers. This first leg of the journey will take you through Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan as you watch the forests, lakes and prairies roll by outside the window. Experience the enormous scale of this beautiful country while relaxing in style.

    Day 4 – Welcome to the Rockies – Arrive in Jasper
    Arrive in the Rocky Mountains, where the air is crisp and enormous snow-capped peaks dominate the skyline. Tonight, you will stay in the small mountain resort town of Jasper, which is surrounded by unspoiled wilderness. Admire the raw beauty that frames the community before relaxing at your comfortable hotel for the evening.

    Insider tip: Jasper is the world’s second largest dark sky preserve. Make sure you take a moment to step outside after dark and see the stars like you’ve never seen them before!

    Day 5 – Exploring Jasper National Park
    Spend an entire day drinking in the untouched beauty of Jasper National Park, from the crystal clear glacial lakes to the rugged mountain peaks.

    You have
    3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Jasper to the fullest.

    • Option 1: Maligne Valley Tour with Lake Cruise
    Watch out for antlers peeking through the trees on this small group sightseeing tour by mini- coach to Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake and a cruise to Spirit Island.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Privately Guided Jasper Nature Walk
    Explore Jasper National Park on a professionally guided interpretive walk. Enjoy a leisurely pace, and plenty of time for photos and discussion. See wildlife, get close to rare alpine wildflowers, and stunning valley views.
    Activity rating: Moderate
    (approx. 4 miles | 6.5km) - more challenging hikes are available on request.

    • Option 3:
    Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
    Experience the thrill of riding in a sidecar of a powerful Harley Davidson touring motorcycle - view famous lakes, historical viewpoints and attractions of the Jasper Area. This is a sightseeing tour unlike any other for 1 or 2 people.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Day 6 – Take the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper to Kamloops
    Board the train bright and early while the mountain songbirds are chirping and the air still has a slight refreshing chill. Enjoy a tasty breakfast onboard, letting the aroma of a steaming cup of coffee energize your senses as you pull out of the station and continue toward British Columbia. The views during this stretch of the journey are incredible, with the towering mountains and the crashing waters of Pyramid Falls.

    Now is the perfect time to step onto the outdoor viewing platform to feel the cool breeze on your face as you gaze at the jagged vistas. Arrive in Kamloops in the evening, a warm and welcoming town where you can enjoy a good night's rest in your hotel.

    Day 7 – Journey by Train from Kamloops to Vancouver
    After a relaxing night in Kamloops, board the train again and travel through the breath-taking Thompson Canyon. Enjoy a glimpse of the amazing Hell's Gate, a stunning waterfall where 200 million gallons of water cascade through a narrow gorge.

    During the afternoon, you travel through the lush green landscapes of the Fraser Valley before arriving in Vancouver. Known for being one of the most livable cities in the world, this metropolis is hip, artsy and surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and ocean vistas. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, the funky art galleries and museums and the vibrant nightlife.

    Day 8 – Leaving Vancouver
    Your cross-Canada adventure has come to an end. Think back on all the sights you have seen as you traveled from Toronto to Vancouver (or Vancouver to Toronto) via train. This trip is the ideal introduction to the vibrant landscapes and incredible diversity of this amazing land.
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Availability

AprMayJunJulAugSepOct

Places Visited

TorontoJasperKamloopsVancouver

Accommodation Style

HotelTrain

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

  • Seeing some of the most beautiful towns and cities in the country, including Vancouver and Jasper

  • Enjoying three nights on a VIA Rail train and two days on the famous Rocky Mountaineer

  • Seeing Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies

  • Taking in the stars in Jasper’s Dark Sky Preserve

  • Staying at several high quality hotels along the way

Common Questions

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    You'll be staying at various local three to five start hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

  • What is included in the price?

    Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

  • Can I customize this trip?

    Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can request your free trip plan to decide what you'd like to see and do.

    If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

  • What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

    Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

  • When is the best time to see wildlife?

    That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

  • Is this an escorted tour?

    With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

  • Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

    The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

  • How much does my trip cost?

    All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

  • What's Included

    What's Included in the Price

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    Accommodations:
    • 4 nights of hotel accommodation
    • 3 nights onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian train, in a private cabin

    Train Experiences:
    • 2 spectacular days on the Rocky Mountaineer train, between Jasper and Vancouver
    • Sleeper Plus Class onboard VIA Rail

    Jasper Tour Options:
    • Choose 1 of 3 activity options in Jasper:
    1. Nature tour along Maligne Valley, and a cruise on stunning Maligne Lake

    2. Privately Guided Jasper Nature Walk
    3. 2 Hour Sidecar Motorcycle Tour

    Meals and Dining:
    • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners onboard VIA Rail
    • 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
    • Feature dinner in your arrival city

    Transfers:
    • A personalized pick up from your arrival airport
    • Train station transfers in Jasper, Kamloops and Vancouver
    • A personalized departure transfer, in time for your flight home

    Other Inclusions:
    • Documentation package
    • Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
    • Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

    Inclusion notes:
    Comfort and Superior hotels are paired with SilverLeaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer train. Deluxe hotels are paired with GoldLeaf service.

    Seasonal Restrictions:
    • Maligne Lake cruise is available on the May 29 to October 2, 2018 westbound departure (Eastbound departures: May 31 to October 4), weather conditions may cause season delays. A walking excursion will replace the cruise when it is unavailable.
    • The privately guided nature walk in Jasper is available from the April 28th westbound departure (eastbound departures: May 3 to October 4), for best walking and hiking conditions we recommend taking this tour in June or later.

    Not Included
    • Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Gratuities for hotel, rail, tour & transfer staff
    • Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
    • Canadian Sales Taxes

    Ideas to customize this trip

    Think of this trip as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

    • Mix and match or upgrade hotel and lodge accommodations.
    • Upgrade to GoldLeaf Service aboard the Rocky Mountaineer - Excellent food, dome windows for optimal views of the passing scenery, and an outdoor viewing platform allowing wonderful photographic opportunities make this option a must.
    • Add a cruise along Alaska’s Inside Passage to your trip.
    • Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies - enjoy a gentle guided canoe paddle, explore the nature trails with a naturalist guide, add a thrilling helicopter ride, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax and maybe indulge in afternoon tea at one of the Fairmont resorts - we have many more options available to suit your interests.
    • Spend a few days kayaking, exploring the beaches, or simply taking in the spectacular ocean views from a unique private tent-house suite by adding a self-drive trip to the Sunshine Coast.
    • Visit the Olympic Village of Whistler, spend a night or two there.
  • Prices & Dates

    Trip Start Dates

    2018 Toronto Start Dates
    Every Tuesday & Saturday
    April 17, 21, 24, 28
    May 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
    June 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
    July 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
    August 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
    September 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
    October 2, 6, 9


    2018 Vancouver Start Dates*
    Every Thursday
    May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    June 7, 14, 21, 28
    July 5, 12, 19, 26
    August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    September 6, 13, 20, 27
    October 4
    * 2018 trips starting in Vancouver include an additional night in Toronto.

    2019 Start Dates
    Departure dates for 2019 are available now. Ask your Vacation Advisor for available start dates and to learn more about itinerary details and updates.

    Pricing For This Trip

    Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

    Comfort Level Hotels
    SilverLeaf Train Service
    from US $4,795to US $5,713per person

    Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

    Superior Level Hotels
    SilverLeaf Train Service
    from US $4,995to US $5,908per person

    Our Superior Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.

    Fresh Tracks Favorite
    Deluxe Level Hotels
    GoldLeaf Train Service
    from US $6,395to US $7,274per person

    On our Deluxe Level vacation, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodation Options

    These are examples of this trip's accommodation choices. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

    The Crimson - Hotel Exterior

    The Crimson

    An example of our Comfort accommodations

    The Crimson is a 99 room hotel featuring spacious guestrooms, studios, and suites as well as an indoor pool and fitness room. Centrally located in the mountain town of Jasper, The Crimson is the perfect launching pad for exploring the Canadian Rockies.

    Sawridge Inn - Sawridge Inn exterior

    Sawridge Inn

    An example of our Superior accommodations

    The Sawridge Inn in Jasper offers a welcoming atmosphere and comfortable facilities at an affordable price. Take a refreshing swim in the indoor pool or relax in your newly renovated room with stylish furnishings and marble bathrooms.

    Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Exterior view of the lodge

    Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

    An example of our Deluxe Lodge accommodations

    If you really want to treat yourself to luxury while exploring the Rocky Mountains, consider staying at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. This exquisite wilderness resort is made up of several buildings close to a tranquil lake and the excellent Stanley Thompson Golf Course. Keep an eye out for wildlife during your stay - elk, deer and other animals have been known to walk through the grounds of the resort.

  • Customer Reviews  (5)

    We loved the chance to see new country at a reasonable pace

    Star Rating 5
    July 3, 2017

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    We loved the chance to see new country at a reasonable pace. The train is a new experience for those of us who have flown everywhere most of our lives. VIA Rail did a great job, and the Rocky Mountaineer was extraordinary. We enjoyed the relaxed attitude and competence of the folks who put the package together, it was outstanding . They were helpful with details of the trip and helped with pieces outside the Fresh Tracks part. Always pleasant and ready to assist.

    It was truly a spectacular trip

    Star Rating 5
    June 4, 2015

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    It was truly a spectacular trip. The service on the Rocky Mountaineer was some of the best that we have ever seen. This company has incredible process and systems which allow the staff to really focus on their guests. All of the hotels were perfect. Limos at both ends were top shelf. We all agreed that this was just an exceptional journey. Thank you for all of your efforts. This trip was definitely beyond any of our expectations!

    Really impressed with the quality of service and meals

    Star Rating 5
    September 30, 2013

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    My clients had such a wonderful time and they were really impressed with the quality of service and meals. Everything flowed so smooth; not one glich, thank you so much.

    Enjoyed all aspects of the journey

    Star Rating 5
    July 26, 2013

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    We had a wonderful trip. Very much enjoyed all aspects of the journey. Would definitely like to revisit Toronto, Jasper, and Vancouver sometime – after a number of other planned trips. Particularly impressed with Fresh Tracks Canada's logistics and the way we were taken care of to make the trip very easy and enjoyable. Thank you for your assistance.

    The best and most relaxing vacation we have ever experienced

    Star Rating 5
    May 23, 2013

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    We just got back. Taking into consideration the fact that we have traveled a lot (cruises and train trips in Europe and the US, lived in Europe and all over the USA), it was the best and most relaxing vacation we have ever experienced. Everything went like clock work. We didn't have a single issue from the time our flight left on Thursday morning until our flight returned us to NC eight days later. The extra night in Toronto was perfect. I took 1,127 photos and my mother-in-law took about the same amount. The trip was everything she had hoped and my husband and I enjoyed ourselves immensely. The food, both on the Rocky Mountaineer and Via Rail was excellent... and I doubt I will brave a scale for a few days. Thanks for all of your help and suggestions in planning the trip.

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This Trip in Pictures

Spirit Island Maligne Lake
Spirit Island Maligne Lake
Admire the raw beauty of Canada on this scenic rail adventure.
VIA Rail 'Canadian' train in the Canadian Rockies
VIA Rail 'Canadian' train in the Canadian Rockies
Settle into a comfortable seat on the 'Canadian' train as it carries you across the country.
Maligne Lake Jasper National Park
Maligne Lake Jasper National Park
An entire day will be spent exploring the natural beauty of Jasper National Park.
Rocky Mountaineer train
Rocky Mountaineer train
Afterwards, the Rocky Mountaineer train will carry you past awe-evoking scenery on the way to Vancouver.
Dome car service in the Rocky Mountaineer train
Dome car service in the Rocky Mountaineer train
Sip wine, savour fine cuisine and watch for wildlife outside as you continue on your journey.
Coal Harbour in Vancouver lookout
Coal Harbour in Vancouver lookout
Your last stop is Vancouver, where you can enjoy exquisite restaurants and stunning vistas.

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