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East Meets West Train Explorer

10

days

starting fromUS $5,680per person

Star Rating 5

5 of 5 stars (3 reviews)

  • Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours
  • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget
East Meets West Train Explorer – Map
Sample trip map & photos – personalize your trip by adding extra nights and activities in each location
Toronto's CN tower lit up in the evening
Toronto's CN tower lit up in the evening
Get caught up in the exciting vibe and big city lights of Toronto.
VIA Rail train passes over bridge at sunset
VIA Rail train passes over bridge at sunset
Gaze out the window at Canada's natural beauty, from mountains and lakes to prairies farmland.
The Rocky Mountaineer travels through a mountain valley
The Rocky Mountaineer travels through a mountain valley
The incredible size of the towering Rocky Mountains will fill you with a sense of awe.
The 'Ice Explorer' bus takes a group tour to see glaciers on the Icefield Parkway
The 'Ice Explorer' bus takes a group tour to see glaciers on the Icefield Parkway
A specially designed Ice Explorer will allow you to experience ancient glaciers up close.
Gondola ride over Banff town with the Rocky mountains in the distance
Gondola ride over Banff town with the Rocky mountains in the distance
Fall in love with the mountain town of Banff and its spectacular surroundings.
Passengers on the Rocky Mountaineer enjoy mountain views from the dome car
Passengers on the Rocky Mountaineer enjoy mountain views from the dome car
Travel from the Rocky Mountains to Vancouver in style and comfort on the Rocky Mountaineer.
  • Quick Overview

    What we love about this trip

    • Marvel at the magnificent glaciers along the Icefields Parkway

    • Explore the gorgeous alpine towns of Banff and Jasper, with their vibrant culture, intriguing shops and lovely cafes

    • Enjoy the stunning scenic daylight rail journey with the Rocky Mountaineer

    Travel across Canada in luxury and style on this great journey that brings together the east and west of the country. In just over a week you will get an amazing glimpse of some truly breathtaking landscapes while discovering the sheer scale and immense natural beauty of Canada. In one week, visit the big city lights of Toronto, the endless skies of the Prairies and the majestic mountain peaks of the Rockies.

    Trip Outline

    Arrive Toronto 1 night Toronto 3 nights Via Rail 1 night Jasper 2 night Banff 1 night Kamloops 1 night Vancouver Depart Vancouver

  • 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.

    Note: This itinerary can also be done in reverse.

    Day 1 – Your Across Canada Train Adventure Begins in Toronto
    Welcome to the bustling energy of Canada’s largest city. Toronto is known for its diverse population, thriving art scene, excellent bars and restaurants and so much more. As soon as your flight lands, you can get out and explore the city. Wander the streets and explore, tempted by the aroma from a Chinese bakery, the sounds of a street performer playing guitar or the colourful fashions in a window display. Take in all the sights and sounds that the city has to offer.

    Day 2 – Toronto Tour / VIA Rail’s The Canadian – Toronto to Jasper
    You have the day to explore Toronto. Choose from the following 2 options to enjoy Toronto and its surrounding area to the fullest.

    • Option 1: VIP Full Day Tour to Niagara Falls
    Join a guide to see one of the great natural wonders of the world - Niagara Falls. The Hornblower Voyage to the Falls takes you close enough to the falls to feel the spray on your face. Nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake is a charming Canadian town, and the perfect place to unwind on your vacation. Lunch is included.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Hop On / Off Tour Pass + CN Tower Dinner
    Enjoy the flexibility and ease of a hop on / off pass to explore Toronto today. Later, take a guided stroll and sample some delicious foods! For those who are curious, Toronto has a variety of unique neighbourhoods and culinary adventures to pick from. This evening, have a delicious dinner with Toronto’s best view at the CN Tower.
    Activity rating: Easy

    In the evening you will start your journey to the great Canadian Rockies. This is an incredibly scenic rail adventure that will last three days and will take you from the bustling city of Toronto, through the lakes of Ontario, the forests of Manitoba and the flat Saskatchewan prairie. You’ll then visit the majestic Rocky Mountains before your final stop – sunny and laid back Vancouver.

    Day 3 & 4 – Canadian Rail Journey to the West – Onboard the Canadian Train
    Relax with a coffee and curl up in your seat as you watch the sights go by outside your window. The train makes its way through the vast plains of the prairie provinces on this second and third day and night of your cross-Canada train journey.

    Day 5 – Enter the Canadian Rockies – Arrive in Jasper
    Feel the crisp, cool air of the Rockies and breathe in the strong scent of evergreens as you step off the train in Jasper. This tranquil mountain town is surrounded on all sides by towering peaks, yet although it is within the remote wilderness it still offers modern and luxurious accommodation so that you can enjoy the views in comfort.

    Day 6 – Icefields Parkway Tour – Jasper to Banff
    The Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic stretches of highway in the world, offering views of alpine meadows, cool turquoise lakes, cascading waterfalls and pristine rivers. You will be in awe at the panorama of snow-capped mountain peaks, deep valleys and clear blue skies.

    Here are
    2 options for exploring the Icefields Parkway today:

    • Option 1: Small Group Sightseeing Tour
    With a small group and guide, explore the Icefields and its main attractions. As you walk along the surface of the enormous Athabasca Glacier, you will feel like you have been transported back in time millions of years to the ice age. Roll across the glacier on an enormous Ice Explorer vehicle, with wheels as tall as you are and marvel at the Glacier Skywalk. Keep a look out for elk, moose, mountain goats, sheep or even bears -- there’s a great chance that you’ll spot them in this area. In the late afternoon stop in the stunning Lake Louise area for a visit.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience
    Spend the day with a private driver-guide, to explore the Icefields at your own pace. Then, step away from the crowds and take a helicopter tour abundant in natural beauty, glaciers and waterfalls. Leave from an exclusive Icefields base and soar over Cline Pass and over Cline, Lion and Lioness Glaciers. You’ll also view a spectacular 900ft waterfall flowing from two aqua green lakes!
    Activity rating: Easy

    This evening arrive in the town of Banff, set within a scenic valley surrounded by the sky-scraping peaks of Cascade, Tunnel, Rundle and Norquay. Overnight in Banff.

    Day 7 – Banff Tour
    The town of Banff is nestled within some truly wild and gorgeous mountain scenery, so spend a full day exploring it.

    You have 3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Banff to its fullest:

    • Option 1: Banff Sightseeing Tour
    On a guided bus tour, admire the views of Norquay, Cascade, Rundle and Tunnel Mountains and marvel at the strange wind-shaped hoodoo rock formations. Stop at “Surprise Corner” on Tunnel Mountain Drive and admire the stunning view of the valley.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Sunrise Photography Tour
    Wake up early to experience the magical wilderness of Banff National Park at sunrise. Explore with a private guide and learn how to take great photos. Ideal for the amateur photographer wanting to increase their skills with a manual camera. This is a sure way to make friends and family at home jealous!
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 3: Banff Helicopter Tour
    Soar above majestic peaks and get away from the crowds of Banff on a guided helicopter tour. Marvel at pristine and breathtaking vistas that will leave you speechless.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    No matter how you choose to explore, all guests have the opportunity to glide up to the top of Sulphur Mountain in a comfortable gondola. At the peak of Sulphur Mountain you can savour the 360 degree view of the Bow Valley and the impressive Rockies. Take your time and enjoy the truly humbling panorama.

    Day 8 – Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops
    The jagged peaks and icy glaciers of the Rockies fade into the distance behind you. Soon they are replaced by the rolling ranch lands of interior British Columbia. You’re on your way to Kamloops, a friendly and welcoming town surrounded by hiking trails and vineyards.

    Watch the spectacular scenery slowly slide by - some of the highlights of this leg of the journey include Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels and Craigellachie (where the final spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven).

    Day 9 – Rocky Mountaineer Journey – Vancouver Arrival
    As you continue west toward the Pacific Ocean and the city of Vancouver you will see the scenery continue to change. The dry hills and ranch lands of the interior start to become more lush and green and soon you will find yourself in unspoiled coastal rainforests and cool, tranquil river canyons.

    The train weaves through the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the fertile farmlands of the Fraser River Valley. Make your way alongside the Thompson River and marvel at the sheer power of the gushing torrent of Hell’s Gate waterfall in the Fraser Canyon. Finally you will reach the city of Vancouver, a vibrant metropolis that is loved for its thriving art scene, great nightlife, delicious ethnic food and naturally beautiful surroundings. Overnight in Vancouver.

    Day 10 – Depart with Fond Memories Made
    You’ve travelled far and wide across the vast expanse of Canada’s wilderness and have seen some of the most enthralling landscapes that this country has to offer. Today you will wave goodbye to Canada as this unforgettable journey comes to an end.
  • What's Included
    Train Experiences:
    • 2 spectacular days on the Rocky Mountaineer daylight train, between Banff and Vancouver
    • Sleeper Plus Class, onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian train

    Accommodations:
    • 3 nights onboard the Canadian train, in a private cabin
    • 6 nights of hotel accommodation

    Tour Inclusions:

    Toronto Experiences:
    • Choose 1 of 2 Toronto activities:
    1. Hop On / Off Sightseeing Pass plus CN Tower Dinner
    2. Full Day Niagara Tour (small group tour not available before May 1. Regular bus tour substituted in April)

    Icefields Parkway Experiences, between Jasper and Banff:
    • Choose 1 of 2 Icefields Parkway experiences:
    1. Small group sightseeing tour along the Icefields Parkway. Includes picnic lunch, Ice Explorer, and the Glacier Skywalk
    2. Private Icefields Parkway tour with a spectacular Helicopter flight over the Icefields (additional cost)

    Banff Experiences:
    • Banff Gondola admission
    Plus
    • Choose 1 of 3 Banff activities:
    1. Tour in Banff: Small group sightseeing tour of Banff and its surroundings
    2. Privately guided Banff National Park photography workshop (additional cost)
    3. Helicopter Tour over Banff National Park (additional cost)

    Meal Inclusions:
    • 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches, and 2 dinners onboard VIA Rail
    • 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train

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

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

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

    Seasonal Restrictions:
    • Icefields Parkway tour is available from April 29 until October 7 for eastbound departures, coach transfer will be substituted prior to April 29.
    • Maligne Lake cruise runs from May 27 to October 7 for eastbound departures, weather conditions may cause season delays.
    • The privately guided nature walk in Jasper is available from April 26 to October 7 for eastbound departures, for best walking and hiking conditions we recommend taking this tour in June or later.

     

    Not Included

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

    Get your personalized itinerary before availability is gone. Because we're now booking into 2019

    • Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
    • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.
  • Accommodations

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

    Georgian Court Hotel

    An example of our Comfort accommodations

    Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, this elegant 12-story brick building offers 180 stylishly decorated guestrooms. The seasonal patio offers the option for al fresco meals and the complimentary wi-fi keeps you connected.

    Rimrock Resort

    An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

    The stunning 4.5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, offering gorgeous panoramic views over the Bow Valley from the large windows in the main lobby. The hotel is a fantastic example of Rocky Mountain luxury, with an upscale atmosphere and warm, welcoming service.

    Fairmont Royal York

    An example of our Deluxe accommodations

    This hotel is one of the classic historic Fairmont properties, close to dining and shopping and only a few minutes away from Union Station. The hotel offers several luxurious facilities for guests, including a bar, a health club, a restaurant and a shop.

    Fairmont Banff Springs

    An example of our Deluxe accommodations

    Perched above the town of Banff and surrounded by lush forests and the rushing Bow River, the Banff Springs is a stately, beautiful hotel designed in the style of a Scottish Baronial Castle. From the expansive dining hall to the outdoor swimming pool to the fully equipped gym and the terrace with mountain views, staying at this hotel will make you feel like royalty. At the Banff Springs you can also enjoy many activities, including skiing, golf, spa treatments and much more.

     

  • Prices & Dates
    2018 Toronto Start Dates
    Every Wednesday
    May 9, 16, 23, 30
    June 6, 13, 20, 27
    July 4, 11, 18, 25
    August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
    September 5, 12, 19, 26
    October 3


    2018 Vancouver Start Dates*
    Every Thursday & Sunday
    April 26, 29
    May 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
    June 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
    July 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
    August 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
    September 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
    October 4, 7

    * Trip includes 2 nights in Jasper if starting in Vancouver

     

    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 $5,680to US $7,118per 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 $5,990to US $7,430per 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 $7,290to US $8,845per 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.

  • Common Questions

    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).

    What are the best ways to travel around Canada on my vacation

    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.

    Is it safe to drive in the mountains?

    New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.

    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.

    Are your tours escorted?

    No, but you'll feel like it is with all your connections and experiences prearranged. Our clients love the freedom and flexibility it gives them. Some of our wildlife experiences are small group tours led by specialist guides.

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  • Customer Reviews (3)

    The Rocky mountaineer was fantastic

    Star Rating 5
    October 16, 2016

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    The service from Fresh Tracks was excellent. Even when I was on the trip and I needed clarification, it was provided as requested. The Rocky mountaineer was fantastic! My husband and I would come back to do another trip.

    I rarely have had such a well organized experience

    Star Rating 5
    October 15, 2016

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    The Rocky Mountaineer was spectacular. I rarely have had such a well organized experience with such detail and service. The Fairmont accommodations were lovely. It snowed a few days while I was on the trip, so I canceled a tour, but, otherwise everything went smoothly. (The snow was beautiful.) Once I organized myself for the small space, I loved my room on VIA Rail. Good job, Fresh Tracks!

    The whole trip was wonderful

    Star Rating 5
    May 28, 2013

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    We had a great time on the trip and hated to have to return home. There were only two little bumps but both were pretty easy to clear up. The reservation at La Frontenac seemed to be for a room with two full size beds. They were able to switch us to a room with one King. Also the days for the two tours in Halifax were reversed. The city highlights tour was on Tuesday and Peggys Cove was Wednesday. When we called to confirm the tours the Grayline person got us sorted out. The whole trip was wonderful. We are already dreaming of when we can return but it may not be until our 5 or 10 year anniversary. Aside from the time we spent wandering around the towns and seeing the sights, our two favorite parts were the Charlevoix and the Peggys Cove trips. Both were beautiful. We took almost two thousand pictures through the whole trip and each gained several pounds from the wonderful food. It was certainly a trip that we will remember for the rest of our lives. Thanks so much for all your help!

Get your personalized itinerary before availability is gone. Because we're now booking into 2019

  • Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
  • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.