Beautiful mountains, canyons, and rivers await on the VIA Rail journey between Vancouver and Jasper. Search for wildlife in Jasper National Park and travel down the spectacular Icefields Parkway, enjoying stops at Columbia Icefield, Athabasca Falls, and Crowfoot Glacier, before exploring the picturesque towns of Lake Louise and Banff.
 

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Day 1

Vancouver - VIA Rail

This afternoon, board VIA Rail’s Canadian train for the famous rail journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Pass through the rich fields of the Fraser Valley and the towering peaks of the Coastal Mountains before entering the Fraser Canyon. Follow the Thompson River through spectacular landscapes as you enjoy dinner, then retreat to your sleeping quarters. (D)

Day 2

VIA Rail - Jasper

Rise to the majestic peaks of the Canadian Rockies today as you arrive in Jasper. The day is free to explore this unique alpine community. If time permits, an optional activity can be booked for this afternoon/evening. (B)

Day 3

Jasper

There are many ways to enjoy Jasper and its surroundings, so today offers a chance to choose your own adventure. Some of the tours and activities we recommend in Jasper include:

Morning Maligne Valley with Medicine Lake Tour
Experience the most incredible sights in Jasper National Park’s Maligne Valley during this guided excursion to the region’s most scenic lakes & majestic canyons, enjoy a gentle guided walk along the shores of this pristine lake.

Afternoon Downtown Foodie Tour
On this guided walking tour, you'll be visiting four local restaurants and tasting four carefully handpicked dishes, each paired with an alcoholic beverage while listening to Jasper's top tales along the way. What's on the menu on the food tour? Not telling. It's all part of the adventure. 

Evening Discover Jasper & its Wildlife
Admire diverse animal life in the Canadian wilderness on this evening wildlife tour. Delve into Jasper National Park with your guide. Travel through the mighty Athabasca Valley and marvel at the park’s beautiful landscapes by twilight. Today you are free to explore Jasper at leisure before an evening tour of Jasper National Park and some amazing wildlife photo opportunities.

Day 4

Jasper - Lake Louise

Today's sightseeing tour will encompass the ultimate glacier exploration as you travel along the spectacular Icefields Parkway. From walking on ancient ice with the Ice Explorer tour to standing on a glass platform almost one thousand feet in the air at the Glacier Skywalk, today’s experiences will leave you with a special appreciation for this treasured region of the Rockies. (L)

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Day 5

Lake Louise - Banff

This morning is at leisure to explore Lake Louise before a mid-day transfer to Banff via the scenic Bow Valley highway, arriving mid-afternoon.

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Day 6

Banff

Today offers another opportunity to personalize your adventure. There are so many options in Banff, it's a great place to extend your stay if time permits. Choose from the available options including:

Discover Banff & Its Wildlife Tour + Banff Gondola
Explore the natural wonders near the town of Banff on this half-day, small-group tour. Admire the unparalleled beauty of natural sights including Bow Falls, the surreal Hoodoos rock formation, and beautiful Lake Minnewanka, among others. Then maximize your views of Banff National Park with minimal exertion during this round-trip gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain.

Discover the Grizzly Bears
Pursue the elusive Canadian Grizzly Bear on this 10-hour excursion through Banff and Yoho National Parks, perfect for animal and nature lovers alike. Head out for a gondola ride for a mountaintop lunch at Canada’s highest restaurant, and then take a chairlift ride up to the world’s largest enclosed and protected grizzly bear habitat to see Boo the resident bear rescued as a cub.

Cowboy Horseback Cookout BBQ Dinner Saddle up for a ride along the Bow River in Banff and a Western-style cookout. Choose from riding on horseback or in a covered wagon through the beautiful Rocky Mountain terrain.

Day 7

Banff - Calgary

Leave behind the fresh mountain air and colorful sights of the Rockies. It's time to head to Calgary to end your journey or continue on a new adventure. 

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