Best of western Canada by train and self-drive - Canada
This is a customisable itinerary to provide you with a start point and suggestions for your travel plans. We’ll work closely with you and our travel partner to design your ideal trip, paying close attention to your interests, your travel style and your budget. Our partner’s specialists know the country inside out and can lead you to experiences you won’t find in a guidebook.
Day 1 International’s outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Vancouver. On arrival in Vancouver today, make your own way to your downtown hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax or begin exploring the city. Depending on your arrival time, you could visit the Museum of Anthropology to learn about the area's First Nations culture, or sample street food from one of the many food vendors.
Day 2 Vancouver
You have the full day at leisure to enjoy Vancouver. There are plenty of sights to see in this cosmopolitan city including Stanley Park, which is a great place for cycling, Canada's largest Chinatown, historic Gastown, and the shops of Robson Street.
Day 3 Vancouver
Today you join a whale watching trip, heading out onto the Strait of Georgia and tracking reports of recent whale sightings. This is one of the best places to view orca in the wild, with three pods native to the southern parts of Vancouver Island. Your onboard naturalist will tell you all about the orca, porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles and other wildlife that you may encounter. Spend the rest of the day taking in the sights of Vancouver.
Day 4 Vancouver
This morning you will make your way to the VIA Rail station to embark on your fantastic journey by rail. Here you board the Canadian, a comfortable train from which you can enjoy fantastic views from the domed glass observation cars. You will be accompanied by experienced guides who know the railway and the areas you pass through well and can help point out wildlife. You spend tonight on board the train in your private cabin.
Day 5 Jasper
This morning your journey will come to a close, taking you past incredible scenic highlights through the Rocky Mountains, including the spectacular Mount Robson, its highest peak. When you awake you will have arrived in Jasper, one of the prime destinations in the Canadian Rockies. When you arrive in Jasper you have the morning and afternoon at leisure to relax at your accommodation or explore the town.
Day 6 Jasper
Today you have the full day at leisure to explore Jasper and the surrounding area. You could take a walk around the alpine meadows near Mt Edith Cavell and Angel Glacier, a great area for wildlife viewing and hiking. Alternatively, take a cable car up to the top of Whistlers Mountain, or take a boat trip out on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island for an iconic view of the turquoise lake and surrounding forest.
Day 7 Jasper
Spend a second full day exploring the beauty of Jasper National Park. A fantastic spot to visit is Old Fort Point lookout. It's a beautiful walk from town and the lookout offers stunning views of Jasper town and the surrounding mountains.
Day 8 Field
Drive five hours south from Jasper, along the spectacular Icefields Parkway, to Field. Your journey includes a stop at the Athabasca Glacier where you will enjoy a guided walk onto the glacier itself. The trip is led by knowledgeable guides who can tell you about the glacier and the area's geology. Your journey then continues towards Yoho National Park. There are many beautiful lakes and glaciers to admire en route.
Day 9 Field
Spend time taking in the striking natural scenery of Yoho National Park and the surrounding area. Lake Louise and Moraine Lake are within easy reach and offer great walking and wildlife viewing opportunities. In Yoho itself we recommend visiting the towering Takakkaw Falls. White-water rafting, fly-fishing and mountain biking are all available in the area.
Day 10 Banff
Continue to Banff this morning. The journey takes around an hour and a half, so you will be able to enjoy much of the day exploring Banff National Park. We recommend taking the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, which boasts superb views stretching across the Rockies. Walk along the boardwalk to the summit to get even higher and look down upon Banff below.
Day 11 Banff
Today is yours to further explore Banff National Park. You may like to visit the historic Cave and Basin site, or take the Banff gondola for spectacular views over the park. For a chance of seeing some of the area's wildlife, follow one of the many hiking trails in the area. We like the walk that leads along the Johnston Canyon to the Ink Pots — seven cold natural springs that bubble up to the surface of a meadow.
Day 12 International return flight
You may have some time to spend in Banff this morning, perhaps browsing the town's shops for any last-minute souvenirs. You then take a two-hour drive to Calgary Airport, where you return your hire car and board your onward flight.
Day 13 International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
Holiday Name : Best of western Canada by train and self-drive
Reference : Audley Travel