A Canada tour the right for anyone with a sense of experience. A love of magnificent scenery and friendly faces. Here we outline highlights of a tour which starts in Calgary and ends in Vancouver. It covered 10 to 11 days, with a few nights in Banff and Jasper. Savor the mountain scenes, and unforgettable train ride too.
Starting in Calgary, simple morning tour a great idea to take the atmosphere. This go-ahead, elegant city of skyscrapers and diverse shopping centers. Amongst the attractions is Calgary’s Saddledome. The city’s 17,000-seat arena hosting a tremendous quality of sporting and performance functions.
After Calgary, a drive west takes you to Banff National Park. Acknowledged as the gateway to the Rockies, and a spectacular mountain resort. So exceptional to do here, including an excursion to Sulphur Mountain. A gondola ride with spectacular views of the mountain scenery, and a visit to Bow Falls. Main activities can hike, boating and fishing, extra-adventurous might try helicopter trip over the mountains; or maybe for those who enjoy the quieter life sometimes – a cruise on Lake Minnewanka?
From Banff, a wonderful site to visit next is Jasper, but on the way. Take in the resort of Lake Louise with its clean blue waters. A perfect natural mirror which reflects the surrounding mountains and glaciers. The scenery here is breathtaking, with steep gorges, snow-capped mountain ranges, and turquoise lakes. Another stop might be the Columbia Icefield for a snow coach ride the Athabasca Glacier. Great experience.
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Once in Jasper, you will marvel at the continuous stream of stunning scenery. With hiking options (or an evening hike looking for elk?). A trip to Maligne Lake and its huge canyon. But Jasper famous a starting point for a fantastic 2-day trip by rail to Rocky Mountaineer. The classic rail journey from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast.
It takes in Mount Robson the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Next the route of the ‘Overlanders’, 19th-century. The homesteaders who tried to live in this wild region. And the Thompson River with views of the Monashee Mountains. Overnight staying at the ranching center of Kamloops. The next days see the Rocky Mountaineer continue on to Vancouver via the Fraser Canyon. Churning rapids of Hell’s Gate where the Fraser river squeezes through a 100-foot gap.
The Rocky Mountaineer offers two choices of service. RedLeaf Service which provides guests with assigned, spacious, comfortable reclining seats. A large picture window, delicious chilled breakfast, and luncheon. The selections served at your seat in an air-conditioned traditional rail coach environment.
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The GoldLeaf Service grants using one of the 11 custom-built, bi-level GoldLeaf dome coaches. With an upper level offering 360-degree panoramic views. Its the whole experience includes elegant dining and top class service. Its the rails trip of a lifetime for many.
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After this, Vancouver offers superb beaches and fine harbor, Chinatown, Gastown, and the wonderful Stanley Park. From Vancouver, you can sail across the Strait of Georgia through the Gulf Islands, an area known for its Mediterranean climate. A nice idea is to take in a sightseeing trip to Victoria with its Butchart Gardens and Bastion Square. An interesting collection of totem poles can be found in Thunderbird Park.
Staying overnight before a return to Vancouver, you can enjoy a more leisurely stay in Victoria, which will repay you with memories of fine attractions such as the Royal British Columbia Museum, or afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel, or even a whale watching cruise on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
With flights by Air Canada tour amongst other to Calgary and back from Vancouver, this itinerary is a great recommendation for an unforgettable taste of Canada’s pure and spectacular beauty.
Western Canada Tour – A Spectacular Winter Paradise
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