PEACE OF MIND

Experience the spectacular scenery and diverse culture of Canada on this epic rail journey from the Pacific Coast, through the Rockies, the prairies and past the lakes of northern Ontario to the French province of Quebec.
 

Why We Love It

Experience iconic rail journeys onboard VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer.

Visit Canada's natural wonders such as Jasper National Park and Banff National Park.

Explore incredible Eastern Canada from Ottawa to charming Quebec City.

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Day by day Itinerary of

Handpicked Canada

Day 1

Vancouver

Spend the day exploring this scenic city on your own.

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Day 2

Vancouver - Kamloops

On today’s Rocky Mountaineer journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC interior. (B)(L)

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Day 3

Kamloops - Banff

Your journey continues to the mighty Canadian Rockies. You will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. (B)(L)

Day 4

Banff

This morning you are free to explore scenic Banff on your own. After lunch, enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Banff National Park. Among the highlights are visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos.

Day 5

Banff - Lake Louise

A half day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River. Visit the most treasured spots in the Canadian Rockies on this remarkable excursion through Banff and Yoho National Parks. Experience the evolution of land and discover how it has shaped the appearance of the spectacular natural wonders found in these mountain settings. Some of the incredible sights you will come across include the unforgettable Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and the magnificent Takakkaw Falls, all surrounded by soaring mountain peaks.

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Day 6

Lake Louise - Jasper

Depart Lake Louise and journey along The Icefields Parkway, Canada's most scenic mountain roadway. This is the route to over one hundred visible glaciers, turquoise lakes, and rushing waterfalls. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via the Icefields Parkway. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. (L)

Day 7

Jasper - Onboard VIA Rail

Join a guided excursion to explore the spectacular scenery of the Maligne Valley, including an interpretive boat cruise on Maligne Lake to visit Spirit Island. Late this afternoon you will board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ for the journey to Toronto. (D)

Day 8

Onboard VIA Rail

Watch the scenery change as you leave the mountains for the prairies and Great Plains of Canada followed by the scenic lake lands of northern Ontario. (B)(L)(D)

Day 9

Onboard VIA Rail

Watch the scenery change as you leave the mountains for the prairies and Great Plains of Canada followed by the scenic lake lands of northern Ontario. (B)(L)(D)

Day 10

Toronto

Arrive in Toronto in the morning. The rest of the day is yours to explore Canada’s largest and most diverse city.

Toronto, the capital of the province of Ontario, is a major Canadian city along Lake Ontario’s north western shore. This bold and dynamic city is made up of many diverse neighbourhoods such as old town which includes original 10 blocks of York as Toronto was formally known, St Lawrence market located in Old town and is one of the oldest markets in Canada. Another great area to explore is the Distillery Historic District which is full of art galleries, cafes and Victoria architecture. Downtown Toronto is a metropolis of skyscrapers and the iconic CN Tower whilst keeping many green spaces like Queen’s park for locals to enjoy, just offshore from downtown are the 15 small islands known as Toronto Islands which are perfect outdoor recreation.(B)

Day 11

Niagara Falls

The Niagara Falls full day tour will bring you to one of Canada's most spectacular sights. An ample amount of time will be spent at the falls to give you every opportunity to take pictures and admire the thundering waters. Included is the thrilling boat ride on the Hornblower Niagara Cruises to Voyage to the Falls, for a unique view of the spectacular Horseshoe Falls (Seasonal). Other highlights include a delicious six course first class Buffet lunch featuring fish, crab, roast beef, chicken, pasta, vegetarian, salads, soup, fruit, desserts, coffee, tea or juice at the Fallsview Restaurant with a fantastic view of the Falls. You will take a trip along the beautiful Niagara Parkway which winds its way along the Niagara Gorge. You will see the Floral Clock, Queenston Heights and free time in the historic town of Niagara on the lake, voted the "Canada's Prettiest Town". (L)

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Day 12

Toronto - Montreal

Follow the shores of Lake Ontario, one of the five Great Lakes of North America, on the rail journey to Montreal. Montréal is the largest city in Canada's Québec province. It’s set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River and named after Mt. Royal, the three-peaked hill at its heart. Its neighbourhoods, many of which were once independent cities, include the iconic cobblestoned, French colonial Old-Montréal with the Gothic Revival Notre-Dame Basilica at its centre to bohemian Le Plateau Mont Royal which are great for wandering and exploring. Montreal is blessed with one of the most dynamic food scenes in North America from Poutine to Arctic Char, and there are many food and drink combinations you will not be able to find elsewhere. An unmissable highlight is the incredible Notre Dame immersive and luminous light show which lights up the interior of the basilica. (L)

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Day 13

Montreal

Explore the city of Montreal on a guided city tour. Some of the highlights of this fully-narrated tour are a stop at the beautiful Notre Dame Basilica (entrance not included), residential and financial districts, historic Old Montreal, an outside view of the Olympic Complex, the campus of McGill University and the panoramic view from an observation point on top of Mont Royal. The tour can be considered a complete tour of the city, as it will bring passengers by more than 200 points of interest.

Day 14

Montreal - Quebec City

Travel by train to the heart of French Canada, historic and charming Quebec City. (L)

Day 15

Quebec City

A guided walking tour today will highlight the architecture, history and culture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Embark on historical walking tour of Old Quebec and learn about its colourful past beginning in 1608 and continuing into the present day. Tours are designed to give visitors a general sense of the history of the fortress and hub that is Quebec City, as well as an understanding ofthe lives of the people that have inhabited it through out the centuries.

Day 16

Quebec City

Depart Quebec City for the journey home, or extend your trip to discover the Atlantic Provinces.

NOTE This package can also be travelled in reverse. SilverLeaf rail and lower standard hotels are also available.

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