8 Day Western Explorer
8 Day Western Explorer
Embark on a popular tour that takes you through the shifting landscapes that adorn Western Canada as you witness the winding rivers, open plains, and lofty peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Travel via train as you cut through the land at ground level before embarking on a helicopter tour for a more unique view.
Tour highlights
  • Discover the cultural hotspots found in the bustling city of Vancouver.
  • ride the Rocky Mountaineer rail journey through mountain passes and green fields.
  • Explore the natural wonders scattered throughout Jasper National Park.
  • Cross over the icy Athabasca Glacier’s surface in an Ice Explorer.
  • Enjoy a thrilling helicopter tour for views of the Rocky Mountains in Banff.
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Day 1: Arrive in Vancouver
Day 1: Arrive in Vancouver Arrive in the lively metropolis of Vancouver, transfer to your hotel and explore the city as you please. Perhaps check out glorious English Bay, scenic Stanley Park, or historical Gastown.
  • Redleaf: Holiday Inn Downtown
  • Silverleaf: Holiday Inn Downtown
  • Goldleaf: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
  • Goldleaf Deluxe: Fairmont Waterfront
Day 2: Vancouver - Kamloops
Ride aboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Watch as the landscape shifts before your very eyes, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through verdant forests and rushing river canyons encroached by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the arid, harsh environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hells Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the sharp slopes along the Thompson River.
  • Redleaf: Kamloops (B,L)
  • Silverleaf: Holiday Inn Downtown (B,L)
  • Goldleaf: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (B,L)
  • Goldleaf Deluxe: Fairmont Waterfront (B,L)
Day 3: Kamloops - Jasper
Continue north and east to the lofty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains, slowly ascending the peaks of the Continental Divide. Today’s highlights comprise Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3,954 metres, Pyramid Falls, and the trek over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Disembark the rail journey on your entry into Jasper.
  • Redleaf: Marmot Lodge (B,L)
  • Silverleaf: Marmot Lodge (B,L)
  • Goldleaf: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (B,L)
  • Goldleaf Deluxe: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (B,L)
Day 4: Jasper
Enjoy a scenic tour of Jasper National Park, a World Heritage Site and Canada’s largest National Park. See the many sights, from the craggy peaks, keeping an eye out for the fauna that make this park their home. Spend the rest of your day exploring Jasper at your own convenience.
  • Redleaf: Marmot Lodge
  • Silverleaf: Marmot Lodge
  • Goldleaf: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
  • Goldleaf Deluxe: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Day 5: Jasper – Lake Louise
Travel the visually stunning Icefields Parkway en route to Lake Louise. Make a stop at Athabasca Falls for a ride on an Ice Explorer to cross the frozen surface of the frosty expanse, Athabasca Glacier, as you learn about the geological features of the glaciers from your driver/guide before arriving at the Columbia Icefield. Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise for the afternoon.
  • Redleaf: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
  • Silverleaf: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
  • Goldleaf: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
  • Goldleaf Deluxe: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Day 6: Lake Louise - Banff
Spend the morning exploring the beautiful Lake Louise freely on your own. After lunch, a half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural sights. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. After the tour ends you will be transferred to Banff for an overnight stay.
  • Redleaf: Caribou Lodge
  • Silverleaf: Caribou Lodge
  • Goldleaf: Fairmont Banff Spring
  • Goldleaf Deluxe: Fairmont Banff Springs
Day 7: Banff - Calgary
Begin the day with a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the landmarks are Lake Minnewanka, Bow Falls, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Continue on to Kananask for the highlight of today’s venture, a Summit Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape looking down upon the Rockies. End the days touring on arrival in Calgary.
  • Redleaf: International Hotel and Suites
  • Silverleaf: International Hotel and Suites
  • Goldleaf: Fairmont Palliser
  • Goldleaf Deluxe: Fairmont Palliser
Day 8: Depart Calgary
Check out of your Calgary hotel to signal the end of your tour.
  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf, SilverLeaf, or RedLeaf service
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Calgary Tower
  • Calgary to Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Summit Helicopter Flightseeing
  • Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Lake
  • Louise to Jasper
  • Jasper Highlights Tour
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Rail station transfers in Jasper, Kamloops and Vancouver
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass
  • Transportation from Vancouver airport
  • Transportation to Calgary airport
  • Meals, other than specified
  • Activities, other than specified
  • Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff
  • Fuel surcharges
  • GST as applicable
  • International flights in Tour Only prices

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