Day 1: Vancouver, British Columbia - Tour Begins
Set out to explore the beautiful Canadian Rockies by train. This timeless adventure begins in the beautiful city of Vancouver.
Day 2: Vancouver
Nestled amongst the towering trees in North Vancouver, enjoy breakfast at the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Afterwards, get a squirrel 's-eye view of this woodland jungle. Cross the exhilarating suspension bridge that extends to the other side of paradise, where several exciting activities await. Try the new Cliffwalk, a walkway hugging the rock face above Capilano Canyon, and venture out on the Treetops Adventure made up of seven suspension bridges. Next, begin your Vancouver sightseeing tour at beautiful Stanley Park, Canada 's renowned urban rainforest. Follow the park 's famous seawall and discover views of the mountains along trails, beaches, historical landmarks and colorful gardens. Next, board a ferry for a two-minute trip across the water to picturesque Granville Island Public Market. Stroll through its fascinating stalls of handmade crafts and artisan food producers.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3: Vancouver - Rocky Mountaineer - Kamloops
Onboard Rocky Mountaineer, embark on an awe-inspiring rail journey as you travel through some of the world 's most majestic scenery. Beyond your sparkling glass window, enjoy views of coastal deep-green forests, roaring river canyons, and snowcapped mountain peaks. From Vancouver, B.C. to Banff, Alberta, let the Rocky Mountaineer bring you on a spectacular voyage through the verdant farmlands of the Fraser Valley and the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains. Inside your single-level dome coach, gaze out at the stunning panoramas of the mighty Fraser River and the raging white waters of Hell's Gate. Watch the landscape transform again, this time to a semi-arid desert, as you travel toward the city of Kamloops for your overnight stay* in a hotel.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 4: Kamloops - Rocky Mountaineer - Lake Louise, Alberta
Continue east this morning to the spectacular Canadian Rocky Mountains. History comes alive as you travel this legendary rail route that united Canada as a nation, through the century-old Spiral Tunnels and along the powerful Kicking Horse River. Traverse the Continental Divide and keep an eye out for moose, elk, and bighorn sheep - not to mention osprey, soaring eagles, even the occasional bear. After another beautiful day onboard Rocky Mountaineer, raise a glass for a final toast. Arrive this evening in the picturesque village of Lake Louise and settle into the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a stunning property nestled along the banks of the lake. This evening it 's Diner 's Choice...choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise 's great restaurants.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5: Lake Louise - Banff
Enjoy a leisurely morning and admire the enchanting turquoise waters of the lake. Set off for a scenic drive through Banff featuring the powerful Bow Falls and Surprise Corner, known for its picture-perfect panoramic views. Next, meet a local ammolite specialist to learn about this rare gemstone found only in Alberta. During an afternoon at leisure, perhaps you will take a stroll through Banff 's charming downtown.
Day 6: Banff - Icefields Parkway - Banff
A wonderful day of sightseeing awaits as you set out along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway. Marvel at impressive waterfalls, rushing rivers, glacial peaks, imposing cliffs and the picture-perfect snowcapped mountain ranges. Stop at the Athabasca Glacier where it 's your choice! Take a fun ride** across this 1,000 feet thick mass of glacial ice - the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic Circle -OR- take a walk on the Glacier Skywalk to experience the breathtaking views of the Sunwapta Valley and witness the dramatic landscape from the glass-floored platform. This afternoon, stop at Bow Lake - a beautiful crystal clear lake fed by Bow Glacier - for photographs and a walk along its shore. Be on the lookout for bears and stately elk on your return to Banff.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7: Banff - Calgary
This morning it 's off to the Calgary Stampede which has been entertaining patrons since 1912. Travel to the Stampede grounds and visit the Midway, an authentic Native American village, various exhibits, and enjoy entertainment. The rodeo is the heart of the Calgary Stampede and your seat is reserved to observe this festive show and root for one of your local favorites. This evening offers the opportunity of reserved seating for a great view of the various Stampede performances including the Chuckwagon races*** and musical entertainment.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 8: Calgary - Tour Ends
Your adventure comes to a close**** today, leaving you with many memories of your extraordinary journey through the awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies.
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