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Best of Canada in a Week

8

days

starting from US $4,220per person

Star Rating 5

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Get all your transportation, hotels, and sightseeing arranged and coordinated.

Have your trip personalized to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

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Itinerary

Remember, all of our packages can be customized to suit your needs so that you can create a one of a kind vacation. Contact us and let us know what you want to experience.

Westbound itinerary shown. Eastbound follows the same itinerary in reverse.

Days 1 to 3 – Your Canadian Train Excursion Begins
Just as your plane touches down in Toronto – the largest city in Canada – the excitement of your upcoming rail trip begins to really set in. Your driver takes you from the airport to your awaiting train, where you can relax in your comfortable cabin and enjoy the views of the city from a large window.

Your cabin includes cozy seats that can be converted into a bed at night, allowing you to enjoy a comfortable sleep. Drift off to the gentle rhythm of the train as it clickety-clacks through the Canadian countryside. In the morning, admire the view in the panoramic dome car, which is located steps from your cabin and offers stunning vistas of the iconic landscape.

The train also offers a dining car where sumptuous meals are served and you can socialize with your fellow travellers. This first leg of the journey will take you through Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan as you watch the forests, lakes and prairies roll by outside the window. Experience the enormous scale of this beautiful country while relaxing in style.

Day 4 – Welcome to the Rockies – Arrive in Jasper
Arrive in the Rocky Mountains, where the air is crisp and enormous snow-capped peaks dominate the skyline. Tonight, you will stay in the small mountain resort town of Jasper, which is surrounded by unspoiled wilderness. Admire the raw beauty that frames the community before relaxing at your comfortable hotel for the evening.

Insider tip: Jasper is the world’s second largest dark sky preserve. Make sure you take a moment to step outside after dark and see the stars like you’ve never seen them before!

Day 5 – Exploring Jasper National Park
Spend an entire day drinking in the untouched beauty of Jasper National Park, from the crystal clear glacial lakes to the rugged mountain peaks.

You have
3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Jasper to the fullest.

• Option 1: Maligne Lake Cruise or Walk
With a guide, head into the Maligne Valley for a chance to spot a range of wildlife including deer, elk, bears, bald eagles, osprey and big horn sheep. Admire the longest natural body of water in the Rockies, the "disappearing" Medicine Lake, and then explore a stunning 50-metre gorge carved by erosion over the span of 10,000 years. Take a cruise to Spirit Island, a photogenic spot that's captivated thousands of photographers from around the world.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Nature Walk
Drink in the sights, smells and sounds of nature on this professionally guided interpretive walk through Jasper National Park. Enjoy a leisurely pace, and plenty of time for photos and discussion. See wildlife, admire rare alpine wildflowers, and magnificent valley views.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
A sightseeing tour unlike any other for 1 or 2 passengers. From the freedom of the sidecar of a powerful Harley Davidson touring motorcycle view famous lakes, historical viewpoints and attractions of the Jasper Area.
Activity rating: Easy

Day 6 – Take the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper to Kamloops
Board the train bright and early while the mountain songbirds are chirping and the air still has a slight refreshing chill. Enjoy a tasty breakfast onboard, letting the aroma of a steaming cup of coffee energize your senses as you pull out of the station and continue toward British Columbia. The views during this stretch of the journey are incredible, with the towering mountains and the crashing waters of Pyramid Falls.

Now is the perfect time to step onto the outdoor viewing platform to feel the cool breeze on your face as you gaze at the jagged vistas. Arrive in Kamloops in the evening, a warm and welcoming town where you can enjoy a good night's rest in your hotel.

Day 7 – Journey by Train from Kamloops to Vancouver
After a relaxing night in Kamloops, board the train again and travel through the breath-taking Thompson Canyon. Enjoy a glimpse of the amazing Hell's Gate, a stunning waterfall where 200 million gallons of water cascade through a narrow gorge.

During the afternoon, you travel through the lush green landscapes of the Fraser Valley before arriving in Vancouver. Known for being one of the most livable cities in the world, this metropolis is hip, artsy and surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and ocean vistas. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, the funky art galleries and museums and the vibrant nightlife.

Day 8 – Leaving Vancouver
Your cross-Canada adventure has come to an end. Think back on all the sights you have seen as you traveled from Toronto to Vancouver (or Vancouver to Toronto) via train. This trip is the ideal introduction to the vibrant landscapes and incredible diversity of this amazing land.

Common Questions

Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

What are the best ways to travel around Canada on my vacation?

Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

Is it safe to drive in the mountains?

New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.

When is the best time to see wildlife?

That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

Are your tours escorted?

No, but you'll feel like it is with all your connections and experiences prearranged. Our clients love the freedom and flexibility it gives them. Some of our wildlife experiences are small group tours led by specialist guides.

What Clients Say

We loved the chance to see new country at a reasonable pace

We loved the chance to see new country at a reasonable pace

Star Rating 5

We loved the chance to see new country at a reasonable pace. The train is a new experience for those of us who have flown everywhere most of our lives. VIA Rail did a great job, and the Rocky Mountaineer was extraordinary. We enjoyed the relaxed attitude and competence of the folks who put the package... read more

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Spectacular Rocky Mountaineer train - Spectacular Rocky Mountaineer train
Spectacular Rocky Mountaineer train
Private cabin on VIA Rail 'Canadian' train - Private cabin on VIA Rail 'Canadian' train
Private cabin on VIA Rail 'Canadian' train
Gourmet meals on the trains - Gourmet meals on the trains
Gourmet meals on the trains
Cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island - Cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island
Cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island
Accommodations & rail service:
• 4 nights of hotel accommodation
• 3 nights onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian train, in a private cabin
• 2 spectacular days on the Rocky Mountaineer train, between Jasper and Vancouver
• 12 delicious meals onboard the trains

Sightseeing & Activities:
• Your choice of hand-picked activity in Jasper*

* Price of your trip may vary depending on activity choices
* Some activities may not be available on all trip start dates, due to seasonal weather conditions. Your vacation coordinator can provide further details.

Transfers:
• A personalized pick up from your arrival airport
• Train station transfers in Jasper, Kamloops and Vancouver
• A personalized departure transfer, in time for your flight home

Additional:
• Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

Important Seasonal Restrictions:
• Cruise on Maligne Lake runs from early June to late September, and is weather dependent.
• Your vacation advisor will provide advice on when the best time is for outdoor activities such as hikes

 

Not Included

• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Gratuities for hotel, rail, tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian Sales Taxes

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Renting a car and exploring the area
Renting a car and exploring the area
Whalewatching and wildlife tours
Whalewatching and wildlife tours
Golfing at world-famous resorts
Golfing at world-famous resorts
• Mix and match or upgrade hotel and lodge accommodations.
• Upgrade to GoldLeaf Service aboard the Rocky Mountaineer - Excellent food, dome windows for optimal views of the passing scenery, and an outdoor viewing platform allowing wonderful photographic opportunities make this option a must.
• Add a cruise along Alaska’s Inside Passage to your trip.
• Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies - enjoy a gentle guided canoe paddle, explore the nature trails with a naturalist guide, add a thrilling helicopter ride, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax and maybe indulge in afternoon tea at one of the Fairmont resorts - we have many more options available to suit your interests.
• Spend a few days kayaking, exploring the beaches, or simply taking in the spectacular ocean views from a unique private tent-house suite by adding a self-drive trip to the Sunshine Coast.
• Visit the Olympic Village of Whistler, spend a night or two there.

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Sawridge Inn - Sawridge Inn exteriorSawridge Inn - Walters Dining Room restaurantSawridge Inn - Winter view of the hotel

Sawridge Inn

An example of our Comfort accommodations

The Sawridge Inn in Jasper offers a welcoming atmosphere and comfortable facilities at an affordable price. Take a refreshing swim in the indoor pool or relax in your newly renovated room with stylish furnishings and marble bathrooms.

Rimrock Resort - Rimrock Resort overlooking the Bow ValleyRimrock Resort - Resort interior with an upscale feelRimrock Resort - Spectacular setting in every season

Rimrock Resort

An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

The stunning 4.5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, offering gorgeous panoramic views over the Bow Valley from the large windows in the main lobby. The hotel is a fantastic example of Rocky Mountain luxury, with an upscale atmosphere and warm, welcoming service.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Exterior view of the lodgeFairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Outdoor PoolFairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Wildlife sighting at the lodgeFairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Lake view

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

An example of our Deluxe Lodge accommodations

If you really want to treat yourself to luxury while exploring the Rocky Mountains, consider staying at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. This exquisite wilderness resort is made up of several buildings close to a tranquil lake and the excellent Stanley Thompson Golf Course. Keep an eye out for wildlife during your stay - elk, deer and other animals have been known to walk through the grounds of the resort.

 

Prices & Dates

2017 Toronto Start Dates
April 15, 22, 25, 29
May 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
July 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
August 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
September 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
October 3, 7, 10

2017 Vancouver Start Dates
April 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September 7, 14, 21, 28
October 5

2018 Toronto Start Dates
Every Tuesday & Saturday between April 17 - October 9

2018 Vancouver Start Dates
Every Thursday between May 3 - October 4

Below you’ll find the prices for this trip, and some helpful hints. Make sure to give us a call to chat about your options.
• Prices are per person, and double means two people sharing a room. Please give us a call for triple or child rates.
• SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf refer to the type of train service on the Jasper - Vancouver portion of the trip
• Comfort, Superior, Deluxe, and Deluxe Plus refer to the hotel accommodations


Comfort Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $4,220to US $5,486per person

Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

Superior Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $4,440to US $5,827per person

Our Superior Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.

Fresh Tracks Favorite
Deluxe Level Hotels
GoldLeaf Train Service
from US $5,290to US $6,966per person

On our Deluxe Level vacation, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.

What we love about this trip

Seeing some of the most beautiful towns and cities in the country, including Vancouver and Jasper

Enjoying three nights on a VIA Rail train and two days on the famous Rocky Mountaineer

Seeing Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies

Taking in the stars in Jasper’s Dark Sky Preserve

Staying at several high quality hotels along the way

Take the stress out of planning your trip to Canada with:

  • Every detail and arrangement taken care of for a seamless trip.
  • Suggestions to get the most out of Canada based on local insider knowledge.
  • Your own personal contact in Canada you can call before or during your trip.

Interested?

Get help with planning your trip
by calling a Canadian insider toll-free:

1 877 395 5771

Make your way across this vast and beautiful land, from the bright city lights of Toronto to the untouched beauty of the Rocky Mountains. This Canada-by-train journey offers you the experience of the exciting big city, as well as the tranquillity of the great outdoors. It’s the perfect opportunity to witness the diversity of Canada’s gorgeous landscape.

Trip Outline

Arrive Toronto* 3 nights VIA Rail train 2 nights Jasper 1 night Kamloops 1 night Vancouver Depart Vancouver *Can be done in reverse

Best of Canada in a Week – Map Spirit Island Maligne Lake VIA Rail 'Canadian' train in the Canadian Rockies Maligne Lake Jasper National Park Rocky Mountaineer train Dome car service in the Rocky Mountaineer train Coal Harbour in Vancouver lookout
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Fresh Tracks Canada Vs. Others

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Independent Travel

Flexibility and freedom of a personalized tour to suit your travel goals.

     
Better Rates and Availability

You'll get better rates and availability because of our relationships with our suppliers (hotels, tour operators, etc.). Even when popular locations are booking up fast.

     
Personalized itineraries

Have everything pre-arranged and booked around you. (Hotels, transportation, tours, free-time, etc.)

     
Insider Knowledge

Get suggestions based on your interests from over 20 years of local knowledge. Our insiders live and travel Canada so you'll know when to come, where to stay, which transportation to take, and lots more…

     
Local Support

Someone in Canada you can call before and during your trip, seven days a week.

     
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You'll feel confident when booking your vacation with our accreditation and consumer protection through the following organizations.

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Pre-packaged Trips

One-size-fits-all approach.

     

Group Tours

Cheapest type of travel with rigid itineraries and crowds.

     

Customer Reviews & Testimonials

We loved the chance to see new country at a reasonable pace

Star Rating 5
July 3, 2017

We loved the chance to see new country at a reasonable pace. The train is a new experience for those of us who have flown everywhere most of our lives. VIA Rail did a great job, and the Rocky Mountaineer was extraordinary. We enjoyed... read more the relaxed attitude and competence of the folks who put the package together, it was outstanding . They were helpful with details of the trip and helped with pieces outside the Fresh Tracks part. Always pleasant and ready to assist.

It was truly a spectacular trip

Star Rating 5
June 4, 2015

It was truly a spectacular trip. The service on the Rocky Mountaineer was some of the best that we have ever seen. This company has incredible process and systems which allow the staff to really focus on their guests. All of the... read more hotels were perfect. Limos at both ends were top shelf. We all agreed that this was just an exceptional journey. Thank you for all of your efforts. This trip was definitely beyond any of our expectations!

Really impressed with the quality of service and meals

Star Rating 5
September 30, 2013

My clients had such a wonderful time and they were really impressed with the quality of service and meals. Everything flowed so smooth; not one glich, thank you so much.

Enjoyed all aspects of the journey

Star Rating 5
July 26, 2013

We had a wonderful trip. Very much enjoyed all aspects of the journey. Would definitely like to revisit Toronto, Jasper, and Vancouver sometime – after a number of other planned trips. Particularly impressed with Fresh Tracks... read more Canada's logistics and the way we were taken care of to make the trip very easy and enjoyable. Thank you for your assistance.

The best and most relaxing vacation we have ever experienced

Star Rating 5
May 23, 2013

We just got back. Taking into consideration the fact that we have traveled a lot (cruises and train trips in Europe and the US, lived in Europe and all over the USA), it was the best and most relaxing vacation we have ever experienced.... read more Everything went like clock work. We didn't have a single issue from the time our flight left on Thursday morning until our flight returned us to NC eight days later. The extra night in Toronto was perfect. I took 1,127 photos and my mother-in-law took about the same amount. The trip was everything she had hoped and my husband and I enjoyed ourselves immensely. The food, both on the Rocky Mountaineer and Via Rail was excellent... and I doubt I will brave a scale for a few days. Thanks for all of your help and suggestions in planning the trip.

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Do you want to get the most of your Canadian vacation in 2018? By booking early, you'll have your choice of trip departure dates, scenic hotel accommodations, unique small group tours, and Canada's spectacular touring trains.

And if you book now, you'll also receive our 2017 PRICE FREEZE plus up to $1,100 per couple in free travel credits! Use the credits to enhance your vacation with extra nights, dining experiences, and activities.

Here are just a few ways you can use your travel credits:

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Summer flowers have bloomed, the bears are awake, and snow is melting from the mountain peaks…but have you booked your 2017 Canadian vacation yet? With space running out in many destinations, we highly recommend booking now and taking advantage of our Canadian Summer Special Offer, worth up to $300 per couple in value.

Book before midnight on August 31, 2017 and you'll receive the following free experiences:

  • Select Eastern Canada train vacations: Choice of free Quebec river cruise or hotel upgrade
  • Select Western Canada rail vacations: Choice of free sunset dinner cruise in Vancouver or hotel upgrade
  • Select Trans-Canadian rail vacations: Both a free cruise tour experience PLUS hotel upgrade

But hurry! This offer only lasts for a short while and there are few spaces left on many trips. Our team is standing by to help you plan the perfect Canadian summer adventure – so call or email today.

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Welcome to the Canadian Train Vacations, proud partner of VIA Rail Canada and exclusive provider of the official Pan Canadian 150th Anniversary vacations.

In 2017, Canada turns 150 years old and all across the country Canadians are celebrating with special events. Join in the festivities - book one of our featured VIA Rail adventures for an Ultimate Canadian Experience…Coast to Coast, and receive a very special commemorative bundle of goodies unique to your route.

Depending on your route, your bundle may include items such as...

  • Commemorative leather bag tag, passport holder, and keepsake box
  • Complimentary bottle of champagne or sparkling wine onboard
  • Admission to the Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg
  • Gift cards to spoil yourself along the way

Canada's Best Window

No other mode of transportation allows you to experience the country so intimately as onboard VIA Rail. As you settle into your seat, you'll soon relax to the rhythm of the tracks as the scenery glides by. By booking one of our exciting Pan Canadian trips below, you'll combine the joy of train travel with some of Canada's most iconic experiences:

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There's no better place to experience the magic of winter than in the Canadian Rockies. And with our Winter Early Bird Trip Prices, now is the perfect time to book your vacation. These prices will only last a short time, so start planning your vacation now to lock in these savings and your ideal travel dates.

Plus, for bookings before August 31st enjoy the following booking bonus:

  • Comfort guests – enjoy a luxurious hotel upgrade in Banff
  • Superior & Deluxe guests – enjoy a free hotel night on us!

Imagine the experience the romance of a train ride through snow covered mountains, as you make your way to Jasper and Banff National Parks. Then, with glistening snow at your feet and crisp air on your face, marvel at frozen landscapes on sightseeing tours, or feel the thrill of guided adventures such as dogsledding.

Fresh Tracks Canada's vacation advisors are standing by to help you personalize your perfect winter vacation. Hurry and call or email now, while these special prices last!

Interested? Get this offer by contacting us: 1 877 395 5771

Terms and conditions apply, please speak wit our Canadian insiders for more details.

Seeing the polar bear migration in Churchill, Manitoba is an incredible experience. In October and November the great predators of the north prowl, play, and linger - waiting for ice to form over the Hudson Bay.

Space is already filling up fast on 2018 Polar Bear Viewing Safaris. Now is the perfect time to book, with our 2017 Price Freeze offer. By reserving your seat on select Tundra Buggy tours by September 10, you can lock-in next year's trip at this year's price.

Contact us now to discuss the different tours, and how they best suit your travel style and interests. Then book early to secure your ideal dates - the team at Fresh Tracks is standing by!

Interested? Get this offer by contacting us: 1 877 395 5771

Terms and conditions apply, please speak wit our Canadian insiders for more details.