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East Meets West Train Explorer

10

days

starting from US $4,880per person

Star Rating 5

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Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Travel across Canada in luxury and style on this great journey that brings together the east and west of the country. In just over a week you will get an amazing glimpse of some truly breathtaking landscapes while discovering the sheer scale and immense natural beauty of Canada. In one week, visit the big city lights of Toronto, the endless skies of the Prairies and the majestic mountain peaks of the Rockies.

East Meets West Train Explorer – Map Toronto's CN tower lit up in the evening VIA Rail train passes over bridge at sunset The Rocky Mountaineer travels through a mountain valley The 'Ice Explorer' bus takes a group tour to see glaciers on the Icefield Parkway Gondola ride over Banff town with the Rocky mountains in the distance Passengers on the Rocky Mountaineer enjoy mountain views from the dome car
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Trip at a glance

Arrive Toronto
1 night Toronto
3 nights Via Rail
1 night Jasper
2 night Banff
1 night Kamloops
1 night Vancouver
Depart Vancouver

Itinerary

Remember – This vacation can be customized to your needs so ask one of our local experts about this when you call. This itinerary can also be done in reverse.

Day 1 – Your Across Canada Train Adventure Begins in Toronto
Welcome to the bustling energy of Canada’s largest city. Toronto is known for its diverse population, thriving art scene, excellent bars and restaurants and so much more. As soon as your flight lands, you can get out and explore the city. Wander the streets and explore, tempted by the aroma from a Chinese bakery, the sounds of a street performer playing guitar or the colourful fashions in a window display. Take in all the sights and sounds that the city has to offer.

Feature Dinner in Toronto
We want to make sure you eat at the best spot in Toronto – and what better spot than the CN tower? Marvel at the spectacular views as you eat world class cuisine. Relax, because you’re travelling the Fresh Tracks Canada way; we have the inside scoop to ensure your vacation is off to a great start!

Day 2 – Toronto Tour/VIA Rail’s The Canadian – Toronto to Jasper
You have the day to explore Toronto or surrounding area today.

Choose from the following
3 options to explore today:

• Option 1: Full Day Tour to Niagara Falls
Marvel at Niagara Falls, one of the most impressive natural wonders in the world. A guide drives you through the scenic wineries and fruit farms of the Niagara Peninsula as you make your way to this iconic Canadian attraction.

Seeing Niagara Falls for the first time will take your breath away – the enormous scale is difficult to comprehend. Cover yourself in a poncho and take a Hornblower boat cruise close enough to the falls that you can feel the cold, wet spray on your face. Being so close to this massive thundering waterfall will give you a sense of its magnitude and power.

Your guide will then take you on a scenic drive through the Niagara Parkway to the quaint and lovely town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Look around in the cute local boutiques and pick up a souvenir of your trip, such as a bottle of locally made wine.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Culture Nature and Discovery Walk
Spend the day taking a deeper look at Indigenous culture in Toronto
. One short subway ride to Old Mill station, you walk towards the shores of Lake Ontario along the River Humber in this idyllic greenspace in the west of Toronto City. Learn what life was like for first inhabitants, smell sacred healing plants, taste delights that are naturally plentiful to the area, and learn the wisdom of indigenous teachings and how they could be useful to your life. A curiosity and love of learning is essential for this tour.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Choice of Toronto Food Tour
Take a stroll and sample some delicious foods! For those who are curious, Toronto has a variety of culinary adventures to pick from. You could try a unique ‘pizza tour’, or an Old Chinatown Food Tour. There is also the option to venture to the Corktown and Canary and Distillery District, a neighbourhood that began in the 19th century as home to Irish immigrants. Learn about the city’s history while some delicious foods along the way.
Activity rating: Moderate

In the evening you will start your journey to the great Canadian Rockies. This is an incredibly scenic rail adventure that will last three days and will take you from the bustling city of Toronto, through the lakes of Ontario, the forests of Manitoba and the flat Saskatchewan prairie. You’ll then visit the majestic Rocky Mountains before your final stop – sunny and laid back Vancouver.

Day 3 & 4 – Canadian Rail Journey to the West – Onboard the Canadian Train
Relax with a coffee and curl up in your seat as you watch the sights go by outside your window. The train makes its way through the vast plains of the prairie provinces on this second and third day and night of your cross-Canada train journey.

Day 5 – Enter the Canadian Rockies – Arrive in Jasper
Feel the crisp, cool air of the Rockies and breathe in the strong scent of evergreens as you step off the train in Jasper. This tranquil mountain town is surrounded on all sides by towering peaks, yet although it is within the remote wilderness it still offers modern and luxurious accommodation so that you can enjoy the views in comfort.

Day 6 – Icefields Parkway Tour – Jasper to Banff
The Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic stretches of highway in the world, offering views of alpine meadows, cool turquoise lakes, cascading waterfalls and pristine rivers. You will be in awe at the panorama of snow-capped mountain peaks, deep valleys and clear blue skies.

Here are
2 options for exploring the Icefields Parkway today:

• Option 1: Small Group Sightseeing Tour
With a small group and guide, explore the Icefields and its main attractions. As you walk along the surface of the enormous Athabasca Glacier, you will feel like you have been transported back in time millions of years to the ice age. Roll across the glacier on an enormous Ice Explorer vehicle, with wheels as tall as you are and marvel at the Glacier Skywalk. Keep a look out for elk, moose, mountain goats, sheep or even bears -- there’s a great chance that you’ll spot them in this area. In the late afternoon stop in the stunning Lake Louise area for a visit.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience
Spend the day with a private driver-guide, to explore the Icefields at your own pace. Then, step away from the crowds and take a helicopter tour abundant in natural beauty, glaciers and waterfalls. Leave from an exclusive Icefields base and soar over Cline Pass and over Cline, Lion and Lioness Glaciers. You’ll also view a spectacular 900ft waterfall flowing from two aqua green lakes!
Activity rating: Easy

This evening arrive in the town of Banff, set within a scenic valley surrounded by the sky-scraping peaks of Cascade, Tunnel, Rundle and Norquay. Overnight in Banff.

Day 7 – Banff Tour
The town of Banff is nestled within some truly wild and gorgeous mountain scenery, so spend a full day exploring it.

You have 3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Banff to its fullest.

• Option 1: Banff Sightseeing Tour
On a guided bus tour, admire the views of Norquay, Cascade, Rundle and Tunnel Mountains and marvel at the strange wind-shaped hoodoo rock formations. Stop at “Surprise Corner” on Tunnel Mountain Drive and admire the stunning view of the valley.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Banff Photography Tour
Explore the wilderness of Banff National Park with a private professional guide, and learn how to take great photos or improve your camera skills. This is a sure way to make friends and family at home jealous!
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Banff Heli-Hike and Picnic
Soar above majestic peaks and get away from the crowds of Banff on a guided heli-hike and picnic. Marvel at pristine and breathtaking vistas that will leave you speechless.
Activity rating: Moderate

No matter how you choose to explore, all guests have the opportunity to glide up to the top of Sulphur Mountain in a comfortable gondola. At the peak of Sulphur Mountain you can savour the 360 degree view of the Bow Valley and the impressive Rockies. Take your time and enjoy the truly humbling panorama.

Insider tip: We recommend an evening gondola ride, once the crowds have dispersed for the day.

Day 8 – Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops
The jagged peaks and icy glaciers of the Rockies fade into the distance behind you. Soon they are replaced by the rolling ranch lands of interior British Columbia. You’re on your way to Kamloops, a friendly and welcoming town surrounded by hiking trails and vineyards.

Watch the spectacular scenery slowly slide by - some of the highlights of this leg of the journey include Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels and Craigellachie (where the final spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven).

Day 9 – Rocky Mountaineer Journey – Vancouver Arrival
As you continue west toward the Pacific Ocean and the city of Vancouver you will see the scenery continue to change. The dry hills and ranch lands of the interior start to become more lush and green and soon you will find yourself in unspoiled coastal rainforests and cool, tranquil river canyons.

The train weaves through the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the fertile farmlands of the Fraser River Valley. Make your way alongside the Thompson River and marvel at the sheer power of the gushing torrent of Hell’s Gate waterfall in the Fraser Canyon. Finally you will reach the city of Vancouver, a vibrant metropolis that is loved for its thriving art scene, great nightlife, delicious ethnic food and naturally beautiful surroundings. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 10 – With Fond Memories Made – Depart
You’ve travelled far and wide across the vast expanse of Canada’s wilderness and have seen some of the most enthralling landscapes that this country has to offer. Today you will wave goodbye to Canada as this unforgettable journey comes to an end.

What we love about this trip

Marvel at the magnificent glaciers along the Icefields Parkway

Explore the gorgeous alpine towns of Banff and Jasper, with their vibrant culture, intriguing shops and lovely cafes

Enjoy the stunning scenic daylight rail journey with the Rocky Mountaineer

What Clients Say

The Rocky mountaineer was fantastic

The Rocky mountaineer was fantastic

Star Rating 5

The service from Fresh Tracks was excellent. Even when I was on the trip and I needed clarification, it was provided as requested. The Rocky mountaineer was fantastic! My husband and I would come back to do another trip.

What's Included

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

Toronto city tour - Toronto city tour
Toronto city tour
Gourmet meals on the trains - Gourmet meals on the trains
Gourmet meals on the trains
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer - Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Banff small group sightseeing tour - Banff small group sightseeing tour
Banff small group sightseeing tour
Accommodations & rail service:
• 6 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 Banff and Vancouver


Sightseeing & Activities:
• Your choice of hand-picked activities in Toronto, Jasper, Banff, and along the Icefields Parkway*
• Banff Gondola Ride


* 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 Advisor can provide further details.

Dining experiences:
• Feature dinner in Vancouver or Toronto, depending on your trip’s direction
• 12 delicious meals onboard the trains

Transfers:
• A personalized pick up from your arrival airport
• Train station transfers in Toronto, Jasper, Banff, 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

 

Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, 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
• Upgrade, or mix and match hotel and lodge accommodations.
• Ask us for first-hand advice on rail upgrades, on the Rocky Mountaineer and the Canadian Train.
• Add a cruise to your trip, along Alaska’s Inside Passage .
• Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies for such activities as guided walking, a round of golf, a thrilling helicopter ride, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax.
• Ask us to arrange a car rental, and drive through the Rockies at your leisure.
• Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia - Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens.

• Add on a couple day sightseeing tour of Quebec City or Montreal in Eastern Canada.

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.

Georgian Court Hotel - Relax in the whirlpool spa or the steam room.Georgian Court Hotel - Enjoy dining on the patio on a nice summer day.Georgian Court Hotel - Sleep in a comfortable bed after a day of fun activities.

Georgian Court Hotel

An example of our Comfort accommodations

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, this elegant 12-story brick building offers 180 stylishly decorated guestrooms. The seasonal patio offers the option for al fresco meals and the complimentary wi-fi keeps you connected.

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

Rimrock Resort

An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

The stunning 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 Royal York - Classic exterior of the hotelFairmont Royal York - The comfortable Fairmont RoomFairmont Royal York - The health club with a spa and indoor poolFairmont Royal York - Downtown Toronto setting of the hotel

Fairmont Royal York

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

This hotel is one of the classic historic Fairmont properties, close to dining and shopping and only a few minutes away from Union Station. The hotel offers several luxurious facilities for guests, including a bar, a health club, a restaurant and a shop.

Fairmont Banff Springs - Hotel surrounded by lush forest overlooking the Bow ValleyFairmont Banff Springs - Stylish interior designed as Scottish Baronial CastleFairmont Banff Springs - Enjoy relaxing spa treatments and other activities

Fairmont Banff Springs

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

Perched above the town of Banff and surrounded by lush forests and the rushing Bow River, the Banff Springs is a stately, beautiful hotel designed in the style of a Scottish Baronial Castle. From the expansive dining hall to the outdoor swimming pool to the fully equipped gym and the terrace with mountain views, staying at this hotel will make you feel like royalty. At the Banff Springs you can also enjoy many activities, including skiing, golf, spa treatments and much more.

 

Prices & Dates

2017 Toronto Start Dates
May 10, 17, 24, 31
June 7, 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4

2017 Vancouver Start Dates*
April 27, 30
May 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
June 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
July 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
September 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
October 1, 5, 8

Note
Trip includes 2 nights in Jasper if starting in Vancouver - please inquire for exact trip pricing from Vancouver.

Below you’ll find the prices for this trip. 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 Banff - Vancouver portion of the journey.
• Comfort, Superior, Deluxe, and Deluxe Plus refer to the hotel accommodations

Comfort Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $4,880to US $6,566per 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 $5,590to US $7,226per 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 $6,280to US $8,510per 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.

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We don't use online booking – instead we use technology to put visitors directly in touch with our Canadian travel insiders because we believe the best vacations are personal.

Online booking sites and local travel agencies focus on multiple destinations – we focus only on Canada because it's our home and we know it better than anyone else.

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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

The Rocky mountaineer was fantastic

Star Rating 5
October 16, 2016

The service from Fresh Tracks was excellent. Even when I was on the trip and I needed clarification, it was provided as requested. The Rocky mountaineer was fantastic! My husband and I would come back to do another trip.

I rarely have had such a well organized experience

Star Rating 5
October 15, 2016

The Rocky Mountaineer was spectacular. I rarely have had such a well organized experience with such detail and service. The Fairmont accommodations were lovely. It snowed a few days while I was on the trip, so I canceled a tour,... read more but, otherwise everything went smoothly. (The snow was beautiful.) Once I organized myself for the small space, I loved my room on VIA Rail. Good job, Fresh Tracks!

The whole trip was wonderful

Star Rating 5
May 28, 2013

We had a great time on the trip and hated to have to return home. There were only two little bumps but both were pretty easy to clear up. The reservation at La Frontenac seemed to be for a room with two full size beds. They were... read more able to switch us to a room with one King. Also the days for the two tours in Halifax were reversed. The city highlights tour was on Tuesday and Peggys Cove was Wednesday. When we called to confirm the tours the Grayline person got us sorted out. The whole trip was wonderful. We are already dreaming of when we can return but it may not be until our 5 or 10 year anniversary. Aside from the time we spent wandering around the towns and seeing the sights, our two favorite parts were the Charlevoix and the Peggys Cove trips. Both were beautiful. We took almost two thousand pictures through the whole trip and each gained several pounds from the wonderful food. It was certainly a trip that we will remember for the rest of our lives. Thanks so much for all your help!

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