Enjoy the splendor of the Rockies on a spectacular rail tour through Canada.
For over 50 years, people have found comfort in the fact that there has been a Carney on the radiowaves.
Broadcasting was not anything John Carney wanted to do as a kid, or even through high school. But now, with more than 30 years behind him in the industry, he can’t see himself doing anything else. In a business where abnormal is the norm, John says, “I’m quite at home!”
Carney's commitment to a career in radio came on the heels of advice from his father, the late Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Carney who told him not to do it. As a professional defiant, young John knew what he had to do. It was on his twenty-first birthday 1984, that he celebrated his first day on the radio as the host of an afternoon country music show just outside of Denver (actually it was some 100 miles outside of Denver, but you’ve never heard of that town, and you can’t get there by car anyway!!). That first gig lasted only three months, but John says it was still a positive experience. "I really got to be a fast packer!"
Job two took John to Columbia, Missouri to work with the famed Larry King at KFRU radio. He only pushed buttons for Larry's show from midnight to three in the morning -- since King was syndicated out of Washington, he was not actually aware of Carney's existence on the planet. John did get some airtime there; at the conclusion of King's show, Carney hosted his own program during the highly coveted 3-6 a.m. slot. Word has it he was a big hit among both of that town's insomniacs.
Like his father, John loved St. Louis. He had his first crack at major market radio in St. Louis in 1986 as John was paired with 2 more legendary broadcasters in Mort Crowly and Grant Horton. at KXOK when the station switched to an "all talk format." It was at this point that John found another vehicle for his humor as a comedy writer for Dick Cavett; A position that he kept for 5 years. Dick still keeps in touch, calling from time to time to remind John that he's still not funny.
From there Carney had radio stints throughout the Midwest co-hosting a classic rock morning zoo. Even though he continued to hone his craft outside of the Gateway city, he never gave up hope of returning to St. Louis. Opportunity knocked again in 1989 in the form of a big band jock spot at WEW. After four years of spinning Kay Starr and Woody Hermann records, John became restless and found his way back into talk radio.
By the early 90's, John was back into talk radio, interviewing and comfortably filling the airwaves with something other than music. His 9 to noon slot quickly gained notoriety with frequent stops to the studio by the famous and infamous. In 1997 and 2000, John received the "Air Award" for talk show host of the year and was chosen as one of St. Louis' top radio personalities by the St. Louis media 5 different times. And while we're back patting, John picked up "Media personality of the year" in 99 and 2002, and 2007 by the National Restaurant Assn for his frequent culinary features on the show. In July of 1998 Carney signed on at long time powerhouse replacing the legendary Jim White. Expansion of sports programming lead to Carney’s choice to get more airtime and he returned to the station he put on the air in the 90's KTRS. Now, coupled with Jon Grayson for an hour and flying solo from 1-3, John says he's now doing the kind of radio he'd listen to, if the CD player wasn't working
Even with John’s deep love of the business, it takes a back seat to his family. With two teenage girls and 2 boys in single digits, Carney is well on his way to staffing his own basketball team. Carney’s other kids are the one served by his foundation; Carney's kids, an organization that raises money and awareness for several area charities whose focus is improving the lives of children. Fundraising efforts have included the publishing of 2 cookbooks by John and an annual Halloween party that is we into it’s 2nd decade.. For more information on Carney's Kids, go to www.carneyskids.org.
If there's time left after that, you'll find John teaching cooking classes around town, cheating at golf, making music with his band "Oh Brother", or doing exactly what his wife tells him to.
Join John and other KTRS listeners on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.
Day 1 : Fly to Seattle
Upon arrival in Seattle, we travel to our hotel accommodations for the evening.
Day 2 : Ferry to Victoria
After breakfast, we drive along the Olympic Peninsula before a ferry crossing takes us to beautiful Vancouver Island. We arrive in enchanting Victoria, the provincial capital of British Columbia. Settle in for two relaxing nights at the beautiful Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites. Shops, cafes and interesting attractions are just a stroll away. Tonight we enjoy a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner at The Keg Restaurant. B,D
Day 3 : Victoria
A local guide joins us to tour Victoria, known for its British atmosphere. The city began as an outpost for the Hudson Bay Company in 1843. We view historic sites including the Parliament Building on the lovely Inner Harbor. Beautiful flower beds and gardens reflect the area’s passion for gardening. A spectacular lunch is prepared for us at the elegant Empress Hotel. We have the afternoon at leisure to browse in the delightful shops or to visit local attractions. L
Day 4 : The Butchart Gardens
This morning we visit The Butchart Gardens®, one of the most acclaimed horticultural exhibitions in the world. Stroll along pathways through wonderfully landscaped theme gardens and enjoy the seasonal floral displays. See the Ross Fountains play its pattern of water displays every four minutes. A delightful lunch is included at the gardens. Midday, we board a ferry for the mainland of British Columbia. We arrive in Vancouver, Canada's third largest city, for our overnight accommodations. L
Day 5 : Vancouver
This morning we find our adventurous side on a walk across the breathtaking Capilano Suspension Bridge. Witness unparalleled views of the spectacular scenery nestled in between serene gardens and historical totem poles. Enjoy lunch at Lonsdale Quay Market located on the North Shore’s waterfront which offers a variety of restaurants, shops and views of downtown Vancouver from its waterfront plaza. We tour Vancouver with an expert local guide. The city is surrounded by water on three sides and nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range. We visit lovely Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre wilderness and recreation retreat. This evening we have priority boarding on VIA Rail's historic Canadian train and begin our journey to Jasper in their Sleeper Plus cars. The train features top-notch service and excellent extras including freshly prepared meals. Enjoy unforgettable experiences on board as you roll past the beautiful landscape. D
Day 6 : Jasper
Enjoy a scrumptious included breakfast on the train this morning as you awaken to the picturesque scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Take in the incredible views from your roomy and comfortable seating this afternoon over an expertly prepared lunch. For better views of the majestic and unspoiled wilderness, make your way to the top floor for the panoramic views from the Skyline car. This afternoon we arrive in Jasper. B,L
Day 7 : Columbia Icefield & Lake Louise
Breathtaking scenery borders our route today along the Icefields Parkway. This beautiful area is famous for the glacial blue waters of its many lakes nestled among the mountains. At the Columbia Icefield, we board a giant Glacier Explorer that carries us onto Athabasca Glacier. We journey to Banff for two relaxing evenings. D
Day 8 : Banff
This morning we enjoy a panoramic tour of the Banff area. Take in breathtaking views during lunch at the historic and grand Banff Springs Hotel. The afternoon is ours to explore this unique, mountain town. L
Day 9 : Calgary
We travel by motorcoach to Calgary. Step back in time as we visit Canada’s largest living history museum. Calgary's Heritage Park isn't a museum where history stays behind the glass. The interactive exhibits, costumed interpreters, historic buildings and hundreds of working antiques are all just waiting for you to touch, smell, taste, hear and see how the West once was. We settle in for a relaxing evening at the International Hotel Calgary. Tonight reminisce with new friends at our Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner. B,D
Day 10 : Fly Home
Bid farewell to the beauty of Canada as we depart for the airport. We will long remember our incredible adventure through the Canadian Rockies and western Canada.
B - Breakfast; CB - Continental Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner; T - Tea
Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes
• All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
• Holiday Vacations Tour Director
• Experienced local guides
• Motorcoach and professional Driver
• Rail transportation
• Baggage handling at hotels
• $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour
11 Excellent Meals Featuring
• Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner at The Keg Restaurant
• Lunch at the Empress Hotel
• Lunch at The Butchart Gardens®
• Lunch at the historic Banff Springs Hotel
• Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner
All Accommodations Featuring
• 2 nights at the Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites
• 1 night in Vancouver
• 1 night aboard VIA Rail’s Canadian
• 2 nights in Banff
• 1 night at The International Hotel in Calgary
Attractions & Highlights
• Two scenic ferry rides
• Victoria, Vancouver & Banff tours
• The Butchart Gardens®
• Capilano Suspension Bridge
• VIA Rail’s historic Canadian train
• Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience Tour™
• Lake Louise
• Banff National Park
• Calgary’s Heritage Park
Highest Elevation: 6,850 feet at Bow Pass in Banff.
|Category - Occupancy||Price (Per Person)|
|Airport - Double||$5199|
|Airport - Single||$6099|
Tuesday, February 20
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
1848 Bowles Ave.
10 am, 2 pm & 7 pm
Wednesday, February 21
Hampton Inn & Suites
5 McBride & Son Center Dr.
10 am & 1 pm
Fairview Heights, IL
Wednesday, February 21
Four Points by Sheraton
319 Fountain Pkwy.