Enjoy the splendor of the Rockies on a spectacular rail tour through Canada.
Briana joined WIFR as a morning show producer in 2015, become an on-air
reporter in 2016, and evening anchor
in the Spring of 2017.
She graduated from Spring Hill College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a focus in Journalism. She knew she wanted to major in Journalism after writing articles for her high school paper. In Chicago, at Holy Family School, she was an 8th grade counselor assisting students on high school options. Currently she volunteers as a mentor at Rockford KFACT where she assists at-risk teen and pre-teen girls to focus on their futures. Briana is an active member of the National Association for Black Journalists.
She enjoys online shopping, spending time with family and dancing. She’s taught and been trained in ballet,
hip-hop, jazz and tap since the age of five.
Join Briana and other WIFR viewers 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 for the evening. 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|
Wednesday, May 30
7550 East State St.
10 am, 2 pm & 7 pm
Thursday, May 31
Stephenson County Farm Bureau
210 West Spring St.
10 am & 2 pm
Thursday, May 31
The Garden Hotel & Conference Center
200 Dearborn Ave.
10 am & 2 pm