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Posted on May 13th, 2022 in Canada
Are you finding yourself ready to expand your travels beyond the United States, but not quite ready to cross an ocean? A transcontinental journey to the “Great White North” may be the perfect next destination for you. Canada is a phenomenal vacation spot with something for everyone to enjoy. Its natural beauty is unmatched, with winding riverbends, picturesque mountain towns, incredible national parks, mesmerizing blue and turquoise lakes, and glaciers. In fact, one of our favorite stops is the Columbia Icefields, which is famous for its glacial blue water. We enjoy the unique experience of boarding a giant Ice Explorer to carry us onto Athabasca Glacier, the most visited glacier in North America!
While the landscapes make Canada a vacation-worthy destination itself, you’ll find the cities are also alluring. Vibrant harbor cities, like Victoria and Vancouver, are abundant in rich history and culture. In Victoria, you can enjoy a British time-honored tradition, like afternoon tea, and take a stroll through the lush greens and colorful blooms found in Butchart Gardens®. Vancouver is one of Canada’s most ethnically diverse cities with thriving music, art, and theatre scenes. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can walk the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, sitting 230 feet above the Capilano River.
VIA RAIL’s CANADIAN TRAIN JOURNEY, COURTESY OF ©VIA RAIL CANADA
If this sounds like an ideal next vacation for you, join us on our Canadian Rockies, Vancouver & Victoria or Victoria, Vancouver & the Canadian Rockies tour. Both tours follow the same remarkable itinerary, just opposite of one another. We travel through Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver, Jasper, Banff, and Calgary. A highlight of these tours is the overnight on VIA Rail’s historic Canadian train to Vancouver, with accommodations in the comfortable Sleeper Plus cars. We’ve done the hard part of planning an itinerary full of the must-see attractions on this vacation, but you’ll also enjoy ample unscheduled time to explore as you wish in Banff and Victoria. Don’t worry, we would never leave you hanging to research the best things to do during that time – we’ve already compiled a list of options for you!
For transportation during unscheduled time, you can utilize Roam Transit or take a taxi. The public bus system offers nine different routes, which you can read about on Roam Transit’s official website. Some attractions also offer free shuttle service.
Sulphur Mountain Observation Deck
For transportation during unscheduled time, you can utilize Victoria’s Regional Transit System or take a taxi. The public transit system offers various routes, which you can read about on the BC Transit website. Some attractions also offer free shuttle service.
Seaplane Flying Over Victoria Harbor
While we have listed a handful of noteworthy attractions, the options are endless. Of course, going for a hike, renting a bicycle, or simply strolling through downtown areas are also excellent activities. Between your unscheduled time and the premier attractions we have in store for you, these tours will leave you with fond memories to last a lifetime. Join us to experience milestone firsts: walking out on an actual glacier, trekking across the Capilano Suspension Bridge, trying out poutine for lunch, and smelling the fragrances of hundreds of flower varieties at the Butchart Gardens®. This tour can connect your soul in new ways to nature, history, new cultures, and new friendships with your fellow travelers.
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