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VIA Rail’s Canadian Train
Lake Louise in Banff National Park
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience Tour
Banff National Park
Courtesy of Tourism Victoria - Fairmont Empress
featuring one night on VIA Rail
Departs: August 30th, 2021 Tour Dates & Pricing
Enjoy the splendor of the Canadian Rockies with one night on VIA Rail's Canadian train. Begin in Calgary, Alberta, just east of the Rockies, and explore its art, history, and culture. Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Banff and a scrumptious lunch at the historic Banff Springs Hotel. Travel along the Icefields Parkway and experience a glacier up-close at the Columbia Icefield. Board VIA Rail's historic Canadian passenger train and travel to Vancouver in comfortable Sleeper Plus cars. Explore Vancouver and walk across the thrilling Capilano Suspension Bridge. Ferry to Vancouver Island and visit the Butchart Gardens® with time to explore on our own. Get a tour of Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Then, board a ferry bound for Washington, driving along the Olympic Peninsula, before arriving in Seattle.
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Hosted By: Bob McGuire
Former Chief Meteorologist
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Day 1 : Fly to Calgary
Upon arrival we check in to our accommodations in Calgary.
Day 2 : Discover Calgary
In the morning, we spend time learning about this spectacular city just east of the Rocky Mountains.
After enjoying the highlights of Calgary, relax and savor lunch at Sky 360 atop the Calgary Tower, almost 630 feet above downtown.
Following lunch, we journey through the foothills and up into the mountains to Banff for two relaxing evenings.
Day 3 : Banff
Begin the day with a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police meet and greet to hear stories and learn about the iconic Mountie uniform followed by a panoramic tour of the Banff area.
Take in breathtaking views during lunch at the historic and grand Fairmont Banff Springs hotel.
The afternoon is ours to explore this unique mountain town.
Day 4 : Columbia Icefield
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 Ice Explorer that carries us onto Athabasca Glacier.
We stay in Jasper this evening.
Day 5 : Ride the Rails
This morning we board VIA Rail’s historic Canadian train and begin our journey to Vancouver in their Sleeper Plus cars. Enjoy top-notch service and unforgettable experiences onboard as you roll past the beautiful landscapes. Savor expertly prepared meals in the dining car.
Day 6 : Vancouver
Enjoy an included breakfast on the train this morning as you awaken. We arrive in Vancouver and take time to explore the city. Surrounded by water on three sides and nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range, this vibrant city is the largest in British Columbia.
We find our adventurous side on a walk across the breathtaking Capilano Suspension Bridge.
After, we check in to our accommodations for the night.
Day 7 : The Butchart Gardens®
This morning we board a ferry for Vancouver Island.
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.
Later, we arrive in enchanting Victoria, the provincial capital of British Columbia for two relaxing nights. Shops, cafes and interesting attractions are just a stroll away.
Day 8 : 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 Fairmont Empress hotel.
We have the afternoon at leisure to browse in the delightful shops or to visit local attractions.
Day 9 : Ferry to Washington
This morning we depart Victoria by ferry and cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca and international border to Washington.
We drive along the Olympic Peninsula before arriving in Seattle.
Tonight we enjoy a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner at the hotel.
Day 10 : Fly Home
Bid farewell as we depart for the airport. We will long remember our incredible adventure through the Canadian Rockies and Western Canada.
August 30th, 2021 - September 8th, 2021
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 07/01/2021
KTVQ TV Pickup Locations:
Billings, MT - Billings Logan International Airport
Bob’s broadcast career began in 1973 as a camera operator at KTEN- TV in Ada, Oklahoma. In 1975, Bob broke into AM radio when he was hired as AM night-time Rock Jock in Lawton, Oklahoma.
After college Bob went to work at Canteen Corporation, a vending firm in Elmhurst, Illinois. He worked there for a year, but radio was in his blood and he returned to Lawton, and his first love, radio.
In 1979, Bob became the weekend weather reporter at KSWO-TV. In 1984, KTVQ offers Bob a job as the Montana Television Network Weatherman. In 1986, Bob said “I do” to his new bride Lynn Shays. In 1990, Bob accepted a position at KOMO-TV in Seattle. After two years in Seattle, Bob returned to Montana where he has remained at KTVQ for the past 24 years until he retired in 2020.
Bob has previously hosted several Holiday Vacations tours. Join Bob and Q2 viewers on this exciting vacation.
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