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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 27th, 2022 Tour Dates & Pricing
Enjoy one night on VIA Rail's Canadian train for phenomenal mountain views and decadent onboard service. Begin in Calgary, Alberta just east of the Rockies and explore its art, history, and culture. Have a tour of Banff and lunch at the historic Banff Springs Hotel. Travel along the Icefields Parkway and experience a glacier up-close at the Columbia Icefield. When we board the historic Canadian train, we travel to Vancouver in comfortable Sleeper Plus cars for a top-class experience. Explore Vancouver and walk across the thrilling Capilano Suspension Bridge. Then ferry to Vancouver Island and visit the Butchart Gardens® with time to explore. Tour Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, before we board a ferry that takes us to Washington State where we drive along the Olympic Peninsula and arrive in Seattle.
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Hosted By: Ron Steele
KWWL News Anchor
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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. 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. 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. Walk along pathways through wonderfully landscaped theme gardens, enjoy the seasonal floral displays, and see the Ross Fountain 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.
Buffet Lunch at the Blue Poppy Restaurant in Butchart Gardens
800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, BC V8X 3X4
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, and witness beautiful flower beds and gardens that 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 27th, 2022 - September 5th, 2022
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 05/24/2022
September 3rd, 2022 - September 12th, 2022
Final Payment Date: 05/31/2022
September 6th, 2022 - September 15th, 2022
Final Payment Date: 06/03/2022
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Cedar Rapids, IA - Walmart
Davenport, IA - Best Western Plus SteepleGate Inn
Dubuque, IA - Walmart Supercenter
Iowa City, IA - Travelodge
Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
Urbana, IA - Casey's General Store
Waterloo, IA - Target Superstore
For more than 40 years, Ron has reported history in the making. He co-anchors the KWWL News Live at 5, 6 and 10 with Abby Turpin.
One of his favorite news assignments took him on board Air Force One to interview President George Bush. His other favorite interviews include Nobel Peace Prize winners Desmond Tutu and Al Gore, Lance Armstrong and Olympic Gold Medalist Dan Gable.
From Civitan Club ‘Citizen of the Year’ to The University of Iowa Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal, hundreds of organizations have recognized Ron for news reporting and community involvement. His award-winning Iowa’s Child adoption program helped find loving families and permanent homes for nearly 200 of Iowa’s hard-to-place, “special needs” children.
Ron and his wife, Candy, have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Join Ron and KWWL viewers on this wonderful vacation.
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Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.