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VIA Rail’s Canadian Train
Lake Louise in Banff National Park
Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience Tour
Banff National Park
Courtesy of Tourism Victoria - Fairmont Empress
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Departs: September 9th, 2019 Tour Dates & Pricing
Enjoy the splendor of the Rockies on a spectacular rail tour through Canada. Arrive in Calgary and stroll the interactive exhibits at the Calgary Heritage Park. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the Banff area 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. In Jasper, board VIA Rail’s historic Canadian train and travel to Vancouver in comfortable Sleeper Plus Cars. Board a ferry and cross into Vancouver Island for a tour of Victoria and a visit to the exquisite Butchart Gardens®. Depart Victoria by ferry and cross into Washington state with a drive along the Olympic Peninsula and one night in Seattle before we fly home.
Hosted By: Richard Ransom
Weeknight Anchor and Managing Editor
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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 visit Glenbow Museum whose exhibits show¬case Western Canadian history, art and culture. 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 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 Glacier 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
Day 6 : Relax on the Rails
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 before checking-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 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.
September 9th, 2019 - September 18th, 2019
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Final Payment Date: 06/26/2019
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Memphis, TN - Memphis International Airport
Richard Ransom is Weeknight Anchor and Managing Editor for Local 24 News. With more than 20 years’ experience reporting on the issues and people affecting Memphis and the Mid-South, the Emmy Award-winning journalist says he and his family aren’t your typical Mid-Southerners. “We didn’t grow up here, we have no relatives here and we even moved away for a while. But the people brought us back.” He added, “Memphis is home.”
Richard grew up in Denver and graduated from the University of Missouri which included an internship for ABC News in London. His first job was in Peoria, Illinois at WMBD-TV where he was a reporter and weekend anchor. From there, he moved to Jacksonville, Florida and worked as an investigative reporter at WJXT-TV. Shortly after he married his wife in Jacksonville, the couple moved to Memphis (the first time) and he was morning news anchor for WMC-TV. Seven years and two children later, the Ransoms moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where WITI-TV hired him as prime-time anchor. But when an opportunity as main anchor at WREG-TV came open, Richard says it was a no-brainer to head back south. “We missed the warmer climate and the warmth of the people,” he said.
His most recent career move didn’t require a moving van — just a different newsroom. “Every day, I can’t wait to get to work,” Richard said. “I work for good people who understand it’s not a responsible or accurate reflection of life in Memphis to go racing around town chasing crime scenes all the time. We want to inform people, not scare them.”
Richard also believes it’s important for a news anchor not be trapped behind the anchor desk and get out into the community and report what’s going on. Also, on Sunday mornings, he hosts “Local 24 News This Week” — a program which examines the week’s headlines more in-depth and brings in the expertise of other local journalists and newsmakers. “Context, perspective and relevance are important in news coverage,” he said.
Richard is the winner of numerous Regional Emmy and Associated Press awards for breaking news, feature stories and best newscast. During his career, he interviewed President Barack Obama in a one-on-one White House interview, covered the Memphis Tigers at the Final Four in San Antonio, the funeral of former president Ronald Reagan, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in Houston as well as national political conventions and hurricanes. “What I love about reporting is the access it gives me to hist