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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: July 29th, 2019 Tour Dates & Pricing
Enjoy the splendor of the Canadian Rockies with one night on VIA Rail’s Canadian Train. Arrive in Calgary for a city tour, a visit to the Glenbow Museum, and lunch atop Calgary Tower. 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 arrive at 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: Abigail Hantke
Hello Wisconsin 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. 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 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 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
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 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.
July 29th, 2019 - August 7th, 2019
Category - Occupancy
Price (Per Person)
Final Payment Date: 05/15/2019
WEAU TV Pickup Locations:
Baldwin, WI - WisDOT Park & Ride 55-02
Black River Falls, WI - Perkins Restaurant
Chippewa Falls, WI - McDonalds
Eau Claire, WI - Holiday Vacations Office
Hixton, WI - Hixton Travel Plaza
Hudson, WI - WisDOT Park & Ride 55-05
Marshfield, WI - Holiday Inn & Conv. Center
Menomonie, WI - AmericInn
Neillsville, WI - Shopko
Onalaska, WI - Holiday Inn Express
Osseo, WI - McDonalds
Minneapolis, MN - Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport
Abigail is waking up with the Chippewa Valley community on Hello Wisconsin!
She started her career at WEAU 13 News in July of 2015 as a multi-media journalist, taking on new roles over the years as the weekend anchor, and today, co-anchoring with Tyler Mickelson.
She grew up on a dairy farm in Orfordville, Wisconsin and was very involved in 4-H and FFA. Abigail graduated from UW-Whitewater in 2015 with a degree in broadcast, print, web journalism and a minor in public relations.
During her time at the university, she worked for the campus television station, UWW-TV, and interned at 105.9 FM and AM 1380 in Janesville. Abigail also briefly interned at WMTV in Madison, before joining the WEAU 13 News team.
In her free time, you can find Abigail outdoors, especially on the sand volleyball court. She really enjoys playing sports or just being outside in general. She’s also known around the newsroom for her sense of humor or “Abby jokes.”
She is excited to continue living in the Eau Claire area and wake up with the community.
If you have any story ideas or a want to say hello, please email her at [email protected].
Join Abigail and other WEAU viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.