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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 27th, 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. Additional Departure: August 17 - 26, 2019
Hosted By: Chad Evans
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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 27th, 2019 - August 5th, 2019
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Price (Per Person)
Final Payment Date: 05/13/2019
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With 14 years of on-air forecasting experience, Chad Evans returns as WLFI’s chief meteorologist after holding the position from 2009 to 2015. Chad is originally from southwestern Indiana’s Daviess County. He has Hoosier roots with a strong interest in Midwest weather, climate, and the natural world. Chad was in 4-H for ten years and was a member of FFA for four. He is a proud supporter of these organizations and has a love for agriculture and agriculture education to youth.
A graduate from Indiana State University, Chad worked as a meteorologist in Terre Haute and Evansville in addition to his time at WLFI. It was the quality of life from both a personal and professional standpoint as well as the family-friendly community that brought Chad back to Lafayette.
Chad is married to Liz and they have two children, Hadley and Ryland, and an Alaskan Husky named Balto.
He has lots of interests including native landscaping, gardening, climate and wildfire reconstruction based on tree rings, and all things weather related. Of course, being Hoosier, he loves basketball.
Join Chad and WLFI TV viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime!