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Railroading in the Canadian Rockies

featuring one night on VIA Rail

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 passenger 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: Wanda Starke

Retired News Anchor

WXII TV

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Tour Highlights
  • All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director & local guides
  • Motorcoach and professional Driver
  • Rail transportation
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour
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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 showcase Western Canadian history, art and culture.

We journey through the foothills and up into the mountains to Banff for two relaxing evenings.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director & local guides
  • Motorcoach and professional Driver
  • Rail transportation
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 1 night at the Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Downtown
  • 2 nights at the Elk & Avenue Hotel in Banff
  • 1 night in Jasper at the Whistler’s Inn
  • 1 night aboard VIA Rail's historic Canadian train
  • 1 night in Vancouver
  • 2 nights in Victoria

Attractions & Highlights

  • Calgary guided tour
  • Glenbow Museum
  • Banff & Jasper National Parks
  • Mountie Meet & Greet presented by Banff Lake Louise Tourism
  • Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience Tour™
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Two scenic ferry rides
  • The Butchart Gardens®
  • Victoria guided tour

12 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch at Sky 360 Calgary Tower
  • Lunch at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel
  • Lunch at The Butchart Gardens®
  • Lunch at the Fairmont Empress hotel
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner in Seattle

Highest Elevation: 6,850 feet.

Tour Dates & Pricing

July 18th, 2020 - July 27th, 2020

Category - Occupancy

Price (Per Person)

Double

$5899

Single

$6799

Final Payment Date: 04/14/2020

Tour Map for Railroading in the Canadian Rockies

Departure Cities

WXII TV Pickup Locations:

Greensboro, NC - Piedmont Triad International Airport

Wanda Starke

Wanda Starke began working at WXII 12 in 1994 and was most recently the co-anchor of the 6 p.m. news until her retirement in May of 2018. At her core, Wanda describes herself as a storyteller and continues to produce weekly segments for WXII 12 News. “A Place to Call Home” which profiles children waiting to be adopted and “12 Inspires,” which features people making a positive difference in the community.

Wanda has received numerous awards throughout her career. She was named to the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Midsouth region in 2019. The Silver Circle is a society of honor that recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the television industry She also was awarded the President’s Award for Volunteer Service from President Barack Obama, The Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Excellence Award Honoring Women in Media from UNCF and the Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism on Behalf of Children and Families from the Child Welfare League of America.

Join Wanda and WXII 12 News viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.