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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 13th, 2021 Tour Dates & Pricing
Enjoy the splendor of the Canadian Rockies with one night on VIA Rail’s Canadian Train. Drive along the Olympic Peninsula and ferry to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, for a tour of the city, a visit to the Butchart Gardens®, and time to explore on our own. Board a ferry bound for Vancouver and stroll the scenic Capilano Suspension Bridge. Board VIA Rail’s historic Canadian passenger train and travel to Jasper in comfortable Sleeper Plus cars. Travel along the Icefields Parkway and experience a glacier up-close at the Columbia Icefield. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Banff and a scrumptious lunch at the historic Banff Springs Hotel, and in Calgary, experience the interactive exhibits at Calgary Heritage Park before we return home.
Hosted By: Paul Douglas
Co-host of WCCO Radio’s Paul & Jordana Show
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Day 1 : Fly to Seattle
Upon arrival in Seattle, we travel to our hotel accommodations for the evening.
Day 2 : Ferry to Victoria
After breakfast we drive along the Olympic Peninsula before a ferry crossing takes us to beautiful Vancouver Island.
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.
Tonight we enjoy a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner in Victoria.
Day 3 : 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.
A spectacular lunch is prepared for us at the elegant Fairmont Empress hotel.
We have the afternoon at leisure to browse delightful shops or visit local attractions.
Day 4 : The Butchart Gardens®
This morning we visit The Butchart Gardens®, one of the most highly 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.
Midday, we board a ferry for British Columbia's mainland.
We arrive in Vancouver, Canada’s third largest city, for our overnight accommodations.
Day 5 : Ride the Rails
This morning we find our adventurous side on a walk across the breathtaking Capilano Suspension Bridge. Witness unparalleled views of the spectacular scenery nestled between serene gardens and historic totem poles.
Enjoy lunch on your own at Lonsdale Quay Market on the North Shore’s waterfront, offering a variety of restaurants, shops and views of downtown Vancouver from its waterfront plaza.
This afternoon we have priority boarding on VIA Rail’s historic Canadian train and begin our journey to Jasper in their Sleeper Plus cars. Enjoy top-notch service and unforgettable experiences on board as you roll past the beautiful landscape. Savor expertly prepared meals in the dining car.
Day 6 : Jasper
Enjoy a scrumptious included breakfast on the train this morning as you awaken to the picturesque scenery of the Canadian Rockies. For better views of the majestic and unspoiled wilderness, make your way to the top floor for panoramic views from the Skyline car.
We arrive in Jasper by late morning. There is time to explore Jasper's quaint downtown before we ascend the Jasper SkyTram and take in expansive views of the Canadian Rockies atop Whistler Mountain.
Day 7 : Icefields Parkway
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 continue to Banff for two relaxing evenings.
Day 8 : Banff
This morning we enjoy 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 9 : Discover Calgary
Begin the day with a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police meet and greet to hear stories and learn about the iconic Mountie uniform before we travel by motorcoach to Calgary.
Step back in time as we visit Canada’s largest living history museum. Calgary’s Heritage Park isn’t a museum where history stays behind the glass. The interactive exhibits, costumed interpreters, historic buildings and hundreds of working antiques are waiting for us to touch, smell, taste, hear and see how the West once was.
We settle in for a relaxing evening in Calgary.
Tonight, reminisce with new friends at our Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.
Day 10 : Fly Home
Bid farewell to the beauty of Canada as we depart for the airport. We will long remember our incredible adventure through the Canadian Rockies and western Canada.
August 13th, 2021 - August 22nd, 2021
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 05/10/2021
Nationally-respected meteorologist, Paul Douglas, has 40 years of broadcast television and radio experience. Although born and raised in Pennsylvania, Paul has devoted the majority of his career to the Twin Cities area, holding positions
at KARE-TV, where he launched the “Backyard” outdoor weather format, now being used by hundreds of TV stations nationwide, and WCCO-TV, where he served as Chief Meteorologist until 2008.
A Penn State meteorology grad, Paul became Minnesota’s first Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM). He’s also the recipient of a Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society. Paul has appeared on ABC Nightline, the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, and he makes monthly appearances on Public Television’s Almanac on TPT. He provides daily print and online weather columns for the Star Tribune. A serial entrepreneur, Douglas launched 5 weather-technology companies; his team started a new national weather channel, WeatherNation TV, from Minnesota in 2011.
Paul volunteers his time for school talks, charitable fundraisers and speaking engagements, focusing on topics ranging from his entrepreneurial career to tornado chasing and climate change. He and his wife of 34 years, Laurie, have two sons: Walt and Brett. Paul previously hosted several Holiday Vacations.
Join them on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.
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