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Hosted By: Jim Gandy
Retired Chief Meteorologist
Experience the monumental Canadian Rockies like never before with one night on VIA Rail’s Canadian train. Ride along the Olympic Peninsula, then ferry to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Enjoy a city tour, visit world-famous Butchart Gardens®, and have time to explore this beautiful city. After, we come together and board a ferry to our adventure in Vancouver’s North District, where we walk the Capilano Suspension Bridge with views 230 feet above the Capilano River. Then ride the rails to Jasper, traveling in comfortable Sleeper Plus cars with top-class service. We journey along the Icefields Parkway and witness a glacier up-close at the Columbia Icefield. Then tour the mountain city of Banff and have lunch at the historic Banff Springs Hotel. In Calgary experience the interactive exhibits at Calgary Heritage Park before a farewell dinner with new friends.
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June 8th, 2023 - June 17th, 2023
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 03/05/2023
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. 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 Fountain play its pattern of water displays every four minutes. 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 Sleeper Plus cars. Enjoy top-notch service and unforgettable experiences on board as we roll past the beautiful landscapes. 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 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.
WLTX TV Pickup Locations:
Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Columbia, SC - Lowe's
He’s known as South Carolina’s Weatherman because over the years, Jim’s forecast and warnings helped save lives. From Hurricane Hugo in 1989 to the Flood of 2015, Jim was the one person everyone in the Midlands looked to and trusted.
He’s an often-requested keynote speaker at events, and his ground-breaking Climate Matters segments got him an invitation to the White House. His Gandy’s Garden segments showed viewers how they can have fresher food and save money at the same time.
Jim has a degree in Meteorology from Florida State. He started his career in Memphis and worked in Oklahoma City and Wichita before moving to Columbia over 30 years ago. Jim is a Fellow of the American Meteorology Society. Jim retired in May of 2019 but is still a big part of the WLTX family. He can also be found cheering at USC soccer games or working on his mountain home.
Join Jim and WLTX viewers on this exciting vacation.
Tour days tend to be shorter in length, at a relaxed pace, and include lots of unscheduled time for leisure. Expect standing and walking for extended periods of time on flat surfaces, mostly low altitudes, and consistent temperatures.
Tour days usually move at a leisurely pace. Some days’ scheduled activities last longer than others. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on occasionally uneven terrain. You may experience changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a consistent pace, and may include long travel days. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on uneven surfaces. Some destinations may have changes in altitude and/or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.