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Western Canadian Rail Adventure (NCK)13 days

A 13 day trip to Vancouver and Kamloops and Victoria
Message: Two of the great rail journeys of Canada's West highlight this outstanding Brennan Vacations experience. Board the Rocky Mountaineer in Vancouver for the two-day, all-daylight journey to Banff. In the high Rockies, explore Lake Louise and Jasper by motorcoach, then board VIA Rail's The Skeena for a two-day journey via Prince George to Prince Rupert. Travel through Canada's Inside Passage wilderness by ferry to Port Hardy, and then drive the whole length of Vancouver Island to beautiful Victoria. End your tour with two relaxing nights at the Hotel Grand Pacific right on Victoria's Inner Harbour.
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Getting There:
Destination(s):
  • Vancouver (day 1)
  • Kamloops (day 2)
  • Victoria (day 11)

Date(s):
  • 06/23/07 to 07/05/07
  • 06/25/07 to 07/07/07
  • 07/07/07 to 07/19/07
  • 07/09/07 to 07/21/07
  • 07/21/07 to 08/02/07
  • 07/23/07 to 08/04/07
  • 08/04/07 to 08/16/07
  • 08/18/07 to 08/30/07
  • 09/01/07 to 09/13/07
  • 09/15/07 to 09/27/07


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What's Happening:
Day 1: Saturday June, 23 (Vancouver)
Arrive in Vancouver, BC
Your Western Canadian Rail vacation begins this evening with a welcome reception, hosted by your Brennan Tour Director. (WR)
Day 2: Sunday June, 24 (Kamloops)
Vancouver–Rocky Mountaineer–Kamloops
At Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station, board the ROCKY MOUNTAINEER. Follow the Fraser Canyon and the Thompson River through beautiful landscapes to historic Kamloops. Tonight, enjoy dinner and a show at Two River Junction. (B,L,D) NOTE: Kamloops properties are considered moderate two or three star hotels or motor inns. The city does not offer any hotels in the superior category. Your chosen hotel is determined by Rocky Mountaineer Vacations; however, you can rest assured it satisfies our high standards of cleanliness and comfort. For your convenience, baggage that will not be needed during the train journey will be checked through to Banff. Checked luggage will not be accessible during the journey. Plan to pack an overnight case with necessities for the train portion of the tour, including medications, eyeglasses, and other important items (Goldleaf passengers will havetheir luggage delivered to their Kamloops hotel).
Day 3: Monday June, 25 (Kamloops)
Kamloops–Rocky Mountaineer–Banff
Back aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, journey from Kamloops eastward to Shuswap Lake, with its thousand miles of shoreline. The Kicking Horse River leads to passes over the Continental Divide to Banff National Park. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Tuesday June, 26 (Kamloops)
Banff. Lake Louise Excursion
Tour the highlights of Banff, then travel north to two of the crown jewels of the Rockies: Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch at the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel. (B,L)
Day 5: Wednesday June, 27 (Kamloops)
Banff–Icefields Parkway–Jasper
Today, travel north on the awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway, where snow-domed peaks, waterfalls, lakes, and wildlife compete for your attention. Experience an “ICE EXPLORER” ride on the gigantic Athabasca Glacier, then continue past thundering Athabasca Falls en route to Jasper. (B,D)
Day 6: Thursday June, 28 (Kamloops)
Jasper
This morning, enjoy an included CRUISE to Spirit Island on nearby Maligne Lake. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the wonderful town of Jasper and its surroundings; perhaps play a round of golf. This is a wonderful day of relaxation. (B)
Day 7: Friday June, 29 (Kamloops)
Jasper–VIA Rail’s The Skeena–Prince George
This morning, board VIA RAIL’S train The Skeena for an unforgettable two-day journey traveling in “Totem Deluxe” class service. The rail journey will begin in the Canadian Rockies traveling across British Columbia’s interior plateau to the coastal fjords. Today you will travel over Yellowhead Pass and down the western slope of the Canadian Rockies, with its giant cedars and hemlocks, to Prince George, in central British Columbia for your overnight stay. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Saturday June, 30 (Kamloops)
Prince George–VIA Rail’s The Skeena–Prince Rupert
Your rail journey continues today along the Skeena River Valley. Enjoy an at-your-seat meal service and large reclining seats as scenic highlights along the route roll by. Bald eagles, black bears, moose, and other wildlife are often spotted from the train in this remote and beautiful area. Arrive in Prince Rupert this evening for a two-night stay. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Sunday July, 01 (Kamloops)
Prince Rupert
This morning, take time to experience Prince Rupert. The city, which is located on Kaien Island just 140 miles south of Ketchikan, Alaska, is surrounded by huge forest-covered hills. Learn about the canning industry at the NORTHERN PACIFIC CANNERY VILLAGE MUSEUM. Later this afternoon, enjoy leisure time to explore on your own. (B,D)
Day 10: Monday July, 02 (Kamloops)
Prince Rupert–BC Ferry–Port Hardy
Depart Prince Rupert and cruise southward aboard a BC FERRY through the awe-inspiring Inside Passage, a natural marine highway. This 15-hour journey takes you past spectacular coastal rainforests and majestic coastal mountains. Marine life is abundant in this area. Watch for humpback whales, porpoises, and sea lions. The ship offers open-air decks for sunning and viewing. Your Brennan Tour Director has arranged reserved seating, allowing for time to explore the ship without losing your seat. You will arrive in Port Hardy this evening around 10:30 p.m. (B)
Day 11: Tuesday July, 03 (Victoria)
Port Hardy–Victoria
Travel south by motorcoach along the entire length of Vancouver Island to the charming British “Garden City” of Victoria. (B)
Day 12: Wednesday July, 04 (Victoria)
Victoria
Victoria sightseeing includes a visit to the world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, whose 130-acre estate boasts Italian, Japanese, and English-style gardens. Tonight, your Brennan Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner. (B,D)
Day 13: Thursday July, 05 (Victoria)
Victoria–Vancouver
This morning, travel via BC Ferry through the Gulf Islands back to the British Columbia mainland for a transfer to the Vancouver International Airport. Please schedule flights after 2 p.m. (B)
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