There’s gold in them thar hills! Join the modern-day gold rush and book Canada tours that’ll take you along the Calgary Stampede trails, on a journey of discovery across the Rockies, or let you soak up the chic city sophistication of Montreal and Toronto. Our package tours to Canada will have you out in the fresh air and into the wilderness of one of North America’s best-kept tourist secrets.
Book yourself onto one of our Canada tour packages and you’ll certainly be free to go exploring the ‘true north’. Try our Western Explorer tour package, that’ll send you scampering across the Rockies and on to Vancouver, or the Canadian Contrasts group tour, where you’ll spend as much time in the city as you do in the countryside. Naturally, there’ll be excursions to Niagara Falls, the Great Parks of the East, and even a chance to go glamping with grizzlies. Canada appeals to anyone who’s ever watched Bear Grylls out in the wild and thought to themselves, ‘I could do that…’ Well, here’s your chance!
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Combining one of the celebrated railway’s most legendary journeys with its latest adventure, you’ll experience the classic two day Banff to Vancouver route, before climbing back on board for the new Coastal Passage to Seattle. First rolling down the rails in 2014, the Coastal Passage snakes along the coast letting the Pacific Northwest show off its captivating wild shoreline, with photo ops like Puget Sound, Bellingham Bay, and Chuckanut Bay. And, this being the Rocky Mountaineer, you’ll set off in style with a toast and delicious hot breakfast as you cross Fraser River. Of course, you’ll have already experienced this level of luxury on your first journey, travelling through the glacier, mountain, lake, canyon, and forest filled landscapes that lace the tracks from Banff to Vancouver – with evocative names like the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, and Hell’s Gate hinting at the drama you’ll see. Spending the night in Banff, Kamloops, and Seattle, you can take in the highlights of each town and city – with two nights in Vancouver giving you extra time for a little jaunt over to Victoria or Whistler, or more time to explore favourites like Stanley Park.
Timeless cowboy country and the enduring beauty of Canada’s Western wilderness contrast with the ever-progressive Pacific metropolis of Vancouver on this 8 day road trip through the Rockies. Before you reach the thoroughly modern delights of Vancouver, with its chic shopping, world-class dining scene, and memorable coastal experiences (from biking around water-framed Stanley Park to whale watching beyond the bay), you’ll pass through Canada’s past. And it all starts in Calgary — an urban enclave that may have moved with the times but has kept its cowboy culture and rodeo reputation. From ‘Stampede City’ you’ll take the highways into Banff National Park in search of the eternally quaint town of Banff. The famous wintery landscapes of Icefields Parkway beckon as you journey from Banff to the equally cutesy town of Jasper, with the glacier, Lake Louise, and Peyto Lake popular pitstops on the way to Jasper National Park. Following the old trade routes, you’ll travel along Yellowhead Highway to stay in the sports capital of Sun Peaks, witnessing some of the Rockies’ most dramatic scenes en route, including soaring Mount Robson. But Canada’s West keeps a few surprises back for your final journey, from Sun Peaks to Vancouver, with the scenery switching between sagebrush-swathed cattle ranches, Fraser Canyon’s white-water rapids, the drama of Hell’s Gate gorge, and the coastal calm of Vancouver’s rural fringes — all before modern life reappears in stunning Vancouver.
If anywhere perfectly captures the great outdoors, it’s Canada’s West, with its cloud-skirting mountains, forested shorelines, and wildlife-rich waters. Get an instant introduction to the Rockies’ drama and serenity as you visit the town of Banff and Tunnel Mountain Drive, for views of the Bow River Valley. The roads in this part of Canada hold a riot of experiences, whether you’re driving the Icefields Parkway to walk on a glacier, or cruising down Vancouver Island to Victoria for some whale-watching. But the rails rule here, and the journey from Jasper to Prince Rupert gives trackside views of ancient forests, valleys and Mount Robson. You’ll also take to the seas and sail to Port Hardy along the famous Inside Passage, seeing jagged fjords and resident whales and sea lions. And you’ll finish your adventures among all the pizzazz that Vancouver has to offer.
Mixing Canada’s natural beauty with its rugged interior, you’ll get the complete experience with this awesome road trip. You’ll wind through national parks, past emerald-green lakes and lush valleys as you make your way through Banff and Jasper, before arriving for an epic stay at a traditional ranch. After a taste of mountain-living, you’ll spend your days sailing on an ocean cruise and visiting the rugged Vancouver Island, before ending up in Vancouver. Explore the urban jungle and wander to the beautiful coastline — soak in the views knowing you’ve conquered this western adventure.
With its location as the most eastern city on the continent, St. John’s has long been a landmark point both of national and international importance. Explore the modern day results of this vibrant history with the help of local guides that tell the tale of the city’s past. Hiking trails criss-cross the low hills around the city and the deep waters invite you on a whale and wildlife viewing tour to create the perfect Maritimes experience!
Epic adventures don’t have to push you to your limits. Two of North America’s wildest wildernesses, West Canada and Alaska, can be explored in utter luxury and comfort by cruise and rail. The scenery steals the show as you sail the north Pacific’s Inside Passage for seven nights, experiencing UNESCO-listed Glacier Bay National Park, where creaking glaciers calve shelves of ice into the bay with thunderous plumes of water. Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam tries to live up to its dazzling route with 5-course dining menus, indulgent spa treatments*, and gallery worthy artwork; but Alaska’s ports of call lure you with promises of sights like Juneau’s massive Mendenhall Glacier; Skagway’s Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park; and Ketchikan’s hill and water-skimming homes. The inland scenery’s just as dramatic. Even near urban Vancouver, a North Shore tour reveals natural beauty at Grouse Mountain and the treetop Capilano Suspension Bridge. And there’s nothing understated about the Rocky Mountaineer’s views — or its luxury. Riding the rails for 2-days on this opulent train, you’ll pass forest-draped mountains, cascading waterfalls, and mighty rivers before arriving in Jasper, where the road takes over with journeys along Icefields Parkway to ride the Ice Explorer onto Athabasca Glacier, and through Yoho and Banff National Parks.
Exploring a little area of a large country, this taster to rail journey adventures allows you to see some of the best of the west. Spend a couple of days on board the Rocky Mountaineer, best known for its service and opportunities to see the Canadian scenery from the comfort of your carriage. You’ll tick off all the essentials; racing against raging rivers that run parallel to the train, crossing historic bridges, and meandering through the shifting scenes of ranch land, glaciers, lakes, forests and (of course) those iconic snow-capped mountains.
If you’re going to do any of Canada’s historic rail journeys, this is the one to start with. It takes you through some of Canada’s most famous and fabulous landscapes – and important heritage landmarks. Linking Vancouver with Banff or Lake Louise, with an overnight stop in Kamloops on the way, the passage through BC and Alberta checks off all the essentials. From racing against the raging rivers that run parallel to your carriage, to crossing historic bridges and spots like Craigellachie (where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was hammered in to connect the East and West coasts). Comfort goes without saying, but every detail has been carefully crafted to give you a VIP experience and the best window to see the shifting scenes of ranch lands, glaciers, lakes, forests, and mountains.
This programme enables you to experience the fever that holds Calgary in its grip during the annual Stampede, known as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth", the Stampede showcases the best in rodeo with numerous events, exhibits and diverse entertainment. Grab your hat and boots and come on down to join in the fun!
Experience the very best of Alberta and British Columbia, from the Rockies to Vancouver Island. You'll spend your days on sightseeing tours, exploring the fascinating Canadian cities on foot, and by road, rail and air. Banff and Jasper will give you your National Park fix, with jaw-dropping mountain scenery and rolling views for miles. Calgary and Vancouver will top and tail your trip, with all the colour and hustle-and-bustle of city life. You’ll even have a few days in Whistler to dip into the outdoor adventures and First Nationals culture of this renowned ski village. If you wanted a way to explore the West, this is it.
Turquoise-blue lakes. Free-flowing waterfalls. Snow-capped peaks. You’ll experience everything you might picture when you think of the Rockies. Take to the skies and see those iconic mountains from Banff Gondola and a helicopter ride, drive on an ancient glacier, and simply relax and enjoy the ever-changing landscapes from the comfort of your train carriage. All of that before you set sail over the border into Alaska. See glaciers and ice formations as high as 10-story buildings. And feel the icy sea breeze on your skin as you cruise the Inside Passage.
Enjoy the beauty of the Broughton Archipelago and the Great Bear Rainforest on Berry Island. The lodge overlooks picturesque Farewell Harbour and offers rustic accommodation with ocean views and an amazing wilderness experience with engaging, passionate guides who will lead you on daily adventures deep into the heart of this wild and beautiful part of the planet
Classics are classics for a reason, and this tour of Canada is chock full of them. Even the high points like Niagara Falls, time in the Rockies, and tours of its metropolitan cities only tell half the tale. The open road will take you to historic trails, buzzing modern life, and untouched nature. You’ll also see modern Canada - Lake Ontario’s shoreline communities, as well as ranch lands and agricultural prairielands - as you fly west to Calgary. But nature always steals the show - whether you’re following Rideau Waterway’s rivers and lakes, taking the Sea-to-Sky Highway past fjords and peaks to Vancouver, or adding on a trip to drive on the Athabasca Glacier.
An exciting new adventure, offering a unique connection with nature and an unforgettable experience. Breathe in the fresh mountain air from your floating lodge, sat atop of the quiet Grizzly Bay, on the north arm of Quesnel Lake, the deepest fjord lake on earth. Under a glacier, and surrounded by the peaks of the Cariboo Mountains, the 360 degree views are magnificent. The canvas safari tents are private suites with en-suite bathrooms, beds with cozy duvets, solar lighting, and amenities including comfy velour robes. The sights, sounds and smells are all as nature intended, a truly magical place for the ultimate glamping adventure – and let's not forget the four-legged furry friends that will join you along the way...
Giving you all the adventures and solitude of Canada’s wilderness, with all the bliss of a super-luxury retreat, this lodge nestles along the waterfront in the fishing village of Egmont. Easily accessible, it is the perfect spot to appreciate all that the Sunshine Coast has to offer.
Sample the many unique historic and natural wonders that have made northern Canada the hottest must-see vacation destination! The exciting frontier energy of Whitehorse and Dawson are the launching points for introspective city tours, museum visits, gold mine experiences, and of course the incredible spectacle of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).
Discover Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, nestled amongst the majestic Coast Mountains, the largest fjord system in the Americas, the high Chilcotin Plateau. Encounter abundant wildlife and nature in action, with easy access to the Great Bear Rainforest, the Pacific Ocean and neighbouring glaciers. The Great Bear Rainforest is home to one of the highest concentrations of grizzly bears, making this the perfect destination to experience these beautiful creatures up close when the salmon arrive in the autumn. The lodge can easily be reached by flight from Vancouver or as part of a self drive holiday in northern British Columbia. Spot grizzly bears, bald eagles, deer, black bears, or try your hand at catching Pacific salmon. At Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, you’ll be treated to on-site wildlife viewings from private Wildlife Viewing Platforms, and even the lodge lawn!
Knight Inlet Lodge provides rustic accommodation and an amazing wilderness experience. Enjoy one of the premier grizzly bear viewing holiday spots in the world, set amidst the dramatic snow-capped peaks of Canada's rugged coastline. It is not uncommon for there to be up to 50 bears within 10kms of the lodge in the peak fall season, when the salmon are returning to the river. As the longest fjord on the B.C. coast, Knight Inlet offers visitors spectacular scenery set against a backdrop of dramatic mountain peaks plunging into the Pacific Ocean. As well as bear viewing, during the spring months you may also see seals, sea lions, porpoises, dolphins and the occasional Minke whale and in the summer view orca (killer) whales in the waters. After a day of adventure there's nothing like a good meal. With its variety of dining options, not to mention the local seafood, there's something for everyone at Knight Island Lodge.
Venturing through some of Canada’s best-known west, you’ll be taken through mountains, national parks and inspiring landscapes galore. Start off in the hustle and bustle of vibrant Vancouver, before boarding the Rocky Mountaineer and heading north towards Whistler and Quesnel, east to Jasper, south to Kamloops, and finally joining the circle back in Vancouver. You’ll pass through rocky peaks and canyons, and get to admire the stunning Sea to Sky Corridor, the glistening Howe Sound, and the impressive Brandywine Falls. All while being treated like royalty on board one of the most famous trains in the world.
When a simple road trip just won’t cut it, this journey gives you the best of all worlds — taking you by rail, road, water, air, and even ice, so you get the full Western Canada experience. The al fresco adventures roll from start to finish, taking you deeper into the soul and scenery of each stop — from travelling over a glacier in a custom-designed Ice Explorer to hovering above the Rockies in a helicopter. It’s not just the wild Rockies that give you the outdoor exploits — in Vancouver you’ll take a sea safari to see seals playing at Pam Rocks, or hop on a bike for an urban tour covering everything from Granville Island to Gastown, and the seawall to the rainforest of Stanley Park. Not all the adventures are adrenaline-packed though. You’ll float down Bow River in Banff, spying views of mountains and hoodoos on a gentle journey. You’ll glide across Lake Louise in an authentic 26-foot cedar strip canoe as your guide shares tales of the early explorers and local wildlife. And, of course, you’ll take the ultimate ‘put your feet up’ adventure on the Rocky Mountaineer, seeing the sights from the comfort of a train that’s world-famous for its luxury and lookout stops.
While many hightail it to the slopes, Canada’s Rockies-framed West isn’t just snow and après-ski. Four incredible journeys await: trailing the seaside towns north of Vancouver, sailing the Inside Passage, driving the super-scenic Yellowhead Highway, and traversing those Rocky Mountains themselves. Jumping off point for many, Vancouver doesn’t just satisfy urbanites, it puts you minutes from natural adventures like walking the treetop Capilano Suspension Bridge. Neighbouring Victoria’s an ideal second stop, with its flower-packed Butchart Gardens, while journeying north promises treats like Duncan’s countless totem poles, seaside stopovers in Campbell River and Port Hardy, and orca and humpback whale watching in the Johnstone Strait. Every journey’s eye-opening. Swapping wheels for water, a cruise along the Inside Passage showcases the rugged Pacific Northwest. While Yellowhead Highway takes you along Skeena River valley for insights into native Canadians: first at ‘Ksan Indian Village, then at fur trade revealing Fort St James National Historic Site. Reaching the Rockies, the drives and views get no less spectacular: crossing their highest passes, journeying through national parks like Jasper and Banff, taking Ice Explorer trucks onto Athabasca Glacier, and stopping at spots like Lake Louise, and Craigellachie, where the ‘Last Spike’ was driven into place for the railroad linking Canada coast to coast in 1885.
There are few sights more mind-blowing, or unnerving, than that first glimpse of white fur against white snow as you cross the tundra in search of polar bears. It doesn’t matter how good HDTV gets, there’s simply no comparison to seeing wild creatures in wild locations. After a night in Winnipeg you’ll fly to the remote northern community of Churchill, your base for two days of polar bear tracking. You know you’re heading into barely charted territory when you need a specially constructed vehicle. Agile and cosy, your Tundra Buggy® is your home-from-home on the frozen plains, as you cross them in search of polar bears. Travelling with in-the-know locals, for whom the tundra is their backyard, means you can head straight to the bears’ favourite haunts for optimum viewing opportunities. But this isn’t just polar bear country and, as you journey through remote ice fields, you could also spot caribou, arctic fox, snowy owls, and other arctic dwellers. For two days on the tundra, your buggy’s your home: you’ll even take your lunch on board. But you’ll return to bed down in the comforts of Churchill at night, reenergising before heading back out onto the ice again.
If you don’t like following the crowd when you travel, this limited edition trip gives you the ultimate alternative — taking you into the beautiful ‘back of beyond’ in Canada. In a little window of opportunity, for a few short weeks in the summer we take a handful of lucky travellers from Winnipeg to Churchill for unfiltered adventures in the great outdoors. You’ll ‘meet the locals’ with a boat journey along the Hudson Bay in search of Arctic wildlife, including its resident Polar Bears. You may even forget to pick up your camera, as you’re quickly absorbed by the sight of them swimming in the bay, playing along the river estuaries, and sunbathing on the cool rocks along the riverbank. The water’s the setting for many of our adventures around Churchill, like witnessing the unlikely grace of the charmingly sociable Beluga Whale pods that we set off to see on our boat trip — you can also add on experiences to get even closer to the whales. The Polar Bears and Beluga Whales may steal all the headlines here but, as you climb aboard an all-terrain Arctic Crawler™ for a trip across the stunning tundra, you’ll soon see this wilderness has many hidden stories to reveal.
Visit the Great Bear Rainforest and explore the natural habitat of the Spirit Bear and home of the world’s only Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy. Enjoy guided tours in the ancestral lands and traditional territory of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation as well as grizzly bear and marine wildlife viewing.
Not all road trips keep you on the move, and with this one you’ll get proper time along the way to get to know each stopover. And ‘getting to know’ the west means off-grid adventures galore. Starting in Canada’s original national park, Banff offers hiking, biking, mountain-top views and high-impact scenery to keep you entertained for hours on end. Your days are then spent on the water in Jasper and Lake Louise — take to thrill-filled river rafting or canoeing on calm waters — and you’ll even ride on an ancient glacier. Savour the last bit of country-style life in Baker Creek before venturing to vibrant Vancouver, where you can explore the sights and sounds like a local.
Head to the Rockies and experience the dramatically beautiful settings of Banff, Jasper and Whistler. You'll also visit the cosmopolitan port cities of Vancouver and Victoria on this stunning trail through Canada's famous mountain region, and beyond. See the peaks from a helicopter or gondola, ride on an ancient glacier, cruise the Maligne Lake and even river-raft. Jam-packed with adventure, your days will be filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences you'll never forget.
When you want to see all the best bits of a vast region, but don’t have long to pack them in, travelling with an insider who knows the best places, routes, and local stories is the way to go, and that’s what you get on board the Rocky Mountaineer, with captivating stories and historical trivia from your hosts. Travel on board the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper to Kamloops and then onto Vancouver and marvel at the dramatic, changing scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Of course, free spirits still want time to wander, so the smart set find just the right balance. Places like Vancouver are easy to explore solo, while the silent splendour of Jasper and Lake Louise is perfect for a bit of alone-time. But some spots are better seen with local guides. Spots like Yoho National Park, where they know prime viewpoints for the Spiral Tunnels, natural rock bridge over Kicking Horse River, and Emerald Lake. Or Columbia Icefield, where they reveal the glacier’s geology and history as you drive onto it in an Ice Explorer. Even your free time in Jasper is perfectly partnered with a tour of the UNESCO listed national park’s peaks and top wildlife haunts. And they know the best ways to travel, from the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer, with its famously languid pace and grand scenery, to helicopters for action packed flights over the Rockies
Take in some real highlights in this four-night whistlestop tour. Starting in Vancouver, travelling to and stopping in Whistler, Quesnel and Jasper. Just sit back and relax, let us show you the best Canada has to offer.
Set out on this captivating historic rail route, taking you from Halifax through Quebec, Montreal, along the path of the mighty St. Lawrence river, and finally Toronto. Along the way you'll have lots of time to explore at your own pace. Jaw-dropping architecture, museums and stunning scenery are a-plenty. Board a VIA Rail train and make your way through rolling hills, being sure to see the sunset and sunrise from the comfort of your carriage.
Packing four capital-quality cities into a tiny slither of colossal Canada, this densely populated patch of land’s a far cry from the endless wilds surrounding it – but it also gives you easy in-roads to explore that wild and wonderful space. Sometimes it’s a spot where civilisation has claimed nature, like at Niagara Falls where you sail and soar for incredible views. A boat ride on the Hornblower takes you to the foot of the falls, while a trip up Skylon Tower gives you the view from above. You could even add a helicopter tour over the waters. Other times it’s places the wild has clung onto its untamed natural status, like the dramatic Canadian Shield plateau; the stunning trails into the immense wildlife-stuffed forests of Algonquin Provincial Park; the serene 1000 Islands waters ripe for your boat cruise; or perhaps St Lawrence River, where you could opt to head off on a whale watching expedition. Knitted together by cosmopolitan cities, you’ll return to urban outposts between each scenic stop: touring Toronto’s top attractions, seeing Ottawa’s parliamentary sights, and undoubtedly being charmed by Québec City and Montréal, the world’s second largest French city, and by the French Canadian villages linking the two along the historic Chemin du Roy byway.
There aren’t many places that rival Canada’s West for car-stopping scenery. And few places have such dramatic peaks, parks and lakes. Before your coast-to-country drive, Vancouver gives you a burst of urban adventure and plenty of hustle and bustle. Then it’s time for you to hit the highway, and make your way east through mountains and past glistening waters. You’ll meander your way through villages and valleys, and stop for stays in Penticton, Revelstoke, and the famed Banff and Whistler. Jam-packed full of opportunities for adventure, you’re sure to get your fill of what western Canada is all about.
Seeing the best bits of Canada’s west couldn’t be easier. Step aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, and spend a week exploring the natural wonders that this region boasts. From dusty desert-like landscapes to rolling green fields, you’ll see ever-changing views from the comfort of your carriage. Stop off at turquoise-blue lakes, snowy peaks in the background, and drive on an ancient glacier. See those famous mountains from land and air — ride the Banff Gondola and take to the skies in a helicopter over Calgary. There’s no better way to see The Rockies, just like a true adventurer.
A Canadian rail journey’s all about the views, and this one packs in the Sea to Sky Corridor, with its amazing views of Howe Sound, then skirting Mount Garibaldi and Brandywine Falls enroute to Whistler for the first overnight hotel stop. Continue on to the charming town of Quesnel. Enroute, enjoy the varied scenery of Cariboo Plateau’s vast ranch lands and the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the world’s highest rail bridges. Your journey then continues through the Rocky Mountain Trench, between the Rocky and Cariboo Mountains, climbing past Mount Robson, Canada’s prized peak to the pretty town of Jasper.
Road trippers seeking trails less-travelled can rarely do better than Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. A 2-week loop can take you through Gold Rush relics, ice-crusted glaciers and mountains, and wildlife-stuffed national parks and forests. Epic scenery’s the main draw for wanderers heading here: and they’re never disappointed. Every stretch of road comes with dramatic vistas. The Alaska Highway leads to Kluane National Park, where glacier fields erupt into the St Elias Mountains, before historic towns trace your route into Fairbanks. George Parks Highway takes you to Denali National Park, with extremes of peaks and valleys and raging rivers and trickling streams on your way to Mount McKinley, North America’s highest peak. The Matanuska Valley reveals lands where super-size vegetables grow from 20-hour summer days. The Klondike Highway cuts through Kaska Indian hunting grounds. And the fjord-hugging roads to Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site and the Top of the World Highway give the ultimate frontier feel for would-be nomads. These roads connect you to remote outposts for experiences like flightseeing over glacial parklands, panning for nuggets in gold rush towns, tracking moose, caribou, and grizzly bears in Denali National Park, citysurfing between Whitehorse, Fairbanks, and Anchorage, and riding the scenery skirting White Pass and Yukon Route Railway.
Nothing sums up Canada quite like the drama of its natural territories. Sandwiched between some of western Canada’s most dynamic cities, the land strip from Calgary to Vancouver is peppered with national parks, scenic highways, and outdoor adventure. On this epic journey, you’ll also encounter Banff, Yoho and Glacier National with their mountain backdrops, hot springs, canyons and fjords. And you can make the trip your own by adding a helicopter trip over the Three Sisters mountains, an Ice Explorer ride on a glacier, or a floatplane flight over Garibaldi Park’s peaks and meadows. Or all three!
The Great Bear Lodge promotes low-impact ecotourism, using wind and solar power and taking special care not to disturb the bears or their environment. Scheduled morning and afternoon bear viewing sessions coincide with times when the bears are the most active. Accompanied by an experienced wildlife biologist you will observe the bears as they roam freely in their natural habitat as you float by boat through nearby estuaries or watch from specially-designed optimal viewing areas. Keep a close eye for other possible wildlife sightings such as wolves, otters, bald eagles, black bears, pine martins and mink. Daily guided activities such as boat tours and a popular interpretative rainforest walk are offered between morning and afternoon viewing excursions, and a delicious lunch awaits you back at the lodge. Guests arriving in fall will also be able to witness the incredible sight of thousands of migrating salmon from a series of enclosed viewing stands along the river. Watch as the grizzlies hunt for fish in preparation for their coming hibernation.
Arrive at beautiful Sonora Island by helicopter or water taxi and prepare to have your breath taken away. Sonora Resort is in a fantastic location to appreciate the natural surroundings. Towering pine trees, plentiful rivers and lakes form the backdrop for your adventures — and there are plenty of ways to explore. Optional activities include guided eco-boat tours, excursions to see Grizzly bears, kayaking, rafting and hiking in the coastal rainforest.
Ticking the major sights and cities of Eastern Canada off your list couldn't be easier than with this tour. You'll hop on board VIA Rail's comfortable trains and travel towards the north-east, connecting Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal. Feel the mist on your face as you spend time exploring Niagara Falls, heading to the foot of Horseshoe Falls on the water. Quaint towns, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and historical city must-sees are packed into your itinerary, from Quebec’s historic heart and distinct French-Canadian character, to bustling Montreal’s historic flair. What better way to see this captivating region.
Picture Canada and you might imagine remote wilderness, but a little square of its East Coast couldn’t be more different. This is a place where tall pines move over for skyscrapers, where bears make way for city slickers, and where campfires and trading posts swap places with world-class dining and shopping venues. Its relatively small scale makes it an easy place for a whistle stop tour, letting you fit four city breaks into one holiday and promising unrivalled day trips, from a sightseeing tour of Niagara Falls to whalewatching on the St Lawrence River. Giving you a cheat sheet into all you need to know about the East’s cutting-edge cities, a comprehensive tour of key sights is the best way to start each stay, before you head off to unearth your own favourite neighbourhoods. Straight-talking Toronto’s packed to the rafters with cosmopolitan cool, from Chinatown’s authentic buzz to sleek modern masterpieces like the cloudpiercing CN Tower. Shifting to Ottawa, you’ll find the modernity of its culture at odds with the history of landmarks like the parliamentary buildings and World Heritage listed Rideau Canal. In Québec City, a tour within the old city walls reveals its French influences. And in Montréal, you’re shown its old-world charm and contemporary chicness existing side-by-side.
Canada is calling you, and what better way to see it than with two of the best rail routes in the East and Western regions. You’ll jump aboard the train from buzzing Toronto to peaceful Jasper, and the Rocky Mountaineer from mountain-clad Banff to vibrant Vancouver; switching tracks for tarmac in between to experience the roads of the Rockies. Experience a day-trip to Niagara in the East, venturing to the foot of the falls. Walk and drive on a glacier in the West, at the famed Columbia Icefield. Jam-packed with culture, scenery and luxury, this rail trip will spoil you for choice.
More like staying with your favourite aunt and uncle, at the six room Pyna-Tee-Ah Lodge the Great Room’s the hub of the house, everything’s included, and room keys are non-existent. It may only sleep up to 14 guests, but that doesn’t make this place small — in fact, the lodge sits in five glorious acres along the salmon and trout-rich Quesnel River. At the bottom of Cariboo Mountains and by Quesnel Lake, the owners have a created a homely hideaway, serving you up country-style breakfasts before you take their free guided eco-tours or use their complimentary adventure equipment. And, when you get back from wildlife-spotting in the wilderness, you can retreat to the Great Room with its natural stone fireplace, play pool, laze in the garden’s log gazebo, and tuck into home-cooked dinners.
Mountaineer taster adventure. From the vibrant cosmopolitan streets of Vancouver, you’ll soon be whisked into the sights and sounds of British Columbia’s interior. From the comfort of your carriage, you can look out across winding rivers, dramatic canyons and, of course, those mountain peaks, stretching for miles on end.
Taking the slow train is often more rewarding than riding the express, and nowhere more so than across the Canadian Rockies. Through an ever-changing reel of landscapes; Fraser Valley’s fields, twisting rivers, boundless deserts and mountain passes all take their turn as you travel through the Rockies territory. It’s not just the view through the window that dazzles though, and some viewpoints just can’t be reached by rail, so the roads pave the way for journeys through Yoho National Park, and around Banff where Bow Falls continue to wow wide-eyed travellers. And, when neither roads nor rails will cut it, it’s time to take to the sky. Whether that’s scaling mountain slopes by Banff Gondola or flightseeing over the Rockies in a summit-seeking helicopter.
Not much can compete with the attention-grabbing panoramas when you’re travelling through Canada’s West. But the Rocky Mountaineer might just be in with a chance, and this tour is the ultimate rail trip — combining two classic Rocky Mountaineer train routes and the mighty Rockies in one adventure. Start in lively Vancouver and heading north, you’ll pass through winding river canyons, lush valleys and lakeshores. Vwnturing east, you’ll stop in some of the best-known parts of the west — Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Quesnel and Whistler. Adventure should be top of your list, as you’ll get to experience misty waterfalls, gondolas and glistening emerald lakes. And, as you drive the sloping ice onto Athabasca Glacier, it’s your seat on the monstrous Ice Explorer that provides the most memorable views.
One of Rocky Mountaineer’s most-loved routes, this 2-day tour connects Vancouver with Jasper. Travelling only in sunlight hours, it crisscrosses the West coast as it connects natural wonders, quaint towns, and city hotspots. As much a part of Canada’s identity as mountains and maple syrup, the nation’s railroads are world-famous for their scenic routes and seamless service. You won’t miss a moment of the flawless views and on-board luxury, as the train sweeps you from one hypnotic scene to the next, taking in every variation of West Canada’s landscapes: from Hell’s Gate at Fraser Canyon, to mountain ranges with titles like Coast, Cariboo and Cascade giving away their characters or setting, and not forgetting the Rockies’ highest peak, Mount Robson.