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.
If you’re going to do any of Canada’s historic rail journeys, this is the one to start with. It may cover a mere slice of a gargantuan country, but 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 hotel stop in the friendly city of Kamloops on the way, the Rocky Mountaineer’s two day passage through British Columbia and Alberta checks off all the essentials: racing against the raging rivers that run parallel to your carriage, and 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 optimum window to see the shifting scenes of ranch lands, glaciers, lakes, forests, and mountains.
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.
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.
This 8 night circle tour takes you from the bustle of Vancouver through the Sea to Sky corridor up into the mountainous resort of Whistler. Then it’s onwards through the magnificent Canadian scenery to the Gold panning town of Quesnel, scenic Jasper with its mountain backdrop and Kamloops before returning you to Vancouver. Soak up the awe inspiring landscape, wildlife spotting opportunities and history that can be found at every turn.
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 aren’t many places that rival Canada’s West for car-stopping scenery. And few places with such dramatic peaks, parks and lakes are so easy to cross; but this is the ultimate in civilised self-driving, with cosmopolitan resorts linked by smooth scenic roads. Before your coast to country drive, Vancouver provides a final burst of urban adventure. A long-as-you-like trolley tour gives you your bearings, before you’re left free to discover places like Stanley Park or the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Then it’s time to hit the highway, starting by crossing the coastal mountains for stays in lakeside Penticton and Revelstoke, where the outdoor adventures begin with hiking, fishing, and rafting. Even the mountain passes promise relaxed driving, as you cross Glacier and Banff national parks towards spa and snow hotspot Banff, and take Yellowhead Pass past the Rockies’ pinnacle, Mount Robson. But it’s Icefields Parkway that sums up Canada’s highways, with plenty of spots to pause or picnic, from Peyto Lake to Columbia Icefield, where you can ride an Ice Explorer onto Athabasca Glacier. Your drives lead to places like Jasper, where you could raft melted glacial waters and cruise photogenic Maligne Lake; 100 Mile House, an early Cariboo Gold Rush roadhouse; and activity-central, Whistler, with its wetlands canoeing and mountain biking.
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 Vancouver to Kamloops and then onto Jasper 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 actionpacked flights over the Rockies.
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.
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.
With Rocky Mountaineer’s Journey Through the Clouds route, as well as overnight stays in Vancouver and Jasper, this 4-day tour provides a taste of the natural wonders of the West. Travel through scenic valleys, the Coastal Mountain Range and the Fraser Canyon with its spectacular white water and outstanding landscape. You will follow the route of the Fraser River, home of British Columbia's largest salmon fishing run and pass by the Albreda Glacier and magnificent Pyramid Falls. Watch out for the wildlife en route!
Taking the slow train is often more rewarding than riding the express and nowhere more so than across the Canadian Rockies. Famous world over for its utmost luxury and top-of-the-world scenery, the Rocky Mountaineer doesn’t just take you on a journey; it takes you on an adventure. Through an ever-changing reel of mesmeric landscapes; Fraser Valley’s fields, a series of twisting rivers, mighty gorges, boundless deserts and ranches, vertiginous mountain passes, and light-sapping tunnels all take their turn as you travel to or from the realm of the Rockies. It’s not just the view through the window that dazzles though. The Rocky Mountaineer is synonymous with indulgence, so there’s no better seat in the house for soaking up sights like Hell’s Gate, Roger’s Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. But some viewpoints just can’t be reached by rail, so the roads pave the way for journeys through Yoho National Park to see wonders like the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and Lake Louise, and around Banff where the Hoodoos and 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 holiday, combining two classic Rocky Mountaineer train routes and the mighty Canadian Rockies in one adventure. The kind of luxury usually only reserved for the celeb set, you’re joined on board by master chefs and impeccable attendants who provide exquisite food, wine and service as you’re whisked between Vancouver, Kamloops, and Banff; and then between Jasper, Quesnel, and Whistler (with a cheeky extra stay in Lake Louise en route). But it’s your seat that becomes your most prized possession. Journeying only by daylight so you can take in every mountain, river, tree and waterfall, it’s your pew for an unfurling ream of sights as you circumnavigate the West and its finest features, including Mount Robson, the Rocky Mountain Trench, the dazzlingly high Deep Creek Bridge, and the Sea to Sky Corridor towards Vancouver. It’s not just your train seat that grants you unforgettable views. On a scenic coach tour of Jasper National Park you will see some of the park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the local wildlife. In Banff, a gondola ride leads to national park views from Sulphur Mountain. 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.
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.