Day 1 Board our VIA Rail trains and travel in coach service from Montreal to
Toronto (5 hours) Change trains at Union Station to the
Trans-Continental and travel in "Silver and Blue" class of
service in private bedrooms. Our first class rail cars are
refurbished to the 1950's genre in Art Deco. The observation dome
offers unequalled views as we roll through cottage country and across the Appalachian Shield of
Ontario. The private bedrooms are comfortable and all meals are
included (Checked baggage is not available until arrival in Jasper, smaller overnight
bag is recommended on the train). Be sure to visit the Bullet Lounge
in the Park Car
for a nightcap.
RAIL BEDROOMS / DINING
CAR / DOME
CAR / PARK-LOUNGE
Day 2 and Day 3 Arrive
into Winnipeg to take on more passengers and continue rolling through Manitoba, the province
of 100,000 lakes. Drink in the vistas from the dome cars and enjoy the
terrific on-board service.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and relax as we forge across the great wheatfields of Saskatchewan
morning arrival into Edmonton, capital and most vibrant metropolis in Alberta.
After a brief stop we continue the train journey to the "Jewel of the
Canadian Rockies" JASPER, Alberta. Disembark for an hour for souvenir
shopping. Keep on the lookout for wild animals
often seen in and around the town. Reboard the train and continue
West. Cross the continental divide and enjoy dinner aboard as you
pass Mount Robson.
board the train we scoot along the shores of Kamloops Lake
(Kamloops being a native word meaning "meeting of the lakes") and then shadow the mighty
Frasier River past Hell's Gate Canyon. Arrive in Vancouver early morning
and transfer on your own the short distance to one of our downtown
Views from the dome car
Banff Springs Hotel
Day 6 Cruise Departure
the short distance to one of VANCOUVER's two cruise ship terminals.
Board the cruise ship in the early afternoon for a 4:00 sailing
departure. We work with all the major cruise lines. We can
arrange affordable inside cabins, picturesque outside cabins and verandas
and staterooms. We do it all. Sail north along the beautiful
Cruise the inside passage. Towering mountains, narrow fjords and
pre-historic glaciers combine to make one of the World's great sea
voyages. This is prime habitat for grizzly bears, sea lions, bald
eagles, porpoise and of course several species of whales. Ocean
currents between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia are some
of the fastest in the World and you can see fish farms, loggers and
coastal cities fade into wilderness as you calmly sail north.
Day 8 Arrive
at Ketchikan, Alaska and disembark. This city is both wet and
wild. Pristine wilderness is fed by the abundant moisture. It
is here you find pristine wilderness and a high concentration of animal
life. Consider seeing the outside museum of native art and one of
the largest collections of totem poles in the World.
Day 9 Juneau
is the next stop. Juneau is only accessible by water and air.
Grizzly bears are commonly seen here and you can see the Governer's
Mansion here. Majestic Mendenhall Glacier is just 13 miles from the
state capital, where you have views of Juneau Icefield, Lynn Canal and
Stephens Passage. Following Juneau we cruise either Sawyer or
Hubbard Glacier. These glacier parks continually amaze and inspire
cruisers. Massive chunks of ice calve off the edges and crash into
the salt water below, often as frequently s once per hour.
Backdropped with coastal mountains with white caps the sightseeing here is
unique in the World and absolutely astounding.
Day 10 Situated
at the head of the scenic Lynn Canal, Skagway was once the gateway to the
Goldrush. Listen for the echoes of "There's Gold in them thar
hills" echoing from the canyon walls and valleys. Stroll
the famous historic Gold Rush National Historic Park, Trail of '98 Museum
and the White Pass and Yukon narrow-gauge Railroad. Others may
want to experience a shore excursion to the glaciers of Chilkat State Park
or go dogsledding on Denver Glacier.
Day 11 The
quaint port of Wrangell, at the mouth of the Stikine River has much
to offer. Be sure to check out the Anan Bear and Wildlife
Observatory or Petroglyph Beach State historic Park.
Day 12 We
cruise the inside passage southbound back into Canadian waters.
Enjoy the fabulous food and entertainment aboard the ship Pass the Alaska
Panhandle. The colors are inspiring with brilliant blue ice of
glaciers, emerald green of virgin forests, diamond-bright waterfalls and
fall foliage yellow and golds.
in Vancouver in the morning and disembark. Transfer to
Vancouver International airport or
you may choose to extend your stay and visit Vancouver and the largest
island in North America, mighty Vancouver Island. Those extending
their stay can go whale watching, see BUTCHART
and the city of VICTORIA
on Vancouver Island or travel up to WHISTLER
Resort area (North of Vancouver).
Watch calving glaciers
Wildlife abounds on an Alaskan cruise