It's a great day to start our tour
in Edmonton, Capital, "heart and soul" of Alberta. Arrive on your own to
The Fantasyland Hotel at West Edmonton Mall or you may prefer the classic
McDonald Hotel in downtown Edmonton overlooking the scenic river valley. We can recommend a wide variety of
hotels that meet your budget.
Today is free to explore the 800 stores and restaurants at the world's largest
shopping complex. Check out the water park, the skating rink, indoor
amusement park including the world's fastest indoor roller coaster. See
the fire-breathing dragon at Silver City and attend a movie at one of the 20
theaters. There are many restaurants and night clubs to choose from.
West Edmonton Mall has everything
You are free to visit the historic MacDonald Hotel, Fort Edmonton Park (largest
of its kind in Canada), the Parliament Buildings and the beautiful North
Saskatchewan River Valley. Edmonton has more parks than any city in North
America. Perhaps book a tour on the Edmonton Queen River Boat.
Monday, transfer on your own to Edmonton's VIA rail station for the fabulous
train journey to Jasper, largest of the Canada's high country parks.
Trains departs at 8:55AM arriving in Jasper at 2:15PM. Jasper is
famous the world over for its natural beauty. We transfer on our own to
our nearby hotel and have three days and nights (or more if you choose) to
breathe in the clean mountain air. There are many hiking possibilities and
a you can rent a bike right in town. Pyramid
Lake and Patricia Lake, above the townsite, is
a terrific hike and there are many lakes nearby. You may want to rent a
car or take a one or two day tour along the Icefields Parkway to Athabasca
Falls. South from there you can ride a Sno-Coach onto the Columbia
Icefield's Athabasca Glacier. The Columbia Icefields are 125 square miles
in size (massive!), with no fewer than 30 glaciers where 3 river systems flow to
three different oceans. Mile high Maligne Lake and the brooding mountain
ranges were formed here starting a million years ago. The scenery really
is stunning and you are sure to depart feeling refreshed and alive.
7 All aboard
VIA rail bound for the Pacific at 3:30PM. Our overnight train journey
includes private bedroom for our comfort. Meals aboard are luxurious and
we are warmed by the splendid views through the immense glass windows of the dome
Arrive in Vancouver and transfer on our own to our downtown Vancouver
hotel. We have the next two days and nights to be entranced by the charm
and beauty of this city. The mountains frame the skyline and there are
ocean and inlet views everywhere. Day tours of Vancouver can be easily
arranged from the hotel. We recommend seeing Grouse Mountain (including
the Gondola ride to the summit) and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Be
sure to see the cruise port ( how about a cruise to finish off a spectacular
journey?), Gastown, North America's second largest Chinatown, and Stanley Park's
Totem Poles. Double Decker bus tours are popular and you may consider a
day tour to Victoria, on Vancouver Island where you can enjoy High Tea at the
Empress Hotel and a pleasant walk through the infamous Butchart
to Vancouver International Hotel on our own for the flight home.