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Everything is bigger in Canada, including the Rockies. See them from every angle as you explore the jewel-colored lakes and snowcapped mountains of Banff and Jasper National Parks. Just when you think the scenery can’t get any more spectacular, you’ll climb aboard the Rocky Mountaineer to ride the rails through the soaring peaks and twisting valleys of the Coastal Range. With one dazzling landscape after another, this tour will open your eyes to western Canada’s gems.
Your Tour Includes
Round-trip airfare & transfers
9 nights in handpicked hotels
Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine
Private deluxe motor coach
Select entrance fees
Why You'll Love It
Spectacular mountain scenery at every turn
Bears, moose, eagles & other Banff residents
The stunning Valley of the Ten Peaks
A snow coach ride across Athabasca glacier
Glittering Lake Maligne
Vancouver’s vibrant, multicultural atmosphere
Arrive in the Heart of the New West
Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled flight
aboard a major airline to Calgary, the Nashville of the North. A Go Ahead representative greets you at
the airport and then accompanies you to your hotel
and assists you with check-in. Meet your fellow
travelers at this evening’s included dinner.
Take in the expanse of Calgary and beyond from atop the tall tower
Your Tour Director leads you on a sightseeing tour of Calgary, site of the 1988 Winter Olympics. Tour the Olympic Park and stroll down Steven Avenue, Calgary’s most famous shopping destination. Enjoy soaring views of the city from the Calgary Tower. Transfer to Banff this afternoon, and catch your first glimpse of the awe-inspiring Banff National Park, one of the natural wonders of the world. Enjoy an included dinner this evening.
Soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a panoramic view of Banff
Banff National Park, Sulfur Mountain gondola ride
Breathe in the crisp mountain air as you board a
Sulfur Mountain gondola ride over Banff National
Park’s gorgeous mountains and valleys. The birthplace of Canada’s national park system, Banff is part of the Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. You’ll discover a landscape rich in wildlife and history against a backdrop of glaciers and towering mountain peaks. This afternoon, continue to explore Banff’s beauty on your own. This evening, opt for an enjoyable “Oh Canada Eh?” dinner and show.
"Oh Canada Eh?" Dinner Show $89* pp
Experience a lighthearted look into Canadian culture at a showing of “Oh Canada Eh?” This dinner show is a two-hour musical celebration of songs written or made famous by Canadians. You’ll meet singing Mounties, lumberjacks, hockey players, the loveable Anne of Green Gables and many other famous Canadian characters for a whirlwind adventure through the sights and sounds of Canada. While you are enjoying the show, the performers also serve you a delicious meal of local cuisine.
Go lake-hopping among emerald-colored waters and alpine peaks
Yoho National Park
Say goodbye to Banff as you depart for the glittering shores of Lake Louise. En route, stop to marvel at Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Upon arrival in Lake Louise, you’ll visit Chateau Lake Louise, where you’ll have free time for lunch. This afternoon, journey to Yoho National Park, where you’ll see the ethereal Emerald Lake, which owes its color to fine particles suspended in the glacier waters, and bask in the unearthly beauty of this alpine gem.
Motor across the snow drifts and glaciers of Columbia Icefields
Jasper National Park
Leave Lake Louise for Jasper, a picturesque town nestled in the midst of Jasper National Park’s shimmering glaciers, crystal lakes, waterfalls, canyons and evergreen forests surrounded, by towering peaks. En route, visit the turquoise waters of Peyto Lake (weather permitting) before continuing on to the world-famous Columbia Icefield, one of the world’s most spectacular mountain glaciers. Take a guided drive across Athabasca Glacier onboard a vehicle specially designed for glacier driving. This afternoon, visit Athabasca Falls in Jasper National Park. While you’re here, opt to join an Athabasca River Raft tour. Enjoy an included dinner this evening.
Athabasca River Raft Tour $65* pp
Fall in love with the Canadian wilderness on a leisurely journey down the Athabasca River, tracing the same route that early fur traders once followed. Along the way, your river guide will teach you the river’s natural and human history. Your tour passes through a calm stretch of the river, but some splashing is to be expected and waterproof ponchos are recommended. Please note: This optional excursion is seasonal and runs mid-May through September only.
Cruise the mountain-ringed lakes of Jasper National Park
Set off on an expedition into Jasper National Park
this morning. Visit the steep walls of Maligne
Canyon, travel to Medicine Lake and finally arrive
at the shores of beautiful Maligne Lake. Consider
joining our optional Maligne Lake Cruise. Or, spend the afternoon at leisure.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
Maligne Lake Cruise $69* pp
This midday cruise is your opportunity to experience one of the gems of the Canadian Rockies. You'll travel down Maligne Lake, through Samson Narrows and on to Spirit Island, where you are free to disembark for a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity. The cruise is enhanced by a licensed crew member who will provide narration for the duration of the excursion. Please note: This excursion is offered mid-May through early October and is weather dependent.
Ride the rails through the Rockies’ highest, most glorious mountains
Today, hop aboard a vintage Rocky Mountaineer
train for a spectacular full-day ride to the untamed
beauty of Kamloops. Take in glacial lakes, towering
mountain peaks and raging rivers from the comfort
of your train car. The Rocky Mountaineer travels at
“Kodak speed,” so be sure to have your camera
ready! Enjoy an included lunch on board today.
Steam through the dramatic scenery of the Coastal Mountains
Continue your journey south with today’s eighthour
ride aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train to
Vancouver, a friendly city with the ideal blend of
urban sophistication and natural beauty.
Explore Vancouver’s varied neighborhoods, from Gastown to Chinatown
This morning, tour the multicultural, cosmopolitan city of Vancouver with your guide. You’ll visit the 1,000 acre Stanley Park, Chinatown and the historic Gastown district. The afternoon is free to discover this wonderful city on your own. This evening, relive memories with your group over a farewell dinner.
Fly higher than the Rocky Mountains as you head home
Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)
This morning, a Go Ahead representative escorts
you to the airport for your return flight home. If you are extending your stay, enjoy three more days to explore Vancouver.
Extend Your Stay
Add Vancouver City Stay $269*
Delve deeper into the diversity and vibrancy of British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada. Many cultures meet in the seaport of Vancouver, which boasts thriving Chinese and Indian neighborhoods. Spend your days wandering around the original settlement in Gastown or enjoying the great outdoors. Then, spend your evenings feasting on Chinese food and checking out the lively music scene. Opt to spend a day taking in the beauty and refinement of Victoria or the fresh air and adventurous spirit at Whistler.
Hear the call of the hoary marmot in Whistler
Explore Vancouver on your own. Alternatively, consider joining our optional excursion to Whistler Village, located just up the coast. Canada’s premier
ski resort, Whistler’s charming shops and cozy restaurants offer something for everyone.
Whistler Village $159* pp
Travel up the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler, one of Canada's premier ski resorts. Upon arrival, you'll take a panoramic tour of the village followed by admission to the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. Spend the rest of your day exploring Whistler, where you'll have time to peruse the local shops and take in the spectacular views of the valley during an included peak-to-peak gondola ride.
Discover Victoria’s blooming gardens and multicultural vibe
Enjoy your final day at leisure or opt to board
a ferry to Victoria, situated on Vancouver Island.
The ride is considered to be one of the most beautiful ferry crossings in the world. Begin your tour in the city’s waterfront, passing the Inner Harbour, Parliament Buildings and Empress Hotel. Then, head to Butchart Gardens to explore the enchanting floral displays. With 55
acres of seasonal flora, these are among the
most renowned botanical gardens in Canada.
Victoria Sightseeing $189* pp
Board a ferry for a scenic ride to Victoria, where a local guide will introduce you to downtown Victoria. Next, take in a passing view of the Parliament Buildings, the city's Inner Harbor and the iconic Empress Hotel. After a few hours to eat lunch and explore on your own, travel through the countryside for a guided tour of the famed Butchart Gardens, home to 55 acres of stunning floral displays. Your evening comes to a close as you head back to the docks to catch your return ferry to Vancouver.
Terminal City is the terminus of your tour
Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)
Transfer to the airport this morning for your return
Passport & Visa Requirements
A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Canada. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please be sure to have your required identification with you as well.
Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). Please note, you’ll need a small carry-on bag for your overnight in Kamloops. There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.
Clothing & Packing Tips
We recommend packing light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are also recommended. Hiking boots might come in handy, if you plan to do any extensive walking or hiking. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any event—a lightweight jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. Restaurants are typically informal in this region of Canada. Remember to bring a small carry-on bag for your overnight in Kamloops.
Please be aware that you will be traveling at altitudes between 7,000 and 9,000 feet above sea level on this tour. These high altitudes can sometimes cause difficulty breathing and other health problems with travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor regarding any potential health risks. Even healthy travelers may sometimes experience altitude sickness, a temporary condition featuring symptoms of headache, fatigue, nausea and lightheadedness. Until your body acclimates to the higher altitudes, we suggest that you drink plenty of fluids and limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol. Otherwise, there are no major health risks when traveling to this region. During the summer months, take care for sun exposure and heat. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine—even if you’re not traveling far. Most of the cuisine on this tour is well-known, but look out for especially delicious French, Acadian and indigenous influences.
Flights arrive in Calgary, where a Go Ahead representative escorts you to your hotel for check-in. Return flights depart from Vancouver. A train ride is included on the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper to Vancouver via Kamloops, where you’ll enjoy RedLeaf Service. SilverLeaf Service and GoldLeaf Service upgrades may be available upon request for an additional cost. All other included transportation on tour is by private motor coach.
All regions operate on the Canadian standard 110 volts.
Most of your tour will fall on Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is two hours behind Eastern Standard Time (EST). Vancouver is on Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is three hours behind EST. For most of your tour, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 10am on tour.
Canadian dollars will be the currency on your tour. You can find kiosks at the airport with good exchange rates, but the best way to change your money is simply by using an ATM.
At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.
This trip was absolutely one of the best I have taken with GoAhead. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous from Banff to Vancouver. The train ride was nice and relaxing with impeccable service on board. The people of Canada were so friendly and always willing to help a lost traveler. Our tour guide David was so informed and went out of his way to make sure everyone had the ultimate experience in Canada. We did the extension and visited Whistler and Victoria and both were excellent. The weather was perfect, the views were like postcards, and the overall trip was excellent. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone looking for scenic views and wildlife with a fairly relaxed pace.
Worst Travel EVER
This was our first time traveling with Go Ahead Tours and, believe me, our LAST!!!
My wife and I are in our mid 70's, and she has difficulty maneuvering, especially up steps. We were assured by the reservation staff on several occasions that this was an "easy" tour and that there would be every accommodation made for her difficulties.
The first night, although the best accommodation of the entire trip, WE had to make arrangements for a room change with hotel management for her to have a room for handicapped with raised toilet seat and walk-in shower. The tour director SHOULD have been the one to do this!!! (He did try to make sure that the accommodations were as good as possible for the other nights, although most of the dumpy hotel/motels seem to have never heard of a room for the handicapped.)
The scenery was spectacular. Beautiful countryside and vistas. Fellow travelers wonderful.
The travel comfort on LONG bus and train rides was NOT as good as the average commercial bus or train trip and WORSE, in that other than one platform on the train and walking to the tiny bathroom on the bus there was no place to move about for HOURS at a time. Granted there were bus stops, it seems, at every junkie tourist shop along the way featuring mostly over-priced (you guessed it) "junk." Although getting the group up VERY early each morning to get on the bus, there were frequent times on the bus trips that we were ahead of schedule and could not get to that night's hotel ahead of a certain time......SOOOOOoooo longer touristy shop stops and more frequent impromptu, off-on the bus for more "beautiful lake scenery" and "mountain vistas." (After a few days of this and I was ready for the bare, green hills of home!!!)
As mentioned before, the accommodations, other than the first night, would have been only 3 star, at best, and mostly 1 or 2 star. The last, for three nights in Vancouver, was by far the worst. Except for one, the rest of the front desk staff were rude, arrogant, inhospitable. One front desk agent even told me, when I enquired as to the possibility of a room with a shower other than ours that had a 3 and 1/2 foot sided, step-over tub, that "most of our guests who have the need of special bathing facilities usually bring 'lifts' to place the person into the tub." DUH!!!!
Okay. I think you get a picture of this "disaster" and can understand why I titled the review as I did.
Thanks for reading and customer beware!!!
Loved our trip to the Canadian Rockies. Had a wonderful group and tour director, couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating (my spouse fell and as it turned out broke her shoulder early on in the trip and needed some special attention occasionally). Our bus driver was a real hoot, enjoyed his local knowledge tremendously and our Rocky Mountaineer train attendant was great also. As I said the scenery was just picture-postcard spectacular. Accommodations were nice, although the one in Kamloops was extremely small and difficult for an injured person to navigate. We made lots of new friends and would go again in a heartbeat. I might add that the food we were served was excellent and that we managed to eat ourselves into several extra pounds - yummm, you guys are bad for my dieting. Our tour guide Sandy was a real likable guy who took every opportunity to ensure my wife's comfort, we enjoyed his company immensely.
Spectacular Canadian Rockies
This trip was fantastic. Starting in Calgary, we quickly went into the beautiful countryside of the Rockies. All the hotel accommodations were great, and easy to get from them to the main activities of each city. Our director, David, was very helpful in every way, and took great care of us all from A to Z. There were too many highlights to cite, but the Valley of the Ten Peaks with Lake Moraine blew everybody's mind. And the train ride on the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper to Vancouver was a real hoot. Just great. Seeing the Canadian Rockies never gets old, no matter how many times you go.
One breath-taking scene after another.
Great Tour! Great Tour Guide!
My wife and I thought that the Canadian Rockies Tour was great and we highly RECOMMEND it. It was a good value considering all of the sites we visited, things we did, and service that we received.
David is a superb tour guide and we thought of him as a friend by tour's end.
I recommend the two day extension so that you can visit Vancouver Island and Whistler Mountain.
Don't hesitate. GoAhead and do it!
Loved this tour!
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Canadian Rockies and Vancouver. We took the two-day extension, which I would highly recommend to give you sufficient time to see more of Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler. Our tour director, David, was great. He did all he could to meet everyone's needs and gave us some excellent pointers on things to do during our free time. I definitely recommend this tour...and already miss the mountains.
Wonderful tour guide
This was my first trip with goahead and we had the best tour guide, David. He is very knowledgeable and shared this with us. I appreciate all his effort to make this the beautiful trip that it was.
The tour itself featured nature at its best. I would recommend going in late June when there is
still abundant snow on the mountains but warm enough to make all the stops accessible. The only
negative comment I would make is that the food, outside of Vancouver, left something to be desired,
particularly at the optional "O Canada Eh!" optional dinner show. Our tour director would be hard to
beat: attentive, meticulous preparation, and great familiarity with all the locations visited.
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We absolutely loved the Canadian Rockies tour in June!! David did a super job organizing stops, meals, hotels, etc. We saw so many beautiful sites!!!