Spring in the Canadian Mountains - Toronto to Prince Rupert Roundtrip
Roundtrip from Toronto to Prince Rupert - 14 days - 13 nights group rail, hotels and more tour
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 to Tuesday, June 21, 2022
We will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Canada’s History Society on this SOLD OUT tour that guests have been waiting since 2020 to experience.
For those that still wish to travel on this package we have added a special fall colours tour to enjoy the fall colours of Canada in September and October of 2022 we are calling ACROSS CANADA & MOUNTAINS IN THE FALL.
The only tour available (that we know of) round trip from Toronto featuring BOTH the scenic rail journey’s aboard VIA Rail' s CANADIAN through Northern Ontario, the scenic prairie landscapes of Manitoba and Saskatchewan and the Rockies of Alberta and (possibly the most scenic mountain rail journey in Canada) the JASPER –PRINCE RUPERT, BC train planned to be experienced in one of VIA Rails full length Panorama Dome car. Journey round trip by rail from Toronto across the Canadian Shield and Prairies past the Canadian Rocky and Coastal Mountains, in daylight, to Northern BC and shoreline of the Pacific Ocean. There will be dome car(s) on all the trains the group will travel on. Overnight in hotels and enjoy Jasper, Prince Rupert and Prince George as part of this unique tour. Enjoy planned off train excursions such as the Maligne Lake boat tour in Jasper National Park, Icefields Parkway and Columbia Glacier tour, Museum of Northern BC, the North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site and other heritage attractions. Travel past the site of the last spike on the Grand Trunk Pacific, and learn about this railway from the past (now part of CN) and its President Charles Melville Hayes who envisioned this route. The tour price also includes all admissions at attractions and off train tours, train travel in Sleeping Car class, hotels, all meals on the trains and more for an unbelievable Canadian rail journey.
What the tour includes:
Starting from Toronto’s downtown Union Station, for the scheduled morning departure, you will board VIA’s westbound train The CANADIAN in Touring - Sleeping car class. Once onboard enjoy a Bon Voyage reception and also enjoy lunch and dinner on the train later in the day. The route of the train travels North then West in the province passing many lakes and rivers, isolated communities and fishing camps. Move around the train as you like and take in the events and views from the trains lounge, activity and dome cars and again overnight on the night on the train.
Awake to enjoy breakfast in the dining car and travel past the scenic Canadian Shield of NW Ontario and Western Manitoba. This evening the train arrives, for an extended stop, at the journey’s Mid-way point the City of Winnipeg. Here you will have time to tour the historic Winnipeg Union Station. Departing Winnipeg, the train travels through western Manitoba and into the Province of Saskatchewan. See a grand prairie sunset from the dome car before retiring for the night.
This morning travel through the western part of the Province of Saskatchewan and into Alberta. Stretch your legs on the platform in the Provincial Capital of Edmonton - where a Panorama Dome Car will be added to our train traveling to Jasper. Breakfast and lunch and dinner will be enjoyed on the train and again overnight in your sleeping car accommodation.
Awake to the Canadian Rockies and scheduled arrival into Jasper to explore this picturesque mountain town and region. We plan to literally explore from the bottom to the top so we can experience the natural beauty of Jasper National Park. First we will visit the scenic Maligne Canyon to marvel and its beauty from the trails and bridges over what is called the deepest canyon in the Canadian Rockies. This afternoon we will go the top of the Jasper Skytram high atop Whistlers Mountain for breathtaking views of the mountain peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Tonight there will be some more free time to explore more of town and overnight here in Jasper.
Sleep in or take some time to do some shopping here in Jasper before our mid day boarding and departure of VIA RAIL’s Jasper- Prince George train for Day 1 of this (daylight only) trip viewing the Canadian Rockies of Alberta and British Columbia. Our assigned seats will be in the exclusive Panorama Dome car to enjoy the stunning views from the isolated route of this train as we travel toward the BC interior and eventually the Pacific coastline. The train also has has a Park observation car with a wrap around lounge area at the train's end and an upper dome area with 360 degree views and lounge areas in the lower part of the car for viewing of the countryside the train travels through in great comfort. Our guide will keep you informed of when to have your camera ready for that memorable photograph. There will be dinner on the train (served at your seat) for those on the tour and over night at our partner hotel in Prince George at the end of the day.
After waking up this morning at our hotel here we will transfer to the Prince George train train station and board VIA’ RAILS Jasper (again in the Panorama Dome) to - Prince Rupert train for Day 2 to enjoy the scenery from the route of this train. Rail Travel Tours guests will enjoy Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the train. Outside the dome car’s windows (and all of the train's windows for that matter) view B.C’s Coastal Mountains and the amazing Skeena River that the train route travels alongside (watch for seals and otters in the river) for possibly the most scenic views in Canada from a passenger train. The vegetation gets more lush and the river will get wider and wider before we see the Pacific Ocean as we arrive in Prince Rupert BC on the Pacific Coast and transfer to the hotel (included in the tour) where we will overnight.
Today will be full day experiencing this area of BC`S North West Coast and our time here will be spent enjoying local history; First Nation’s culture, the wildlife of Prince Rupert and heritage of the area include a guided tour of the preserved National Historic Site - The North Pacific (former salmon) Cannery and Fishing Village in nearby Port Edward. In Prince Rupert itself we will visit the Museum of Northern BC to learn about the Haida people and history of the area. We will also enjoy the Prince Rupert Port Interpretive Centre followed by free time to explore the shops and restaurants in what is called the COWS BAY area of Prince Rupert. Those on the tour will also enjoy a special dinner at a great location overlooking the Pacific Ocean and again overnight at our Prince Rupert Hotel (that even has an outdoor hot tub overlooking the Pacific Ocean!).
This morning transfer to the PR train station to board the train again on VIA Rail’s Prince Rupert- Prince George train for Day 3 of this scenic rail journey for the group to experience the Eastward journey on this (daylight only) train. Rail Travel Tours guests will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner on the train. Outside the trains windows view B.C’s Coastal Mountains and the amazing Skeena River. Photograph the Hudson Bay Mountain and Kathleen Glacier. After again enjoying the awesome scenery of Northern BC overnight at our Prince George hotel.
Awake to again enjoy breakfast at the hotel before the short transfer to the Prince George station and board the train to enjoy Day 4 of this (daylight only) trip viewing the ranch country of Northern BC, we enjoy, later in the day, lunch on the train, and the route will pass – Mount Robson - the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies before returning to Jasper Alberta to again overnight here.
Always a favorite with past guests our day in the Rockies will be enjoyed by travelling south by bus on the renowned Icefields Parkway. We will visit the Icefields Interpretive Centre before experiencing a planned tour on the Athabasca Glacier on the Pursuit Columbia Glacier Explorer tour on their unique Sno-Coach vehicle. After this we make our way back to town and stop at Sunwapta and Athabasca Falls before arriving back in Jasper after a memorable day. Overnight at our Jasper Hotel – but before you head to bed sit in the rooftop hot tub as the sun sets behind the Canadian Rockies.
Today we start with some last minute souvenir shopping along Connaught Avenue before boarding the scheduled eastbound Canadian to again view the Rockies in daylight, as well onboard the train guests will enjoy both lunch and dinner prepared by the Rail VIA chefs and spend the night on the train.
Awake to view the province of Saskatchewan and later today enjoy great views of the Qu'Appelle Valley and the prairies of Manitoba. Stretch your legs to view Winnipeg’s Union Station and later travel from the prairies to the rugged Canadian Shield. Those on the train today will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner and later tonight the train quietly crosses the border back into Ontario.
Today you will continue to travel east in the province of Ontario and enjoy breakfast lunch & dinner (included) on the train. Travel through the scenic region of Northern Ontario featuring many lakes and rivers with isolated communities and fishing camps. Enjoy the trains lounge, activity and dome cars and again enjoy the night on the train.
Today will be your last day on the train (enjoying breakfast and lunch onboard) and this afternoon you will arrive back in downtown Toronto to end what past guests have told us - "This was the most scenic Canadian rail journey we ever took part in" and thrilled how well Rail Travel Tours took care of them.
TOUR IS SOLD OUT BUT CONTACTUS TO BE PUT ON A WAITING LIST OR BOOK ON THE SAME TOUR IN THE FALL WE ARE CALLING - ACROSS CANADA & MOUNTAINS IN THE FALL
Per Person Double Occupancy: (Train Section) - $5,995.00
Per Person Double Occupancy: (Train Cabin) - $7,595.00
Per Single Occupancy: (Train Cabin for One) - $8,395.00
Per Person Double Occupancy (Train Prestige Room) - CALL FOR AVAILABILITY AND PRICING
- A $250.00 per person deposit (processed by VISA or MasterCard) is required to hold space (with the exception of Prestige Class which as per new VIA Policies) that will be refunded (or transferred to a future tour if guests prefer) if rail Travel Tours has to cancel the tour due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Balance of tour cost to be paid on April 20,2022.
- Price above is shown in Canadian Dollars prior to 13% HST.
- Additional pre-tour and post tour hotel stays can be included depending on availability.
- We are not responsible for late bookings if train or hotel space is sold out, highly recommend reserving early guaranteeing your travel dates.
- Complete itineraries will be provided closer to the dates of travel and travel information kit on day of departure and will not be sent in advance of full tour payment.
- Questions can be answered by emailing us or call toll free 1-866-704-3528.
Let our knowledge of Canada’s world renowned rail journey work for you. Those who reserve with us receive an industry leading detailed travel information kit with route guides, tickets, well located hotels, a variety of attractions, sights and activities, maps, travel info and more. Our detailed final itinerary has hints and suggestions for the benefit of your trip that we have learned over the years in our experience and listening to our customers. We look forward to sharing our passion for Canada by rail when you travel with us.