Mountain Rails & Northern Lights Adventure
Experience two of Canada’s most astounding and diverse landscapes that showcase both the expansive and lush parks of the Rockies and the remote and untamed wilderness of the Yukon. Travelling from the foothills of the mountains in Alberta, prepare to be spellbound by the magnificent valleys and glaciers around Banff and Jasper. Journey westward through passages cleft deep into the rock as awe-inspiring vistas are framed by the panoramic windows of Rocky Mountaineer’s exclusive viewing cars. From Vancouver, fly north to the Yukon capital of Whitehorse, and then on to the log-constructed, waterside oasis of Southern Lakes Resort. Days are spent exploring the rugged trails, shorelines and forests around the resort, while evenings reveal the dazzling blue, green and red spectacle of the Northern Lights.
- Banff & Jasper National Parks
- Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper to Vancouver
- Whitehorse & the Aurora Borealis at Southern Lakes Resort
Calgary - Banff National Park
Arrive at Calgary’s International airport and board your transfer to the idyllic parkland town of Banff. Check into your hotel and take the rest of the day to explore the many unique shoppes, eateries and attractions around town. Overnight in Banff.
Banff National Park
The full day is at leisure to discover what one of Canada’s most famous mountain resort towns has to offer. Perhaps arrange a wildlife tour to view one of the many unique large animals in their natural environments, or consider a guided hike along the myriad of trails that depart either from the town, or from the nearby trailheads along the highway. Overnight in Banff.
Banff - Columbia Icefield Parkway - Jasper National Park
Depart on your full-day sightseeing transfer to Jasper including a stop at the incredible Columbia Icefield along the famous Icefields Parkway. The huge Columbia Glacier covers nearly 325-km2 and dominates the surrounding landscape. An Ice Explorer ride will take you onto the ancient Athabasca Glacier and is followed up by a walk on the Glacier SkyWalk – a glass-floored platform extending 30m out over the Sunwapta Canyon. Continue on to arrive in Jasper late in the afternoon. Overnight in Jasper.
Jasper National Park
Take the day to create your own adventure in Jasper! Perhaps you may wish to arrange for a thrilling rafting trip down the Athabasca River, or climb aboard a motorcycle sidecar for a different touring experience along the park’s scenic roads. Overnight in Jasper.
Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper National Park - Kamloops
Today, board the Rocky Mountaineer train for a spectacular rail excursion from Jasper to Kamloops. This unique daylight service allows you to view some of the most spectacular sights in Western Canada. The route departs the Rocky Mountains through the Kicking Horse Pass. By late afternoon, you are in the arid ranch land of interior British Columbia, where you disembark for the night. Upon arrival in Kamloops, the evening is at your leisure. Overnight in Kamloops.
Rocky Moutaineer from Kamloops - Vancouver
You will set out on the last leg of your spectacular rail experience today. The Rocky Mountaineer takes you through the “cowboy country” ranch lands and along the rushing torrents of the Fraser and Thompson Rivers. You are now truly in pioneer territory and en route you can listen to the history and legends of the West while enjoying all the comforts of your luxury train. The last stretch takes you through lush farmlands and past historic towns to Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.
Today you embark on a San Francisco-style trolley for a fully-commented city tour. Sightsee at your own pace as you hop-on and hop-off at many of Vancouver’s premier attractions, parks, gardens, galleries and restaurants. Highlights include: Gastown, Robson Street, English Bay, Granville Island, six stops in Stanley Park, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden, free False Creek ferry ride and free Granville Island walking tour with the Tour Guys. A live commentary in English will be provided throughout the tour. Overnight in Vancouver.
Vancouver - Whitehorse - Southern Lakes Resort
Today you individually transfer to Vancouver International Airport in time to check in for your Air North flight to Whitehorse. Arriving in this northern provincial capital, you are transferred by floatplane to Southern Lake Resort. Check into your log built cabin and take some time to meet your hosts for the next few days and discuss what adventures await! In the evening venture out on your first viewing of the spectacular Northern Lights as they dance in green, blue and scarlet swirls across the sky. Overnight at Southern Lakes Resort.
Southern Lakes Resort
Whether accompanying your guide through the local trails to track moose, wild sheep and other large inhabitants of the forest and lake lands, or venturing out on your own, trail map in hand, the magic of the Yukon is yours to discover. Breakfast included. Overnight at Southern Lakes Resort.
Southern Lakes Resort
Today why not elevate your adventure with one of the many optional activities available on site such as canoeing, hiking, fishing (season and weather permitting, some at additional cost). These guided trips reveal the true beauty of the Yukon and how the landscape is simultaneously both dramatically rugged and preciously fragile. Delicious meals and captivating Northern Lights round out your day and evening. Breakfast included. Overnight at Southern Lakes Resort.
Southern Lakes Resort - Whitehorse - Vancouver
Bidding your hosts farewell, you are transferred by coach to Whitehorse for your flight to Vancouver. Transfer independently to your hotel and enjoy your last evening perhaps with some Asian fusion cuisine, or with a walk along the sea wall promenade. Breakfast included. Overnight in Vancouver.
Vancouver & Home
Today your Canadian experience comes to an end as you independently transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your flight home.
- Rocky Mountaineer train
- Standard accommodation throughout
- 4 meals (2 lunches, 2 dinners)
- International flights from London and internal flight between Vancouver & Whitehorse (please ask if regional airports are required)
- Sightseeing as specified
Various departure dates through August & September 2021 - call us for an up-to-date list.