Canadian Lodges and Rockies by Rail – 8 Days / 7 Nights
Each of the lodges included in this program offer excellent accommodations in delightful settings, as well as wonderful dining. If you like the idea of a warm, welcoming lodge, a car that allows you to come and go as you please and a rail trip through the Rocky Mountains, Canadian Lodges and Rockies by Rail is a superb choice.
Banff , Lake Louise, Jasper, VIA Rail’s Sleeper Plus class (Jasper-Vancouver), Vancouver
Tour departs on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday
Day 1 – Arrival/Calgary to Banff
As the foothills give way to the Rockies, you’ll find some of the most stunning scenery: mountains, meadows, lakes and plains filled with wild flowers. Visit the bustling alpine village of Banff, filled with shops and restaurants.
Overnight – Rimrock Resort
Day 2 – Banff at Leisure
The breathtaking aura of the Rockies is yours to revel in today. You can explore the village of Banff, where you can see Bow Falls, Hoodoos and take a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Hike beautiful Johnson Canyon, go river-rafting, golf or relax in the refreshing mountain air.
Overnight – Rimrock Resort
Day 3 – Banff to Lake Louise
As you travel in the Canadian Rockies, you come to realize that many of the names you have seen are those of glaciers, resting in mountains high above the valley floor. In summer, the steady melting creates lakes with color to rival the finest jewel. You begin your day traveling past jagged mountains and lush valleys, as you drive along the meandering Bow Valley Parkway to spectacular Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Nestled in the Valley of the Ten Peaks is a lake of incredible color. It is often debated if Moraine Lake or Lake Louise has the most beautiful color. You can decide for yourself, as your final destination is the Deer Lodge. The lodge is just a short walk from the magnificent waters of Lake Louise. Your travels today can also take you into Yoho National Park in British Columbia. Here you will see first-hand, breathtaking waterfalls, emerald lakes and awe-inspiring tunnels known as “The Spiral Tunnels” – One of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s engineering feats! Stop at Takakkaw Falls, a Cree Indian word for “awesome”. The glacier-fed stream that feeds the falls runs a mere quarter of a mile, before plunging straight down more than a thousand feet into the Yoho Valley. You can also stop and explore a natural rock bridge before making your way to the Deer Lodge. Rustic by intent, Deer Lodge offers a picture-perfect setting.
Overnight – Deer Lodge (Heritage King Room)
Day 4 – Lake Louise to Jasper
Today, travel along the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic stretches of highway in North America. Stops for consideration might be: Num-Ti-Jah Lodge on the shores of stunning Bow Lake for a wonderful view of the Crowfoot Glacier. This one-time trapper’s lodge is rich with history and in one of the most picturesque settings in the Rockies. Plan to visit Peyto Lake and the Weeping Wall, before arriving at the Athabasca Glacier. Here you have an opportunity to go out onto the Icefield in a specially designed Ice Explorer. From here the parkway descends Tangle Ridge and follows the Athabasca River, which begins as melt water from the Athabasca Glacier. Stop at Sunwapta and Athabasca Falls, where the boiling waters of the river plunge into a chasm gorged our of the valley floor. Continue on to the Sawridge Inn in Jasper, where the staff is waiting to welcome you and assist you with your check-in arrangements.
Overnight – Sawridge Inn
Day 5 – Jasper at Leisure
The scenery in and around Jasper is remarkable! We highly recommend the drive to Maligne Lake and consider taking a cruise to Spirit Island.
Overnight – Sawridge Inn
Day 6 – Jasper to Vancouver aboard VIA Rail
Your train departs this afternoon, so you have your morning available to explore Jasper. Consider a visit to the lovely Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Your train departs at 2:30 this afternoon, so plan on being at the station one hour prior to your departure. The Budget office is a short walk from the station. We suggest that you drop one person and your bags at the station, and then return the car to the Budget office. You can walk back to the station or the Budget staff will take you in their van.
It is quite a thrill to take the train from Jasper, as you view the mountains from a perspective that can’t be experienced any other way. The long summer days ensure that you have lots of mountain views before dinner. Once you board the train, find a seat in the domed-skyline car. The scenery out of Jasper is breathtaking. The VIA Rail staff will be on-hand to assist you with your every need. VIA Rail’s accommodation is a sitting room by day, converting to upper and lower berths at night. As a Sleeper Plus passenger, your fare includes all meals, use of any of the lounges and access to the skyline car for spectacular viewing.
Overnight – Aboard VIA Rail
Day 7 – Arrive Vancouver
You are scheduled for a 9:30AM arrival into Vancouver. Transportation to the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver is included. Due to your early arrival, your room may not be available for check-in. If that is the case, leave your bags at the hotel and set out to explore Vancouver. Your hop on/off trolley tour gives you a wonderful overview of Vancouver and allows you to make stops along the way at your leisure. Visit Gastown, a lovely 19th century restoration offering a selection of excellent restaurants and shops. Other places to visit while in Vancouver are Stanley Park, the Aquarium, Granville Island, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain, colorful Chinatown, BC Place, the Sunken Gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park and the Bloedel Conservatory.
Overnight – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
Day 8 – Vancouver Home
Your package includes transportaion from your hotel to the Vancouver airport. We hope you have enjoyed your visit to Canada, and that this will be one of many trips in the future. Thank you for choosing Cartan Tours!
- 6 nights lodge/hotel accommodations
- 2 nights – The Rimrock Resort
- 1 night – Deer Lodge (Heritage King Room)
- 2 nights – Sawridge Inn
- 1 night – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
- 1 night – VIA Rail, Sleeper Plus class in a private bedroom from Jasper to Vancouver with access to the domed-viewing cars
- Meals while aboard VIA Rail
- Compact car – pick up Calgary Airport, drop off in Jasper including unlimited mileage
- Transfer – Vancouver rail station to hotel
- Vancouver city sightseeing tour
- Transfer – Vancouver hotel to Vancouver Airport
- Maps and destination information
- Hotel & car taxes, GST as applicable
Dates & Rates – 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Package starts on a Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday
- Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
- A senior discount is available if you are 60+ and traveling on the train between July 2 and October 8
|May 1 – 24, 2018||$2,999|
|May 27 – 31, 2018||$3,499|
|June 3 – 28, 2018||$3,699|
|July 1 – August 30, 2018||$3,799|
|September 2 – 27, 2018||$3,699|
|September 30 – October 7, 2018||$3,399|
COMING SOON: This section will include detailed information about the hotels in this tour, along with a PDF of the hotel brochure.
CUSTOMS/IMMIGRATION – PLEASE NOTE: ALL U.S. CITIZENS MUST HAVE A VALID U.S. PASSPORT FOR TRAVEL TO OR FROM CANADA AS OF JANUARY 08, 2007.
You clear Canadian Customs and immigration at your first point of entry into Canada. Customs and Immigration clearance is generally a quick and simple process. Please note that Non-citizens should carry a valid passport and check with their local Canadian Council for visa requirements.
If transfers are included in your tour package, vouchers have been provided. Present your vouchers to the bus driver.
Be casual and comfortable. Comfortable shoes are a must. We suggest flat shoes with rubber soles on the train, as this makes getting around easier and safer.
We are pleased to pass your requests to our hotels, but we cannot guarantee that the hotels will be able to accommodate these requests. Please keep in mind, that often hotels are filled to capacity.
Electricity is on the same current in Canada as in the states – 110 volts. If you are traveling on VIA Rail, bedrooms have a small sink and outlet for small appliance use like razors.
HOTEL CHECK-IN TIMES
When planning your daily activities, please keep in mind that your hotels are generally not available for check in until mid afternoon. If you arrive and cannot check in, we suggest you leave your bags with the hotel bell desk and go off to explore the city!
Based on your tour service selections, Cartan has reserved and paid for these tour services. Services, which you elect not to use, are not refundable. In the event a service cannot be used for reasons beyond your control, a refund will be issued provided the service supplier has agreed that they will refund or credit Cartan Tours. Based on the service suppliers’ refund to Cartan Tours, requests for qualifying refunds must be made in writing and will be processed less a $35.00 handling fee.
Incidental charges such as valet, telephone calls, beverages, and room service must be cleared before leaving the hotel. If you have made calls with a credit card or called collect, you may still have charges to clear. The hotels will appreciate your clearing them before you leave.
Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Canada. To avoid carrying large amounts of cash, we suggest you use your credit cards. Change the amount of money you feel you will need for general day-to-day activities. We find you get the best rate of exchange when you exchange money at a bank. Most people find it convenient to change money at the airport bank when they arrive.
GOODS AND SERVICES TAX
Cartan Tours pays GST on all taxable inclusions; however, we are not required to pay GST on hotel stays for non-Canadian visitors. Thus, there is no GST rebate due on hotel rooms reserved and paid by Cartan Tours.
Tipping percentages and policies are as in the States. A very acceptable tip for a meal is 15%. When dining, always check to ensure the service charge has not been added to your bill. You will see a tax charge that averages 12 – 17%. Service, if charged, should also be listed. Although menus frequently specify their policy on tipping, if unsure, feel free to ask.
It is customary in Canada to leave a small tip for the chambermaid. We suggest $1.00 per room per night. Baggage handling we suggest $1.00 – $2.00 per bag.