Day 1
Vancouver, BC Canada
Moderate/Superior/Deluxe Hotel Grades None

Vancouver to Jasper (overnight onboard VIA Rail)

This evening (7.30pm), check in at Pacific Central Station and board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ for the famous train journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Travel back in time to the days of classic rail travel. The original stainless steel ‘streamliner’ railcars (made famous by the ‘Canadian’ in the 1950s) are completely refurbished with air conditioning, a café car, lounge car, and access for all on board to the dome car.

Exclusive to Sleeper Touring Class: By day, sit back in comfortable seating and enjoy the comfort of your very own accommodation. At night attendants will transform your quarters into cozy bunks or a bedroom. Guests have access to the Park Car, always at the tail end of the train whose tapered shape gives the car its distinctive look. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee or, in the evening, complimentary hors d’oeuvres before dinner. In the Dome you’ll feel the true essence of travelling by train - where scene after memorable scene sweeps by. This evening retire to your Sleeping Car where a comfortable bed awaits you. Some of the amenities include thick towels, plump pillows, cozy down duvets and a shower kit.

Day 2
Jasper, AB Canada
Moderate/Superior/Deluxe Hotel Grades Breakfast, Lunch

Arrive Jasper

By the time you awake this morning the train will have just departed Kamloops to begin a day of travelling towards the Canadian Rockies and Jasper. Enjoy breakfast (included) while surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Around lunch time the ‘Canadian’ begins its passage into the Canadian Rockies with views of snow-capped peaks, Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields. Pass by Mount Robson, which at 3,954m is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Jasper at 4.00pm and transfer to your hotel. (Breakfast & lunch included today onboard VIA Rail)

Day 3
Jasper, AB Canada
Moderate/Superior/Deluxe Hotel Grades None

Jasper (Maligne Canyon Ice Walk)

Experience the wonders of the Maligne Canyon from the ground up! The canyon has withstood 10,000 years of erosion and has created a 50m gorge. Certified guides will lead you along the frozen canyon floor and its ice-clad limestone walls. Super soles and winter boots will keep guests warm and secure as they explore this wonderland of rock and ice.

Day 4
Jasper, AB Canada
Moderate/Superior/Deluxe Hotel Grades None

Jasper to Lake Louise (evening sleigh ride)

Travel southward along the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise. This spectacular drive through glacier country will be highlighted by massive snow covered mountains, frozen waterfalls and broad-reaching valleys. Included this evening is a wonderful 40 minute Sleigh Ride that takes place beside the lake.

Day 5
Lake Louise, AB Canada
Moderate/Superior/Deluxe Hotel Grades None

Lake Louise

Today is free for you to enjoy the winter activities surrounding Lake Louise.

Day 6
Lake Louise, AB Canada
Moderate/Superior/Deluxe Hotel Grades None

Lake Louise to Banff

Depart Lake Louise mid-morning for a short drive to Banff via the scenic Bow Valley.

Day 7
Banff, AB Canada
Moderate/Superior/Deluxe Hotel Grades None

Banff (Snowshoeing at Marble Canyon)

Marble Canyon is a great introduction to snowshoeing that provides insight into the fur trade and its impact on Western Canada. Along the way hear stories of Banff’s indigenous people, explorers and fur traders who lived in and traveled through the Rockies. Snowshoe on an easy trail through the Vermilion River Valley to Marble Canyon, a cultural treasure within our National Parks. This trip is on mostly flat terrain and you will have a chance to search for snowshoe hare, moose, and wolf tracks while exploring. Finally, near Marble Canyon you’ll be rewarded with a unique Canadian treat - hot maple taffy!

Day 8
Calgary, AB Canada
None None

Banff to Calgary

This morning is free to explore Banff, before your scheduled coach to Calgary departs midday.

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Canadian Winter Rail Tours Highlights: Vancouver | Via Rail Train | Jasper | Lake Louise | Banff | Calgary |

The Canadian Rockies are spectacular in the winter. Pristine snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes and blue skies make winter in the mountains a must have experience.

Stay at the iconic winter wonderland resorts of Banff, Lake Louise and JasperSleigh ride at Lake LouiseSnow shoeing at Marble CanyonMaligne Canyon Ice Walk

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Victoria Island and Butchart Gardens

By: Sally & Lyman

Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2016

We finished up our cruise by spending two days in Vancouver with a trip out to Victoria and Butchart Gardens. What a way to cap off a fabulous cruise. Butchart Gardens has been on our bucket list for a while and it didn't disappoint - truly some of the most beautiful gardens and flowers we have ever seen. Got to take advantage of great restaurants in Vancouver and stayed at The Rosewood Georgia Hotel - fantastic. We want to go back to Vancouver just to stay at the Georgia again....
Travel Advisor:  Dee Dyer

Fun in Vancouver

By: JB and LB

Reviewed on: 22 Jul 2016

Punctual - clean cars - knowledgeable drivers
Travel Advisor:  Alan Abelson

Great info!

By: Claire

Reviewed on: 28 Jul 2016

Would use this again.
Travel Advisor:  Marisa L. Cole

short stay in B.C.

By: *

Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2017

Arrangements for hotel, ferry and other transportation, done right
Travel Advisor:  Alan Abelson

Banff and Lake Louise

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 08 Aug 2017

Yes they were fantastic. Guides were engaging and knowledgeable and fun to be with.
Travel Advisor:  Frances Boyce


By: Constant traveler

Reviewed on: 12 Aug 2017

They were very responsible and there was never a problem with their arrangements. The communicated well including a detailed description of pickups etc.
Travel Advisor:  Dee Dyer


By: Mtravel

Reviewed on: 29 Aug 2017

They were very reliable. Got us exactly the tour with the time we needed
Travel Advisor:  Kate Winslow

Gray Line Tour to Victoria

By: Rex

Reviewed on: 28 Sep 2017

The tour to Victoria was exactly what we hoped for.
Travel Advisor:  Timothy Krenzien

Dive into Mintreal

By: Deborah

Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2017

Great tour guide, very knowledgeable and thoughtful. There was a hitch with the service providing the car- had a long wait. Don’t know where the error occurred.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Elias


By: Ann

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2017

It was good. The first day tour of Vancouver was not that complete and we really did not need a guide. The second day day going to Stanley park, the countryside was informative, complete, and beneficial to all ages involved. David was our driver and he was excellent, professional, and very informative.
Travel Advisor:  Ann Harrison

DH Review

By: Cotton

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2017

not applicable as the tour was not taken due to a mix up on our part
Travel Advisor:  Florence (Flo) Banks

Silent Partner

By: Bill

Reviewed on: 18 Nov 2017

Totally unaware, which I suppose is the whole idea with a tour operator. Great trips with no hiccups- cannot do better than that!
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Hardy

Great Tours

By: Thompson Fam

Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2018

Walking Tour of Historical Montreal and the Food/Aromas Tour were great. Both guides were friendly, informative, and flexible. They connected well with the family. We had a location/meeting place miscommunication for the Food Tour, but it was resolved quickly and without issue.
Travel Advisor:  Cristina Buaas
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Eastern Canada

By: Belinda

Reviewed on: 31 May 2018

Discover Holidays provided a lot of good information and maps. I appreciated the Lonely Planet guide on arrival to my hotel in Montreal. The only criticism was they were difficult to get a hold of out of hours when they had double booked rooms for me in Halifax. My travel advisor, however, was able to get in touch with them to sort it out.
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By: Cathy

Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2018

Everything was correct
Travel Advisor:  Sherry Wilczewski

Great Tour


Reviewed on: 11 Jun 2018

We had a great tour of Victoria. Our tour guide tailored the trip to our interests and was very informative. We were very pleased.
Travel Advisor:  Wayne Muhlstein
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Too many buses


Reviewed on: 27 Jul 2018

A few too many bus tours for my taste. How long can you sit? The drivers were fine. MIKE, in particular (Brewster tours) was excellent. He is a treasure. The content of his talks was intelligent, creative, and entertaining. We were lucky enough to have him as our driver for two days. WE MISS YOU, MIKE!
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy
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Tour Operator

By: j

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2018

Discover Holidays Inc. arranged everything perfectly.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Buck
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By: Julie

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

Didn’t work directly with them, but the plans they did for Amy were fabulous.
Travel Advisor:  Amy Rectenwald
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wonderful vacation

By: Kate Long

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

We had a wonderful vacation in Alaska through Discover Holidays. The tours, trains and hotels were all first class. We saw everything we wanted to and fit everything in along with a fishing trip. they did a great job of scheduling right down to drivers and schedules.
Travel Advisor:  Dee Dyer
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By: Travel

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2018

Great tours, would definitely recommend!
Travel Advisor:  Megan Steely
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By: Bob

Reviewed on: 22 Sep 2018

Tours were what we were looking. Very informative and not too long. We got a good look at each city without too much time wasted on tourist attractions.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Wallace
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By: Frank

Reviewed on: 03 Oct 2018

Everything went off like clockwork. Quality arrangements. Great fun
Travel Advisor:  Alan Abelson
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Some Mix Up

By: Fred

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2018

The hotel, tours, and activities included in our visit were first rate. There was, however, a bit of mix up with what we needed to obtain our passes to some attractions. Vouchers were not provided before our trip. Not sure if it was Discover Holidays or our travel agent. I think because Discover Holidays is so well known, the situation was quickly rectified at our destination and we had a great experience.
Travel Advisor:  Peter Rubin
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Glad We Did It

By: Elizabeth

Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2018

Our private tour guide, Linda, was very pleasant, knowledgeable and accommodating. She took us to some wonderful places we would not have been able to see otherwise. We appreciated the experience.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Hires
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Toronto to Vancouver October 2018

By: Yoda

Reviewed on: 01 Nov 2018

These folks have obviously worked on designing a quality experience for the train traveler. Canada by Design has stream lined travel by rail by taking into account a lot of potentialities that could potential happen. They are prepared with contingency plans to make the traveler feel safe and taken care of.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Hardy
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Whistler Ski Trip

By: Tyson C.

Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2019

I had less exposure to the operator as most was with Advisor.
Travel Advisor:  Meredith Price
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