DAY 01: Thu 25 JUN ARRIVE - VANCOUVER
Depart your home port for your flight to Vancouver, British Columbia (own expense.) Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own where you make your way to the hotel for the night.
Overnight in Vancouver.
DAY 02: Fri 26 JUN KAMLOOPS, BC BL
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Vancouver Station at 7:30am PT. Travel from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River.
Breakfast & lunch included onboard. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops between 6:00pm and 7:30pm PT. Spend the evening exploring the city of Kamloops or relaxing in your hotel room. All hotels in Kamloops are of moderate standard: your hotel will be assigned post-booking.
Overnight in Kamloops.
DAY 03: Sat 27 JUN BANFF, ALBERTA BL
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Kamloops Station at 6:25am PT, your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies.
Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Breakfast & lunch included onboard. Your rail journey ends this evening upon arrival in Banff, between 8:00pm and 9:30pm MT. Transfer to Calgary this evening.
DAY 04: Sun 28 JUN CALGARY - LETHBRIDGE BL
Following breakfast, travel into the foothills of Alberta where most of the cattle ranching takes place. A stop will be made at Bar U ranch, one of the first, most successful and most enduring large scale ranching operations in Canada, along with a wagon ride. Ride into history on a wagon pulled by Percheron horses to discover the life of a ranching cowboy from the late 1800s at the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site.
Back-dropped by the Rocky Mountains – it’s a true Alberta experience! Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump for a guided tour of this unique facility and learn about the hunting of the buffalo by a ‘native’ story teller. Arrive Lethbridge later in the day for a 2-night stay.
DAY 05: Mon 29 JUN LETHBRIDGE BD
This morning, travel to “Feedlot Alley” to visit a feedlot operation specializing in both beef cattle feedlots as well as a sheep feedlot. Known for its intensive livestock operations the area is home to over 2,300,000 cattle and 180,000 hogs. Feedlot Alley, located in south central Alberta, is also known for producing 60% of all Canadian beef. This will be followed with a visit to a commercial greenhouse facility.
After lunch, visit with a local farmer that grows potatoes, beans, sugar beets and seed canola on his farm. Return to Lethbridge for the night. Dinner this evening at a local restaurant featuring Alberta grown produce.
DAY 06: Tue 30 JUN LETHBRIDGE - RED DEER BD
Depart Lethbridge and travel North towards some of the most fertile farmland in Western Canada. Visit a Hutterite Colony, these "colonies", are all rural, depending largely on farming or ranching for their income. This is followed by a visit to a local family farm that specializes in oil seed and grain production. Enjoy a BBQ dinner at the family farm before transferring to Red Deer for 2 nights.
Overnight: Red Deer
DAY 07: Wed 01 JUL RED DEER BL
Today starts with a visit and tour to a large dairy operation as well as at a grain terminal and fertilizer plant. Following lunch, you will visit the Star Cheese operation. Star Cheese is a field to final product with award winning Gouda from the heart of Alberta. The cheese is made from the milk of their own cows, raised and fed on their land and crafted in a time honored, traditional way. The farm produces Gouda, Swiss Style and Edam cheeses. Afterwards return to Red Deer for the night.
Overnight: Red Deer
DAY 08: Thu 02 JUL RED DEER – BANFF NATIONAL PARK B
After breakfast at the hotel, travel west through the farming and ranching country into the Foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. A coffee stop will be made in Rocky Mountain House, the "Gateway to the Canadian Rockies". From here, continue the journey past Lake Abraham, one of Canada's largest man-made lakes, before entering Banff National Park for lunch. Famous for its surreally colored lakes, majestic mountains and endless outdoor adventures. Canada’s first national park and the world’s third, it has a rich heritage as one of the world’s most awe-inspiring mountain destinations.
This afternoon drive to the Columbia Icefields Discovery Center where you board an amazing SnoCoach glacier ride onto the Glacier surface. The Columbia Icefields are situated inside Jasper National Park. Return to hotel for the night including a buffet dinner. These accommodations are situated in the heart of the Canadian Rockies situated in Banff National Park.
Overnight: Banff National Park
DAY 09: Fri 03 JUL BANFF - CALGARY, AB B
Enjoy a buffet breakfast then travel along the scenic Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic highways in Canada. Visit the beautiful glacial Lake Louise and continue on to Banff, visiting Bow Lake and Peyto Lake, both crowning jewels in Banff National Park. Take a ride on the Banff Gondola up the side of Sulphur Mountain for spectacular views. Marvel at the unsurpassed view of Banff, the Bow Valley and a 360 degree view of six scenic mountain ranges from 2,281m (7,486 ft) above sea level. You will continue on towards Calgary for the night.
DAY 10: Sat 04 JUL CALGARY STAMPEDE B
Today you will make your way to Stampede Park, home of the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" Calgary Stampede. This is a whole day at the Calgary Stampede to enjoy as you would choose, from the agricultural pavilions and other many other displays.
There is the option to take in the afternoon rodeo performance. (Afternoon Rodeo Tickets must be booked in advance and are at an additional cost). This evening, you will enjoy the thrill and excitement of the world famous Chuckwagon Races, Grandstand show and Fireworks. (NOTE: this will be a late evening).
DAY 11: Sun 05 JUL CALGARY - END OF TOUR B
Your tour comes to an end this morning after breakfast. A final opportunity for last minute sightseeing or souvenir shopping before your transfer to the Airport. (additional cost). There is the opportunity available to extend your stay, please discuss with us the many options available.
* This itinerary is subject to change and confirmed visits will be forwarded with your documentation approximately 3 weeks prior to departure