When the green pastures and warm days of summer give way to a blanket of snow and crisp winter nights, Canada comes alive with pristine ski slopes, outdoor skating rinks and winter festivals. See the winter side of Canada on this cross country tour from the big city of Toronto, to the Rocky Mountain town of Jasper, before finishing in the coastal city of Vancouver. With so much to see and do, you might not be able to fit it all in.
• International flights with Air Transat departing from London Gatwick in economy class
• Includes seat selection
• 12 nights accommodation
• Via Rail on The Canadian from Toronto to Jasper in Sleeper Class in a berth
• Via Rail on The Canadian from Jasper to Vancouver in Sleeper Class in a berth
• Full board on Via Rail
• Full day trip to Niagara Falls
• Snowshoeing tour in Jasper
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Day 1 Fly from London to Toronto
Welcome to Toronto you home for the next few days as you kick start you trans Canada journey. Make your way independently to your hotel and spend the rest of the day settling in or start exploring everything that Toronto has to offer.
Day 2 Toronto
A full day to see the sights of Toronto. The CN tower is a ‘must see’ at any time of year, the observation deck offers views across the varied neighbourhoods of the city and Lake Ontario. Spread across the city you will find great shopping, art galleries and outdoor activities, all topped off with fabulous restaurants, stage shows and bars.
Day 3 Toronto – Niagara Falls – VIA Rail
An early start for your full day tour to Niagara Falls, one of Canada’s most spectacular sights. You will have plenty of time to take photographs of the falls with their powder puff covering of ice and snow from the freezing spray. Take a walk behind the thundering water in the ‘Tunnels behind the Falls’ and enjoy a hearty meal in the Fallsview restaurant with fantastic views of the falls. The day continues with a journey along the Niagara escarpment to the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, before returning to Toronto. Depart this evening on VIA Rails Canadian Service.
Day 4-5 VIA Rail Toronto to Jasper
Spend a relaxing couple of days enjoying the views of Central Canada as you travel across the country to the Rocky Mountains on VIA Rails Canadian train. Passing through Northern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, spend some time in the observation car with 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside.
Day 6 Jasper
Step off the train into the Rocky Mountain playground of Jasper for 3 nights. Transfer independently to your hotel before taking in the sights of this alpine town. Set in the heart of Jasper National Park, the largest national park in Canada, there is so much to do you may have to come back again.
Day 7 Jasper
Spend the morning on your included 3 hour Discovery tour, where you will explore parts of the national park on showshoes. Look out for animal prints in the snow, take in the crisp mountain air and discover hidden parts of the surrounding forests. The rest of the day is free for you to choose how relaxed or busy you wish to be. Maybe take a trip in a dog sled or a scenic walk up Maligne Canyon or for the really adventurous, try your hand at ice climbing.
Day 8 Jasper
Your final day in the Rocky Mountains and you have only scratched the surface. With so much snow about it is best to take advantage, strap on a pair of cross country skis and take a tranquil tour of one of the many groomed cross country trails the cross the national park. If you prefer to stay on your own two feet , you can hike along many of the trails in the park. We recommend the Athabasca river trail that takes you to the beautiful Lac Beauvert.
Day 9 VIA Rail Jasper to Vancouver
Time to leave the Rocky Mountains and Jasper behind as you climb back on board the VIA Rail train bound for Vancouver. Spend the night on-board as you travel down through British Columbia to your coastal destination.
Day 10 Vancouver
Arriving into Vancouver, make you way independently to your hotel. You can now enjoy the rest of the day exploring the delights of Vancouver and the surrounding area. If you wish to break yourself in gently after all the fun in Jasper, try the Vancouver Lookout for 360 degree panoramic views of the city and the North shore mountains, this is especially good after a fresh dusting of snow. There are also plenty of micro breweries within the city, many of which offer tours where you can try different brews.
Day 11 Vancouver
If you want to get back into the adventure saddle, head up to Grouse Mountain on the North shore of the city. Here you will find plenty of winter fun. Snowshoe across the many trails, hire a pair of skis and try a runs down the piste but our favourite is the zip line course. This five line course gives you a heart pumping tour across the peaks of Grouse and Dam Mountains, along with some amazing views of Vancouver but look fast because it goes by fast.
Day 12 Vancouver
Why not hire a car for a day and take the short 90 minute drive up the Sea to Sky highway to the wonderful resort of Whistler. Make sure you stop at the Sea-to-Sky gondola on the way up, the views to the fjord below can be out of this world, even in the Winter. Spend the day exploring the pedestrian friendly village or take a ride in the peak 2 peak gondola between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain.
Day 13 Fly from Vancouver to London
Spend you last hours hunting for those holiday bargains as you finish off with a bit of retail therapy. You will find all of the big brand names are here plus a few you may never have heard of. Finally make your way independently back to the airport for your flight home.Want to alter anything?
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