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10 DAY GOLDEN PEAKS: JOURNEY TO THE WEST WITH THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER

CODE
GPJW
STARTING FROM
$7,140 USD
PLACES VISITED
Edmonton, Whistler, Vancouver, Jasper
TRIP DESCRIPTION
Discover the beauty of the Canadian Rockies and journey to the west coast through winding mountainside tunnels, turquoise blue lakes and never-ending rows of forestry in this 10-day adventure. You will experience breathtaking views and incredible hospitality as you venture from vibrant capital cities to quaint ski villages in the Canadian mountains, capturing your eyes and heart. This tour begins in the city of Edmonton and makes stops in Jasper, Quesnel and Whistler, with a day trip to Victoria before ending in Northern Vancouver.
Start Location: Edmonton End Location: Vancouver
TOP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Neon Sign Museum
  • Elk Island National Park
  • Muttart Conservatory
  • Jasper Skytram
  • Maligne Canyon & Maligne Lake Boat Tour
  • 3 Day Rocky Mountaineer Goldleaf Package
  • Butchart Gardens
  • Capilano Bridge
  • Vancouver City Tour
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ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrive in Edmonton, AB

Welcome to Edmonton, the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, located on the North Saskatchewan River. Known as Canada’s festival city, with more than 30 festivals each year, from the popular Edmonton Folk Music Festival to the International Street Performers Festival, they bring the city to life no matter what the season. Winter in Edmonton is the time to explore the city’s cultural scene for immersive experiences at the Royal Alberta Museum or the Art Gallery of Alberta or embrace some indoor fun (and shopping) at the famous West Edmonton Mall. Today you will arrive in Edmonton at your leisure and meet in the evening with your tour leader for a briefing and a Welcome Dinner followed by a walking tour of the Neon Sign Museum!
Overnight: Edmonton
Meals: Dinner
Day 2: Edmonton, AB - City Tour, Muttart Conservatory, Elk Island

Today we will go on a city tour of Edmonton where your guide will take you to some of the capital city’s top highlights. Listen to stories about the interesting history, geography and architecture of the area as you roam through this wonderful Albertan city. Stops include Alberta’s Legislature building, Citadel Theatre, Sir Winston Churchill Square and various historical sites.Next, we head to the Muttart Conservatory, one of Canada’s largest indoor botanical gardens in the shape of several glass pyramid buildings – each featuring a different biome. Three of the pyramids are permanent displays of plants from tropical, temperate, and arid regions and the fourth is used for seasonal displays of ornamental flowering plants. Breathe in the fresh air, relax and enjoy. Lastly, we visit Elk Island National Park, a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve and known as a place that played a great role in Canada’s bison conservation story. Watch herds of plain and woods bison roam around the tall grass prairies and learn about the history of how this beautiful creature was brought back from near extinction. This is where Cree and Métis have lived and hunted for generations and a place of gathering – a place where connections are made.
Overnight: Edmonton
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Edmonton to Jasper, AB – Jasper Skytram with Lunch, Free Time

Today, begin our adventure in the Canadian Rockies as we make our way into Jasper National Park. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the way. Upon arrival, we start our tour at the Jasper Skytram, Canada’s highest and longest guided aerial tramway. Lookout and be amazed by breathtaking views of mountain ranges, turquoise lakes and rows of subalpine trees as you are calmy whisked up to an altitude of 2,263 metres in 7 minutes. Once at the peak, enjoy a lunch offering panoramic views and an excellent full-service dining experience. After enjoying the view, we make our way down to the townsite with the rest of your afternoon free to explore before dinner.
Overnight: Jasper
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Jasper, AB – Maligne Canyon & Maligne Lake Boat Trip

The Maligne Canyon Walk Tour in Jasper, Alberta is one of Jasper’s most popular hikes with mountain peak views and magnificent waterfalls that will have you in awe. Our guide will take us to the bottom of the Maligne Canyon - the deepest accessible canyon in Jasper National Park. We will learn about Jasper’s Maligne Valley, Karst topography, and the mystery of Jasper’s disappearing Medicine Lake. In the afternoon, we will depart on a day cruise on Maligne Lake, famous for its azure waters and towering mountain peaks. Listen to vibrant stories from your professional tour guide about the geology, wildlife and history of the surrounding area and take in the spectacular views. The cruise will stop by the peaceful Spirit Island, holding deep significance for the Indigenous Stoney Nation inspiring wonder and inspiration within the community for thousands of years. A perfect place to take photography as it is untouched land, with no visitors allowed upon the island. Enjoy dinner together before an evening of leisure.
Overnight: Jasper
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Jasper to Quesnel, BC onboard the Rocky Mountaineer

Today marks the beginning of your 3-day Rocky Mountaineer adventure through the Canadian Rockies, departing from the mountain resorts of Jasper. We will pass through the Rocky Mountain Trench, on the way to the rural town of Quesnel, the gateway to the North Cariboo. Be mesmerized by views of snow-peaked mountains and the vast forests of British Colombia’s Northern interior as travel through winding tunnels and cliffside tracks. Some of the key highlights on the first day of this journey include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, as well as the Yellowhead Pass and Moose Lake. This day ends in the charming town of Quesnel where you will be transferred to your accommodation for the evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6: Quesnel to Whistler, BC onboard the Rocky Mountaineer

The journey continues south through the Canadian Rockies to the famous ski town of Whistler, just north of Vancouver. You will experience a variety of scenery as you venture through the rolling hills of Cariboo Plateau or the lush farmlands and deep river canyons of Pemberton Valley. Be sure to have your camera ready for a day filled with mesmerizing views in this relaxing experience. Some of the highlights of this second day include the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge – one of the highest railway bridges in the world, sweeping views of Fraser Canyon and the fresh, glacial-fed Seton Lake and Anderson Lake. After a day of delicious food, incredible hospitality and relaxation, we will end the day in the resort town of Whistler for a night of leisure and rest.
Overnight: Whistler
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7: Whistler to Vancouver, BC onboard Rocky Mountaineer

In the morning, enjoy free time to explore Whistler Village at your own leisure before departing to Vancouver in the afternoon. On this final day on the Rocky Mountaineer, you will be taken through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Celebrate with a glass of champagne as you arrive in the last destination of your Rocky Mountaineer journey. Highlights of this day include Cheakamus Canyon, the dome peak of Mount Garibaldi, Brandywine Falls, and breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. The afternoon meal will be served canapé style before offboarding at the North Vancouver train platform. You will be transferred to your Vancouver accommodation for a day of leisure.
Overnight: Vancouver
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8: Day trip to Victoria, BC

This morning we will take the ferry across to Vancouver Island to spend the day in Victoria. Arrive in British Columbia’s capital city and fall in love with its vibrant culture, rich history and colourful gardens. This harbourside city has a bustling downtown with a strong British influence as you will see historical buildings, antique shops and tea rooms on every corner. We will start the day with time to enjoy the incomparable beauty of Butchart Gardens. At one time this was the site of a large limestone quarry. As the limestone deposits became exhausted, Jennie Butchart began transitioning her husband Robert Butchart’s empty quarry into the spectacular gardens we experience today. Showcasing an extensive and diverse variety of plants and flowers throughout of the many areas of the gardens, visitors today are left in awe. After time in the gardens, we make our way to the harbourfront and enjoy a High Tea experience at the Fairmont Empress, one of the oldest hotels in Victoria. Afterwards, we will take a sightseeing tour of Victoria and uncover the history of this old British city while showcasing its transition to the modern city it is today. We explore Oak Bay, the harbourfront, Beacon Hill and Chinatown, the second oldest Chinatown in North America. There will be some time at leisure before dinner and we depart by Ferry to Vancouver.
Overnight: Vancouver
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Vancouver City Tour, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Farewell Dinner

On our city sightseeing tour this morning, we discover why Vancouver is one of the most interesting cities in North America. Our tour takes us through Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, and past English Bay where you will hear fascinating stories of Vancouver's history, architecture and art scene. After free time to have lunch, we will then experience the natural wonder of British Columbia’s Pacific coastal rainforest and the thrill of standing 150 meters (450 ft) above the Capilano River at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Tonight, we will enjoy a Farewell dinner together to finalize the journey in the Rockies and Pacific Coast together.
Overnight: Vancouver
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Depart – Vancouver Airport

Today marks the end the 10-day journey through Western Canada. In the morning, catch the hotel shuttle to the Vancouver Airport where you will get on your transferring flight back home.
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Each passenger may bring one large suitcase and one carry-on bag. The weight limit for baggage is 20 kilograms or about 40 pounds. Baggage handling is provided at the hotels in our tour packages but there may be places where you will be required to wheel in your bags for quicker access. Be sure to advise our reservations staff if you will be bringing additional items such as a cane, walker, or wheelchair. You may also bring one small soft-sided carry-on bag, which should easily fit into the overhead shelf of a coach. Each person is responsible for his/her own carryon luggage. Remember to check your airline baggage restrictions if you are flying, as they may differ from Anderson Vacations guidelines.

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There are options for single travelers to join most tours. Solo travellers can choose to pay a Single Supplement and have their own room throughout the tour. For those willing to share with a co-traveller of the same gender, we have a Twin Share option that is offered for most tours where you share a hotel room with another same gender traveller. In this case, you will not be charged for Single Supplement.

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Yes, it is possible to book triple share accommodations on select trips. Please inquire or contact us regarding this option, as prices and availability vary from tour to tour.

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For convenience, gratuities for local guides and meals that are specified in the itinerary are included in the tour price. For meals not included in your tour package please remember that it is customary to tip your server 10-20% in North America. Gratuities for your Coach Driver (where appropriate) and Tour Director are entirely at your discretion. We recommend about CDN $5.00 per person, per day, for your Driver and CDN$7.00 per person, per day for your Tour Leader.
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The style our travellers have enjoyed for over 20 years, these tours feature inclusive itineraries to popular destinations including the 'must see' sites and attractions. Led by an expert Tour Leader, you will enjoy comfortable accommodation, and coach transport throughout the journey.

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These tours are defined by their incomparably unique itineraries, featuring 'off the beaten path' destinations and immersive experiences. An intimate group size allows us to stay in smaller, centrally located, unique and boutique style inns, lodges and hotels, utilize traditional local transportation and dive deep into each destination's local culture and traditions.

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These tours are defined by their incomparably unique itineraries, featuring 'off the beaten path' destinations and immersive experiences. An intimate group size allows us to stay in smaller, centrally located, unique and boutique style inns, lodges and hotels, utilize traditional local transportation and dive deep into each destination's local culture and traditions.

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INDEPENDENT TRIPS

These tours are defined by their incomparably unique itineraries, featuring 'off the beaten path' destinations and immersive experiences. An intimate group size allows us to stay in smaller, centrally located, unique and boutique style inns, lodges and hotels, utilize traditional local transportation and dive deep into each destination's local culture and traditions.

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