- Vancouver highlights
- British Columbia's wine country
- Highlights of the Canadian Rockies - Banff, Lake Louise
- Heart of the Canadian Prairies - tours in Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina and Winnipeg
- Thought provoking Museum of Human Rights
- Toronto city highlights tour
- This tour is a section of CCCE Transcontinental Journey across Canada. You can choose a combination of modules or this standalone journey.
- Comfortable hotel accommodation (3.5-4 star)
- Arrival and departure airport transfers
- Professional tour leader throughout
- Transportation on comfortable mini-coach
- 19 Meals: 14 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners
- Gratuities to driver (Recommend $3-$4 per person per day)
- Gratuities to guide (Recommend $5-$7 per person per day)
- Items of a personal nature
- Meals not listed
- Attractions not listed
- Credit card payment fees, where applicable
- Airfare — domestic and international (Unless Specified)
- Travel insurance (Strongly recommended, ask us for a quote!)
Fri, 02 Sep 2022
Fri, 16 Sep 2022
Vancouver, located on Canada's Pacific coast is spectacular by nature! Surrounded by ocean and a backdrop of lush rainforest, snow-capped mountains and fjords, this "city of nature" is an ethnically diverse, modern and laid-back metropolis renowned for its mix of urban, outdoor and wildlife adventures. There is no easy way to describe Vancouver, rated as one of the world's topmost live-able cities; you will just have to see for yourself.
We will have a sightseeing tour today to explore the culture, art and history that all comes together to define the city. We visit the neighbourhoods of Gastown, Chinatown, Robson Street and Stanley Park, a National Historic Site of Canada featuring 400 hectares of coastal rainforest in the heart of Vancouver. We will stop at to take a tour to Capilano Suspension Park, most well-known for the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The site also showcases some history and culture of the Salish First Nation people. As you take a walk across the famed Capilano Suspension Bridge, surrounded by towering trees high above the Capilano River; know that the first bridge at this location was built in 1889. Later, we take time to visit Granville Island and the Granville Island Public Market featuring an incredible assortment of food and produce, unique gifts and handcrafted gifts that has all been locally sourced and produced. The evening is free for you to explore Vancouver on your own.
Leaving behind the urban metropolis of Vancouver, we travel northeast to Kelowna. Travelling east at first along the Trans-Canada Highway through the scenic Fraser Valley, we quickly escape the city and pass through a place of family-run farms near Abbotsford and soon through towering mountains and waterfalls beside the road. This afternoon we arrive in Kelowna, located on the shores of Okanagan Lake, in the heart of the Okanagan region of British Columbia. Kelowna is surrounded not only by forest and mountains, but also numerous orchards and vineyards that produce the fresh fruit and wine that makes the region so famous. We will tour a winery and do some wine tasting followed by a locally sourced dinner at the location.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Today our journey continues east as we drive through the Great Canadian Rockies. Along the way we make a stop at "The Last Spike", where the ceremonial last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway train line was driven in, in 1885. The Railway line joining British Columbia to the rest of Canada was a necessity in order to get British Columbia to join the Canadian Confederation as a province of Canada. Early this afternoon we arrive in Yoho National Park and see pristine nature, beauty of emerald lakes and the Spiral Tunnels, another piece of Canadian Railway history. The Kicking Horse Pass, where the rail line was intended to travel through was far too steep for trains of the time to safely navigate. In 1909, the Spiral Tunnels were completed and have successfully allowed trains to ascend and descend Kicking Horse Pass safely. We will stop in Lake Louise to view the picture perfect lake setting with the famous Hotel Fairmont Lake Louise overlooking it. Lake Louise is a jewel of the Rockies surrounded by glistening glaciers and towering snow-capped mountain peaks. You may have seen photos of the lake but you will not be prepared for the experience of rounding the corner, getting the first sight of the emerald green waters and the rugged peaks as a backdrop. Late this afternoon, we arrive in the town of Banff, the heartbeat of Banff National Park. Banff National Park was established in 1885 and is Canada's oldest National Park earning a UNESCO World Heritage designation is 1984.
Banff is a resort town and one of Canada's most popular tourist destinations. Known for its mountainous surroundings and hot springs, it is a destination for outdoor sports. We begin our half day tour of Banff today with a Gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain offering a spectacular view of the surrounding Bow Valley. Our tour continues to Bow Falls and the Cascade Gardens as we immerse ourselves in the stunning landscape of the town of Banff, a spirited place where you are surrounded by strikingly beautiful and rugged mountains that seem to burst straight out of the ground. The town site of Banff covers almost 4 km2 and is at an elevation of 1,383 m (4,537 ft), making it the highest town in Canada. Banff is flanked on all sides by towering mountains, including Mount Rundle, Sulphur Mountain, Mount Norquay, and Cascade Mountain. You may see a herd of elk wandering down the main street during your early morning walk. The lively streets of downtown are with top-class restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as a vibrant range of art galleries and museums. Later, we drive via Canmore to Calgary, known as a Gateway to the Canadian Rockies. Calgary is a vibrant city and one with Canada’s youngest population age. It is known for its entrepreneurial energy while embracing the western heritage. After the experience of driving through the breath-taking Canadian Rockies, we suggest that you take a little time to explore the award-winning architectural masterpiece of Calgary’s Public Library, walk along the scenic Bow Valley River pathway or experience the buzz of downtown Stephen Avenue with its stores and restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
We will do a quick orientation drive through Calgary and view some of the city’s highlights before we start our ‘Prairie Day’ as we drive through a vast and open landscape on our way to Saskatoon. This afternoon, there will be some time to explore the city centre of Saskatoon on foot.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
This morning we drive to Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a National Historic Site located 5km north from Saskatoon. This Northern Plains Indigenous Interpretive Site is home to over 6000 years of history and a truly unique cultural experience. The Heritage Park is a window into a part of Canada's history that remains little known, and a link to the past unlike any other National Historic Site in Canada. Wanuskewin's uniqueness is based on the composition of human habitation, hunting and gathering, and spirituality, all in one place. Virtually every ancient indigenous group recognized across the Great Plains visited this location year-after-year and the result is a remarkably complete and intact record of cultural development in the region over that time span. We then visit the striking new Remai Modern museum that sits on the river bank with stunning views of the South Saskatchewan River and prairie skies. Spanning four levels, Remai Modern has 11 gallery spaces over three floors, learning studios, a theatre, restaurant, store, lounges, play areas and numerous multi-use spaces. Join an informative guided walk through the gallery. Later in the day, we board the Prairie Lily river boat for an evening one-hour cruise with a narrated commentary through the heart of Saskatoon on the South Saskatchewan River.There is a tremendous variety of craft breweries and boutique restaurants using fresh local ingredients in the city. Saskatchewan is, after all, the breadbasket of Canada and the Saskatoon’s creative restaurant owners have infused local ingredients into their menus to create a varied choice.
Our cross Canada holiday continues as drive through the southern plains of Saskatchewan, a province known as the ‘Land of the Living Skies’. Saskatchewan is primarily known for its agriculture but also has significant oil reserves and is the world's largest producer and exporter of potash. This afternoon, we arrive in Regina, the capital city of Saskatchewan. Regina was originally named Wascana, Cree for "Buffalo Bones" before being renamed Regina in 1882 honouring Queen Victoria.
Today we discover an important part of Canada's past at the RCMP Heritage Centre and Depot Academy, the home of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). RCMP members have trained here since 1885 and even today Depot Academy remains the only RCMP training site in Canada. Continuing across the Canadian heartland, we leave Saskatchewan behind and enter our fourth province on our journey east, Manitoba. Manitoba’s landscape of lakes and rivers, boreal forests and prairies, stretches from the northern Arctic tundra and Hudson Bay to the rich southern farmlands.
On foot and by coach, we will explore the highlights of Winnipeg today including the Forks National Historic Site, the Exchange District, St. Boniface and the French Quarter, and finally, the Royal Canadian Mint. We will visit the iconic Canadian Museum of Human Rights, the only museum entirely devoted to human rights for humanity. From the breathtaking architecture to the moving stories and captivating exhibitions and programs, every part of the Museum offers a unique encounter as you experience human rights stories from Canada and around the world. If there is some free time in the afternoon, we suggest you visit on your own, the award-winning Manitoba Museum, renowned for the vivid portrayal of Manitoba's rich and diverse history, Planetarium shows, and Science Gallery exhibits. The Museum's collections reflect the heritage of Manitoba and other regions of the world and allow you to journey from north to south across Manitoba's vast and varied landscape, from the icy arctic coast to the windswept prairies. The Museum is also noted for its three-dimensional walk-through galleries including the Nonsuch, a full-size 17th-century sailing vessel, and the Urban Gallery, which takes you back in time to Winnipeg during the 1920s. The Manitoba Museum was the first Planetarium in Canada to offer visitors the Digistar' Five All-Dome digital projection technology.
A scenic drive across the Canadian Shield; one of the world's largest geologic continental shields, centred on Hudson Bay and extending for 8 million km2 over most of eastern, central, and northwestern Canada from the Great Lakes to the Canadian Arctic and into Greenland, with small extensions into northern U.S.A. We will stop at the spectacular Kakabeka Falls, located on the Kaministiquia River and showcases the fast moving waters cascading 130 ft (40m) down to the gorge below. With its name originating from the Ojibwe word ‘gakaabikaa’ meaning "waterfall over a cliff", this has become known as the "Niagara of the North". Thunder Bay is the western terminus of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway and the farthest west that ships from the Atlantic can sail in Canada.
Overnight: Thunder Bay
We travel deeper into the province of Ontario today following the shores of Lake Superior, one of the five Great Lakes and the second largest lake in the world, on our way to Sault Ste. Marie. Our drive today includes a stop at the Terry Fox Monument. Terry Fox, a Canadian icon set out on his "Marathon of Hope" in 1980 to raise awareness and funds for cancer research by running from coast to coast across Canada. Terry's marathon ultimately came to an end in Ontario, just over halfway through the 8000 km journey he had planned, when his cancer spread to his lungs. His legacy continues to this day as the annual "Terry Fox Runs" takes place in cities and towns across Canada each year raising money for cancer research. This evening we arrive in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada's second largest steel producing city, situated on St. Mary's River which acts as a natural border between Canada and the United States.
Overnight: Sault Ste. Marie
We continue our drive to southern Ontario with a stop in Sudbury. The region’s nickel deposits, the richest in the world, have been the primary driving force of the local economy for many decades. Before departing Sudbury, we take the opportunity for a photo op at the "Big Nickel", a 9 metre high replica of a 1951 Canadian coin. We drive to Barrie and finally to Canada’s largest city, Toronto.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Toronto is ours to discover today. Along with being a commercial and financial powerhouse, Toronto has also successfully positioned itself as a thriving artist community where music, theatre and movies come to life. Hosting the prominent Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) every fall, Toronto shares the name "Hollywood North" with Vancouver, a reference to the countless blockbuster movies filmed in Toronto each year. A tour of Toronto includes Yonge Street, the longest street in the world, Casa Loma, Chinatown, the waterfront and the CN Tower, an icon of Toronto's skyline.
Our journey across the country comes to a conclusion this morning with a transfer to Toronto airport to catch our return flights home.