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OverviewWith pristine alpine lakes, lush valleys carpeted with wildflowers, and majestic snowcapped mountain ranges, the Canadian Rockies are a spectacular sight to behold. Join us for a memorable land and train adventure as you journey from Edmonton to Vancouver. Youíll visit Jasper National Park and take a scenic boat cruise on Maligne Lake, one of the largest glacier-fed lakes in the world. Traveling along the renowned Icefields Parkway, watch for wildlife such as grizzly bear, moose, and elk. Upon arrival in Banff, enjoy free time and a special tour that showcases the regionís history and heritage. Stay in some of the finest accommodations in the Canadian West, including the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and the baronial Banff Springs Hotel, nestled in the heart of Banff National Park. Then spend two exciting days winding your way through the heart of the Rockies aboard the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer, which features fine meals, comfortable lounge chairs, and a special dome car with panoramic views. Aboard the train youíll view breathtaking vistas such as the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, rushing rivers, and dramatic canyons before reaching Vancouver for a final night.
Smithsonian ExpertThroughout your tour, travel in the company of an expert Smithsonian Study Leader. Barry Lane is a Canadian historian with special interests in the natural splendors and history of the Canadian West and the Canadian Railway, as well as British colonial and maritime history. Barry has accompanied Smithsonian travelers on numerous train journeys across Canada.
Special HighlightsSpend two full days on the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train, enjoying fine meals, comfortable lounge chairs, and the 360-degree view dome car as you journey through the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, and more.Luxuriate in some of the finest accommodations in the Canadian West, including the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and the baronial Banff Springs Hotel, a World Heritage site.Take a boat cruise on Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park and marvel at spectacular mountain scenery.Travel on the Icefields Parkway and look for wildlife, including the great grizzly bear, moose, and elk along the way.Enjoy lectures and commentary on the history of the Canadian Railway and the natural splendors of the Canadian West with your Study Leader.
Don't forget to check out our photo slide show to glimpse the excitement of this special program!View photos by clicking "Next Photo" at top of page!
World Heritage SiteThis tour features the following World Heritage site on this tour:
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- Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, British Columbia, Canada
- Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel