Sublime natural beauty peppered with world-class cities and quaint colonial towns - Canada is certainly the land that has it all. Its glorious mountains and craggy coastline are the pinnacles of its beauty, so this tour focuses on the Canadian Rockies and Pacific coastline. Enjoy spectacular views as you twist through the alpine landscape aboard VIA Rail’s Skeena, then cruise along the captivating Inside Passage. We’ll conclude with stays in Victoria and Vancouver - an incredible finale to our scenic, small-group Canada tours.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Calgary. We’ll transfer to Banff and our hotel.
Today we tour the surrounds of world-famous Banff and also visit Lake Louise. Take a relaxing stroll by the lakeside and visit the Chateau - a luxury hotel with cafés and bars to enjoy. We return to Banff by a different route, to enjoy more of this beautiful region.
Have your camera at the ready as we travel by road through spectacular scenery of rugged peaks, aquamarine lakes and high forested valleys- a journey you won’t forget.We stop off at the Columbia Icefield, one of the highest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle. Here we take an unforgettable Ice Explorer ride onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier (subject to favourable weather conditions). Our destination is Jasper National Park and our hotel.
We depart for more unforgettable sightseeing including Medicine Lake, Pyramid Lake and the limestone gorge of Maligne Canyon.Shortly after midday, we board VIA Rail’s Skeena train. We’ll be whisked through the breathtaking countryside, following the Fraser River for some of the journey. Sights to see include Moose Lake, Mount Robson and Mount Rider. Wildlife sightings are always a highlight of our holidays to Canada - make sure you watch out for elk, deer, caribou and bears.We arrive later in Prince George, one of British Columbia’s largest cities, located at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako rivers, with magnificent views of the Rockies.
Today we journey from Prince George to the northwestern town of Smithers. We stay overnight in this alpine-style town, banked by rolling hills, farmland, and snow-peaked Hudson Bay Mountain. Due to its stunning natural surroundings, the town is also home to amazing wildlife including bears and moose.
We head off on a scenic journey to Prince Rupert, located on British Columbia’s mighty wild and historic northwest coast. We’ll stay here for two nights and on arrival the rest of the day is free to explore. Perhaps stroll through the town with its variety of shops or try some delicious fresh seafood from one of the local eateries. If you’re feeling adventurous, head out on a scenic wander to explore the natural beauty.
We set out on a morning of discovery as we explore the Museum of Northern British Columbia. Overlooking Prince Rupert Harbour, it’s an exceptional collection of natural and cultural exhibits outlining the history of British Columbia.We’ll then experience a unique slice of the region’s history as we take a tour of BC’s oldest surviving salmon cannery, dating back to 1889. The afternoon is free to explore further.
We have an early start today, to join BC Ferries for a remarkable cruise through the 274-nautical-mile Inside Passage route between Prince Rupert and Port Hardy. We have reserved seats in the Aurora Lounge, making this scenic journey even more enjoyable and luxurious with comfortable seats and large viewing windows.We’ll spend the day travelling along this sheltered marine highway - one of the world’s greatest waterways. It follows a series of natural channels and, even beyond Queen Charlotte Sound, is protected from ocean swells by the islands and the rugged, densely wooded mountains of the British Columbia coastline. Late tonight we dock in Port Hardy and transfer to our hotel.
We drive towards Campbell River, stopping en route to join an exhilarating whale-watching cruise in the Johnstone Strait - a must for nature enthusiasts. We’ll have the opportunity to possibly spot orca, minke and humpback whale, porpoises, bears, sea lions, various bird species and dolphins (sightings are subject to the time of year and not guaranteed). We continue later to Campbell River and our hotel.
From Campbell River, we drive through the farmlands of Merville and Black Creek, alongside the sea and through the Comox Valley. We meander through the picturesque oceanside communities of Parksville and Qualicum Beach, where views stretch across sandy beaches, the Strait of Georgia and beyond.Leaving the Oceanside Route, we take some time to wander through serene Tofino Botanical Gardens, with its 12 acres of gardens and forest. There are flower, herb and kitchen gardens, a duck pond, and a forest, where clearings have been transformed into a series of pocket gardens, art installations and garden buildings.We’ll stay overnight in Ucluelet.
The scenic picturesque east coast of Vancouver Island is ranked among the top three drives in Canada. En route to Victoria our drive takes us to Nanaimo - the Harbour City - where we’ll enjoy a city tour, and Duncan the ‘City of Totem Poles’.In Duncan, we make a stop at the Cowichan Valley Museum, offering an authentic interpretation of life and traditions of the Pacific Coast tribes. We’ll take a fascinating walking tour to see the totems, before continuing on to Victoria and our hotel.
Described in 1843 by an official of the Hudson’s Bay Company as ‘a perfect Eden’, Victoria remains true to its earliest plaudits and we have a morning excursion exploring this vibrant capital of British Columbia.We then slow down to spend time at the city’s best known attraction, Butchart Gardens, where an unused quarry was converted into a collection of gardens. There’ll be time to wander through the range of gardens, including the Sunken Garden, Japanese Garden, and the Mediterranean Garden, characterised by lush exotic plants.
From Victoria we enjoy a scenic journey to Swartz Bay, where a ferry cruise through the beautiful Gulf Islands takes us to Tsawwassen, for a drive onwards to Vancouver.Lapped by the Pacific Ocean on one side, and overlooked by mountains on the other, Vancouver is nestled in one of the most dramatic locations you can imagine - and we waste no time in getting to know it on a guided tour.
There’s time to explore this lovely city further, before boarding our coach for the transfer to the airport and your return flight to the UK.
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
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