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See Canada's amazing coastal and northern mountain scenery from three different viewpoints: by ferry, rail and luxury motorcoach. This grand vacation takes you along a route filled with native totem poles - from Vancouver Island with its vivid native culture to the city of totem poles in Port Hardy. You will travel along the most beautiful regions of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • VIA Rail's 'Skeena' between Prince Rupert & Jasper (onboard meals)
  • BC Ferries' 'Queen of Prince Rupert'
  • Sightseeing Excursions of Victoria, Vancouver Island, Icefield Parkway & Banff
  • Kaien Island Cruise in Prince Rupert
  • Butchart Gardens Admission
  • Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience & Icefield photograph
  • Banff Gondola Ride admission
  • $2 discount coupon for the Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • National Park fees
  • Hotel luggage handling
  • Gratuities on included meals.
Day 1 - Arriving in Vancouver
Upon arrival in Vancouver, you will transfer to your downtown hotel (transfer not included). The rest of the day is yours to explore the city and its attractions. Some of the most popular local attractions include the Capilano Suspension Bridge & Tree Tops Adventure, Grouse Mountain, Vancouver Aquarium, Stanley Park, Granville Island and the Science Centre, not to mention many museums and the fantastic shops and restaurants on Robson Street.
Overnight in Vanocuver

Day 2 - Visiting Victoria
Cruise over to Vancouver Island and take in the floral wonderland of Butchart Gardens and the serene parklands of Beacon Hill Park. A city tour of Victoria completes today's journey in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Victoria

Day 3 - Victoria to Port Hardy Sightseeing
This morning you will embark on a full day tour to Port Hardy by motorcoach and make many stops along the way, including Duncan - "City of Totem Poles," Chemainus - "City of Murals" and Cooms Deli (famous for their goats that graze on the roof). Your journey is enhanced by views of the Gulf Islands, vast farm lands, fishing villages and deep sea ports.
Overnight in Port Hardy

Day 4 - Cruise to Prince Rupert
Your adventure northward begins with a morning transfer (included) to the B.C. Ferries terminal for your ferry ride through the Inside Passage to Prince Rupert. The 19.55 hour cruise provides ample opportunity to see a wonderful array of snow-capped mountains and island vistas. Killer whales, sea lions and playful porpoise often appear alongside.
Overnight in Prince Rupert

Day 5 - Arriving in Prince Rupert
After a 1.5 hour cruise around Kaien Island, the rest of the day is yours to explore the quaint town of Prince Rupert, a bustling port town with cruise ship docks, ferries to Alaska, Port Hardy and the Queen Charlotte Islands as well as a starting point for VIA Rail's Skeena train.
Overnight in Prince Rupert

Day 6 & 7 - VIA Rail's 'Skeena' to Prince George and Jasper
From waterways to railways ... a morning boarding of VIA Rail's 'Skeena' begins your discovery of northern British Columbia's forested landscape. Take advantage of the Skyline Car with its 360 degree views from the dome or the casual atmosphere of the lounge car below as the train gently weaves and winds its way to Prince George. The next morning, continue on your rail journey aboard the "Skeena." You may see bald eagles, black bears or moose from the windows of the train. Arriving into Jasper this afternoon, a transfer will be waiting to shuttle you to your hotel.
Overnight in Jasper

Day 8 - Jasper to Banff Sightseeing
Today you will drive to Banff via Canada's most spectacular mountain highway - the Icefields Parkway. A ride on an Ice Explorer onto the Athabasca Glacier is included in your package (April 15 - October 15). After a brief stop at Lake Louise, you will continue on to beautiful Banff for an early evening arrival. Begin a two-night stay in Banff.
Overnight in Banff

Day 9 - Discovering Banff
This morning's excursion takes you through the town of Banff and its environs. Visit the majestic hoodoos, the rumbling Bow Falls on your trip today. Your final stop is at the Banff Gondola (included) for a 360 degree look at Banff and the Bow Valley.
Overnight in Banff

Day 10 - Departing Calgary
Transfer by scheduled airporter service to Calgary International Airport to end your Totem Trail vacation.
Moderate Accommodations


Pacific Palisades Hotel Pacific Palisades Vancouver
233 rooms, spa services, health club. Central location with dining, shopping and sightseeing.
Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour
236 rooms. Downtown location. 1 restaurant, 1 lounge, 1 patio, indoor pool, and fitness centre. Non-smoking hotel.
Thunderbird Inn Port Hardy Thunderbird Inn
48 rooms. 2 blocks from the shore (downtown). 1 restaurant, 1 pub. Non-smoking rooms available.
Pacific Inn Prince Rupert Pacific Inn
77 rooms. Downtown location. 1 restaurant. Non-smoking rooms available. Standard twin, single, tripple and quad.
Lobstick Lodge Jasper - Lobstick Lodge
139 rooms. Relaxed, friendly, family oriented atmosphere. Swimming pool, hot tubs, restaurant and lounge.
Standard Room
Berth at Night VIA Rail - Upper and Lower Berth
By day, the two berths transform into two double seats that face each other. By night, the double seats give way to two cosy, comfortable beds, each equipped with a reinforced privacy curtain.
Deluxe Accommodations


The Fairmont Vancouver The Fairmont Vancouver
508 rooms with sophisticated grace, charm, style and flair. Located in a prime downtown location. Deluxe Room
The Fairmont Empress Victoria The Fairmont Empress Victoria
477 rooms. Downtown location. 1 restaurant, 1 lounge, assorted shops, boutiques, business centre, indoor pool, whirlpool, children’s wading pool, 2 saunas, fi tness centre and full service spa. Non-smoking fl oors available.
Glen Lyon Inn - Port Hardy Glen Lyon Inn - Port Hardy
44 rooms. All ocean view rooms. Most rooms have private balconies. In room coffee maker, restaurant, pub, exercise room, free parking and kitchenettes available.
The Crest Hotel - Prince Rupert Prince Rupert - The Crest Hotel
102 rooms. Downtown location. 1 restaurant, 1 lounge with outdoor deck, steam room, fitness centre and outdoor hot tub. Non-smoking rooms available.
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
446 rooms. Main lodge, log cabins and cedar chalets on the shore of Lac Beauvert. Golf course, stables, swimming pool, restaurants and games room.
Deluxe Room
Bedroom at Night VIA Rail - Double Bedroom
The double bedroom provides an entirely private, onboard haven of peace and quiet. Each bedroom features two armchairs, a small closet, fan, electrical outlet, private washroom, sink and mirror.

May 17 & 19 Twin Single
Moderate $2,892 $3,661
Deluxe $3,776 $5,392
May 31 Twin Single
Moderate $3,173 $4,225
Deluxe $3,862 $5,542

Deluxe: An outstanding property offering high standards of accommodations and facilities. It is important to note though, that Deluxe accommodation refers only to the Hotel Class and not to the room category included in the package price. Some Deluxe hotels are heritage properties that possess historical elegance, but may not reflect current North American deluxe hotel standards. Room upgrades may be available at an additional cost.

Moderate: A property that offers limited hotel facilities and North American standard room features such as a television, telephone, one or two beds, private washroom with shower and/or bathtub (unless otherwise noted). Rooms may be smaller than Deluxe hotel rooms and the public areas may be also be smaller and simpler. Usually suitable for the cost-conscious traveller.
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