GREAT CANADIAN RAIL ADVENTURE
150TH YEAR BIRTHDAY
JUNE 23-JULY 11, 2017
Join us for Canada's sesquicentennial –150th birthday! We will enjoy some special events celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday, as we ride by rail through the best scenery in Western Canada on some restored steam trains, interurbans and street cars. There will be time to tour the Canada Rocky Mountains parks, cruise the inside passage along the B.C. Coast, visit heritage villages, and stop for photos of the trains we will ride. We will make a loop around British Columbia and Alberta.
Day 1 Friday June 23:
Independent arrivals in Seattle, recommend taking the LRT from the Airport to Downtown. Local Hotel Check-in.(Lodging not included in the tour price)
Day 2 Saturday June 24: (B-D)
We depart Seattle on Amtrak Cascades in Business class at 7:45am for the ride across the border to Vancouver B.C. The rail route follows scenic shores of the Pacific Ocean. On arrival at 11:45am we travel to Surrey to ride the Fraser Valley Heritage railway restored interurban and take a shop tour. We then proceed to the Burnaby Central Railway to ride 1/8 scale trains on over 2 miles of track. (Alternately you could choose to tour downtown Vancouver on your own). In the evening we take a boat cruise of Vancouver Harbor with a "Welcome to Canada" Dinner cruise.
Day 3 Sunday June 25:
By motor coach we travel the scenic highway along Howe Sound, with views of the coastal mountains, to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish. View the Royal Hudson steam train and vast Railway collection and take a ride on the mini rail around the park. Subject to weather, we ride the Sea to Sky Gondola for fabulous mountain top views of the Squamish area, Howe Sound and mountains surrounding Whistler. There are short trails to look out points. Returning to Vancouver we stop by Shannon Water Falls and take a drive around Stanley Park, forested nature area at the edge of downtown Vancouver, surrounded by ocean. Free time in the evening to explore Vancouver.
Day 4 Monday June 26: (B-L)
This morning we board the Rocky Mountaineer train in Silver Leaf class from Vancouver we follow the Fraser River through the farming communities of the Fraser Valley. By mid-morning we pass Hope and enter the steep walled Fraser River canyon riding on the Canadian Pacific Railway line. The walls are nearly vertical in parts of the canyon and we travel through several tunnels winding along the River canyon walls. View Hell's Gate at the narrowest part of the River. By afternoon we have crossed the Fraser River and then follow the Thompson River through a more arid climate to Kamloops. While the mountains are less steep, there will still be a number of tunnels and fantastic views of slide areas, rock sheds and river rapids through the trip. Late afternoon we see Kamloops Lake and some of the driest part of B.C. on our approach to Kamloops.
Day 5 Tuesday June 27: (B-L)
We board the Rocky Mountaineer from Kamloops to Banff. We climb through several mountain passes today, a challenge for the builders and operators of the early Canadian Pacific Railway. Today we will pass the last spike ceremonial location of the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway across Canada and travel under Rogers Pass, along winding rails, through deep river canyons and the base of towering mountains. By afternoon our train climbs through the Spiral Tunnels crossing the Continental divide to the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Banff. Free time for dinner and to explore downtown Banff.
Day 6 Wednesday June 28: (L)
This morning we travel by Motor Coach with stops to follow the Rocky Mountaineer on its return to Vancouver. This will give us plenty of opportunity to view some of the most scenic parts of the previous day's train ride, with photo opportunities of the train. Photo stops may include Morant's Curve, Spiral Tunnels and Field. Then we tour scenic highlights of the Rockies, including Emerald Lake, Lake Louise and parks around Lake Louise with time to explore the famed original Canadian Pacific Hotel Chateau Lake Louise. A group lunch is planned at the original Lake Louise Train Station, now a Restaurant. Overnight back in Baniff.
Day 7 Thursday June 29:
Today we travel along the Ice Fields Parkway through the heart of the Canadian Rockies. At the Columbia Ice Fields, we board a snow coach, for a walk on the Glacier. Through the trip we will stop by some lakes and scenic viewpoints of the mountains. We leave the Rockies behind, traveling through the Alberta prairies to visit Rocky Mountain House where we stay overnight.
Day 8 Friday June 30:
This morning we travel to Stettler for a steam festival with opportunities to photograph the famed 6060 Canadian National Steam engine and 2 other steam engines and special events. After hotel check in we ride behind a steam double header with the Alberta Prairie Steam engine # 41 and visiting CNR #1392 train with on board entertainment to Big Valley for a steak dinner. Visit the roundhouse interpretive centre, fully restored railway station and grain elevators to learn the history of Canada’s Prairie Provinces. On arrival by train late evening we overnight in Stettler.
Day 9 Saturday July 1:
You will have a choice this morning to sleep in a bit with breakfast at the hotel and take the motor coach to Big Valley or an early morning departure by steam train to Big Valley for breakfast. From Big Valley we travel by Motor Coach to the Badlands of Alberta; Drumheller and to take a tour of the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Explore the land and history of the dinosaurs. We travel from Drumheller to Calgary afternoon hotel check in and free time to take in Canada Day festivities and fireworks celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday. There are fireworks planned along the river front this evening. Overnight downtown Calgary.
Day 10 Sunday July 2: (B)
Today we will ride the LRT to and tour Calgary Heritage Park Historical Village. With over 180 exhibits on 127 acres of land. This is Canada's largest living history museum. Ride the steam train, street car, paddle wheeler and view historical railway equipment in the roundhouse. Plenty of other attractions and history with restored buildings in a relaxed park like setting. We travel to Edmonton overnight.
Day 11 Monday July 3:
Tour Fort Edmonton Heritage Park with steam train and vintage Streetcar rides. The Park is divided into four distinct Eras: The Fur Trading Era as represented by the Hudson Bay Company Trading Fort (circa 1846), The Settlement Era as depicted on 1885 Street, The Municipal Era (post railway) brought to life on 1905 Street, The Metropolitan Era portrayed on 1920 Street with the Johnny J Jones Midway. In the afternoon we ride a historic Streetcar on the High Level Bridge operated by The Edmonton Radial Railway Society. Alternatively some may wish to visit the massive West Edmonton Mall. With over 800 stores and attractions it is the largest mall in North America.
Day 12 Tuesday July 4:
Boarding the VIA Canadian Passenger train we leave the prairies behind and head back into the Rockies through the foot hills to Jasper at the north end of the Canadian Rockies park chain. We have spacious comfortable coach seats, breakfast in the Skyline car and access to views from the Skyline Dome car. In the afternoon enjoy a Maligne Lake boat cruise on a vast glacier fed lake. Free time in the late afternoon and evening to explore the town of Jasper or perhaps take a hike or ride the Jasper Sky Tram to the top of Whistlers Mountain. At 7500 feet you’ll get a stunning view of the peaks of the Rocky Mountains and valleys below. Overnight Jasper.
Day 13 Wednesday July 5: (D)
After free time in the morning we board VIA's Skeena train in Touring class with access to the Park Car with rounded end lounge area, access to the dome car and seating in the Panorama Glass roof car with meals served at your seat. Departure is at 12:45pm with arrival in Prince George at 7:P00pm. The route follows the best of the northern Rockies. On a clear day you can see Mount Robson the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Crossing the Continental divide, we head west along the head waters of the Fraser River as the valley widens, with distant mountain views. Overnight Prince George.
Day 14 Thursday July 6: (B-L-D)
We depart at 8:00am for a full day in touring class on the VIA Skeena train to Prince Rupert on the B.C. coast. We head towards the coastal mountains, following along the Skeena River. There are often views of eagles, bears and other wild life on this more remote of train tours. Arrival is scheduled for 8:25pm. Overnight in Prince Rupert near the Ocean.
Day 15 Friday July 7: (B)
We have a free day in Prince Rupert. There are options for scenic plane tours, boat cruises, fishing or relaxing and exploring the local town. We will list all of the options in a upcoming tour bulletin. These options are extra fare.
Day 16 Saturday July 8: (B)
Early morning departure on B.C. Ferries inside passage cruise, the same route used by the Alaskan cruise ships. 274 Nautical miles and 15 hours of stunning views of remote islands and coast line with deep inlets, glacier fed waterfalls, distant snow-capped mountains, frequent wild life viewings, including bears, soaring eagles and whales. The ferry has various food options, restaurants and seating areas. You may wish to arrange for a cabin with beds and private washroom for the day trip to give you a place to rest up. We will list cabin options and prices in an upcoming tour bulletin which are extra fare. We arrive just after mid-night in Port McNeill.
Day 17 Sunday July 9: (B-D)
This morning we travel down Vancouver Island, with a stop to view the Canfor logging railway, then to Port Alberni to ride the Steam train. The train ride takes us from the waterfront through the forests to the McLean Mill. We will see this steam powered sawmill in operation and view the collection of logging artifacts. Following our tour and return steam train ride, we pass through Cathedral Grove where some of the oldest trees on the island are up to 800 years old and 250 feet in height. Overnight in Parksville on the east coast of Vancouver Island near the beach.
Day 18 Monday July 10:
In the morning we head south down Vancouver Island stopping in Chemainus to tour the Town of Murals, then to the BC Forest Discovery Center Museum and a short railway ride. We view preserved steam railway equipment, narrow gauge and logging history of the island. A short ride on the Mill Bay Ferry, then explore the 55 acre Butchart Gardens. We have our final tour dinner at the gardens. After dinner we continue on to Victoria for hotel check-in.
Day 19 Tuesday July 11:
This morning we visit the Royal BC Museum’s numerous galleries with walk through life like exhibits telling the story of British Columbia history. You have the afternoon free to explore downtown Victoria’s many attractions, perhaps tour the original Canadian Pacific Empress hotel or have the famous “afternoon tea” in the Empress. Evening departure on the Victoria Clipper high speed catamaran to Seattle. We enjoy the sunset during this scenic trip through the coastal islands. End of tour upon arrival in Seattle.
PRICES ARE PER PERSON in usd
|Double Room Occupancy...................................||$6,595|
|Single Room Supplement....................................||$995|
|Deposit to hold space confirmed.................||$1,500|
|Early Bird Discount book by December 1...||-$300|
|Final payment due by March 23, 2017|
DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY$6,595
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT$995
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BOOK BY AUG 31-$300
Final payment due by March 23, 2017
** 16 MEALS
** FULLY ESCORTED
** VANCOUVER HARBOR DINNER CRUISE
** 17 NIGHTS LODGING IN UPPER TOURIST CLASS
** ROCKY MOUNTAINEER IN SILVER LEAF CLASS
** ALL TRAIN RIDES AS DESCRIBED IN THE ITINERARY
TOUR CONDITIONS FOR 2017 **PLEASE READ CAREFULLY**
Tour Price: All tour prices are subject to change without notice, at any time. All prices based on double room occupancy. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.
Prices do not include:Personal items, meals not listed in the itinerary, laundry, phone calls, excess baggage charges, rental cars, side tours, insurance, passport fees including visas, vaccinations, gratuities, medical costs, tips to train or motor coach staff, extra tour costs due to unanticipated changes in the itinerary for reasons beyond our control, including weather, travel conditions, or cancellations, government intervention, sickness, political disputes, and failure of transportation or other causes beyond our control.
TRAVEL AND HEALTH DOCUMENTS:A valid passport is required for our international tours. In some cases a visa is also needed. Consult your health professional for the recommended immunizations and documents. Trains and Travel , here on referred to as TT, assumes no other responsibility if a client is refused entry into a country. Cost and cancellation fees will be paid by the client in the event they do not have valid documents.
CHANGE OF ITINERARY:We reserve the right to substitute, alter or modify the tour if any unexpected and unforeseen conditions beyond our control preventing the completion of such. Conditions can include weather, train schedules, equipment, motive power, revision of train consist, train delays, labor strikes, political disputes, derailments, closure of a rail line, break down of railroad or motive power equipment, railroads not honoring contracts and bus equipment problems. We will always endeavor, in each case, to provide substitutes, if any changes take place. TT is not responsible for canceled trains, delays, hotel rooms, route changes or missed connections, for any reason whatsoever. We will not give refunds if such conditions or cancellations take place.
TRAVEL INSURANCE:Travel insurance is strongly suggested. Insurance will cover and give tour members many benefits and protection. Benefits include baggage loss, accident, life, trip cancellation, sickness, bankruptcy, strike, weather conditions, employer termination or layoff effecting you or a person sharing the room with you, terrorist incident in your departure city or city of destination, jury duty, you are subpoenaed, hijacked, or quarantined, your residence or traveling companion residence is rendered uninhabitable, emergency military duty, traffic accident, single supplement upgrade when your room- mate cancels their trip, trip interruption, trip delay, missed connections, itinerary change, emergency medical benefits, medical evacuation, pre-existing medical conditions if enrollment is within 21days of your invoice date, assault of you or your traveling companion before departure, burglary of you or your companion before departure 24 hour hotline emergency assistance, emergency cash transfer and more .
RESPONSIBILITY AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:Accepting your payment represents an agreement that you understand all the conditions, to be a member of our tours. TT gives notice that they are acting agents for the owners, contractors and suppliers, providing the transportation and all related travel services and assume no responsibility for equipment problems, mechanical failures, injury, sickness, damage, loss, additional expenses accidental delay or irregularities which may be caused through willful and or negligent acts or omissions on the part of the companies providing or engage in transportation, accommodations or services related to the accomplishment of the tour. Nor do we assume responsibility for natural disasters, social or political upheaval, acts of terrorism or acts of nature. TT reserves the right to substitute hotels, tour leaders, equipment, motive power, trains, onboard accommodations, routes and to alter the itinerary when deemed necessary without notice. The right is also reserved to cancel any trip or train prior to departure for any reason . TT is not responsible for expenses incurred by tour members in preparing for the tour, including non-refundable airline tickets, visa fees, planning, phone calls, or any other expenses. TT reserves the right to decline to accept, or ask to leave a tour, any person whose actions impede the daily operations of a tour, welfare or or enjoyment of other tour members. TT cannot give any refunds for any unused services. The terms contained herein shall serve as a waiver of liability to TT . Assumption of risk on behalf of the client, their heirs, executor, administrators, successors, and assigns for any and all known persons injuries. In many cases it is not possible to advise the passengers on reasons for train delays if beyond our control.
RESERVATIONS: A deposit is due in our office within 14 days after you make your bookings. Full payment is due 90 days before departure except for the Grand Canyon Limited in which full payment is due on a different schedule. You will receive an invoice, reservation form and current tour bulletins with your confirmation and travel insurance forms. No notice for final payment will be sent to you. It is your responsible to make the final payment on-time.
CANCELLATIONS:TT does not accept cancellations on the phone. Cancellations must be received by postal mail, email or fax before any refunds will be considered. Allow enough time if sending your written notice by US mail postal system. When a written cancellation is received in the Trains and Travel office this will be the effective date of the cancellation. Please take note that it can take up to 60 days to to process some refunds. Cancellation refund rules: 120 days prior to the start of any tour you will receive a refund less a $200 per person administration fee. 119 to 61 days before the departure of any tour there will be a 80% cancellation penalty based on the full cost of the tour. Cancellations received 60 or less days before the start of any tour will not receive any refund. GW Travel Ltd has their own cancellation rules and these will apply. If booking on GW Travel Ltd ask for cancellation rules.
PRE-DEPARTURE TOUR BULLETINS:Tour bulletins will be sent to clients that have booked on tours operated by TT . Bulletins include travel info related to the tour. Final documents will be sent out about two to three weeks before a tour begins. We offer tours operated by other companies and they may or may not send out tour bulletins and updates and most send out final documents only one to two weeks prior to the start of their tours.
PAYMENTS: Payments can be made with personal check drawn on a U.S. Dollar account, money order for U.S. Dollars, bank wire transfer, or credit card. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express. Final payment for all tours is due 90 days prior to departure and we will charge your credit card on file unless you have given us other instructions. If final payment has not been received 7 days after the due date, a late fee of $50 per week will apply.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:All prices are based on double room occupancy. We will try and match you with a roommate if one is available. If not, you may be charged the single room supplement listed for the tour you are booked on. Single rooms may not be available in some remote locations and on some trains.
TOUR REFUNDS:If for any reason tour members amend or delete any arrangements during travel, and leave the tour on their own, we cannot give any refunds on unused portions of the tour. If buses and trains are cancelled by the carrier or there is a labor strike or they go out of business, we cannot be held responsible and we cannot give refunds. Travel insurance will protect you for any of these reasons. If TT needs to cancel any tour everyone will receive a full refund. Please take note that in some cases refunds can take up to 60 days to process.
PARTIAL TOURS:We will allow passengers to join or leave a tour at certain points. Give us a call and we will try and work up a custom option for you.
MILEAGE COLLECTORS:Mileage collectors please take note that TT does not cater just to mileage collectors. We cater to all folks that enjoy trains and Rail journeys. We give strong warning that itinerary and route changes do happen and this is totally beyond our control when it does. If the only reason that you would want to book a tour is to collect the rare mileage, you need to understand that possible route changes do happen.
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