Canadian wINTER EXPERIENCE
with Windsong Travel & eVERGREEN tOURS
Wednesday 06 March – Tuesday 19 March 2019
Day 1: Wednesday 6 March 2019
Arrive Calgary (HD)
Welcome to Canada! You will be met at Calgary International Airport and transferred to your hotel. Calgary is an eclectic city that is a blend of cowboy culture and modern metropolis. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a special welcome dinner. Ascend Calgary Tower and take in the views of the city and skyline while you dine on a sumptuous dinner. Two Night Stay: Calgary Marriott Downtown
Day 2: Thursday 7 March 2019
Be taken on a tour of the home of the famous stampede. See Stephen Ave filled with Calgary’s boutiques, continue to the beautiful Olympic Plaza commemorating the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, then pass by historic Calgary City Hall, Fort Calgary and Stampede Park. The afternoon is free to get to know stampede city.
Day 3: Friday 8 March 2019
Calgary – Kananaskis – Banff (FB,L,D)
Depart Calgary and make our way from the plains to the wild and beautiful Kananaskis country in the majestic Rocky Mountains.
You’re Invited: Drop in to Boundary Ranch, a traditional mountain property deep in the Kananaskis valley. Your first winter adventure
begins as you meet your team of husky’s for an iconic dog sledding experience. Take off in your warm and comfortable sled and glide through forested mountain valley trails with beautiful views of the Canadian Rockies. Visit a teepee encampment and learn about the Aboriginal way of life. Next, stop to see bison and a trappers cabin with artefacts from bygone trapping days. Head back to Boundary Ranch and enjoy an authentic Western-Canadian style lunch in the impressive log lodge. Afterwards head to Banff, a quintessential Rocky Mountains town located within Banff National Park with Mount Rundle and Mount Cascade dominating its skyline. Two Night Stay: Moose Hotel & Suites.
Day 4: Saturday 9 March 2019
Banff Sightseeing (FB)
This morning take the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain where you will witness inspiring views over the surrounding peaks and valleys. You’re Invited: In the afternoon, head to the historic “Castle in the Rockies”, Banff Springs Hotel for a history tour of the hotel that was originally built in 1888 for the Canadian Pacific Railway. Then join us for an afternoon tea that is steeped in tradition.
Day 5: Sunday 10 March 2019
Banff – Lake Louise (FB,D)
Bid farewell to Banff and head to Lake Louise. Prepare yourself for one of the highlights of your journey as you arrive at Canada’s “Diamond in the Wilderness”, the beautiful Lake Louise where you have the opportunity to stay at one of the Rockies most stunning and historic properties. You’re Invited: Accentuate the fairy tale quality of this magical place by jumping on a traditional horse drawn sleigh and taking a fun sleigh ride around Lake Louise. Relax under a blanket and breathe the crisp air while soaking in the surreal mountain scenery. Overnight Stay: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Day 6: Monday 11 March 2019
Icefields Parkway – Jasper (FB,D)
This morning we travel north along the Icefields Parkway, acclaimed as one of the most spectacular journeys in the world. Enjoy breath-taking mountain scenery as you pass rugged peaks and glaciers fringed by thick forest and glistening frozen lakes. The day’s end finds us in Jasper National Park, an alpine wonderland of pristine wilderness and abundant wildlife. It’s not uncommon to see the local animals wandering in and around town. Spend the afternoon by the fire or explore the quaint town of Jasper. Overnight Stay: The Crimson Jasper.
Day 7: Tuesday 12 March 2019
VIA Rail “The Canadian” (FB,D)
Today you can choose one of two amazing Jasper actvities. For those who are feeling adventurous, take one of Jaspers most impressive winter excursions. Your guide will take you through the park to the bottom of the beautifully carved Maligne Canyon. Here you will see frozen waterfalls, ice caves and incredible ice formations. Or journey through Jasper National Park which is renowned for its prolific wildlife. Be taken in search of the most iconic creatures such as elk, deer, moose, wolves, big horn sheep and coyotes and learn about these animals, their habitat and how they survive the mountain winters. This afternoon we relive the Golden Age of rail travel and board VIA Rail “The Canadian” train, for one of the world’s greatest train journeys. It all begins with a champagne reception and welcome by the train conductor. From the comfort of the glass-dome car you can admire the giant mountain peaks, shimmering lakes and immense forests. In the dining car you are treated to cuisine prepared by an on board chef, and then afterwards you can retire to the comfort of your private bedroom to relax and enjoy this iconic journey. Overnight Stay: VIA Rail.
Day 8: Wednesday 13 March 2019
Vancouver – Whistler (FB,HL)
Breakfast is served on board before arriving into Vancouver. Journey along the Sea to Sky Highway as the road follows the rugged coastline with magnificent views of Horseshoe Bay on your left and forested parks and mountains on your right. Arrive at the charming alpine resort of Whistler Village, a world famous ski resort sitting at the base of two glorious mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb. You’re Invited: There’s no better way to experience Whistler’s eclectic dining scene than a progressive lunch tour. Explore the village and indulge in delicious foods and local BC wines with each course served at a different restaurant. Two Night Stay: Delta Whistler Village Suites.
Day 9: Thursday 14 March 2019
Today is free to spend as you wish. Relax in your hotel and watch the winter excitement outside, or get amongst it and try one of Whistlers many activities. Perhaps take a lift up the mountain for some of the most magnicent views in the area, then jump on board the spectacular Peak to Peak gondola to travel between the two huge mountains that dominate the village.
Day 10: Friday 15 March 2019
Vancouver Sightseeing (FB,D)
Travel back along the Sea to Sky Highway to Vancouver, a beautiful harbour side city with a perfect balance of nature mixed with cityscape. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including Stanley Park with its intricately carved totem poles, the waterfront area, Gastown with its lively shops and restaurants and Granville Island which is famous for its fresh food markets. Visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park where you can make your way across this spectacular suspension bridge, 70 metres above the Capilano River, and join the award winning Treetops Adventure along a series of elevated walkways. Two Night Stay: Sutton Place Hotel.
Day 11: Saturday 16 March 2019
Today is free to explore Vancouver. With so many shops, restaurants, bars and attractions so close to your hotel it will be easy to nd something to entertain yourself.
Day 12: Sunday 17 March 2019
Georgia Strait – Victoria (FB)
Transfer to the ferry terminal and board the BC ferry to cruise through the Georgia Strait that is dotted with forested islands and is home to pods of orcas. Make our way to British Columbia’s historic capital city, Victoria where you will have a brief orientation tour of Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, Beacon Hill and residential areas. The afternoon is yours to spend as you wish. Two Night Stay: Chateau Victoria.
Day 13: Monday 18 March 2019Butchart Gardens (FB,D)
This afternoon visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a 22 hectare showplace of magnicent, colourful gardens. Learn about the history and ora while exploring the gardens which have delighted visitors from around the world for over one hundred years.
Day 14: Tuesday 19 March 2019
Depart Victoria (FB)
Bid farewell to Canada’s winter wonderland and transfer to Victoria International Airport to board your homeward flight.
• The services of an Evergreen Tour Director
• 14 Day Canadian Rockies Experience
• Overnight VIA Rail “The Canadian” rail Experience, one of the world’s great rail journeys
• Premium First Class hotels including all hotel service charges and porterage • Return airport transfers
• All tipping and gratuities • Discover Canada’s “Diamond in the Wilderness”, the beautiful Lake Louise
• Travel along the scenic Icefelds Parkway acclaimed as one of the most breathtaking highways in the world
• Ascend Sulphur Mountain in a gondola
• Explore Banff and Jasper National Parks
• In Jasper, see frozen waterfalls, ice caves and incredible ice formations in Maligne Canyon or take a guided wildlife tour in Jasper National Park
• Wander through the magnicent Butchart Gardens
• Discover Vancouver’s famous sights including Stanley Park, Gastown and Granville Island
• Enjoy a guided nature walk through the rainforest at Capilano Suspension Bridge
• Cruise by ferry across the Georgia Strait
• Visit the Olympic ski resort town of Whistler
• Travel along the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway
• Tour Stampede city, Calgary and have dinner atop Calgary Tower
• 22 superb meals including: 13 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Lunch (L), 1 Highlight Lunch, 6 Dinners (D) & 1 Highlight Dinner (HD)
• Dinner with a view up Calgary Tower
• Welcome and farewell dinners
• Visit the rustic Boundary Ranch and join a team of dogs to explore the magnificent area by dog sled, then enjoy an outback lunch
• Be guided on a history tour of the “Castle in the Rockies”, Ban Springs Hotel before a traditional afternoon tea
• Take a fun and traditional horse drawn sleigh ride around Lake Louise
• Be guided through Whistler’s eclectic culinary scene with a dine around lunch
Tour price does not include:
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Meals other than specified
- Optional Sightseeing
- Items of Personal nature
Tour Prices Per Person
Tour priced from $6,970 pp twin share
Single Guests priced from $9,220 pp
Airfares are separate and need to be added to the above amount
Deposit (required within 5 days of booking) $1,000 pp
Final Payment No later than 90 days prior to departure
Prices quoted are based on a minimum of 10 passengers.