2018 Western Canada

Western Canada - private tour
you must see it once in your lifetime
July 28 - Aug 9, 2018

Discover Vancouver Island, sail the Inside Passage; ride the rails across Canada’s majestic Rockies; see Jasper & Banff National Parks on one unforgettable journey to one of the world’s most beautiful regions. This tour will immerse you in nature and local culture.

Day one - Saturday, July 28th, 2018 - travel to Vancouver, British Columbia
Beautiful, multicultural & and stealthily affluent, Vancouver has quietly risen up to the top of global quality-of-living
indexes. The city, which is surrounded by beautiful nature, urbane, livable and peaceble. Upon arrival this morning you’ll enjoy an orientation tour of the city including visits to Stanley Park (the main park located in the heart of the city) and Granville Island (full of local artisans and small shops). You’ll enjoy a wonderful welcome dinner tonight. (D) 

Day two - Sunday, July 29th - Vancouver - the story of Japanese-Canadians
A wonderful day of discovery begins at the small Japanese-Canadian National Museum. Afterwards, we’ll travel to Steveston, an important fishing community established by a vibrant Japanese-Canadians before the war. We’ll visit the area with a local guide. Tonight we’ll have dinner in a quaint local Japanese-style eatery. (B, L, D)

Day three - Monday, July 30th, Vancouver - Canada’s native people
This morning we visit the University of British Columbia to meet an expert on the native people of Canada’s west coast. You’ll visit an impressive anthropology museum and also see some of Canada’s finest aboriginal art. This afternoon, we’ll visit the UBC Botanical Garden with a local guide - one of the highlights will be a chance to see the Inazo Nitobe Memorial Garden, a Japanese Tea and Stroll Garden - considered to be one of the top-five Japanese gardens outside of Japan. (B)

Day four - Tuesday, July 31st, travel to Victoria
Our morning begins with a visit to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. Afterwards, we’ll leave Vancouver for the nearby port of Tsawwassen where we’ll board a ferry for Vancouver Island (about 1.5 hour sailing).  Around noon, we’ll arrive in the charming town of Victoria (British Columbia’s capital)
where a beautiful lunch in the heart of the city awaits. This afternoon, we’ll visit a small, local museum where you’ll be introduced to Emily Carr, a Canadian icon, an artist and a writer who was heavily influenced by the indigenous people of Canada’s west coast. Tonight, enjoy a nice dinner in a local pub. (B, L, D)

Day five - Wednesday, August 1st - Nature in British Columbia! Travel from Victoria to Tofino, B.C.
Today after a nice breakfast at your hotel, we’ll visit British Columbia’s beautiful parliament buildings in the
heart of Victoria. Afterwards, we’ll travel northward to Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim National Preserve and the
oceanside town of Tofino. Weather permitting, we’ll take a walk on the beach this evening with a local nature
expert. A fine dinner awaits tonight. (B, D)

Day six - Thursday, August 2nd - Pacific Rim National Reserve - travel to Campbell River, B.C.
This morning we’ll enjoy a pleasant hike along the beautiful and rugged coast.  You’ll learn about the coastal rain forest and the local fauna. After a nice lunch together, we’ll drive across Vancouver Island to the town of Campbell River where we will overnight at the famous Painter’s Lodge, one of British Columbia’s most famous salmon fishing lodges. You’ll enjoy comfortable accommodations in a relaxing sea-side setting - a very nice dinner awaits (B, L, D)

Day seven - Friday, August 3rd - Fish, Discover Nature or rest - travel to Port MacNeil, B.C.
This morning you’ll have the opportunity to do one of three things: Early risers can take part in an early morning Salmon fishing expedition (optional); or take a nature tour to discover the local area with an expert guide (optional); or simply relax and enjoy the ambiance at the Painter’s Lodge. Mid-morning, we’ll leave Campbell River for a short ride up Vancouver Island’s eastern shore to the picturesque town of Telegraph Cove where a nice lunch awaits you. After lunch, we’ll take one of Canada’s best whale watching excursions - we think this is the best place in the world to see the incredible Orcas (Killer whales). Later today, we’ll continue our route northward to the very modest town of Port MacNeil were dinner and our motel await. (B, L, D)

Day eight - Saturday, August 4th - Rise early and sail the legendary Inside Passage - overnight in Prince Rupert, B.C.  Rise and shine! A very early morning brings us to Port Hardy (one of Vancouver Island’s northernmost towns) where we will board B.C. Ferries Northern Expedition for one of the most beautiful sailing routes in the world: the Inside Passage. You’ll enjoy your own private cabin while on board - we’ll sail all day (about 16 hours) so you will have breakfast, lunch and dinner Sail Canada’s Inside Passage - a full, leisurely day of scenery on a new, comfortable ship on-board. As we sail northward, you’ll discover one of the most picturesque coastlines in the world - a coast carved out from the mountains by glaciers, dotted with islands and beautiful scenery. This evening, we’ll arrive in the northern town of Prince Rupert, B.C (just 40 miles south of the Alaska border!) where a short ride brings us to our hotel for the night. (B, L, D)

Day nine - Sunday, August 5th - Ride the Rails - British Columbia’s scenic Skeena River Valley
A fun day of sightseeing adventure begins as we travel a short distance from our hotel to the rail station where we will board one of Canada’s classic transcontinental trains eastward for a two-day ride across Canada’s coastal range and Rockies. The scenery begins in earnest as we travel along the Skeena River into the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Simply relax and enjoy a bit of comfort as the rugged scenery along some of the most remote parts of the country glide by your wagon’s large picture-windows. This afternoon, we’ll arrive in the town of Prince George where your bus will be waiting to bring you to your hotel. A comfortable bed awaits! (B, L, D)

Day ten - Monday, August 6th - Ride the Rails - travel to Jasper, Alberta
On your second day riding the rails, the pristine forests of B.C.’s interior will slowly give way to one of the most
beautiful mountain ranges in the world: Canada’s Rockies. Your ride will culminate in the beautiful town of
Jasper where your bus will meet you to bring you to your local hotel. A fine dinner awaits! (B, L, D)

Day eleven - Tuesday, August 7th - Discover Canada’s Rockies
Today we’ll travel along one of the most scenic routes in the world: Canada’s Icefields Parkway. This incredibly beautiful road winds through Japser and Banff National Parks.  We’ll be making numerous stops en route for short walks and photos. You’ll see beautiful mountain ranges, pristine lakes (some of the most beautiful in the world) and of course we’ll stop at the Columbia Icefield where you will take a ride on an impressive Sno-Coach on top of the
stunning Athabasca Glacier. Later in the day we’ll continue our route southward.  We’ll visit the Lake Louise before continuing onto Banff where a wonderful dinner and comfortable hotel await! (B, D)

Ride Canada’s legendary rails from the Pacific Coast to the Rocky Mountains - a two day adventure (you sleep in a comfortable hotel halfway through on this two-day rail journey)

Day twelve - Wednesday, August 8th - Banff National Park
A breathtaking day of scenery today as we explore the region around the town of Banff. This morning, weather permitting, we’ll ride a gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for outstanding views of the Rocky Mountains and the Banff town-site.  Afterwards, you’ll have the option of enjoying a bit of free time in Banff to explore or shop. Alternately, a short hike to Johnston Canyon will be possible. We’ll regroup at the legendary Banff Springs Hotel where we’ll enjoy a traditional High Tea service. This afternoon we’ll travel into the mountains to beautiful Emerald
Lake where we’ll take a stroll along the shores of this pristine mountain lake. On our way back to Banff, we’ll have a wonderful farewell meal together in a unique location. (B, High Tea, D)

Day thirteen - Thursday, August 9th, 2018 - One last beautiful mountain lake - travel to nearby Calgary for our return flights home.  Our last day together ends with an early morning sightseeing pilgrimage to experience one of the finest views in all of Canada at Moraine Lake.  After a bit of time to enjoy the fresh country air (and the breathtaking view), we’ll board our bus for a short ride to Calgary airport for our return flights home. (B)

(this tour itinerary is subject to change)

This tour includes:
(based on four passengers travelling together)
- breakfast daily
- 11 dinners, 7 lunches, 1 High Tea
- hotel accommodations in 3 & 4 stars
- baggage handling at hotels
- all of your land transportation as described in the itinerary by private mini-van
- personalized service / your own guide
- a day sail along Canada’s Inside Passage (with an outside cabin)  aboard B.C. Ferries Northern Expedition
- two days aboard VIA Rail Canada’s “Skeena” train across the Rockies
- entrance fees to all activities listed in this itinerary
- this is a non-tipping tour / all tips are included
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Rates:
$ 6299 per person in double occupancy
$ 7879 per person in single occupancy
Group airfare (to be purchased separately): Your tour begins in Vancouver, BC Canada (airport code YVR)
and ends in Calgary, AB Canada (airport code YYC).

The fascinating story of the Japanese-Canadians is woven into the fabric of Canada.
In Vancouver, it intersects the story of preexisting Native cultures and dovetails that of other immigrants from across the Pacific (and beyond) who have shaped Canada’s history.

Activity Level
This tour is rated activity level: 3
Activity Level 1 - A very easy tour. Minimal physical activity such as climbing some stairs, boarding
your motorcoach, and walking from the hotel lobby area to your hotel rooms and dinning areas.

Activity Level 2 - An average physical ability tour. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs
and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestone streets.

Activity Level 3 - A moderate physical activity tour. The itinerary features a mix of a few longer days
with shorter days (and more leisure time). You should be in good health, able to participate in walking tours as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces.

Activity Level 4 - A moderate physical activity tour with longer days and a potential for heat. Some of
the touring days (though not all) may be longer, with a few activities occurring later in the evening
(meals are served late in the day, particularly on our European tours). You should be in good health,
able to participate in walking tours as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven
walking surfaces.

Activity Level 5 - A very active tour. Participants must be physically fit to fully experience this tour.
This itinerary has more strenuous activities such as extensive walking tours, a few bumpy roads, high
altitudes, early morning departures, late night activities, or extreme temperatures. This tour is not
appropriate for individuals who require the use of a walker or a wheelchair. Not every day will be
strenuous - please read the itinerary carefully and speak with a Philippe if you have any concerns
about the physical ability required to undertake this tour.

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