Northern BC Explorer by Rail

Northern BC Explorer by Rail

9 Days/8 Nights Roundtrip Vancouver

Price from$5,718

Canada Inside Passage Cruise - This circle tour from Vancouver is a rail enthusiast's dream traveling through dynamic landscapes of the Canadian Rockies and Northern British Columbia.

Northern BC Explorer by Rail map

Day 1: Vancouver > Jasper (D) This afternoon, check in at Pacific Central Station and board VIA Rail's 'Canadian' for the famous train journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Step back in time to the days of classic rail travel, riding in the original stainless steel 'streamliner' railcars made famous by the 'Canadian' in the 1950s. Each has been restored with air conditioning, a café car, lounge car, and access to the dome car.

Departing Vancouver 3:00 pm

Exclusive to Sleeper Touring Class By day, sit back in comfortable armchairs and relax. At night, attendants will transform your quarters into cozy bunks, or a bedroom. Guests have access to the Park Car, always at the tail end of the train, whose tapered shape gives the car its distinctive look. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee or, in the evening before dinner, complimentary hors d'oeuvres. In the Dome you'll feel the true essence of travelling by train where scene after memorable scene sweeps by. This evening retire to your Sleeping Car, where a comfortable bed awaits you. Some of the amenities include thick towels, plump pillows, cozy down duvets and a shower kit.

Day 2: Arrive Jasper (B) Arrive in Jasper at 11:00 am and transfer to your hotel. The day is free to explore this unique alpine community.

Please note: Scheduled check-in time is not until 4:00 p.m. In the event that your room is not ready, your luggage will be stored and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.

Overnight at: Sawridge Inn - Outside Room with Balcony

Day 3: Jasper > Banff (L) Travel by coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America - the Icefields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Ice field that covers an area of nearly 125 sq mi (325 sq km) and reaches a depth of 1050 ft (320 m). Time allows for an Ice Explorer ride (included) on the Athabasca Glacier, then a stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk (included) to experience a glass-floored observation platform 918 ft (280 m) over spectacular glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. After, continue along the Ice field Parkway where stops will be made at Lake Louise, Bow Lake, the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This highway is renowned for sightings of bears, elk, moose & mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy. Please note: mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June. (picnic lunch included today)

Overnight at: Banff Caribou Lodge - Standard Room

Day 4: Morning sightseeing tour of Banff with Gondola This morning, tour the town of Banff and its environs. Among the highlights are visits to the Hoodoos (shaped by centuries of wind) & Bow Valley Viewpoint, Surprise Corner, Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka and Bankhead: an abandoned mining town and the relic of Banff's industrial past. At the end of the tour you will be taken to the Banff Gondola for a breathtaking ascent to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain for an awe inspiring 360-degree panorama of sheer mountain majesty. Return to downtown Banff at your leisure. (transfer not included)

Overnight at: Banff Caribou Lodge - Standard Room

Day 5: Banff > Jasper This morning is at leisure to explore Banff, early afternoon depart Banff on the express coach to Jasper arriving early evening.

Overnight at: Sawridge Inn - Outside Room with Balcony

Day 6 Jasper > Prince George (L,D) Today, embark on a memorable rail journey across British Columbia's Cariboo Region to the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Pass the cloud veiled peak of Mount Robson and watch the horizons widen as the train descends from the Rockies onto the rugged interior plateau. The northern arm of the Fraser River leads to Prince George.

Skeena Touring Class between Jasper & Prince Rupert (B,L) • A spacious, reclining seat with sweeping mountain views from the extra large panoramic windows in the Panorama car. • Access to a dome car, with its lounge and 360-degree panoramic views. • Complimentary cold lunch plate, and hot and cold dinner served between Jasper & Prince George. • Complimentary continental cold breakfast and lunch plate, and hot and cold dinner served between Prince George & Prince Rupert

Depart Jasper: 12:45 pm Arrive Prince George: 7:08 pm

Overnight at: Sandman Signature Prince George - Signature Room

Day 7: Prince George > Prince Rupert (L) Continuing west, enjoy the rugged beauty and pioneering character of a landscape once solely traveled by First Nation people and fur traders. The train follows the turbulent currents of the Skeena River and meanders through spectacular canyons and open valleys in the presence of ever present mountain ridges.

Depart Prince George: 9:45 am Arrive Prince Rupert: 6:30 pm

Overnight at: Prestige Prince Rupert Hotel - Standard Room

Day 8: Prince Rupert > Port Hardy (Ferry) Welcome to the glorious Inside Passage, a paradise for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts. Sail to Vancouver Island through a maze of enchanting islands, relishing the ever-changing vistas of deep fjords, densely forested shorelines, massive ice-flows and jagged inlets. Watch bald eagles soaring overhead, sea lions slumbering on the rocks and whales traversing the offshore waters.

Depart Prince Rupert: 7:30 am Arrive Port Hardy 11:30 pm

Overnight at: Quarter Deck Inn - Standard Room

Day 9: Port Hardy > Vancouver (Flight) This morning depart on a scheduled flight to Vancouver. Upon arrival in Vancouver your Northern BC Explorer package ends.

Please note: • All accommodations in Prince George, Prince Rupert and Port Hardy, while charming, are of moderate standard and cannot be upgraded. • Please be sure to carry any medication with you as you will not have access to your checked luggage on board the train.

• Private Sleeper Bedroom on board VIA Rail for 1 night • 2 nights accommodation Jasper • 2 nights accommodation Banff • 1 nights accommodation Prince George • 1 nights accommodation Prince Rupert • 1 nights accommodation Port Hardy • Return taxi transfers between train depot and hotel in Jasper, Prince Rupert & Prince George • Full day tour between Jasper and Banff with picnic lunch included • Ice Explorer ride onto Athabasca Glacier • Glacier Skywalk • Sightseeing tour of Banff • Banff Gondola • Scheduled coach transfer between Banff hotel and Jasper hotel • Via Rail 'Skeena' train between Jasper > Prince George > Prince Rupert - Skeena Touring Class • B.C. Ferries Inside Passage cruise with reserved seating in private lounge • Scheduled flight between Port Hardy and Vancouver • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners • National Park fees

Pricing (per person) $NZD



19 Jul - 3 Sep

Fuel Surcharge (subject to change)








9 Jun - 1 Sep

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2019 Departures Departs Tuesday & Friday Jul 19, 23
Aug 2, 6, 16, 20, 30
Sep 3 2020 Departures Departs Tuesday & Friday Jun 9, 19, 23
Jul 3, 7, 17, 21, 31
Aug 4, 14, 18, 28
Sep 1

Not included

• Transportation from/to Vancouver airport • Meals, other than specified • Activities, other than specified • Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff • Fuel surcharges • Hotel early check in/late check out