It began as dusk approached and gathered us into her arms….we walked to Union Station in Toronto to begin our train trek across Canada.
Excitement abounded……..we were all a dither with expectations of a wondrous trip…
Outside the station was a beautiful sculpture of the Olympic Torch..
Passengers bound for distant points all converged together…
The time drawing near for our departure…
Uncommon Journeys (click here for information) conducts this two week fully guided tour across Canada, but once a year. We had decided that we would give it a go. Never had we been on a guided tour before and therefore our apprehension of someone owning our time was great.
The itinerary for the trip included the following:
Day 1: Arrive Niagra Falls
We had a terrific stay at the Sheraton on the Falls (Canadian Side of Border)
You can read about that part of the Journey by clicking HERE
Day 2: Arrive Toronto
We had a grand time in Toronto the Westin Harbor Castle. We spent our free day exploring this wonderful city which was highlighted by a welcome dinner at the acclaimed Canyon Creek Grill, a favorite haunt of the great and near-great in Toronto. You can read about it by clicking HERE
Day 3: Depart Toronto
The stunning train is a perfect 1950′s time capsule with the famed Vista-dome cars, a real old- fashioned dining car and first rate dining and service.
The first night we joined for cocktails in the swank, end of train ‘Bullet Lounge’ before our welcome aboard dinner in the art deco diner as we roll west over the Canadian National Railway
We were given a private dining car to enjoy a most marvelous dinner..
Day 4: En Route
We booked a Suite on the Train which gave us a king sized bed, two baths and two picture windows to enjoy the beautiful Canadian sights.
It was amazing crossing the Canadian Prairies aboard the Canadian.
Civilized amenities abound including hot showers, a special lounge just for First Class passengers and the best dining on any train in North America, deluxe train travel at its very best in a manner that has all but vanished.
Each morning, the staff delivered Breakfast to our Suite…
We had no desire to leave our suite and the cabin staff was so very attentive to our needs.
We enjoyed reading and before dinner cocktails in our suite, unencumbered by anyone…
Day 5: En Route
We were overnight on train en-route as the Canadian sped across the great prairielands over the Canadian National Railway
The views were breathtaking…
As part of booking the suite, the Canadians call it the Romance Package……and it was, we had Champagne and Flowers delivered to the suite each evening….
Day 6: Overnight Jasper
After lunch the Canadian begins its ascent of the eastern slope of the Rockies, a not to be missed spectacle.
This afternoon, we arrive in gorgeous Jasper and transfer to the Amethyst Lodge for our overnight stay in this magical and unspoiled mountain hamlet. All evening free to relax in this glorious setting
Wandering about the town were Elk…….what fun..
We had a delightful time wandering about and visiting with locals…
We dined at Papa George’s and had some of the finest French Cuisine…
Day 7: Overnight Banff
We spent a stunning day of sightseeing as we traveled to Banff via the Columbia Icefields Parkway
We were thrilled to get a ride on the Glacier itself on a ‘Sno- coach’ before our arrival in Banff for our overnight stay
Day 8: Overnight Banff
We enjoyed a full day in Banff beginning with the gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain
followed by a visit to the Banff Hot Springs that have made this village famous.
Later that night we had a special dinner at Le Beaujolais….
Day 9: Overnight Banff
Another magical day with a sightseeing tour to Yoho National Park that takes in Bridal Veil Falls, Moraine Lake and Lake Louise with all afternoon at leisure to further enjoy Banff
Day 10: Overnight Banff
Our final day in Banff we planned to sleep in and to enjoy Banff at our own pace
Day 11: Depart for Vancouver
We depart this morning after breakfast bound for Jasper with a special sightseeing tour north over the Icefields Parkway stopping at Peyto Lake and Sunwapta Falls en route….
Later we board the westbound CANADIAN, featuring spectacular views of the Rockies from its many vista-dome cars, one of the great travel treats in the World.
Drinks in the classic Observation Lounge are a highlight tonight followed by dinner in the diner as we roll west over the historic Canadian National Railway.
Day 12: Overnight Vancouver
The CANADIAN arrived in Vancouver after breakfast time…….we had the most marvelous Duck Confit Eggs Benedict on the Train…
We enjoyed a brief sightseeing tour of this beautiful city, Canada’s third largest.
The balance of the day was leisure…. we found a delightful Japanese Restaurant, tucked away on a side street….
We are anxious to get to sleep, because the next day we would meet Virginia of Bel’ Occhio’s Blog
Day 13: Spend the Day with Virginia
We spent a grand day with Virginia and the Good Husband…read about it CLICK HERE…
Day 14: Journey Home
Alas, our incredible Canadian Adventure has come to an end….aboard the plane…….
Home Sweet Home
I must admit that as I close my eyes each night, the vision of our nightly Champagne comes to mind…
Hope you enjoyed this trip across Beautiful Canada with us…