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Victoria

Located on the sunny southern tip of the island is Victoria.  The capital of British Columbia, it is famous for its distinctly British feel. A city of beautiful gardens, historic homes, fantastic weather and a laid-back lifestyle.  This is why Victoria has twice been voted the “Best City in the Americas.”

You can see why it has been voted the best city with the world-renowned Butchart Gardens. Established in 1904, it’s famous for its year round display of flowering plants. You can enjoy these while having breakfast, then explore further by taking a stroll to see the other floral displays.

Experience Humpback, Grey and Orca Whales from the Zodiacs that go out daily, or take a more leisurely cruise on board a yacht, if you want a slightly slower pace.The horse drawn carriages around the city are a must!

From Victoria you can board the ferry for a picturesque cruise through Georgia Strait, a premiere site for marine wildlife.

 

 

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Vancouver

Vancouver famously known for its beautiful harbour and the cobblestone streets of quirky Gastown and Stanley Park, no wonder it’s named one of the top ten greatest public spaces in the world.

“Fairmont properties featured very heavily on this APT guided tour of Western Canada and I must say they are very decadent with their old charm and history, you can sign up as a member before leaving Australia which will give you discounts whilst staying at their properties across Canada

Vancouver is a great starting point to commence your journey on the Rocky Mountaineer. I would recommend the Golf Leaf carriage with its Dome top, so as you travel along this historic and awe-inspiring route you can view the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains and pass the thundering waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon.  This journey will take you through the Canadian Rockies travelling through the spectacular Spiral Tunnels and via Kicking Horse Pass, on the way to Banff National Park.  Banff is known for its Sulphur Mountain and the incredible 360º views from the top. You may even encounter a Mountie!

“You will be amazed by The Silver Service dining on board the Rocky Mountaineer which is included with your Gold Class Seat”

 

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Lake Louise

Lake Louise is breathtaking and staying at The Fairmont Chateau in a lake view room is a must.  You can access the vast ice fields from here taking the explorer vehicle right into the Athabasca Glacier.  If you are game you can take a stroll over the Glacier Skywalk which is fully made of glass.

 

 

Jasper National Park

Next stop on this fabulous journey is Jasper National Park, staying at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge located right on the lake, you will encounter Moose wondering up to the front of your chalet.  Take in the views of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.  Stop at the Blue River and enjoy a river cruise, with a chance to see grizzly and black bears, as well as other wildlife.

 

 

whistler

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Whistler

Travelling through Sun Peaks following the gold rush pioneers tracks through to Whistler known as the Ski Resort capital of Canada.This is just a taste of Canada, Canada should be a destination on everyone’s wish list and combining with an Alaskan Cruise just completes the experience.