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38 Day Coast to Coast Canadian Experience

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Day 1: Arrive in Vancouver, BC

Welcome to Vancouver, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, located on Canada’s west coast it is surrounded by ocean, coastal rainforest and towering mountains. Get acquainted with your fellow travelers this evening with a Welcome Dinner.

Overnight: Hampton Inn Vancouver (Dinner)


Day 2: Vancouver – Kelowna, BC

 

Today we embark on a full day of sightseeing in Vancouver as we explore the culture, art and history that comes together to define the city. Our city tour includes the neighbourhoods of Gastown, Chinatown, English Bay, Robson Street and Stanley Park, a National Historic Site of Canada featuring 400 hectares of coastal rainforest in the heart of Vancouver.

This afternoon we arrive in Kelowna, located on the shores of Okanagan Lake, in the heart of the Okanagan region of British Columbia. Kelowna is surrounded not only by forest and mountains, but also numerous orchards and vineyards that produce the fresh fruit and wine that makes the region so famous.

Indulge tonight as we take in a tour and wine tasting followed by a locally sourced dinner at winery.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Express Kelowna (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 3: Kelowna - Banff, AB

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Today our journey continues west as we venture into the Great Canadian Rockies. Along the way we make a stop at ‘The Last Spike’, where the ceremonial last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway train line was driven in, in 1885. The Railway line joining British Columbia to the rest of Canada was a necessity in order to get British Columbia to join the Canadian Confederation as a province of Canada.

Early this afternoon we arrive in Yoho National Park and explore Takkakaw Falls, the pristine nature and beauty of Emerald Lake and the Spiral Tunnels, another intriguing piece of Canadian Railway history.

Late this afternoon, we arrive in the town of Banff, the heartbeat of Banff National Park. Banff National Park was established in 1885 and is Canada’s oldest National Park earning a UNESCO World Heritage designation is 1984.

Overnight: Moose Hotel & Suites (Breakfast)


Day 4: Banff - Calgary, AB

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Banff is a resort town and one of Canada's most popular tourist destinations. Known for its mountainous surroundings and hot springs, it is a destination for outdoor sports. We begin our tour of Banff today with a Gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain offering a spectacular view of the surrounding Bow Valley. Our tour continues to Bow Falls, Cascade Gardens, the Mysterious hoodoos and Lake Minnewanka.

We continue on this afternoon and bid farewell to the Great Canadian Rockies as we drive a relatively short distance to Calgary, ‘Heart of the New West’. Calgary is a thriving cosmopolitan city most famous for the world renowned Calgary Stampede.

Overnight: International Hotel (Breakfast)


Day 5: Calgary - Regina, SK

 

Your exciting cross Canada holiday continues as you cross the southern plains of Alberta to the province of Saskatchewan known as Land of Living Skies. Saskatchewan is primarily known for its agriculture production but also has significant oil reserves and is the world’s largest producer and exporter of Sylvite, commonly known as Potash.

This afternoon, we arrive in a small town with a big history, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Moose Jaw is the home of the Canadian Forces Base Moose Jaw which is the base of the world renowned Snow Birds, an Air Force aerobatic flight team. Moose Jaw is also famous for the Tunnels of Moose Jaw, prohibition era tunnels used by Al Capone himself between Chicago and Moose Jaw, which we explore on a guided tour.

Our day concludes in Regina, the capital city of Saskatchewan. Regina was originally named Wascana, Cree for ‘Buffalo Bones’ before being renamed Regina, Latin for ‘Queen’ in 1882 honouring Queen Victoria.

Overnight: DoubleTree by Hilton Regina (Breakfast)


Day 6: Regina - Winnipeg, MB

 

Today we discover an important part of Canada’s past and present at the RCMP Heritage Centre and Depot Academy, the home of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). RCMP members have trained here since 1885 and even today Depot Academy remains the only RCMP training site in Canada.

Continuing across the Canadian heartland, we leave Saskatchewan behind and enter our fourth province of our journey, Manitoba. Its landscape of lakes and rivers, forests and prairies stretches from northern Arctic tundra to Hudson Bay in the east and southern farmland.

Overnight: Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown (Breakfast)


Day 7: Winnipeg - Thunder Bay, ON

 

A scenic drive across the Canadian Shield; one of the world’s largest geologic continental shields, centred on Hudson Bay and extending for 8 million square km over eastern, central, and northwestern Canada from the Great Lakes to the Canadian Arctic and into Greenland, with small extensions into northern U.S.A.

We stop at the spectacular Kakabeka Falls, located on the Kaministiquia River and showcases the fast moving waters cascading a spectacular 130 ft (40m) into the gorge below. Kakabeka Falls, with its name originating from the Ojibwe word gakaabikaa meaning "waterfall over a cliff" has become known as the ‘Niagara of the North’.

Thunder Bay, the western terminus of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway is where we check in for the evening.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Express Thunder Bay (Breakfast)


Day 8: Thunder Bay - Sault Ste. Marie, ON

 

We travel deeper into the province of Ontario today following the waters of Lake Superior, one of the five Great Lakes and the second largest lake in the world enroute to Sault Ste. Marie. Our scenic drive today includes a stop at the Terry Fox Monument. Terry Fox, a Canadian icon set out on his ‘Marathon of Hope’ in 1980 to raise awareness and funds for cancer research by running from coast to coast across Canada. Terry’s marathon ultimately came to an end in Ontario, just over halfway through the 8000 km journey he planned, when his cancer spread to his lungs. His legacy continuues to this day as annual ‘Terry Fox Runs’ happen in cities and towns across Canada each year raising money for cancer research.

This evening we arrive in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada’s second largest steel producing city, situated on St. Mary’s River which acts as a natural border between Canada and the United States.

Overnight: Water Tower Inn & Suites (Breakfast)


Day 9: Sault Ste. Marie - Ottawa, ON

 

The shores of Lake Huron provide the outline of our chosen route today as we travel to Ottawa. Lake Huron is one of the Great Lakes formed 14,000 years ago after the last glacial period. The Great Lakes are a group of five interconnected, freshwater lakes that connect to the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence River. The great lakes have played an integral part in transportation, and trading goods and services throughout history.

This evening we arrive in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. Rich with history, culture and prestigious educational institutions, Ottawa’s centerpiece is Parliament Hill, the home of Canada’s federal government and the heartbeat of Canadian politics.

Overnight: Novotel Ottawa (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 10: Ottawa, ON

 

Today we are joined by a local guide as we embark on a sightseeing tour of this fascinating city. We start with a guided tour of Parliament Hill and the famed Centre Block. Designed and built in a gothic revival style and featuring national symbols of Canada throughout its design, Parliament Hill stands on the banks of the Ottawa River and is affectionately known by locals and politicians as ‘The Hill’.

Our tour continues through Ottawa showcasing the Rideau Canal, a National Historic Site and UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the oldest operational canal system in North America. The Rideau Canal system locks work to join the Ottawa River to Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River system.

We conclude our city tour at the famed Byward Market where an array of local artisans showcase their wares. A wonderful place to enjoy your afternoon at leisure in Ottawa.

Overnight: Novotel Ottawa (Breakfast)


Day 11: Ottawa – Québec City, QC

 

Today we arrive in the province of Quebec, known as ‘la belle’ province, which has a predominately French speaking population. We arrive in Montreal, a fascinating city where modern cultural influences merge with history, located on its own island where the Ottawa River and the St. Lawrence River come together.

An expert local guide joins us for a tour of Montreal where we discover the Old City, Mont Royal, the sites of EXPO 67 and the 1976 Summer Olympics, and the famed underground city and of course the incredible, ornate Notre Dame Basilica in the heart of the Old City.

Continuing along the St. Lawrence River we arrive this evening in Quebec City, where we partake in a local tradition and indulge with dinner at a sugar shack. Sugar shacks, integral to the production of maple syrup, are used to boil the sap collected from sugar maple trees into Maple Syrup.

Overnight: Hotel Clarendon (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 12: Québec City, QC

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We explore Quebec City today, whose history dates back to 1608 and is one of the oldest cities in North America. We discover Montmorency Falls, Plains of Abraham, the Citadel and the intriguing history of Old Quebec City on our sightseeing tour. See the famed Chateau Frontenac towers above the narrow cobblestoned streets of Old Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which feels as though you are stepping into a European village uniquely surrounded by the only fortified city walls in North America.

Following our city tour, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure in this fascinating city. Stroll the streets of Old Quebec, browse local boutiques or indulge in a local delicacy such as poutine, a hearty bowl of French fries and curd cheese covered in gravy or one of many maple infused treats.

Overnight: Hotel Clarendon (Breakfast)


Day 13: Québec City – Edmundston, NB

 

Our first stop today is the Albert Gilles Copper Museum, just a short drive outside Quebec City. Albert Gilles was a renowned master craftsman working with metal. Responsible for the creation of historic pieces for the Roman Catholic Church including some personally commissioned by Pope Pius XII. The Albert Gilles Copper Museum is now operated by his daughters who remain the artists in residence.

We cross the St. Lawrence River and continue to the province of New Brunswick, the only constitutionally bilingual province in Canada. After a short drive we arrive in Edmundston and visit the New Brunswick Botanical Gardens showcasing 80,000 plants throughout 8 thematic gardens.

Overnight: Four Points by Sheraton Edmundston (Breakfast)


Day 14: Edmundston - Saint John, NB

 

Along the scenic Saint John River today our journey continues where we soon arrive at the Hartland Bridge. This covered bridge first opened in 1901 as a National Historic Site of Canada and the longest covered bridge in the world.

This afternoon we step back in time at Kings Landing, a living history museum featuring buildings dating back to 1820. Enjoy a hearty lunch and tour of the site dedicated to showcasing rural life in New Brunswick during the 19th and early 20th century.

Overnight: Hampton Inn & Suites Saint John (Breakfast, Lunch)


Day 15: Saint John - Moncton, NB

 

This morning pay witness to the natural phenomenon that is Reversing Falls, on the Saint John River in the heart of Saint John, caused by the waters for the Bay of Fundy and Saint John River colliding. As the tidal water from the bay rises it forces the water to reverse flow creating whirlpools and rapids in the river.

A true highlight lays ahead today as we arrive at Hopewell Rocks, also called the Flower Pots, standing 40-70 ft high emerged from the waters of the Bay of Fundy, only fully visible during low tide. The Bay of Fundy features the world’s highest tides at 50 metres high forcing 160 billion tonnes of seawater to flow in and out of the bay each day. Arriving at low tide, we have the opportunity to walk on the sea floor and experience the famous rocks up close.

Overnight: Rodd Moncton (Breakfast)


Day 16: Moncton - Summerside, PEI

 

Departing Moncton today we stop at Magnetic Hill, a gravity hill that mysteriously pulls vehicles uphill against natural law. Our driver will turn the engine off, put the coach in neutral, release the brake and let nature take over. With no driver assistance, aside from steering, the hill will pull the coach upward!

In Shediac, the ‘Lobster Capital of the World’, we indulge on board a cruise including a lobster lunch while learning the history of the lobster industry and even learning firsthand traditional lobster fishing techniques and practices.

Later we cross the Confederation Bridge, a 12.9 km bridge linking New Brunswick to the province of Prince Edward Island. Confederation Bridge was constructed in the mid 1990’s and opened to traffic in 1997 to replace a ferry system that previously was the only link between the two provinces.

Overnight: Loyalist Lakeview Resort (Breakfast, Lunch)


Day 17: Charlottetown and PEI Tour

 

A local guide will board our coach this morning as we embark on a sightseeing tour of Prince Edward Island that includes Green Gables Heritage Place, Cavendish National Park, and the fishing village of North Rustico, just to name a few.

Anne, a fictitious character first charmed the world in 1908 when Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel Anne of Green Gables was published. Captivating audiences far and wide, fans of the story travel from around the world each year to Anne’s Prince Edward Island home.

Overnight: Loyalist Lakeview Resort (Breakfast)


Day 18: Summerside - Baddeck, NS 

 

Boarding the scenic Wood Island Ferry, we take a short cruise across from Prince Edward Island to the northern shores of Nova Scotia. Dotted with quaint fishing villages, the countryside of Nova Scotia has charming beauty.

Alexander Graham Bell, most famous for inventing the telephone, was an inventor, innovator and considered a humanitarian by many. His life’s works are on display at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum and together we discover the incredible history of this man who helped shape modern communication.

Overnight: Inverary Resort (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 19: Cabot Trail, NS

 

One of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, the Cabot Trail lies ahead of us today. With incomparable ocean views, surrounded by thick coastal forest the roadway winds along the rugged coastline through Cape Breton Highlands National Park to the northernmost tip of Cape Breton Island. A full day along the Cabot Trail allows time to stop at an assortment of eclectic local shops and scenic viewpoints which combine to create an authentic local experience that is sure to be a highlight of the entire journey across Canada.

Overnight: Inverary Resort (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 20: Baddeck - Halifax, NS

 

Halifax, a city whose history helped shape and define Canada is our destination today. Halifax was founded as a town in 1749, later becoming a city in 1842. Built around a large, natural harbour Halifax has played an important role in economic, military and migration activities throughout its history.

Halifax’s storied harbour was an entry point for immigration in the early 1900’s when the majority of Canada’s immigrants first arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax harbour. Today we board a whale watching coastal cruise and get a chance to see the harbour and the surrounding coast up close while keeping our eyes peeled for marine mammals.

Overnight: Four Points by Sheraton Halifax (Breakfast)


Day 21: Halifax, NS

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A sightseeing tour with a local guide allows us to delve deeper into the history of Halifax as we experience the city through the eyes of a local. Our tour includes the Citadel, downtown Halifax, Old Town Clock and so much more as the guide brings the storied history of Halifax to life.

Nova Scotia is home to 160 lighthouses, and we have the opportunity to see many of them as we travel along the coastal ‘Lighthouse Trail’ along Nova Scotia’s south shore before arriving at the most famous lighthouse in the province located at Peggy’s Cove. A lighthouse has stood on the shores of Peggy’s Cove since 1868, the current lighthouse and second to occupy Peggy’s Cove opened in 1915 and is still an active lighthouse today managed by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Overnight: Four Points by Sheraton Halifax (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 22: Halifax - Edmundston, NB

Beginning our journey back west, we bid farewell to Nova Scotia and cross back in to the province of New Brunswick, we soon arrive in Fredericton.

Fredericton, the capital city of New Brunswick is a small city with important history and culture which dates back 12,000 years to the earliest settlements in the area. Over the course of history, Fredericton has been both a French Colony and an English Colony; together we discover this history as a local guide takes us on a city tour of Fredericton.

Continuing on, we once again arrive in Edmunston for our last night in Atlantic Canada.

Overnight: Four Points by Sheraton Edmundston (Breakfast)


Day 23: Edmundston - Montreal, QC

 

This morning we rejoin the path of the St. Lawrence Seaway as we travel to Montreal. Our journey along the area is perfectly timed to witness the colourful fall foliage of the changing season. Brilliant, red, yellow and orange leaves scattered among evergreen trees create an eye popping and enchanting sight.

Montreal is the perfect city to enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore. It is also a city that continues to evolve and thrive in a way that entices and intrigues every one fortunate enough to visit.  Whether art, history, music or culinary creations peak your interest, you are sure to find it in Montreal.

Overnight: Novotel Montreal Centre (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 24: Montreal - Kingston, ON

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Today our journey takes us from Montreal to Kingston, Ontario. Kingston, known as the Limestone City for the number of granite buildings featured in the city, sits on the edge of Lake Ontario and is a gateway to the pristine Thousand Lakes region.

We take a trolley tour of this historic city, the first capital city of the Province of Canada in 1841, which was then a British Colony. Our tour delves into the history of Kingston and concludes at Bellevue House, a National Historic Site of Canada and the childhood home of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald.

Overnight: Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront (Breakfast)


Day 25: Kingston - Niagara Falls, ON

 

Traveling south through the rolling countryside of Ontario, we arrive in Niagara Falls. The self proclaimed ‘Honeymoon Capital of the World’, the city of Niagara Falls sits on the banks of the Niagara River and provides the perfect view of the famed falls – Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.

The three waterfalls straddle the international border of Canada and USA and collectively have the highest flow rate of any waterfalls in the world, with a vertical drop of more than 165 ft. To fully appreciate the power of these waterfalls, we board the Hornblower Cruise, formerly the Maid of the Mist, which allows us to cruise to the base of the thundering falls.

After viewing from the falls from their base, we rise high above them for a spectacular view from the Skylon Tower as we enjoy dinner at the top this evening.

Overnight: DoubleTree by Hilton Niagara Falls (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 26: Niagara Falls - Toronto, ON

 

The Niagara region, blessed with a unique climate and rich soil, makes for near perfect wine producing conditions. We visit Niagara-on-the-Lake this morning, a picturesque country town with dozens of local wineries, each with their own unique method and style in creating wine this region is known for. We will visit a local winery for a tour of their processes and of course to taste the finished product.

This afternoon, we depart Niagara and travel to the mesmerizing city of Toronto, the most populous city in Canada and the capital city of Ontario. This evening is yours to discover what Toronto has to offer.

Overnight: Chelsea Hotel (Breakfast)


Day 27: Toronto, ON

 

Toronto is ours to discover today, on the banks of Lake Ontario, Toronto’s skyscrapers seemingly rise from the water and touch the clouds. Along with being a commercial and financial powerhouse, Toronto has also successfully positioned itself as a thriving artist community where music, theatre and movies come to life. Hosting the prominent Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) every fall, Toronto shares the name ‘Hollywood North’ with Vancouver, a reference to the countless blockbuster movies filmed in Toronto each year.

A tour of Toronto includes Yonge Street, the longest street in the world, Casa Loma, Chinatown, the waterfront and the CN Tower. The CN Tower was the world’s tallest free standing structure until 2007 when its title was taken by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Although no longer the tallest in the world, the CN Tower remains an icon of Toronto’s skyline.

Overnight: Chelsea Hotel (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 28: Toronto - Sudbury, ON

 

Ontario’s ‘Lake Country’ is a four season playground perfectly situated as a quick weekend escape from the city for locals.

It is here that we discover the history of the SS Keewatin and Saint Marie Among the Hurons.

The SS Keewatin is a passenger vessel that once sailed on Lake Superior and Lake Huron carrying passengers for Canadian Pacific Railways Steamship Service. The SS Keewatin sailed for nearly 60 years before being retired from service in 1965, later being permanently docked and opened as a museum honouring its history.

Sainte Marie Among the Hurons is located on the shores of Georgian Bay in Lake Huron and is a French Jesuit Settlement dating back to the 17th century used as a headquarters for their mission to the Huron Wendat people. Now a living history museum, Sainte Marie Among the Hurons, showcases the lives of early Canadian pioneers and their interactions with the Wendat Nations.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Sudbury (Breakfast)


Day 29: Sudbury - Sault Ste. Marie, ON

  

Sudbury’s nickel deposits have been the primary driving force in the local economy for many years. This morning we take a tour of the Dynamic Earth Mine, safely descending into the mine we retrace the footsteps of the miners through demonstrations highlighting the evolution of mining from its early days to modern day technology. Before departing Sudbury we take the opportunity for a photo op at the ‘Big Nickel’ a 9 metre high replica of a 1951 Canadian Nickel.

Sault Ste. Marie’s unique geographical location where the St. Mary River connects to Lake Superior and Lake Huron made it an important link in the shipping channel between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Superior. We visit the Sault Ste. Marie Canal, a National Historic Site that was first opened in 1895 and was the world’s longest lock at the time. The first lock to operate using electricity, the days of commercial shipping use have passed, and is now only used for recreational craft.

Overnight: Water Tower Inn & Suites (Breakfast)


Day 30: Agawa Canyon Excursion

  

Today we explore the beauty and history of Agawa Canyon on board a comfortable train departing from downtown Sault Ste. Marie. As the train winds through the wilderness, educational commentary is provided and shares the history of the Ojibwe people, fur traders and pioneers who first explored the area.  Surrounded by beautiful scenery, the journey continues as the train descends to the floor of Agawa Canyon. We’ll have the opportunity to disembark the train in the canyon to relax or explore the canyon park before returning to Sault Ste Marie this evening.

Overnight: Water Tower Inn & Suites (Breakfast)


Day 31: Sault Ste. Marie - Thunder Bay, ON

 

This morning we continue our journey west as we retrace our path along Lake Superior as we travel to Thunder Bay. 

Thunder Bay, perfectly situated where Lake Superior and the Kaministiquia River meet, made it ideal as a starting point for fur traders to start their canoe journey to the west. Thanks to its geographical positioning, Fort William dominated the fur trade industry in North America during the early 19th century. Now at the Fort William Historic Site we are able to step back in time and discover the days of the fur trade.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Express Thunder Bay (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 32: Thunder Bay - Kenora, ON

 

Today we traverse scenic territory originally home to Ojibwe and Cree people, but later as a result of its location on Lake of the Woods and surrounding, interconnected waterways became an established route on the historic fur trade. Currently a recreational area supported by the small resort community of Sioux Narrows, tourism is now the main industry in the area.

Overnight: Clarion Lakeside Inn (Breakfast)


Day 33: Kenora - Winnipeg, MB

 

Biding fond farewell to the province of Ontario, our destination today is Winnipeg, the capital city of Manitoba. Winnipeg, named after Lake Winnipeg, comes from the Cree words for ‘muddy water’ and is located where the fast flowing Red River and Assiniboine converge and has been an important meeting place for thousands of years.

Newly opened, Canada’s Diversity Garden at Assininboine Park is a truly unique expereince that is not to be missed. Throughout history human life in all cultures has been shaped and defined by the plants available for food, medicine and other necessities of life. Canada’s Diversity Garden takes an extraordinary look at our nations multicultural heritage by utilizing plants to tell our extraordinary story.

Overnight: Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown (Breakfast)


Day 34: Winnipeg, MB

  

As the ‘Gateway to the West’, Winnipeg has been home to aboriginal people for thousands of years, although the first permanent settlement wasn’t built until 1738 when French traders contructed the first fur trading post called Fort Rouge and over the years evolvied into what is now the City of Winnipeg. Through a sightseeing tour of the city we will uncover more of this cities rich history, which is centred around The Forks.

The Forks, now a National Historic Site of Canada, has been a meeting point for trade and transportation for over 6000 years. Originally a meeting place for aboriginal people, over time it has been integral to trade, tranportation and immigration. The Forks continues to be a modern meeting place with hosting events and celebrations throughout the year and is home to a local marketplace with vendors selling everything from food and wine to clothing and art.

Our last stop in Winnipeg is the renowned Canadian Museum for Human Rights which explores human rights issues, past, present and future in Canada and around the world, featured in new media displays, hands on exhibits and thought-provoking dialogue with everyday heroes.

Overnight: Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 35: Winnipeg - Saskatoon, SK

  

Autumn is a wonderful time to travel across the prairies and our journey departs on the Trans Canada Highway and continues onto the Yellowhead Highway. The Yellowhead Highway is a major interprovincial highway that spans Western Canada from Winnipeg to the coast of British Columbia.

Agriculture, specifically grain production is a major economic driver and one of the biggest exports in Manitoba and neighbouring Saskatchewan. Travelling through the countryside in autumn, you witness giant combine harvesters cutting the crops from the ripened golden cropland. Farmers cultivate primarily wheat and canola in this area, but other crops such as flax, oats and barley are common. Canada is the single biggest canola producer in the world with the bulk of that canola grown throughout the farmlands we travel through today.

This evening we arrive in Saskatoon, a city with a thriving arts community perched on the banks for the Saskatchewan river.

Overnight: Hilton Garden Inn Saskatoon Downtown (Breakfast)


Day 36: Saskatoon, SK

 

This morning we travel a short distance north of Saskatoon to Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a place steeped in Aboriginal history. Wanuskewin, which means Gathering Place, is an ancient site where nomadic tribes who roamed the Northern Plains came together to hunt, gather food and shelter themselves from the frigid winters. Archaeological sites at Wanuskewin date back 6000 years which make them older than the Egyptian Pyramids. Much of Wanuskewin has been unearthed and preserved, and continues to be discovered with active archaeological digs but a great deal remains undiscovered.

We continue on to Batoche National Historic Site, originally a Metis Settlement, it has become known for its role in the Northwest Rebellion of 1885. The Northwest Rebellion was a brief uprising by the Metis people, led by Louis Riel and ultimately ending in the definitive battle at the Siege of Batoche. Discover the story of this important moment in Canadian history at Batoche, where bullet holes from that fateful battle can still be seen today.

Travelling back to Saskatoon, we discover the inspiration for the city name, the Saskatoon Berry at a local berry farm. Saskatoon berries are grown primarily in Western Canada and north western regions of the United States. A sweet, dry berry, now used locally for baking and preserves, was once used by Aboriginals to make pemmican, historically, a staple of their diet.

Overnight: Hilton Garden Inn Saskatoon Downtown (Breakfast)


Day 37: Saskatoon - Edmonton, AB 

 

On our final full day of touring we depart Saskatoon continuing along the Yellowhead Highway and soon arrive at Fort Battleford National Historic Site. Originally established in 1876 as the sixth Northwest Mounted Police Fort in what was then known as Northwest Territories, Fort Battleford would later play a central role in the Northwest Rebellion in 1885. 

We cross into Alberta through the city of Lloydminster, which uniquely straddles the provincial border of Saskatchewan and Alberta. The city, although in two provinces with residents on both sides of the provincial border is governed by one, municipal government.

Edmonton is our final destination, known as the ‘City of Champions’, it is also the capital city of Alberta. Known as the home of West Edmonton Mall, the largest mall in North America, it has a thriving art community, and in recent years has gone through a revitalization that has breathed new life into the city.

Overnight: Fantasyland Hotel (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 38: Depart Edmonton, AB

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This morning our incredible journey across Canada concludes as we bid farewell to our new found friends and depart with unforgettble memories of this amazing country.

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Tour Includes: 37 nights of accommodation (3.5–4 star), professional Tour Leader, transportation on deluxe motorcoach, airport transfers in Vancouver and Edmonton, 52 meals: 37 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 13 dinners.

Highlights:

  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Banff National Park
  • Sulphur Mountain Gondola in Banff
  • Calgary City Tour
  • Tunnels of Moose Jaw Tour
  • RCMP Depot Academy Regina 
  • Kakabeka Falls
  • Tour of Parliament Hill Ottawa
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Rideau Canal
  • Montreal City Tour including Notre Dame Basilica
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sute Old Quebec City
  • New Brunswick Botanical Gardens
  • Hartland Bridge National Historic Site
  • Kings Landing Historical Settlement
  • Fundy National Park and Hopewell Rocks
  • Magnetic Hill and Shediac
  • Wildlife Harbour Cruise
  • Prince Edward Island Tour
  • Green Gables Heritage Place
  • Cavendish National Park
  • Alexander Graham Bell Museum National Historic Site
  • Cabot Trail - Cape Breton Highlands 
  • Peggy's Cove
  • Kingston Trolley Tour
  • Bellevue House
  • Niagara Falls Hornblower Cruise
  • Niagara Wine Tasting
  • Toronto City Tour
  • CN Tower
  • Sainte-Marie among the Hurons Historic Site
  • SS Keewatin Maritime Museum
  • Dynamic Earth Mine Tour
  • Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site
  • Agawa Canyon Train Excursion
  • Fort William Historic Park
  • Canada's Diversity Gardens at Assiniboine Park 
  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • Winnipeg City Tour
  • The Forks National Historic Site
  • Wanuskewin Heritage Park
  • Batoche National Historic Site
  • Fort Battleford National Historic Site
38 Day Coast to Coast Canadian Experience
Style: Classic Touring Start: Vancouver
Days: 38   End: Edmonton
         
Start End Code Double/Twin Single
30-Aug-19 6-Oct-19 CCCE01-19 $12,705.00 $17,320.00
         
Pricing is per person
CAD (does not include 5% tax)
 
Note: Arrival and departure flights can be booked for any time on first and last day of tour. A mandatory single surcharge may apply to this tour if you have selected our TwinShare Program and we are unable to match you with another TwinShare passenger.

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