Canada by Train
September 5-16, 2018 • 12 Days • $5380* – 1 SPOT LEFT!
With New Traveler Discount: $5180**
Québec • Ontario • Manitoba • Saskatchewan • Alberta • British Columbia
Presenting our classic Canada by Train program, designed to bring you the very best of Canadian history, culture, and scenery!
Wonders of Québec Pre-tour – SPACE AVAILABLE!
August 31-September 5, 2018 • 6 Days • $2190
Space is available on the Wonders of Québec Pre-tour only!
A pre-tour taking in the Wonders of Québec offers rich historical and cultural connections in Québec City and two cruises to experience the natural beauty of Saguenay Fjord and the St. Lawrence River. We then use the train to travel to Montréal for the start of the main tour.
*Price based on upper or lower berth aboard VIA Rail for seniors (age 60+). More spacious upgrades available! See below for Sleeper Plus Categories.
**New Traveler Discount: New Travelers receive up to $200 off most domestic trips and up to $400 off most international tours.
Everyone seems to love the nostalgic grace of traveling by train. Certainly the VIA Rail Sleeper Plus Class service offered by our Canadian cousins promises an experience to enjoy in style and comfort, but it’s the walking element of this Adventure, as always, that makes it unique!
A pre-tour taking in the Wonders of Québec offers an outstanding addition to our Canada by Train itinerary, with rich historical and cultural connections in Québec City and two cruises to experience the natural beauty of Saguenay Fjord and the St. Lawrence River. We then use the train to travel to Montreal for the start of the main tour.
Out of a total of 11 nights crossing Canada on the main tour, we spend 4 on the train. The other 7 nights are spent in hotels strategically located to provide access to the essence of our neighbor to the North. The main tour starts in Montreal, second largest French-speaking metropolis on the planet. Moving on from Montreal, we explore the highlights of Toronto, Canada’s largest city; enjoy the amazing scenery of the Columbia Icefields Parkway in Alberta; view the wonders of Banff and Jasper National Parks in the fabulous Canadian Rockies; and revel in the delights of Vancouver, one of North America’s most scenically situated cities!
- A day to explore French-speaking Montréal (Québec) and the attractions of Toronto (Ontario), Canada’s largest city
- Rolling across the prairie provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta aboard ViaRail, the classy Canadian rail service
- A drive along the Icefield Parkway between Jasper and Banff—more magnificent mountain panoramas than the senses can absorb!
VIA Rail Details
SLEEPER PLUS CATEGORIES: Toronto to Vancouver – 4 NIGHTS
There are 3 options available. The price for this tour as listed above is based upon option (1) Double Accommodations without Facilities.
(1) Double Accommodations without Facilities (INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE):
Two passengers in bunk-style berths with heavy curtain (no door), no toilet or washbasin; bathroom facilities in the same car
- Age 60+: $5380
- Under age 60: $5580
(2) Double Cabin (UPGRADE FROM TOUR PRICE):
Two passengers in room with bunk-style beds and toilet and washbasin en suite
- Age 60+: $5995
- Under age 60: $6275
(3) Single Cabin (UPGRADE FROM TOUR PRICE):
1 passenger in room with toilet and washbasin en suite; bed covers toilet at night
- Age 60+: $5995
- Under age 60: $6275
All prices listed are per person.
One well-maintained shower is available in each car.
Wonders of Québec Pre-tour
- All land travel as outlined
- Train travel in business class between Québec City and Montreal
- Superior tourist-class hotel accommodations in Québec City and Tadoussac
- 7 meals: all breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner as denoted (BLD)
- All listed walks
- Fees for walking credit (if CVF approved)
- Cultural and historical expertise of local guides
- Two WAI tour leaders throughout
- Pricing is based on double occupancy. A limited number of single rooms are available for $450.
- All tipping for local guides, coach drivers, and group meals
- More fun stops than we can list!
- Guided walk in Québec City
- Saguenay Fjord National Park
- Fjord cruise on Saguenay Fjord from L’Anse-Saint-Jean to Sainte Rose du Nord
- Guided St. Lawrence River whale watching cruise in zodiac boat
- Québec cheese tasting in Charlevoix
- Montmorency Falls
- Guided Montreal Food Tour
- Grosse Ile (Day 1)
Canada by Train
- All land travel as outlined by motorcoach and train
- Superior tourist-class hotel accommodations in Montreal, Toronto, Jasper, Banff, and Vancouver
- 19 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 3 lunches, and 5 dinners as denoted (BLD)
- All listed walks
- Fees for walking credit (if CVF approved)
- Cultural and historical expertise of local guides in Montreal and Toronto
- Two WAI tour leaders throughout
- Pricing is based on double occupancy. A limited number of single rooms are available during hotel portion of tour for $775.
- All tipping for local guides, coach drivers, and group meals
- Guided walk in Montreal (Québec)
- Guided tour of Notre-Dame Basilica (Québec)
- Ferry to Toronto Island Park (Ontario)
- Guided city tour by coach in Toronto (Ontario)
- Jasper National Park (Alberta)
- Athabasca Falls along the Icefields Parkway (Alberta)
- Athabasca Glacier Snocoach ride (Alberta)
- Banff National Park (Alberta)
- More fun stops than we can list!
- Montreal Food Tour (Day 1)
- Sunshine Meadows Hike (Day 9)
All Train Travel:
- VIA Rail’s Business Class from Montreal to Toronto – DAYTRIP
- VIA Rail’s Canadian Sleeper Plus Class from Toronto to Vancouver – 4 NIGHTS
“We enjoy Scott’s leadership, patience, balance, & kindness/courtesy…Overall, the hotel breakfasts, restaurants, and the train meals were wonderful; a nice variety, consistently hearty breakfasts, with lots of fruit choices…Walking and visiting the cities, national and local parks, nature preserves, historic districts, markets, and other attractions are the primary reasons we are avid WAI customers (and rabid promoters)…Traveling by train, sleeping in the two-person cabins, walking the cars, relaxing in the panorama cars and business lounge were all a fantastic experience…Cindy and I thoroughly enjoyed train travel in Canada!”
-Jack P; St Louis, MO
“The walks were excellent…The folks on tour were fun. Your guides/leaders were true professionals.”
-James G; Alexandria, VA
“This is my 5th trip with WAI – and NOT my last!…The weather, the scenery, and the Canadian Rockies were all super…Jana, Roger and Scott couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful.”
-Stella E; Purvis, MS
“Walks were all outstanding…Enjoyed the entire tour; Great leaders! Additional tour guides were always good but Toronto guide was very good…Food tour was outstanding.”
-Steve L; Clarkston, WA
“Great trip! I have always wanted to take the train across Canada. This trip has made the wish come true. Loved it! … Guides on both Toronto & Manitoba walks were great. I like that local people are part of our walking experience – Montreal also great guides.”
-Kathleen I; San Lorenzo, CA
“Of our 30 trips with you, this ranks near the top of our experiences. Thank you for everything. You are a great team to travel with…Foodie tour a super idea!”
-John & Shari S; Cheney, WA
“Truly enjoyed the entire adventure…Too many highlights to list.”
-Deborah V; Asheville, NC
“The WAI guides were GREAT! … As usual WAI came through with their quality adventures…The guides are caring & just great, carefully planned walks to experience new places, people & new cultures.”
-Thelma Y; Spokane, WA
What characteristics of our tours prompted you to join us again? “Walking; excellent planning and background info throughout the trip.”
-June B; Manzanita, OR
What characteristics of our tours prompted you to join us again? – “Excellent planning, using our time efficiently – visiting places along the way that were genuine treats & surprises – places I couldn’t find myself…The Sunshine Meadows walk was amazing…Loved all the waterfalls, rivers, & mountains.”
-Valerie N; Camano Island, WA
“I had no idea how the train would be & was very pleased. The crew was great. Food was high quality. Toronto Island was a nice surprise – away from the city, but only a stone throw away…The extra challenge is an addition I look forward to – Sunshine Meadows. I love the mountains & this was such beauty. God always amazes me!!!!”
-Monica G; Prince George, VA
“The scenery was wonderful! The snowmobile to the glacier & getting out on the glacier – awesome! Loved Michael’s (bus driver) stories & humor. Scott, Jana & Roger could not have been more helpful or caring. I really liked all our guides & their humor & information.”
-Sarah H; Keller, TX
“Guides were superb.”
-Helen G; Alexandria, VA
Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5
Roger and Jana Dorway. Roger’s business background connecting buyers and sellers, and Jana’s career as a teacher provide this couple with a gift for connecting with people. They have always appreciated the experiential, paradigm-expanding value of travel, and have been privileged to explore destinations on 4 continents. Since retirement, they’ve increased their commitment to discovering the world, fostering a growing desire to share cultural and historical insights as part of the WAI guide team. Roger & Jana look forward to sharing Canada by Train with you!
Wonders of Québec Pre-tour
Day 1-Aug 31: Arrive Québec City, Québec
The Adventure begins in Québec City, considered by many the most “European” city in North America. Travelers flying into Québec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport will find taxi service the most convenient means of transport to our hotel situated conveniently on the edge of the historic district. Old Québec earned a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List due largely to the fact that it is the only city on the continent to have preserved its colonial fortifications. Our first group activity is a Welcome Orientation Meeting in the hotel at 7:30 pm this evening.
NOTE: An optional all day excursion to the Parks Canada National Historic Site Grosse Ile is offered for travelers who opt to arrive in Québec City one day early. Grosse Ile was a 19th century immigration island (similar in some ways to Ellis Island) with a poignant story to tell of a dramatic period of mass immigration into North America and the development of controls over infectious disease. More details will be provided in the Adventure Advice document to travelers who register for this tour. Estimated Price: $100 to $125 depending on participation levels. Minimum of 10 participants required to offer this excursion.
Day 2-Sep 1: Activities in Québec City (B)
Historic Québec Walk – 10 km, rated 2B
The entire day is devoted to exploring historic, charming Québec City with a walk starting from our hotel. Québec was founded by French explorer Samuel de Champlain in the early 17th century and became capital of New France until the history-changing British victory at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759. Our route wanders through lovely Battlefields Park and along Dufferin Terrace past Le Château Frontenac, said to be the world’s most photographed hotel. Petit-Champlain is a delightful pedestrian area in Lower Town; nearby Place Royale, with its romantic cobblestone square and outdoor cafés, contains the city’s oldest buildings. Opportunities for food, photography, people-watching, and window-shopping are endless on this walk.
Day 3-Sep 2: Québec City to Tadoussac, Québec (BD)
Our motorcoach takes us north today to Saguenay Fjord National Park. The tiny fjord-side town of L’Anse-Saint-Jean is our embarkation point for a cruise through the fjord past Cap Trinité, highest point in the fjord at 1,150 feet above sea level. We dock at Sainte Rose du Nord, a picturesque village on the fjord’s north bank, and continue by bus to Tadoussac, at the confluence of Saguenay Fjord and the St. Lawrence River. Tadoussac was France’s first trading post on the mainland of New France and claims to be the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in Canada.
Day 4-Sep 3: Activities from Tadoussac (B)
Tadoussac Bay Walk – 5 km, rated 2B
We devote our morning to a relaxed walk through striking pine-studded granite outcroppings offering stunning viewpoints of the mouth of Saguenay Fjord and the perfect crescent beach of Tadoussac Bay. Following lunch on our own, we amp up the adventure with an afternoon whale watching cruise in a small, Zodiac-styled vessel. We motor into the confluence of the Saguenay Fjord and the St. Lawrence River estuary where underwater topography and the flow of fresh water into the relatively salty water of the St. Lawrence creates a smorgasbord for hungry whales. Belugas are frequently seen and sightings of minke whales and humpbacks are quite common. Even the world’s largest mammal, the blue whale, is sometimes spotted.
Day 5-Sep 4: Tadoussac to Québec City (B)
Our return route to Québec City snakes along the scenic St. Lawrence River through quiet French-speaking communities and past friendly fromageries, one of which we will visit briefly for a sample of famous Québec cheeses. The highlight of the day, a stop at Montmorency Falls, allows us to stretch our legs at the highest waterfall in the province of Québec – nearly 100 feet higher than Niagara! The balance of the afternoon is free to enjoy the delightful historic center of Québec City from the same hotel in which we started the tour.
Day 6-Sep 5: Depart for Montreal, Québec: By Train (BL)
An early-morning wake-up call beckons us to our first train ride. Breakfast is served to our business class seats en route to Montreal, where we are joined by an enthusiastic local food expert. Montreal is one of Canada’s major immigration hubs, and its food scene reflects a delightful and harmonious blend of cultures from around the world. Our “foodie” tour starts with a walk in the historic district and continues along a major thoroughfare lined with dozens of ethnic neighborhoods inviting us to sample an astonishing diversity of delicious fare. This evening we join travelers arriving for the start of the Canada by Train walking adventure at our hotel in the heart of historic Montreal!
Canada by Train
Day 1-Sep 5: Arrive Montreal, Québec
Montreal serves as starting point for our Canada by Train Adventure. Our first official activity is a Welcome Orientation this evening at our hotel at 7:30 pm.
Those arriving early, however, may wish to join the Pre-tour group as they sample a delicious array of Montreal’s ethnic food on a multi-faceted walking and motorcoach “foodie” introduction to the city. Estimated price: $140
Day 2-Sep 6: Activities in Montreal (B)
Montreal Lachine Canal & Old Town – 6 km, rated 1B
Mount Royal Park Walk – 4 km, rated 2A
Our guided morning walk begins at Montreal’s colorful Atwater Market, along historic Lachine Canal. Dating back to the 1850s, the canal was instrumental in opening up North America’s interior to trans-Atlantic shipping. Though New York’s Erie Canal ultimately won the battle of canals, Lachine Canal allowed Montreal to become, for a time, the second-busiest port in North America. This pleasant route wanders past architectural remnants of the canal’s glory days. We finish in Montreal’s lively historic district with a tour of Notre-Dame Basilica and free time for lunch. Outstanding panoramas and pleasant park walking await us at Mount Royal Park, designed by Frederick Olmsted, the prolific landscape architect who also planned New York’s Central Park.
Day 3-Sep 7: Montreal to Toronto, Ontario: By Train (BL)
CN Tower Walk – 2.5 km, rated 1B
All aboard VIA Rail’s train service to Toronto this morning! Our business class seats come with a delicious lunch served as we roll towards Canada’s largest city. After checking into our centrally-located Toronto hotel, join us for an exploratory walk to the CN Tower, tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere at over 1800 feet in height. Options for the evening include riding the elevator to the top, enjoying an overpriced meal with unforgettable views in the 360 Restaurant, learning about Toronto’s railroading history on a stroll through Roundhouse Park, and enjoying the sporting ambiance of the Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays’ baseball stadium, directly beneath the CN Tower. Abundant dinner options line the route back to our hotel.
Day 4-Sep 8: Activities in Toronto: Train across Ontario (BD)
Toronto Island Park Walk – 8 km, rated 1A
Today’s walk includes a ferry ride across Toronto Harbour to Toronto Island Park. Eclectic old neighborhoods hidden in stands of cottonwood, panoramas over massive Lake Ontario, and an appealing assortment of parks, marinas, and green spaces combine with stunning views of the Toronto skyline to make an unforgettable walking experience. Back on Toronto’s mainland, we finish the walk at St. Lawrence Market with free time for lunch. Following lunch, a local historian shares the story of this fascinating market, rated #1 in the world by National Geographic, then takes us on a guided coach tour of Toronto’s highlights. After an action-packed day in Canada’s largest city, we dine together at a fun local eatery, then gather our belongings from the hotel for a short stroll to the train station. VIA Rail’s Canadian train departs at 10 pm for an overnight passage into the Prairie Provinces.
Day 5-Sep 9: Ontario to Manitoba: By Train (BLD)
After a full schedule in eastern Canada, we spend a relaxing day aboard the Canadian train as our rolling hotel takes us toward Winnipeg. At breakfast, your table is surrounded by the picturesque lake lands of southern Ontario. Late morning and afternoon afford the tranquil delights of train travel: take in Canadian prairie panoramas in the Observation Deck, relax with a book in the Bullet Lounge, or chat with friends in the welcoming armchairs of your sleeper car as Canada’s prairie scenes roll past oversized picture windows.
Day 6-Sep 10: Manitoba to Saskatchewan: By Train (BLD)
Winnipeg Forks Walk – 10 km, rated 1A
Train schedules permitting, travelers may enjoy a slice of Winnipeg this morning with the Forks walk, sponsored by the Windy City Wanderers club. The route features the Assiniboine River Walk and The Forks. Once an ancient meeting place at the confluence of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers, The Forks is now an eclectic market and attractive collection of restaurants. Back aboard the Canadian, indulge in the relaxing rhythms of train travel while rolling across the prairies into Saskatchewan. Anticipate being rocked to sleep again tonight in the haven of your quarters – transformed by the crew from sitting room to bed, pillows fluffed and blankets turned down.
Day 7-Sep 11: Arrive Jasper, Alberta by train (Brunch)
Beauvert Lake Walk – 4 km, rated 1B
Maligne Canyon Walk – 4 km, rated 2C
As brunch is served on board, we watch the flat expanse of Alberta’s prairies transition into the geological wonder of the Rocky Mountains. After disembarkation in Jasper, the remainder of the day is devoted to exploring Jasper National Park, one of Canada’s most scenic treasure troves. Our first walk takes us past rustic but elegant Jasper Park Lodge on an easy but stunning loop around Beauvert Lake, where magnificent mountain vistas abound and elk sightings are common. The fun continues a short bus ride away as our second walk descends along the dramatic edge of Maligne Canyon, one of the Canadian Rockies’ most intriguing canyons. Laced with waterfalls, jaw-dropping bridge crossings, and underground streams emerging from nowhere, this late afternoon stroll will leave you hungry for even more of Alberta’s myriad of wonders. Following check-in at our Jasper hotel, the remainder of the evening is free to enjoy dinner on your own.
Day 8-Sep 12: Jasper to Banff, Alberta (B)
Lake Louise Walk – 5 km, rated 1A (unsanctioned)
Bidding farewell to Jasper this morning, we travel by coach along one of the planet’s most breathtaking mountain drives – the Icefields Parkway. First stop on this scenic sojourn is a fantastic photo stop at thunderous Athabasca Falls. Continuing south to the mighty Columbia Icefields, we board a snocoach and enjoy a fabulous opportunity to walk directly on Athabasca Glacier! Mid-afternoon motoring brings us to the idyllic shores of Lake Louise where we walk along the shoreline of this shimmering blue mountain gem, soaking up picture-postcard views of Victoria Glacier and iconic Chateau Lake Louise. Following this dazzling day of sensory overload, we arrive at our destination–the resort town of Banff.
Day 9-Sep 13: Activities in Banff (B)
Banff Walk – 7 km, rated 2B
Optional Sunshine Meadows Hike – 7 km, rated 3B (unsanctioned)
All day is devoted to enjoying this charming mountain resort. We start with a morning walk that explores the wonderful downtown area, including beautiful Bow River Falls and Banff Springs Lodge. The afternoon is open to enjoy Banff’s multitude of irresistible shops and galleries.
Consider joining us for a one-of-a-kind optional, high-alpine hike at nearby Sunshine Meadows, rated by Lonely Planet as the #1 Day Hike in Canada. Straddling the Continental Divide on the border of Alberta and British Columbia, these meadows are surrounded by some of the Rockies’ highest peaks and offer pristine trails set at the top of the world (about 7,300 FASL) amongst stands of autumn larches and stunning alpine lakes. Estimated Price (including round-trip transport, shuttle to trailhead, and guide services): $55
Day 10-Sep 14: Banff to Jasper: Overnight on Train (BD)
An early morning departure by coach takes us north along the Icefields Parkway for a second chance to drink in Rocky Mountain majesty on our return to Jasper. Along the way, we enjoy picturesque photo stops at terrifically turquoise Peyto Lake and powerful Sunwapta Falls. Following lunch on our own in Jasper, we board the early afternoon Canadian train for the last leg of our train journey to Vancouver. Dinner as we travel west provides one more dose of Canadian mountain magic as we travel from the Rockies into the Columbia Mountains, magnificent and statuesque in their own right.
Day 11-Sep 15: Arrive Vancouver, British Columbia: By Train (BD)
Stanley Park Walk – 10 km, rated 1A
An after-breakfast arrival in Vancouver, B.C. leaves the majority of the day to enjoy this picturesque Canadian coastal city. Considered North America’s third largest urban park, Stanley Park offers a Seawall Walk that encircles the peninsula and provides wonderful views of downtown Vancouver, the Burrard Inlet, Lion’s Gate Bridge, and English Bay. The late afternoon is free to enjoy the downtown area of Vancouver before we rendezvous for our Farewell Dinner this evening.
Day 12-Sep 16: Depart from Vancouver (B)
We say farewell to friends old and new, returning home with a new appreciation for the breadth of history, culture, and scenery offered by our neighbor to the North, as we explored Canada by Train.
How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?
We are now accepting reservations. Call or mail in your registration ($500) to save your spot! A maximum of 30 travelers will be accepted.
Already Early Birded?
If you are among the travelers who submitted a $50 Early Bird deposit, you have until October 10, 2017 to secure your spot with an additional $450 (total of $500) registration. After October 10, your spot on the tour will be released, and your Early Bird deposit available for refund or transfer to the tour of your choice.
First Time Traveler Savings
In appreciation for joining us for your first Walking Adventure, we offer new travelers a $200 credit on this domestic tour!
Group Travel Credit
If you are part of a Group, remember that your full deposit of $500 is still required to hold your spot on this Adventure. Your group leader is responsible for submitting your name in writing to us before you make your $500 registration payment, qualifying you for the Group Travel Credit. A full registration payment is needed to officially reserve your place. Your Group Travel Credit will appear on your final statement.
Check out more information on the Group Travel Program.
General Tour Conditions and Registration Form
VIA Rail - Sleeper Plus Categories
We board the Canadian train in Toronto with berths in the Sleeper Plus class. This service provides all meals in the dining cars and access to the Skyline car which has a scenic dome to better appreciate the scenery. The Park car in the back of the train is another place to spend free time and offers more dome-type seating with great views from the Bullet lounge. As listed in the brochure, we have three choices for accommodations for the train ride between Toronto and Vancouver, all of which reflect the economy of space that is a hallmark of sleeper cars on trains. This is a decision you should make as soon as possible when you register for this Adventure. Prices are provided by VIA Rail with a discount for seniors (over age 60). For this reason two prices are listed on the brochure for each category type.
Double Accommodations without Facilities: This category offers berths for two people in bunk-style beds with heavy curtains—not a door—for privacy. The beds are converted by train staff during the day to couch-style seating—2 seats facing each other. Each mattress is approximately 6 feet by 4 feet. Berths do not offer bathroom facilities, but well-maintained public restrooms, with showers, are available in each car. This is the most economical way to travel in the Sleeper Plus class, and is the category included in the tour price. Many travelers, however, find the quarters too cramped, even by train standards, and prefer the Double Cabin or Single Cabin categories.
Double Cabin: This is a room for two people in bunk-style beds with a door (locking from inside only—no key) for privacy. The beds are converted by train staff during the day to a sitting room with two chairs. The cabin is approximately 7 feet by 5 feet, plus the small 3 feet x 2 feet bathroom. Each cabin features individual controls for heating and air conditioning and a private bathroom with toilet and sink (no shower). Showers are available in the public restrooms in each car. This category is an upgrade from the double accommodations without facilities and would provide you with more room and privacy.
Single Cabin: This is a room for one person with a door locking on the inside (no key) for privacy. The bed is converted by train staff during the day to a sitting room with a sofa chair. The cabin is approximately 6 1/2 feet by 3 1/2 feet including a sink and private toilet that are covered by the bed during the night. Showers are available in the public restrooms in each car. The Single Cabin is smaller than the Double Cabin so price for a Single Cabin is the same per person as it is for each traveler sharing a Double Cabin; there is no single supplement for the train portion of the trip.
Three optional excursions are available during this Adventure: Grosse Ile Immigration Island (Wonders of Québec pre-tour), Montreal Food Tour (included on Wonders of Québec pre-tour but optional on Canada by Train main tour), and Sunshine Meadows Alpine Hike (Canada by Train main tour). If you would like to participate in any of these excursions, we have limited space available. To guarantee your place, please let us know your decision at the time you register.
How is airfare arranged?
The official start point for the Wonders of Québec pre-tour is Québec City, Québec (airport code YQB). The official start point for Canada by Train main tour is Montreal, Québec (airport code YUL). The end point for both tours is Vancouver, British Columbia (airport code YVR). We recommend that you contact the travel agent we work with to help book your flight arrangements. In this age of airfare complications and airport uncertainty, using a travel agent is a good investment! More details about flight arrangements and travel agent contact information will be provided in the Adventure Advice flyer, mailed to you after you register for the Adventure. Please do not book your airfare prior to receiving the Adventure Advice flyer!
What about the walks?
We generally walk at a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour. In most cases, we are not “strolling.” We are walking at a relaxed but steady pace. Your experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that you make a priority of “training” beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to overexertion. If you have questions about your ability to participate, please talk with our office at 1.800.779.0353.
We have adopted a walk difficulty rating system which contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain. The explanation for this system is presented below:
1. Very small hills or very little stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: up to 200 feet.
2. Some moderate hills and stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 200-1000 feet.
3. Some significant hill or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 1000-2000 feet.
4. Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 2000-3500 feet.
5. Many steep hills. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: more than 3500 feet.
A. Almost entirely on pavement.
B. A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.
C. A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky / rooted paths or soft sand).
D. A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
E. The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.
WAI believes strongly in the importance of travel insurance for financial and medical protection from any number of unforeseen circumstances that can arise before departure or during your Adventure. Many travel insurance providers are available for you to consider. Debbi Custer of World Travel Inc., a travel agent who provides air travel services to many WAI travelers, can provide travel insurance options for your WAI tour as well as your airfare (email [email protected] -OR- call 888-276-0925 / 503-231-9507). For those of you who purchase airfare through Debbi, purchasing your travel insurance from her as well may be the simplest option. As always, do some shopping to ensure you are getting the best value. Using the Insuremytrip.com website can be a good way to compare pricing.
Other options include:
- Travel Guard
- Travel Insured International
We suggest purchasing from a reputable, well-established insurance company (avoid buying insurance from an unknown company found only online). In addition, be aware that some travel insurance policies contain time-sensitive provisions—i.e. some benefits are available only if the policy is purchased within a certain number of days of the purchase of the travel package.
What happens next?
Upon registering for this Adventure, you will receive a welcome letter, initial invoice, and Adventure Advice flyer with important information about steps to take in the months before your trip. Please do not buy your airline tickets until you receive the Adventure Advice flyer. The final payment for the program is due 90 days before departure, and you will receive a final billing packet about 3 weeks prior to that point, including a factsheet of additional information about the Adventure to help you get prepared! Then, about 3 weeks before departure, you will receive a final packet with all the details of the program, including hotel names and contact information, a list of fellow travelers, and a more detailed daily schedule.
For now, we invite you to pull up a chair, grab a cup of java, and imagine the train lover’s experience of a lifetime…Canada by Train!
All Aboard! Next Stop…Canada!