The Rockies, Alaska and Eastern Explorer

with Scenic

(The Rockies, Alaska and Eastern Explorer combines a 23 night land tour, with a seven night Alaskan cruise and visits Victoria, Banff and Quebec City)

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Air Canada Brisbane (via Sydney)  to Toronto (via Vancouver)
21 May 2015

Pre Tour Arrival (p.m.) - 21 May 2015
We hook up with your Scenic Representative at Toronto Airport and transfer to our hotel for a good night sleep.   The Fairmont Royal York is a landmark in Toronto. When it was first opened in 1929, it was the tallest building in the British Commonwealth and quickly set the hospitality standard of the day.

Hotel:  The Fairmont Royal York Hotel
The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto

Toronto and Niagara Falls

Day 1:   22 May 2015 - Toronto
We got a good look at Toronto using the city sightseeing hop on/hop off tour bus.  Had a welcome to Toronto and met up with our tour guide Susan and the other travellers in our group in the afternoon.

Day 2:  23 May 2015 - Toronto
Another day of sightseeing on the hop on/hop off tour bus which included a small boat criuse to the Toronto Islands (Lake Ontario) and more exploring Canada’s largest city.  

We came across a movie set in the Yonge Street.   The DC Comic film 'Suicide Squad' scenes were being filmed.   Star in the film are Will Smith and Jared Leto.

In the evening we attended the  ‘Welcome to Eastern Canada’ dinner in CN Tower’s revolving restaurant offering spectacular views overlooking the city of Toronto and Lake Ontario. Originally built as a communication tower, it maintains its coveted title and features in the ‘2010 Book of Guinness World Records’ as the world’s tallest tower at 364m, defined as a building with less than 50% usable floor space. There is a glass floor and outdoor observation level.  Denis checked out both!  After dinner we enjoy a city tour before returning to our hotel.

Day 3:  24 May 2015 - Niagara Falls - Toronto (B)
Continue south around the ‘Golden Horseshoe’ of Lake Ontario through rich farmlands and vineyards to the picturesque village of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Boarded the Niagara Falls cruise venturing under the dramatic falls.

Three Night Stay: The Fairmont Royal York Hotel

The Fairmont Royal YorkHotel from the CN Tower

Colleen at the entrance to he Fairmont Royal Hotel

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Algonquin Provincial Park - Ottawa

Day 4: 25 May 2015 - Algonquin Provincial Park - Ottawa (B).  We head through Algonquin Provincial Park on our was to Ottawa, Capital City of Canada, The park is home to a diverse range of plant and animal species. Algonquin was the first provincial park in Ontario offering protection of a variety of natural and cultural features. It is best known by visitors for its opportunity to spot moose.  We also travelled on the 'Highway of Heroes' named because its the last highway the Canada war dead travel on their return. 

Day 5: 26 May 2015 - Ottawa (B,D)
- We check out Canada’s capital city 'Ottawa' and enjoyed an interpretive guided tour including the imposing Parliament Buildings, Government House, Canadian Museum of History and the official residence of the Prime Minister. Viewed the Rideau Canal and lunched at the Byward Market.  Visited the Canada War Museum and the tomb of the unknown soldier.   

Two Night Stay: Fairmont Château Laurier
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Ottawa and Montebello

Day 6:  27 May 2015 - Ottawa - Montebello (B,D).   Toured the 1,500 acre Park Omega and discover native wildlife such as bear, wolves, wapitis, red deer and beavers.

Overnight Special Stay: Fairmont Le Château Montebello
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Quebec City

Day 7:  28 May 2015 - Tasted traditional Québécois fare at a local Sugar Shack 'Choz Dany' where your lunch was included today. Sample the delicacies of this region and learn about one of Canada’s most popular exports, maple syrup. Continue to Québec City, the only walled city in North America and an important World Heritage listed site. Did a tour within the walls of the Vieux Carré (Old City) and visited the Lower Town of Quebec City.

Day 8:  29 May 2014 - Sightseeing tour of the quaint streets of Old Québec on board a horse and carriage ride.  Enjoyed a free afternoon in Old Quebec City.

Two Night Special Stay: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Quebec City

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Quebec City and Montreal

Day 9:  30 May 2015 - Today we traverse a landscape characterised by rugged mountains and the mighty St Lawrence River. Situated at the base of its namesake, Mount Royal, Montréal is known as the Paris of North America.  Visited the exquisite Notre-Dame Basilica with its imposing Gothic Revival architecture in Old Montréal and the only ‘Holy Door’ outside Europe. In the afternoon, we explore city via a guided tour.

Overnight Stay: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
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Montreal and Vancouver

Day 10: 31 May 2015 - Enjoyed breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the airport for the flight  West to Vancouver.

Day 11:  1 June 2015 - Explored the rainforest and highlight Cliffwalk, as the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s highlights including the historical hub of Gastown and the local’s playground Stanley Park.

Two Night Stay: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – exclusive to Scenic
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The Rocky Mountaineer and Kamloops

Day 12:  2 June 2015 - Enjoy a 2 day rail experience on ‘The Most Spectacular Train Trip in the World’. Relax in your Goldleaf carriage and experience unsurpassed levels of dome car service on the "Journey through the Clouds".

Overnight Stay: Kamloops Hotel 540 (as assigned by Rocky Mountaineer)

Day 13:  3 June 2015 - Continue towards the Rocky Mountains and Jasper.
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Jasper, Rocky Mountains
 
(Arrived late on the 3 June on the Rocky Mountaineer)

Day 14: 4 June 2015 -  Did a tour and boat crusie on Maligne Lake in the Jasper National Park.   Cruised to Spirit Island (Maligne Lake) vewing snow capped mountains all around, including water falls, avalanche scars and hanging Glaciers.  Completed the day with some shopping for the family in Jasper.

Two Night Stay: The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Icefields Parkway - Glacier 'Ice Explorer' - Lake Louise

Day 15:  5 June 2015 - Travelled south, along the incredible Icefields Parkway, acclaimed as ‘one of the most spectacular journeys in the world’.  Stop at the Columbia Icefield, where we took the ‘Ice Explorer’ onto the mighty Athabasca Glacier. Enjoy a nature walk along the shoreline of the beautiful Lake Louise before settling in for an evening in Canada’s ‘Diamond in the Wilderness’.  

Day 16:  6 June 2015 - Meeting a retired Canadian Mountie. Denis did a  walk to Lake Agnes, which still had some ice on its waters.  Lake Agnes is about the same high as Mount Kosciuszko - Austraila's highest Mountain!   Colleen had a rest day with her ebook and the spectacular view of Lake Louise.

Two night Special Stay: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

   Lake Louise Tour Group Photo
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Emerald Lake and Banff

Day 17:  7 June 2015 - We visited Emerald Lake and Natural Bridge before travelling on to Banff.   Travelled by Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain.  Well done Colleen!

Day 18:  8 June 2015 -  We did a helicopter ride over the alpine three sisters.  This was Colleen's first helicopter ride!  Free time in the afternoon to explore the alpine township of Banff.   In the evening we had a BBQ at the Rocky Mountain Round Up and enjoyed the authentic cuisine, local entertainment and western hospitality.

Two Night Special Stay: The Fairmont Banff Springs
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Click Helicopter trip in the Mountains near Banff 2015

Banff and Sun Peaks

Day 19:  9 June 2015 - Travel through Glacier National Park to the alpine ski village of Sun Peaks, located In British Columbia's interior.  Had a presentation on the historic insight into the fur trading industry and life as a pioneer in Canada.

Overnight Stay: Sun Peaks Grand Hotel
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Cariboo Region and Whistler

Day 20:  10 June 2015 - Had morning tea at Hat Creek Ranch and continue on the Mountain Roads to Whistler Village, home to the 2010 Olympic Nordic and Alpine events.  Had a presentation on Black Bear from Michael Allen

Day 21:  11 June 2015 - We both did a jet boat ride and then Denis did the Peak to Peak Gondola joining Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.  

Two Night Special Stay: The Fairmont Chateau Whistler – exclusive to Scenic
Whistler
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Howe Sound and Victoria (Butchart Gardens)

Day 22:  12 June 2015 - Drive along Howe Sound, stopping to view Shannon Falls. Board a ferry and cruise through Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island.  

Day 23:  13 June 2015 - Visited the world famous Butchart Gardens.  22 hectares of gorgeously manicured floral displays influenced by the Butchart’s world travels. After the gardens we did  a Whale watching cruise.   In the evening we prepared for the trip by the Victoria Clipper to Seatle (USA), in the morning to board our cruise ship for Alaska.

Two Night Special Stay: The Fairmont Empress – exclusive to Scenic
Victoria

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MS Amsterdam (Scenic Cruising) Cabin 6200

Day 24:  14 June 2015 - Seattle (Puget Sound) - We just relaxed and enjoy the ambience as we cruise north to see Alaska’s dramatic coastline - last great wilderness.

Day 25:  15 June 2015 - At Sea going 'North to Alaska'.

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Day 26:  16 June 2015 - Tracy Arm (Alaska) - Sawyer Glacier is an active reminders of the Ice Age.  Tracy Arm is the name of the fjord that leads up to the two faces of Sawyer Glacier. Instead of a large bay, the fjord walls are narrow and craggy, with steep rock faces that contain multiple waterfalls. The closer you get to the end of Tracy Arm, the more icebergs you’ll see, in shades of blue so deep you’ll think they are made of glass. Tracy Arm, Alaska
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Day 27:  17 June 2015 - Juneau (Alaska) - Surrounded by the Gastineau Channel, the Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefields, Alaska’s capital is famed for its scenery and isolation. Juneau is accessible only by air or sea so the best way to arrive is by luxury cruise. We did the full day shore excursion: Best of Juneau - Whale Watching Quest, Mendenhall Glacier and Orca Point Lodge for lunch.  Juneau, Alaska
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Day 28:  18 June 2015 - - Sitka (Alaska) - Nestled between picturesque mountains and the Pacific Ocean.  We did the shore excursion:  Historic Sitka Sitka, Alaska
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Day 29:  19 June 2015 - Ketchikan (Alaska) - Arrived at picturesque Ketchikan, salmon capital of the world.  We did the shore excursion:   Everybody Duck! Ketchikan, Alaska
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Day 30:  20 June 2015 - Victoria (Canada) - Journey south to the stunning capital of British Columbia, Victoria.   Stay on the ship and just relaxed, preparing for the long trip home.

Day 31:   21 June 2015 - Seattle (USA) - Disembark early this morning and did a small tour of Seattle before transfering to Seattle Airport to fly to Vancouver. 
Relaxing on the Ship in Victoria
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Seattle (via Vancouver) to Brisbane (via Sydney) by Air Canada

21/23 June 2015 -
Home with great memories and diet of bake beans, while we save for the next trip!
Valcouver, Canada
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