A Christmas Train Across Canada, will take you for a ride on Canada’s transcontinental railroad. Canada is home to breathtaking natural beauty and world-renowned cities. It is especially lovely at Christmastime with its winter scenery of snowy pines, clear, cold lakes, the majestic Canadian Rockies, and festively decorated towns.
We begin our tour in Vancouver. Your guide will entertain you with stories about the British influence evident in some of the popular traditions of this region, such as the origins of the kissing ball and “Stir-Up Sunday.” As you travel through Vancouver, you will experience the December Festival of Lights in the VanDusen Botanical Garden and a walk across the 450-foot Capilano Suspension Bridge decorated with thousands of twinkling lights, followed by the traditional afternoon holiday tea at the Hotel Vancouver. Beautiful and vibrant photographs take you to the Rocky Mountains, the 300-foot frozen Pyramid Falls, and the spectacular night sky at Jasper National Park, home to one of the world’s largest dark-sky preserves. After a sleigh ride along the frozen shore of Lake Louise, it’s off to enjoy some time in the Banff Springs Hotel, sometimes called the “castle in the Rockies.”
The next stop on your journey is Calgary, where you will visit Canada’s largest living museum. But mind the weather—it can be unpredictable: you’ll never know if the warming chinook winds will keep the temperature mild or if a sudden storm will leave a foot of snow! Either way, you will learn how this big city keeps its small-town feel with its warm holiday festivities.
A Christmas Train Across Canada takes you from one awesome adventure to another. Lovely postcard-perfect images move you through the Great Plains, where you’ll see grand stretches of farm fields, roaming bison, and the beautiful northern lights. From there, it’s on to the famous Niagara Falls, followed by Toronto’s exclusive, legendary, and oldest department store.
On the next part of your tour, your guide describes how the early French settlers introduced new Christmas traditions to Canada. The French-inspired taffy-pull party and réveillon plus the delicious dishes of les cretons and bûche de Noël still remain today as a part of the Canadian holiday. Along your travels from charming Montreal, with its Santa parade and fireworks display, to tobogganing down a century-old ramp in Quebec, to our final destination in Halifax, Nova Scotia, you will discover many of the fascinating customs and history of one group of the first Canadians––the Mi’kmaq tribe. Plus, stories of the first Spanish explorers, French missionaries, and British settlers will give you and your family a better understanding of the people and traditions of this great land.