Nanaimo, British Columbia

Inside Passage Ferry, BC

North Pacific Cannery, Prince Rupert. BC

Skeena River

Skeena Train - Option

Mount Robson, British Columbia

Mount Robson, Group Photo

CLOSE TO HOME TOUR SERIES!

BRITISH COLUMBIA CIRCLE

WITH OPTIONAL SKEENA TRAIN
 Includes Inside Passage Sailing

 

DEPARTURE: Edmonton 7:00 am | Red Deer 9:00 am | Calgary 12:00 pm

Combine three modes of transportation on this special 8-day tour: a luxury motorcoach, two scenic ferry rides and an optional daylight train ride.  Features a day cruise along the coast of British Columbia to Prince Rupert and an optional spectacular journey east to Prince George on the VIA Rail Skeena Train.

2021 Departures
8 days | July 30, 2021
2022 Departures
8 days | June 19, July 17, July 31, 2022
2022 prices subject to change
Canada West
Motorcoach
Passport Not Required
Government Issued Photo ID Required For Ferry

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1

Edmonton to Calgary to Three Valley Gap

Friday. Your Scenic Getaway begins as you are welcomed aboard your deluxe coach in Edmonton.  Travel south via Red Deer to Calgary meeting additional travel companions enroute.  Sit back and enjoy the incredible scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Cross the border into British Columbia and continue to Three Valley Gap for overnight at the Three Valley Lake Chateau.  Take a tour of the GHOST TOWN prior to enjoying a GET ACQUAINTED WELCOME DINNER with your fellow travellers.

2

Three Valley Gap to Vancouver Area

Saturday. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you travel through Salmon Arm, Kamloops and Merritt to your Vancouver area hotel for overnight.

3

Vancouver Area to Port Hardy

Sunday. Board a BC FERRY for a scenic sailing to Nanaimo, a vibrant harbour city on Vancouver Island.  Travel north to Campbell River, known as the Salmon Capital of the World.  Continue north to Port Hardy for overnight.

4

Port Hardy / Inside Passage to Prince Rupert

(2 nights) Monday. The MV NORTHERN EXPEDITION departs Port Hardy this morning for a 15-hour scenic voyage through the INSIDE PASSAGE.  Along the 300 miles of magnificent coastline, you pass hundreds of islands and waterfalls and may see sightings of bald eagles, porpoises and killer whales.  Highlights are the narrows at Bella Bella, the Princess Royal Channel and the long canal-like Grenville Channel.  A RESERVED RECLINING SEAT in the Aurora Lounge is included.  If you wish additional privacy, you can purchase an outside or inside cabin. As our motorcoach travels on the ferry with us, luggage and other belongings will be stored on the coach.  Arrive Prince Rupert for two nights.

5

Prince Rupert

Tuesday. A leisurely morning allows time to visit downtown shops and the acclaimed MUSEUM OF NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA. This afternoon drive to Port Edward, located on the Skeena River and visit the NORTH PACIFIC CANNERY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, the oldest surviving salmon cannery village along British Columbia’s coast. Established in 1889, this cannery was typical of those in remote locations in that it provided accommodation through the summer canning season.  Little has changed since the plant closed in the late 1960’s.  Almost 30 buildings linked by wooden boardwalks are open for viewing.

6

Prince Rupert to Prince George

Wednesday. Enjoy the vast forests and scenery through the Coast Mountains as you journey along the broad Skeena and rushing Bulkley Rivers.  You have the choice (made at time of booking) to either travel by coach or take the optional VIA Rail Skeena Train.  Enjoy the views from the comfort of your spacious and reclinable seat in “Economy Class” – “Touring Class” is not available this season.  Light meals, snacks and bar service are available for purchase throughout the trip. Coach passengers will journey through similar scenery, making stops for pictures and stretch breaks, plus an included PICNIC LUNCH.  Arrive in Prince George for overnight. 

7

Prince George to Hinton

Thursday. The Canadian Rockies highest peak, MOUNT ROBSON, welcomes you this morning as you travel east into JASPER NATIONAL PARK.  After a DRIVING TOUR OF JASPER continue to Hinton for overnight.  This evening we invite you to a HOSTED FAREWELL DINNER.

8

Hinton to Edmonton to Calgary

Friday. With fond memories you make a stop in Edmonton and then continue to Calgary.

Option — Ferry Cabin

Available for the whole day for $130.00 per outside cabin (not per person) or $100.00 per inside cabin.  Cabins have 2 single beds side by side with a separate shower/toilet/basin, TV and desk. Please request at time of booking.  Cabins are limited.

Option – DAY 6 Skeena Train Excursion

Note: “Touring Class” is not available this season. 2021 VIA Rail dates offer spacious and reclinable seating in “Economy Class” with light meals, snacks and bar service available for purchase.  Call for prices.

TRAVEL TIME:

Parts of the daily schedule on this tour are dependent on our transport partners.

 

Included in Your Holiday

  • First class transportation on an air conditioned, washroom-equipped motorcoach
  • Quality accommodations and tax
  • Services of an experienced Tour Director and Driver
  • Baggage handling, one average piece per person
  • Travel Bag
  • Admission to attractions and sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary
  • Ghost Town
  • Ferry to Vancouver Island

 

  • Northern Expedition Ferry voyage through Inside Passage from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert
  • Reserved seat in ferry’s Aurora Lounge
  • Museum of Northern British Columbia
  • North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site
  • Mount Robson
  • Jasper National Park
  • Driving Tour of Jasper
  • Meals Include: 3 Continental Breakfasts, 1 Picnic Lunch, Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner

MV NORTHERN EXPEDITION:

BC Ferries’ MV Northern Expedition, made its first voyage through the Inside Passage in May 2009.  The MV Northern Expedition was specially designed for Inside Passage voyages.  It is 497 feet long with a beam of 76 feet and a draft of 24 feet.  She carries 130 vehicles, 600 passengers and 30 crew.  Travelling speed is 20.3 knots.  The ferry has three passenger decks and an outdoor sun deck.  Facilities include the Canoe Cafe, Vista Restaurant, gift shop, Raven’s Lounge and Aurora Lounge with comfortable reserved seating (included in your fare).  The 300-mile journey from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert takes 15 hours.  Enjoy great viewing of the rugged coastline and abundant bird, marine and wildlife. 

 

2021 Pricing

Cost per person | Prices in Canadian Dollars | Prices subject to change | 2022 prices subject to change

Triple

$1,889.00

GST: $94.45

Twin

$2,119.00

GST: $105.95

Single

$2,859.00

GST: $142.95

Early Booking Discount

twin sharing per person.

$42.00

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