|Continent, geographical location :||North America-It is bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean and Alaska, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean,to the northeast by Greenland (across the Nares Strait), and to the south by the ‘Lower 48’states of the USA. The polar ice cap lies to the north.|
|Area :||9,984,670 sq km|
|Official Language:||English and French|
|Religion :||Roman Catholic 42.6%, Protestant 23.3% (including United Church 9.5%, Anglican 6.8%, Baptist2.4%, Lutheran 2%), other Christian 4.4%|
|Currency :||Canadian Dollar (CAD) – $|
|Time difference from India :||Canada is 13:30 hrs. behind India. During daylight saving time (DST) behind by 12.30 hrs.For 2012 DST begins on 11th March and ends on 4th Nov (DST varies every year).|
|ISD code :||+ 1 and phone number|
|Government :||Constitutional monarchy▪ Prime Minister : Stephen Harper|
|Independence Day / National Day :||1st July is celebrated as National day or Canada Day,|
|Public Holidays :||▪ 1 Jan New Year’s Day▪ 6 Apr Easter▪ 21 May Victoria Day▪ 3 Sept Labour Day▪ 11 Oct Thanksgiving Day▪ 11 Nov Remembrance Day▪ 25 Dec ChristmasAdditional holidays may be observed regionally|
|Known for :||James Naismith – invented basketball and wrote the original basketball rulebook, Bryan Adams,Jim Carry, Pamela Anderson, Canadian Rockies,|
|National Landmark :||Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park,|
|National Airline with Code :||Air Canada (AC)|
|National Flower :||Maple Leaf|
|National Animal / Bird :||Beaver and Canadian Horse|
|Main Trade :||Motor vehicles and parts, machinery and equipment, crude petroleum, natural gas and high-technology products.|
Custom Rules :
• As a visitor, you can bring certain goods into Canada for your own use as “personal baggage”. Personal baggage includes clothing, camping and sports equipment, cameras and personal computers. It also includes vehicles, private boats and aircraft.
• You must declare all goods when you arrive at the first CBSA port of entry. Border services officers do conduct examinations of goods being imported or exported to verify declarations. If you declare goods when you arrive and take them back with you when you leave, you will not have to pay any duty or taxes. These goods cannot be:
• used by a resident of Canada;
• used on behalf of a business based in Canada;
• be given as a gift to a Canadian resident; or
• disposed of or left in Canada.
• The border services officer may ask you to leave a security deposit for your goods, which will be refunded to you when you
export the goods from Canada. Should this occur, the officer will issue a Form E29B (PDF, 507 KB), Temporary Admission Permit, retain a copy and give you one for your records. When you leave Canada, present your goods and your copy of Form E29B to the officer who will give you a receipt copy of the form and your security deposit will be refunded by mail.
• You can import gifts for friends into Canada duty- and tax-free as long as each gift is valued at CAN$60 or less. If the gift is
worth more than CAN$60, you will have to pay duty and taxes on the excess amount. You cannot claim alcoholic beverages,
tobacco products or business-related material as gifts.
• International events in Canada
You can find information on streamlined border processes by going to the International Events section of the A-Z Index of the
CBSA Web site at www.cbsa.gc.ca. These streamlined border processes facilitate the entry and exit of people and goods
temporarily entering Canada to participate in conventions, international sporting competitions, political summits, research expeditions, meetings, trade shows and incentive travel.
• Alcohol and tobacco
As a visitor or a temporary resident, you may import, free of duty and taxes, the following amounts of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, as long as these items are in your possession when you arrive in Canada.
• Alcoholic beverages
Alcoholic beverages are products that exceed 0.5% alcohol by volume. If you meet the minimum age requirements of the province or territory where you enter Canada, you can include limited quantities of alcoholic beverages in your personal entitlement. Minimum ages for the importation of alcoholic beverages, as prescribed by provincial or territorial authorities, are as follows: 18 years for Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec; and 19 years for the remaining provinces and territories.
You are allowed to import only one of the following amounts of alcoholic beverages free of duty and taxes:
• 1.5 litres (53 imperial ounces) of wine; or
• a total of 1.14 litres (40 ounces) of alcoholic beverages; or
• up to 8.5 litres of beer or ale.
• The CBSA classifies “cooler” products according to the alcoholic beverage they contain. For example, beer coolers are
considered to be beer and wine coolers are considered to be wine. Beverages not exceeding 0.5% alcohol by volume are not considered to be alcoholic beverages.
• The quantities of alcohol you can bring in must be within the limit set by the province or territory where you enter Canada. If
the value of the goods is more than the free allowance, you will have to pay duty and taxes, as well as provincial/territorial
assessment on the excess amount. In Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, you cannot bring more than the free allowance.
For more information, check with the appropriate provincial or territorial liquor control authority before your arrival to
Tobacco products – You are allowed to bring all of the following amounts of tobacco into Canada free of duty and taxes:
• 200 cigarettes;
• 50 cigars;
• 200 grams (7 ounces) of manufactured tobacco; and
• 200 tobacco sticks.
In addition, the Excise Act, 2001 also limits the quantity of tobacco products that can be imported (or possessed) by an individual for personal use if the tobacco product is not packaged and stamped “CANADA DUTY PAID ● DROIT ACQUITTÉ.” The limit is currently five units of tobacco products. One unit of tobacco products consists of one of the following:
• 200 cigarettes;
• 50 cigars;
• 200 grams (7 ounces) of manufactured tobacco; or
• 200 tobacco sticks.
Currency and monetary instruments
If you are importing or exporting monetary instruments equal to or greater than CAN$10,000 (or the equivalent in a foreign currency),
you must report the amount to the CBSA when you arrive or before you leave Canada. This applies to either cash or other monetary
instruments. For more information, please refer to the publication called Crossing the border with $10,000 or more? that is available on
the CBSA Web site at www.cbsa.gc.ca under “Publications and forms.”
• Obscene material
• Hate propaganda
• Child pornography
• Used or second-hand mattresses
• Health products (prescription drugs)
• Cultural property
• Firearms and weapons must declare at the CBSA port of entry when you enter Canada.
• Explosives, fireworks and ammunition have to imported with written authorization and permits to bring explosives, fireworks and certain types of ammunition into Canada.
• U.S. residents are allowed to operate aircraft, marine, amateur, citizens’ band (CB), General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) and Family
Radio Service (FRS) radios as well as cellular and PCS (personal communications service) mobile radio telephones in Canada without
explicit permission from Industry Canada. If you are not a U.S. resident, you will need permission from Industry Canada to use this
Items imported for commercial use
If you import vehicles, farm equipment or other capital equipment to use in construction, contracting or manufacturing, or other goods to use or to be used in a trade, you have to pay the goods and services tax (GST) and any applicable duty on these items.
Goods subject to import controls.
2N Vancouver – 1N on board Via Rail – 1N Jasper – 1N Lake Louise – 2N Banff – 1N Kamloops
Arrive in Vancouver and proceed for your transfer to your hotel. You have the rest of the day at leisure to explore this beautiful city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.
Vancouver – Jasper (On Via Rail)
This evening check in at Pacific Central Station and board VIA Rail’s famous train journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Travel back in time to the days of classic rail travel. The original stainless steel “streamliner” railcars are totally refurbished and access for all on board to the dome car. Overnight on rail.
Jasper (On Via Rail)
This morning begin your train passage into the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy views of snow capped peaks, Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreada Icefields. Pass by Mount Robson, which at 3954mts is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Jasper shortly after noon and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the afternoon is yours to explore this unique mountain community. Overnight in Jasper.(B,L)
Jasper- Lake Louise (Coach)
Travel by coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America-The Ice fields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Ice field that covers an area of nearly 325 sq kms and reaches a depth of 320mts. Time allows for an Ice Explorer Ride ( included) on the Athabasca Glacier. Along the way stops will be made at Lake Louise, Bow and Peyto Lakes, the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This highway is renowned for sightings of bears, elk, moose & mountain sheep, so keep your cameras handy. Overnight in Lake Louise.
Lake Louise-Banff (Coach)
Today depart Lake Louise by mid-morning for a short drive via the scenic Bow valley to Banff. Overnight in Banff
Banff – Morning Tour with Gondola Ride
This morning, tour through the town of Banff. Among the highlights are visits to the Hoodoos(Shaped by centuries of wind),Surprise Corner, Sulphur Mountain (Gondola ride included) and Tunnel Mountain Drive-which overlooks the splendour of Bow Valley. Enjoy the afternoon on your own to explore the charming resort. Overnight in Banff.
Banff – Kamloops (Rocky Mountaineer)
All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for the scenic rail journey to Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia. As the train crosses over the continental divide you pass through the spiral tunnels in Yoho National Park. Continue on through the Rogers Pass in Glacier national park with endless views of snow-capped mountains and stunning glaciers. A stop will be made later in the day at Craigellachie, where the last spike was driven completing the Canadian Pacific Railway Trans Canada link in 1885.Overnight in Kamloops.(B,L)
Kamloops- Vancouver (Rocky Mountaineer)
Reboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train and follow the Thompson River through Ashcroft-One of Canada’s driest town. Pass through Rainbow Canyon with its cliffs striped with pinks, greens and greys creating a stunning effect. Continue on to Fraser Canyon where at Hells gate you will observe a water torrent past the canyon walls at its narrowest point. The last leg of the journey takes you through the lush farming region of the Fraser Valley to arrive in the pacific port of Vancouver late afternoon.(B,L)
Today morning checkout and board a flight from Vancouver Airport to hometown or next destination. Tour Concludes!
Price / Inclusion
|CITY NAME||HOTEL NAME||HOTEL NAME||HOTEL NAME|
|Vancouver||Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel (Standard Suite)||MARRIOT VANCOUVER PINNACLE DOWNTOWN (STANDARD ROOM)||Fairmont Waterfront (Fairmont Room)|
|Kamloops||Moderate Hotel / Motor inn (Standard Room)||MODERATE HOTEL/ MOTOR INN (STANDARD ROOM)||Moderate Hotel/Motor inn (Standard Room)|
|Banff||Spruce Grove inn (Standard)||BANFF CARIBOU LODGE (STANDARD ROOM)||Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel(Fairmont Room)|
|Lake Louise||Lake Louise Inn (Superior Queen Room)||DEER LODGE (HERITAGE ROOM)||Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Room)|
|Jasper||Lob stick Lodge (Standard Room)||SAWRIDGE INN (STANDARD ROOM)||Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Fairmont Room)|
|Rail||Semi Private Sleeper Berth||PRIVATE SLEEPER BERTH OR SIMILAR||Private Sleeper Berth or similar|
- 8 nights accommodation as per the itinerary above
- Sleeping berth on board Via Rail Sleeper Touring service for 1 night
- Transfers between rail depot and hotels in Kamloops,Banff,Jasper
- Transfers fom Vancouver Airport-Vancouver Hotel-Vancouver Airport on Seat in Coach Basis
- Sightseeing Tour of Banff with Sulphur Mountain Gondola Ride, Ice Explorer Ride onto the Athabasca Glacier( weather permitting), Full day tour between Lake Louise and Jasper
- Meals: 3 breakfasts & 3 lunches as mentioned in the itinerary above
- Airfare and taxes
- Visa & Insurance fees
- Any meals other than specified above
- Any sightseeing other than mentioned above
- Any item of personal nature like mini-bar, portage, tips, laundry, telephone calls etc
- All entrance fees and excursions not mentioned above
- 1 Canadian Dollar=INR 52.
- High Season surcharge applicable.
- The prevailing Rate of Exchange of the day of payment will be applicable. Kindly note that drivers are not guide.
- The passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure We are not holding any air seats and hotel bookings at this point of time
- Approx return airfare on eco class Ex Mumbai INR 72,000 on Cathay Pacific, Ex Delhi INR 72,500 on British Airways, Ex Bengaluru INR 69,000 on Cathay Pacific, Ex Hyderabad INR 73,000, Ex Ahmedabad INR 79,000 , Ex Kolkata INR 72,000 on British Airways.
- Confirmation of Hotels and other services is subject to availability. You can upgrade to an alternate room category, hotels and air bookings by paying an extra cost
- International hotel check in is 1400hrs and checkout would be 1200hrs. Early check in and late check out subject to availability
- Itineraries are subject to change. For Security Deposits, Credit card is required at the time of hotel check in.
- Book early to ensure best rates & services and hassle-free Visa processing.
- You may extend your hotel stay or upgrade any service at an extra cost.
- Contact us to tailor-make this itinerary to suit your best
Itenary : BEST OF WESTERN CANADA (9D /8N)