|Continent, geographical location :||North AmericaIt 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.
1N Vancouver-1N Kamloops-2N Jasper-1N Lake Louise-2N Banff-2N Calgary
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 – Kamloops (On Rocky Mountaineer)
At the Rocky Mountaineer Station board The Rocky Mountaineer Train. Pass through the rich fields of the Fraser River Valley and the towering peaks of the Coastal Mountains before entering the Fraser Canyon. Follow the Thompson River through spectacular landscapes to the historic Kamloops. Arrive at Kamloops and proceed to your hotel. Overnight in Kamloops.(B,L)
Kamloops- Jasper (On the Rocky Mountaineer)
Back aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, follow the Thompson River through rolling plateaus to the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountain. View Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Ice fields. Pass by the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Jasper late afternoon and proceed to your hotel. Overnight in Jasper(B,L)
Today day is at leisure to enjoy the spectacular wonders of Jasper. This evening experience the Jasper Wonderland for some amazing close-up photo opportunities of wildlife. Overnight in Jasper.
Jasper – Lake Louise
Travel by coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America- The Icefields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Ice fields that covers an area of nearly 325 sq kms and reaches a depth of 32o meters. Time allows for an Ice Explorer Ride on the Athabasca Glacier. Along the way stops will be made at Lake Louise, Bow and Peyto Lakes, The crowfoot Glacier and Athasbasca Falls. This highway is renowed for sightings of bears, elk, moose and mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy. Overnight in Lake Louise.
Lake Louise –Banff
Today depart from Lake Louise for a short drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Banff. Arrive at Banff and proceed to your hotel. Rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight in Banff.
This morning, tour through the town of Banff and its environs. 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 explore this charming resort. Overnight in Banff.
Banff- Calgary (Coach)
This morning is free to explore Banff. Later depart from the rocky mountains to the cattle ranching country and the breadbasket of Canada, Calgary. Arrive at Calgary. Rest of the day is at leisure. This city known for the largest outdoor rodeo the Calgary Stampede on your own. Overnight in Calgary.
Calgary – Calgary Stampede (06th July 2012 – 15th July 2012)
Today join in all of the excitement at the Stampede park to enjoy professional cowboys compete in various rodeo events like bull riding, roping, chuck wagon racing and barrel racing. Overnight in Calgary. (1 ticket for 1 afternoon Rodeo event included) Optional: You can enjoy a Sky ride over the Stampede Park and a spectacular Grandstand show
Calgary – Hometown
Today morning checkout and board a flight from Calgary Airport to hometown or next destination. (B)
Price / Inclusion
|CITY NAME||HOTEL NAME||HOTEL NAME||HOTEL NAME|
|Vancouver||Rosedale on Robson Suite||Marriot Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown||Fairmont Waterfront|
|Kamloops||Moderate hotel||Moderate hotel||Moderate hotel|
|Jasper||Lobstick Lodge||Sawridge Inn||Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge|
|Lake Louise||Lake Lousie inn||Deer Lodge||Fairmount Chateau Lake|
|Banff||Spruce Grove inn||Banff Caribou Lodge||Fairmount Banff Springs|
|Calgary||International hotel Calgary/Sandman Hotel or similar||Delta Bow valley or similar||Westin/Fairmont Palliser or similar|
- 9 nights accommodation as per the itinerary above
- Sightseeing Tour of Banff, Sulphur Mountain Gondola Ride, Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier( weather permitting),evening wildlife tour in Jasper
- 1 ticket for 1 afternoon Rodeo at Calgary Stampede
- Taxi transfer between hotel and rail station in Kamloops, Jasper
- Vancouver Airport-Vancouver Hotel transfers on Seat in Coach Basis.Calgary hotel.Calgary airport transfers on Seat in Coach Basis
- Meals: breakfasts (B) & (L) lunches as mentioned in the itinerary above
- Note that that the transfers from the airport to hotel is based on Seat in Coach basis(SIC) which operate on fixed timing,the coach will not wait for more than the confirmed pick up time and there will be no refund provided for missed transfereing Tour
- 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 airfare on eco class on Air India Ex BOM INR 72,000 on Cathay Pacific,Ex DEL INR 72,500 on British Airways, Ex BLR INR 69,000 on Cathay Pacific, Ex HYD INR 73,000 on British Airways, Ex AMD INR 79,000 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 you best
Itenary : CANADIAN ROCKIES -ROCKY MOUNTAINEER 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS