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Circle British Columbia

Overview

Featuring an Inside Passage cruise, one day riding the rails through British Columbia’s Northern interior; and a jet boat ride on the Fraser River

Details

  • Flight over the Georgia Strait into Port Hardy
  • BC Ferry daylight cruise through the Inside Passage
  • Travel through British Columbia’s beautiful rugged interior by train during daylight hours: VIA’s Skeena (Prince Rupert to Price George)

Disclaimers

Due to limited services in the remote areas we will be visiting, and the modes of transportation, you must be prepared to handle your own luggage at airports, ferry terminals and train stations.

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1-2

After a flight to Vancouver, transfer to a smaller aircraft for your flight over the Georgia Strait. This flight gives you your first glimpse of the beautiful coastline of British Columbia. Located at the northern tip of Vancouver Island, Port Hardy is a remote village with a big history. Explore the legends and cultures of the First Nation at the U’mista Cultural Centre and snack on delicious salmon candy, a local delicacy. Quarterdeck Inn – 2 nights (B,L)

Day 3

Board BC Ferry’s MV Northern Expedition this morning for the 15 hour crossing through the Inside Passage to Prince Rupert located on the coast of mainland British Columbia. Enjoy enchanting views of the many islands and surrounding mountains from the comfort of the Aurora Lounge. Watch for bald eagles, sea lions, dolphins, and whales from your reserved seats. Arrive in Prince Rupert late evening. Crest Hotel – 2 nights (B)

Day 4

Prince Rupert, is dubbed the “end of the rainbow”… sitting at the northern end of the BC Ferry system, the southern end of the Alaska Marine highway, and terminus of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (now the Canadian National). Perched on the shores of the harbour, Prince Rupert is an intriguing mixture of old buildings decorated with English coat of arms, modern civic buildings and Pacific Northwest native totem poles. Tour the North Pacific Cannery and learn the important role it has played in the settlement of British Columbia’s Interior. (L)

Day 5

Prince Ruperts’ Kwinitsa Railway Station is one of the last Grand Trunk Pacific Railway stations and has been wonderfully restored. Head east this morning aboard VIA’s Skeena, towards the geographical center of British Columbia. Aboard the train, you will be enjoying first class touring service, with your meals served at your seat. You will have exclusive access to the train’s Skyline Car with its breathtaking views from the dome. The journey to the interior is approximately 12 hours, arriving into Prince George late evening. Coast Inn of the North – 2 nights (L)​​​​​​​

Day 6

Prince George, the largest city in northern British Columbia is dubbed the “Northern Capital” because of the commercial importance of the city. Located at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers, the area has long been a gathering place for the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation peoples, fur traders, timber and railway entrepreneurs. Visit the Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum. Lunch will be waiting at the Northern Lights Winery, located on the banks of the Fraser River. Walk through this unique “vineyard” featuring raspberries, blackberries, goji berries and other fruits used in the locally produced wines. This afternoon, explore more of the area’s history with a jet boat ride on the Fraser River. (L,D)

Day 7

Catch an early morning flight from Prince George to Vancouver. From there, it is a direct flight to Sacramento, arriving mid-afternoon.

 

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options

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$3090
p.p./dbl.occ.
$3435
single

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