Sir Winston Churchill did it. So did Princess Elizabeth and the
Duke of Edinburgh. Now you, too, can tour the Rockies in style aboard
Canadian Pacific's refurbished fleet of vintage rail carriages.
Venture back to a romantic era, when train travel was an elegant
and epicurean experience. Savour a sumptuous meal at a table set
with china and silver service during the sunset luxury excursion
from Calgary to Banff. Relax each evening amid the red leather luxury
of a classic lounge car on the six-day, culinary tour from Calgary
to Vancouver. Food and travel go hand in hand. Stop longing for
a lavish culinary holiday in Tuscany or Provence. It's time
to go West. Check the links below for more information on Canada's
The Royal Canadian Pacific offers a suite of luxury food and wine getaways aboard
refurbished coaches that allow you to relax each evening amid the red leather luxury of a
classic lounge car. Trips, which head to points west of Calgary through Canada's Rockies,
guarantee you'll experience the royal treatment aboard elite carriages built in the 1900s.
In addition to private charters and bookings, the Royal Canadian Pacific schedule includes a
half-dozen upscale weeklong trips such as the Royal Canadian Rockies Experience, Royal
Clubhouse Golf Tour, Fly-Fishing Adventure, Culinary Wine and Music Experience, and Train
Trails and Spa Adventure. If a week aboard a luxury train isn't enough, you can spend 22 days
on a cross-Canada tour on the TransCanada Steam Express. Pricetag — $26,000.
VIA Rail offers its share of Canadian tour packages that allow you to see the country's
incredible regional scenery while enjoying a traditional rail trip lasting from 6 to 17 days.
Fourteen trips that originate in Canada explore various regions in the West, Central and
Atlantic Canada. Trips include stopovers in key destinations and many include nights in
historic railroad hotels.
Trout Point Lodge offers East Coast hospitality and cuisine in a rustic spruce-log lodge.
The lodge, which sits on pristine Maritime wilderness, is part cooking school and part resort.
Dubbed a country vacation inn, it has been ranked by food writers among the finest of
wilderness inns, featuring gourmet cuisine, outdoor adventure and nearby seashores and seaside
The Gourmet Trail
British Columbia's rugged coastline and temperate valleys serve as a backdrop for the
Gourmet Trail and its destination inns. Inn-hoppers will enjoy organic farm tours, hands-on
cooking classes of regional cuisine and exquisitely prepared gourmet meals. Created for lovers
of fine food and wine, the trail extends around Vancaouver and Saltspring islands. The ocean,
gardens, fine food, wine, art and nature add up to an unforgettable experience —
whether it's a one-stop visit or the entire tour.
Aerie Resort www.aerie.bc.ca
Wickaninnish Inn www.wickinn.com
Sooke Harbour House www.sookeharbourhouse.com
Hastings House www.hastingshouse.com
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