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Creating Custom Holidays

I’ve been creating custom holidays since 1995.  Although you will find many tour packages on our website, every one of these tours can be (and most are) customized to suit each guest’s individual travel desires.

The most interesting tour request I had this year was from a lady named Denise McFarland who contacted us wanting to cover the most amount of trackage in as short of a time span as possible.  Denise is on her way from Toronto to Fairbanks, Alaska to attend the National Railway Historical Society Convention in Fairbanks and Anchorage from September 13 – 22, 2013.  Over the course of her seven weeks enroute, I personally had the pleasure of designing her tour, meeting her in Jasper and riding the Rocky Mountaineer with her from Jasper to Quesnel to Whistler to Vancouver.

Denise McFarland chats with Rocky Mountaineer Train Manager Wade Bush

Rocky Mountaineer’s train manager Wade Bush (famous for Rocky Mountaineer's Green Tea Story – watch VIDEO), was looking after her on board.  Wade, who has worked for Rocky Mountaineer since 1995, was fascinated by Denise’s story and ever so kindly upgraded her to GoldLeaf for the Quesnel to Whistler leg of her journey.  

Denise McFarland with the onboard team

While the tour that Denise did was definitely not for everyone, we managed to time it perfectly for her to see and ride every kilometre of passenger trackage in Western Canada in the shortest time possible.  Please take a look at the Canadian portion of her tour below.

The Itinerary:
Aug 08 : Board VIA Rail’s “Canadian” in Toronto bound for Winnipeg – overnight on the train
Aug 09 : A full day aboard the train travelling through Ontario – overnight on the train
Aug 10 : Arrival in Winnipeg – overnight in Winnipeg
Aug 11 : Board Hudson Bay Railway for The Pas – overnight on the train and a hotel in The Pas
Aug 12 : Arrive in The Pas at 01:45, board Keewatin Railway at 11:30 to Pukatawagan – overnight in Pukatawagan
Aug 13 : Keewatin Railway from Pukatawagan to The Pas – overnight in The Pas
Aug 14 : Board VIA Rail at 02:30 am to Churchill – overnight in on the train
Aug 15 : Arrive in Churchill – overnight in Churchill
Aug 16 : Free morning in Churchill.  Fly to Winnipeg – overnight in Winnipeg
Aug 17 : VIA Rail from Winnipeg to Jasper – overnight on the train
Aug 18 : Arrive in Jasper – overnight in Jasper
Aug 19 : Icefields Parkway sightseeing tour to Banff – overnight in Banff
Aug 20 : Free day in Banff. Transfer to Calgary – overnight in Calgary
Aug 21 : Rocky Mountaineer from Calgary to Kamloops – overnight in Kamloops
Aug 22 : Rocky Mountaineer from Kamloops to Vancouver – overnight in Vancouver
Aug 23 : VIA Rail from Vancouver to Jasper – overnight on the train
Aug 24 : Arrive in Jasper – overnight in Jasper
Aug 25 : VIA Rail Jasper to Prince George – overnight in Prince George
Aug 26 : VIA Rail Prince George to Prince Rupert – overnight in Prince Rupert
Aug 27 : Greyhound from Prince Rupert to Jasper – overnight in Jasper
Aug 28 : Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper to Quesnel– overnight in Quesnel
Aug 29 : Rocky Mountaineer from Quesnel to Whistler– overnight in Whistler
Aug 30 : Rocky Mountaineer from Whistler to Vancouver – overnight in Vancouver
Aug 31 : Check out of hotel.  End of tour services

Denise, it was a pleasure working with you and I look forward to helping you and your friends design many more amazing train holidays in the future.  A special thanks to Wade Bush and the staff at Rocky Mountaineer for providing Denise and all of our guests with such wonderful holiday memories.

Denise McFarland with Heather and Martin Flanagan of CanadaRail.ca

If you have any special holiday requests, please let us know.  Whether you are celebrating an anniversary, would like additional nights in a hotel or wish to travel to some unique location, we might just be able to make it an extra special memory if we know what you are looking for.  We will do our best to allow you to see Canada by rail, your way.

Best regards,

Martin Flanagan
General Manager



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