Grand jour­ney

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - FRONT PAGE - 2 3 4

Learn about Van­cou­ver’s his­tory on a tour of Gas­town, from which the city grew. Tour Guys’ Gas­town & Granville guided walks of­fer sto­ries, tips and colourful char­ac­ters (90-min tours free; Weds & Sat; tour­guys.ca/ van­cou­ver-tours).

Inside the re­cently re­fur­bished, cen­tury-old St Regis Ho­tel, orig­i­nal art lines the walls and el­e­gant rooms with mar­ble bath­rooms pur­vey a re­strained sense of lux­ury (from $150; 602 Dun­smuir St; streg­ishotel.com).

Van­cou­ver to Banff is two days by Rocky Moun­taineer – stop overnight at the Plaza Her­itage Ho­tel in Kam­loops (from $110; 405 Vic­to­ria St; plaza­her­itage­ho­tel.com). On the train, choose Sil­ver­Leaf Ser­vice or above to sit in a glass-roofed car­riage.

Af­ter col­lect­ing a hire car in Banff, ex­plore the vast Banff Na­tional Park, home to the Big Five of deer, elk, moose, wolves and bears (from $120 a day; avis.com). Look out for them with Banff Tours, who of­fer hik­ing, horserid­ing and wildlife view­ing (half-day hikes from $75; banff­tours.com).

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