The Rocky Mountaineer & Calgary Festival of Quilts

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18 May 2019 - 28 May 2019
Duration: 10 nights
Ref: 19013
With: Pat Archibald


Prices from £3,995
Single Supplement: £395
Deposit: £400

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Join Pat Archibald on this exciting tour to Canada! It's the perfect opportunity to combine a magical journey aboard the legendary Rocky Mountaineer, and indulge your stitching passions with two full days of sewing machine based workshops in Anne Dale's 'My Sewing Room' and a truly memorable visit to Calgary's wonderful Festival of Quilts.


Undoubtedly one of the world's greatest railway journeys, an experience aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is truly unforgettable. From the moment you alight the train in Vancouver enjoy a touch of luxury, excellent cuisine, warm, friendly service and a kaleidoscope of ever-changing, incomparable scenery. Highlights of the journey include Cisco Crossing where the CP and CN rail tracks overlap, the Black Canyon and famous Hoodoos - legend has it these formations are people turned into pillars through witchcraft! See Craigellachie, the site of the 'Last Spike' where Canada's East & West were united by 3,200 kilometres of railway track and trace the shoreline of Kinbasket Lake with its calm, blue-green waters. Follow the Kicking Horse river deep into the Canadian Rockies with its stunning snow-capped peaks and iconic Castle Mountain. Marvel as you twist your way through the Spiral Tunnels - an extraordinary feat of Swiss engineering built by the Canadian Pacific Railway and 1,000 men.


2019 is the 24th anniversary of Calgary's wonderful Festival of Quilts. The show, which is the largest quilt show in Western Canada, takes place in the city's historic Heritage Park. Hundreds of stunning quilts of all shapes, sizes and techniques will decorate the park's exhibits - both inside and out. Both avid quilters and those who simply enjoy viewing beautiful work will love this one of a kind quilt show. The Quilt Community Showcase is a chance to meet guild members and discover what quilters in Calgary are working on, whilst over the two-day show a number of 'How-to' demonstrations are designed to inspire your creativity. A variety of businesses from Western Canada come together in Merchants Mall - a one-stop opportunity to shop for all your quilting needs!

DAY 1:

Meet Pat and your Tour Manager for the flight from London to Vancouver.

DAY 2:

Enjoy a driver narrated sightseeing tour of cosmpolitan Vancouver including a visit to the beautiful historic Stanley Park. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to further explore this cosmpolitan city.

DAYS 3 & 4:

A 5-star welcome awaits as you board the Rocky Mountaineer for the amazing 2-day journey following a centuries old route through the majestic Rocky Mountains. Relax and enjoy the kaleidoscope of stunning scenery that is simply breathtaking. Your journey includes an overnight stay in a Silverleaf service hotel in Kamloops, once a meeting place for trade between First Nations people. You'll alight the train in the charming mountain resort town of Banff.

DAY 5:

After a morning at leisure to explor Banff you'll leave the National Park and drive to Calgary. En route a stop will be made in Canmore at the delightful Sugar Pine Co. quilt store.

DAYS 6 & 7:

Anne Dale invites you to 'My Sewing Room' where you'll enjoy two full days of machine stitching under the guidance of Pat and Anne.

DAYS 8 & 9:

Immerse yourself in Western Canada's largest outdoor quilt show! Wander over to the merchants mall offering the latest and greatest to the quilting community, watch the How-to demonstrations - inspiration for your creativity, and admire the hundreds of quilts on display in and around the historical buildings at Calgary's authentic heritage park.

DAY 10:

Time to relax and perhaps finish your stitching project before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK.


Twin/double share: £3995
Single supplement: £395
Deposit: £400


  • Flights from London to Vancouver & Calgary to London
  • 2-day Rocky Mountaineer train journey in Silverleaf Service with breakfast, lunch & snacks on board
  • 9 nights' hotel accommodation on a room only basis
  • 2 day entrance ticket to the Calgary Festival of Quilts
  • 2 full days of machine workshops with Pat Archibald and Anne Dale at 'My Sewing Room' in Calgary (lunch included)
  • Half-day city sightseeing tour of Vancouver
  • Visit to 'The Sugar Pine Co.' Quilt store in Canmore
  • Coaching and transfers throughout
  • Driver and train host gratuities
  • The services of an experienced Arena Tour Manager

      Single supplement, porterage at the hotels, meals & drinks other than those specified and personal expenditure.


      Why not bring a non-crafting partner with you?
      If a non-crafting family member or friend wishes to accompany you on any of our holidays, and is sharing a room with you, then the following reductions will apply to the price the non-crafter pays:
      Worldwide - £75


      Stitchtopia Holidays are designed with all crafters in mind, wherever you live in the world! If you would like to make your own flight arrangements and meet us at our first hotel, please let us know - we would love to tell you more about our “meet us there” holiday discounts.


      If you are interested in any of our Stitchtopia holidays but don’t have a friend to join you, why not join our ‘Stitch Together’ programme? Designed for those travelling alone, we will help you find someone like-minded to share with so you've no single supplement to pay and can enjoy the benefit of this saving.

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