“ The trip was just what we wanted. The perfect blend of leisure and activity time, all in a fantastic setting. The dog sledding was a highlight for us. Fresh Tracks were VERY helpful! 24hrs before start of trip we discovered an expired passport. They helped us get it renewed and rebook the entire trip the following week, while minimizing any penalties. ”
Canadian Rockies Winter Escape by Train
starting fromUS $2,330per person
5 of 5 stars (4 reviews)
- Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours
- Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget
What we love about this trip
Winter train journey into the Canadian Rockies
Staying at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Seeing the best of the Canadian Rockies in winter
Myriad of wonderful winter activities at your own pace
On this Canada vacation by train, you’ll be whisked to the heart of the frozen Canadian Rocky mountains. Enjoy authentic Canadian winter activities, like snowshoeing or ice walks into mysterious canyons, to fill your days. In the evening cozy up next to a crackling fire in wonderful mountain accommodations, as the snow falls outside.
Arrive Vancouver → 1 night Vancouver → 1 night VIA Rail → 2 nights Jasper → 1 night Lake Louise → 1 night Calgary → Depart Calgary
Sample ItineraryThink of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.
Day 1 – Begin Your Canadian Vacation – Arrive in Vancouver
The cool, crisp air in Vancouver is invigorating as you start your Canadian winter train vacation. Vancouver’s relatively mild weather is a great introduction to a Canadian winter but look to the north and discover the winter scene you’ve been dreaming of – Vancouver’s coastal mountains stand before you covered in pure white snow.
Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 2 – Board VIA Rail’s Canadian Train – Vancouver to Jasper
Enjoy the day exploring the city of Vancouver at your leisure.
Later this evening, a cozy and comfortable cabin awaits on the Canadian train for your evening departure. A panoramic dome car – where you can relax, unwind, and see the sights all around you – is only a short walk from your cabin. Chatting over a drink with fellow travelers makes the evening pass by all too quickly. Climb into your warm bed and fall asleep as you travel further toward the Canadian Rockies.
Overnight on board the train in your private cabin.
Day 3 – Rockies Winter Wonderland – Arrive in Jasper
This is one of the most memorable days of your Canadian vacation! Awake onboard the Canadian train, to trees blanketed in fresh snow – with green branches just peeking through – as you near the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy the views over breakfast onboard. The snow is glistening as you arrive in the mountain town of Jasper. Step off the train this afternoon and take a deep breath of the fresh mountain air, you have arrived! After being driven to your hotel, enjoy the evening at leisure.
Overnight in Jasper.
Day 4 – Explore Jasper
You have 3 options to choose from today:
• Option 1: Winter Wonderland Snowshoe
Enjoy Jasper’s fluffy powder snow and spectacular mountain scenery on this snowshoe adventure. Join an experienced guide and learn about the stunning natural surroundings of Jasper National Park. This adventure includes snowshoes, poles, and transportation. No experience required.
Activity rating: Moderate
• Option 2: Maligne Canyon Icewalk
If you’re feeling adventurous, strap on some ice cleats and walk the floor of Maligne Canyon today with a group and expert guide! You’ll be surrounded by icefalls and rock formations that will take your breath away! Learn about Jasper’s Maligne Valley and disappearing Medicine Lake as you walk approx. 2 miles (3km) exploring one of Jasper’s most impressive winter adventures.
Activity rating: Moderate
• Option 3: Jasper Morning Discovery Tour
Join a knowledgeable guide and small group to seek out and learn about the ecology and rich diversity of Jasper National Park! Travel through the Athabasca Valley to some of the park’s most beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountain scenery – have your camera ready to capture amazing photos! There is minimal walking on this tour, so sit back and enjoy the winter scenery from the comfort of a sightseeing coach.
Activity rating: Easy
• Upgrade Option: Dog Sledding Tour (additional cost)
Travel by dog sled along 22 km (13 mi) of pristine winter scenery in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Learn the history of the area and the people amongst the crisp mountain air and the beautiful scenery that surrounds you. Enjoy lunch cooked over an open campfire, hot apple cider, and homemade treats.
Activity rating: Moderate
Overnight in Jasper.
Day 5 – Travel the Icefields Parkway and Lake Louise Activities
Welcome the morning as you head south along the Icefields Parkway today. You’re traveling along one of the most scenic highways in the world, so wipe the sleep from your eyes quickly! This scenery is just a warm up for the sight that greets you in Lake Louise – glaciers, ice castles, and frozen waters, this is truly a magical winter wonderland.
Sleigh Ride at Lake Louise
A winter sleigh ride by horse drawn carriage is the perfect way to explore Lake Louise. Blankets will keep you warm as you travel slowly to the end of the lake and relive the experience of the original visitors to Lake Louise.
Activity rating: Easy
Feature Dinner in Lake Louise
After an afternoon of exploring the winter playground at Lake Louise warm yourself with an indulgent meal at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Surrounded by spectacular lake views and attentive service, enjoy a delicious 3-course meal.
Overnight in Lake Louise.
Day 6 – Lake Louise Activity and Transfer to Calgary
You have 2 options to choose from today:
• Option 1: Icefields Helicopter Tour
Travel back up the Icefields parkway to take part in one of the most remarkable and awe-inspiring helicopter experiences of your life. Deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies take off for incredible views of glaciers, frozen lakes and the natural beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Helicopter flight time is 12 minutes with the option to upgrade to longer flight times. Transportation from Lake Louise is included and takes approx. 1.5 hours each way along the scenic icefields parkway.
Activity rating: Easy
• Option 2: Lake Louise Dog Sledding
Travel a full 16 km, or 10 miles, from Banff National Park to Yoho National Park through the Kicking Horse Pass at the Continental Divide. Plenty of time to take photos while travelling through striking mountain landscapes. On the return journey your guide will teach you the basics to mush your team home.
Activity rating: Moderate
Later this afternoon, take a scenic transfer to Calgary, Alberta’s largest city for the final night of your Canadian Rockies winter vacation.
Overnight in Calgary.
Insider tip: Ask your Vacation Advisor about extending your helicopter flight length to a 20, 30, or 55-minute tour. Or for those with an adventurous spirit, ask about a once in a lifetime opportunity to add a heli-snowshoe experience to your itinerary.
Day 7 – Depart Calgary Airport
Much too soon you leave the fresh air and colorful sights of Canada, as your Canadian train vacation comes to an end.
Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation choices. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.
An example of our Superior accommodations
Jasper's Sawridge Inn is a favourite among travellers looking for understated luxury at affordable prices. Unwind in newly renovated rooms with marble bathrooms and take a dip in the large indoor pool.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
An example of our Deluxe Lodge accommodations
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is it's own Canadian wilderness resort. The property is made up of many buildings with different room types throughout the resort. Relax by the lake, or enjoy a round of golf on the beautiful Stanley Thompson Golf Course, or enjoy a game of ice hockey on the lodge's pond. Be sure to keep your eyes open for Elk as they walk past your building!
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
An example of our Comfort, Superior, and Deluxe accommodations
The 5 star Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is undoubtedly a beautiful and impressive hotel. Its amazing location overlooking beautiful Lake Louise and the distant mountains can not be compared. There are a variety of restaurant types, so you can do casual or fine dining as you choose. Strolling around the lake, renting a canoe, riding horses, or hiking up to the tea house are all great summer activities. In winter choose from snow shoeing, skating, skiing or taking a sleigh ride around the lake.
Prices & Dates2018/2019 – Vancouver Start Dates
Dec 13, 17, 20*, 24, 27, 31
Jan 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
Feb 4, 7, 11*, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
Mar 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25
2018/2019 – Calgary Start Dates
Dec 14, 17, 21, 24*, 28, 31
Jan 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
Feb 1, 4, 8, 11, 15*, 18, 22, 25
Mar 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25
* Itinerary and price variations may occur for travel over Christmas, New Years and holidays. Give us a call for additional information.
Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.Comfort Level Hotelsfrom US $2,330to US $3,218per person
Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.Superior Level Hotelsfrom US $2,490to US $3,866per person
Our Superior Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.Fresh Tracks FavoriteDeluxe Level Hotelsfrom US $3,590to US $5,065per person
On our Deluxe Level vacation, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.
Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?
The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).
What are the best ways to travel around Canada on my vacation
Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.
Is it safe to drive in the mountains?
New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.
When is the best time to see wildlife?
That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.
Are your tours escorted?
No, but you'll feel like it is with all your connections and experiences prearranged. Our clients love the freedom and flexibility it gives them. Some of our wildlife experiences are small group tours led by specialist guides.
Customer Reviews (4)
The trip was just what we wantedFebruary 12, 2017
Bill, CA, USA
Thank you for arranging such a fabulous holidayApril 3, 2016
Margaret & Richard, NSW, Australia
“ Thank you for arranging such a fabulous holiday in Western Canada. All the connections went smoothly, the tours and staff were both knowledgeable and courteous and the accommodation was superb. I have never seen so much snow in my life, we were very excited. I can now understand why Tofino has a special place in your heart. It was beautiful. We were also fortunate to see so many blossoms and bulbs on the coast. I could go on, but I will just reiterate what a special place Canada is, and not just because it is full of Aussies! ”
The ladies absolutely raved about the wonderful dog sled rideFebruary 10, 2016
Lane, Waneta & Sheila, NC, USA
“ The trip was fantastic and that is largely due to huge part you guys played in it. Thank you. The train ride was very fun and the train kept its schedule. We ate well and enjoyed the scenery and our fellow travellers. The cars are well appointed. We're thinking of taking a longer train ride so we can get used to the unique aspects of sleeping on a moving train. The bus rides from Jasper to Lake Louise and from Lake Louise to Calgary offered wonderful views and were quite comfortable. The hotel room in Jasper was super and very nicely appointed. We saw caribou from the balcony. I cannot say enough good about the Fairmont hotel, the personnel, and the geology. All are wonderful. It's a good thing I didn't splurge and get a better room with a lake view because, had I, we never would have left the room. We'd have just set up chairs at the window and spent the time staring at nature's beauty. The hotel's food is first rate and its accommodations are quite comfortable. The sleigh ride was fun and the ladies absolutely raved about the wonderful dog sled ride. Thank you again for all your help. ”
We loved everythingMarch 22, 2013
Kathi, NY, USA
“ I want to thank you so much for putting such an amazing trip together for us. Everything we did worked out so nicely and was a wonderful experience. We loved everything – the people from Snowy Owl dog sledding were wonderful and the dogs were terrific, too. I have given your name to many people because we would love to them to experience what we have done. Thanks again. ”
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- Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
- Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.