Christmas in the Rockies

Christmas in the Canadian Rockies



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Discover the magic of a Christmas holiday spent in the Canadian Rockies. There is nothing like traveling through a winter paradise with snow covered mountains and frozen lakes during the holiday season. Spend your days discovering the unique Christmas and winter activities available in Jasper and Banff National Parks, while settling in to your cozy accommodations to warm up with friends and family in the evening. The special holiday touches provided throughout your Canadian Rockies winter vacation will make this a Christmas to remember forever.

Trip at a glance

10 Days / 9 Nights

Arrive Edmonton 1 night Edmonton 3 nights Jasper 2 nights Lake Louise 3 nights Banff Depart Calgary

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    Sample Itinerary

    Think 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 – December 20, 2018 – Begin Your Canadian Christmas in Edmonton
    The cool, crisp air in Edmonton is invigorating as you start your Canadian Christmas holiday vacation. As you arrive into Canada’s great white north, you will meet your transfer at the Edmonton Airport and head to your hotel to check in.

    Edmonton is known as the gateway to the north and home to the famous Edmonton Oilers hockey team and the largest mall in North America, West Edmonton Mall. The city offers an abundance of culture and history, outdoor activities, and a fabulous food scene.

    Enjoy part of your day exploring the famous West Edmonton Mall, which boasts one of the largest indoor waterparks, 800 plus retail stores, and a variety of attractions for any age, all under one roof. After you have worked up an appetite from shopping or zipping down the waterslides, enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants in the mall or make your way downtown to try out one of the many incredible dining options available in Edmonton. Depending on your craving, our team can suggest something to satisfy any palate.

    Overnight in Edmonton.

    Day 2 – December 21, 2018 – Into the Rockies – Edmonton to Jasper
    Spend the morning at leisure in Edmonton. Early this afternoon, you will travel to Jasper enjoying the scenery as you make your way into the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Set amid the snowcapped Canadian Rockies, is the quaint mountain town of Jasper, boasting glacier-fed lakes, forests, rivers, and an eclectic choice of restaurants and shops. Spend your evening roasting smores by the fire wrapped up in a warm cozy blanket while taking in the beautiful starry sky.

    Overnight in Jasper.

    Day 3 – December 22, 2018 – Dogsledding Experience from Jasper
    Today, experience the beauty of Jasper National Park, the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. With so many activities to keep you busy in the park why not dive right in – try your hand at dogsledding, a truly Canadian experience.

    • Dog Sledding Tour
    This morning you will be picked up at your hotel and driven through Jasper National Park into Valemount, British Columbia where you will begin your adventure. From here you will 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 4 – December 23, 2018 – Explore Jasper
    You have 3 options to choose from today:

    • Option 1:
    Half Day Train Journey to Dunster
    This is the perfect tour for true train enthusiasts. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Rockies aboard VIA Rail’s Skeena train. Experience both the train and a small personalized sightseeing tour all in the same day. Travel the shores of the Fraser River to the historic Dunster Station and into British Columbia’s stunning Robson Valley.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: 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 needed.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 3:
    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. 3km (2 miles) exploring one of Jasper’s most impressive winter adventures.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Overnight in Jasper.

    Day 5 – December 24, 2018 – 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.

    To start your winter wonderland experience in Lake Louise, enjoy a sleigh ride along the lakeside to really get a feel of the beauty that surrounds you.

    • 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

    After your sleigh ride today, take in one or more of the many wonderful holiday activities the Chateau is offering for the holiday season. For the kids or the kid in you, try out your crafting skills by decorating stockings, making jewelry, writing letters to Santa, or building a beautiful gingerbread house. Our team will be more than happy to pre-book any of these or other activities available during your time in Lake Louise.

    Christmas Eve Dinner in Lake Louise
    After a day out in the winter cold, warm yourself with a traditional Swiss German inspired Christmas Eve dinner at the Waliser Stube. Let yourself unwind in the intimate ambiance of the warm mountain restaurant that pays homage to the Swiss Mountain Guides heritage.

    Overnight in Lake Louise.

    Day 6 – December 25, 2018 – Christmas in Lake Louise – Day at Leisure
    Awake on Christmas morning surrounded by the stunning snowcapped mountains, glaciers, and glistening snow on the lake. There is nothing more cherished to Canadians than waking up to a beautiful setting and having the opportunity to spend a lovely winter’s day with the ones closest to us. Included in your stay is a decorated Christmas tree to make you feel like you aren’t too far from home.

    Today is yours to enjoy at leisure. Choose to relax in the hotel or head out and explore the winter wonderland just outside the Chateau. The hotel offers a variety of activities such as ice-skating, cross country skiing tours, tobogganing, and a spa for those who want to unwind and relax.

    Insider tip: Try out the Ice Bar on the lake where you get to create your own maple taffy on a stick, by rolling syrup on the snow. Hot cocoa and cocktails will also be available to warm you up after winter adventures.

    Christmas Dinner in Lake Louise
    After an afternoon of exploring the winter playground at Lake Louise, indulge in a spectacular Christmas dinner buffet at the Victoria Ballroom. Surrounded by spectacular lake views, the ballroom makes for an ideal setting for a delicious dinner.

    Later this evening, make your way outside to the Swiss Guides Cabin to roast marshmallows under the stars (warm and cozy blankets included).

    Overnight in Lake Louise.

    Day 7 – December 26, 2018 – Lake Louise to Banff – Afternoon at Leisure
    Spend the morning at leisure in Lake Louise. Later this morning, travel the short distance from Lake Louise to Banff. Banff is the liveliest of the mountain towns on your Canadian holiday and the energy on Banff Avenue is contagious. Quaint shops give off a warm welcoming glow, and the scent of homemade maple fudge wafts out of sweet shops.

    This afternoon, head out to explore the town and take advantage of the Boxing Day sales for last minutes gifts for home, or take in the amazing mountain background with a walk down the Bow River boardwalk. The day is yours to enjoy.

    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 8 – December 27, 2018 – Explore Banff National Park
    You have 3 options to choose from today:

    • Option 1:
    Banff Gondola
    Journey to the top of Sulphur mountain with admission to the Banff Gondola. Glide up over the treetops and step out into a jaw-dropping mountaintop experience at an elevation of 2,281m (7,486 ft). There is a boardwalk to enjoy, theater with short shows, interpretive center. Taxi vouchers to/from your hotel and the gondola ensure you can visit on your own time. The scenery is stunning – you won’t want to miss this!
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Grotto Canyon Icewalk
    This popular icewalk will lead you on the frozen creek bed through a narrow canyon, past unusual rock formations and spectacular icefalls. This is a unique experience to walk directly on the ice, offering a view of the spectacular canyon from the creek bed. Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 3: Paint Pots Snowshoe Adventure
    Strap on snowshoes and venture across the frozen Vermilion River! Suitable for beginners or experts, enjoy the views of Banff National Park as you walk 3km (1.9miles) through the beautiful crisp snow. After this winter snowshoe, enjoy a uniquely Canadian treat – hot maple taffy poured into snow to make a sweet frozen treat!
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Insider tip: Add on a special dining experience at the top of Sulphur Mountain in the Sky Bistro with a menu designed to reflect the unique flavours of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 9 – December 28, 2018 – Discover Winter Paradise in Banff
    You have 3 options to choose from today:

    • Option 1:
    Spa and Massage Experience
    Relax in the Canadian Rockies with the feeling of pure serenity. A visit to a luxurious spa surrounded by mountain vistas and ancient glaciers provides the perfect setting to restore and revitalize. Enjoy being pampered with a signature spa experience and access to spa facilities.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2:
    Skiing or Snowboarding at Sunshine Village Resort
    Whether you’re a novice, advanced skier or first timer, Sunshine Mountain offers something for everyone’s ability to enjoy. This is a wonderful opportunity for those looking to take in the stunning views from up high, burn off some of the holiday treats, and enjoy some of the best skiing there is in Canada. Experience includes choice of ski or snowboard rentals. A complimentary shuttle is available from downtown. Clothing rentals are available (additional cost).
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 3:
    Snowmobiling Adventure in the Rockies
    This exciting adventure offers fun for the whole family. Canadian Rocky Mountain vistas surround you as you ride through the snowy powder in the Kicking Horse Valley above the tree line. Enjoy a delicious mountainside BBQ lunch with your fellow riders while warming up by the fire before heading back to town.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 10 – December 29, 2018 – Departure from Calgary
    Much too soon, your Canadian Rockies Christmas vacation comes to an end as you travel through the foothills of the Canadian Rockies to the Calgary airport in time for your flight home.

    NOTE: The transfer time from Banff to Calgary is approx. 2 hrs please plan your flights accordingly.
Christmas in the Canadian Rockies – Map



Places Visited

EdmontonJasperLake LouiseBanffCalgary

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Activity Level


What you'll love about this trip

  • Spend the holidays in a classic winter wonderland

  • Enjoy unique activity choices focusing on the Christmas holidays

  • Spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

  • Create holiday memories with friends and family to last a lifetime

Common Questions

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    You'll be staying at various local three to five start hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

  • What is included in the price?

    Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

  • Can I customize this trip?

    Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can request your free trip plan to decide what you'd like to see and do.

    If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

  • What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

    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.

  • 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.

  • Is this an escorted tour?

    With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

  • 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).

  • How much does my trip cost?

    All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

  • What's Included

    What's Included in the Price

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    • 9 nights hotel accommodation

    Jasper Experiences:
    Day 1
    • Dogsledding Tour

    Day 2 – Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Half Day Train Journey to Dunster
    2. Winter Wonderland Snowshoe
    3. Maligne Canyon Icewalk

    Lake Louise Experiences:
    • Sleigh Ride in Lake Louise

    Banff Experiences:
    Day 1
    – Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Banff Gondola
    2. Grotto Canyon Icewalk
    3. Paint Pots Snowshoe Adventure

    Day 2 – Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Spa and Massage Experience
    2. Skiing or Snowboarding at Sunshine Village Resort

    3. Snowmobiling Adventure in the Rockies

    Meal Inclusions:
    • Christmas Eve Dinner at Lake Louise
    • Christmas Day Dinner Buffet at Lake Louise

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Shuttle transfer from the Edmonton airport to Edmonton hotel
    • Transportation from Edmonton to Jasper
    • Scheduled transfers between Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff
    • Scheduled transfer from Banff to the Calgary airport upon departure

    Other Inclusions:
    • Decorated Christmas Tree in room at Lake Louise
    • Documentation package
    • Gratuities for private transfer and tours (unless otherwise noted)
    • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

    Inclusions Notes:
    Comfort and Superior levels include scheduled coach transfers. Deluxe level is paired with a private car and driver transfers (except for Edmonton to Jasper).

    Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
    • Occasionally, activities may vary due to weather conditions.
    Not Included
    • Meals unless otherwise mentioned
    • Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
    • Gratuities (unless otherwise indicated)
    • Taxes
    • Trip Cancellation and Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)

    Ideas to customize this trip

    Think of this trip as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

    • Add on a Canadian train experience to your holiday. A half-day train is available between Edmonton to Jasper, or, for a truly authentic Canadian train experience, add a sleeper train from Vancouver to Jasper to start your journey.
    • Add optional winter activities, including skiing (downhill and cross-country), spa treatments or skating.
    • Add on a multi-day Northern Lights experience in the Yukon.
    • Extend your time in the Canadian Rockies.
    • Add additional Christmas activities like hot cocoa and maple taffy at Lake Louise, or a stargazing experience in Jasper.
  • Prices & Dates

    Trip Start Dates

    2018 Trip Start Date
    December 20, 2018

    Pricing For This Trip

    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 Hotels
    from US $3,890to US $4,202per 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 Hotels
    from US $4,380to US $4,731per 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 Favorite
    Deluxe Level Hotels
    from US $5,590to US $6,038per 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.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodation Options

    These are examples of this trip's accommodation choices. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

    Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Spectacular setting near Lake Louise

    Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

    An example of our Comfort, Superior, and Deluxe accommodations

    This top notch 5 star hotel has an amazing location – overlooking the mirror-like waters of Lake Louise. Its timeless elegance will make you feel pampered and there are plenty of activities to enjoy, from horseback riding to canoeing to skating, skiing and hiking.

    Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Exterior view of the lodge

    Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

    An example of our Deluxe Lodge accommodations

    If you really want to treat yourself to luxury while exploring the Rocky Mountains, consider staying at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. This exquisite wilderness resort is made up of several buildings close to a tranquil lake and the excellent Stanley Thompson Golf Course. Keep an eye out for wildlife during your stay - elk, deer and other animals have been known to walk through the grounds of the resort.

    Fairmont Banff Springs - Hotel surrounded by lush forest overlooking the Bow Valley

    Fairmont Banff Springs

    An example of our Deluxe accommodations

    Perched above the town of Banff and surrounded by lush forests and the rushing Bow River, the Banff Springs is a stately, beautiful hotel designed in the style of a Scottish Baronial Castle. From the expansive dining hall to the outdoor swimming pool to the fully equipped gym and the terrace with mountain views, staying at this hotel will make you feel like royalty. At the Banff Springs you can also enjoy many activities, including skiing, golf, spa treatments and much more.

This Trip in Pictures

Christmas in the Rockies
Christmas in the Rockies
Discover the magic of the holidays over Christmas in the Canadian Rockies.
A deer in the snow in the Canadian Rockies
A deer in the snow in the Canadian Rockies
Spend your days discovering the wildlife of Jasper National Park.
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in winter
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in winter
There is plenty to explore from your home base of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
Dogsledding in the Canadian Rockies
Dogsledding in the Canadian Rockies
Spend a full day on a thrilling dog sledding activity in the Canadian Rockies.
Warming up by the outdoor fire
Warming up by the outdoor fire
Recount your days adventure by a warm fire in the evening.
Lake Louise horse-drawn sleigh ride
Lake Louise horse-drawn sleigh ride
Travel down the Icefields Parkway and arrive at Lake Louise for a very special Christmas Eve.
Lake Louise ice skating
Lake Louise ice skating
Spend Christmas day at your leisure in Lake Louise – enjoy winter activities right outside the Chateau.
Banff town in winter
Banff town in winter
Arrive in the charming town of Banff and enter a winter wonderland.
The Banff Springs hotel covered in snow
The Banff Springs hotel covered in snow
There is a reason Banff is considered such an iconic Canadian winter destination.
Exploring Sulphur Mountain in winter
Exploring Sulphur Mountain in winter
Explore Banff with your choice of winter activities, like riding the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain.
Christmas shopping in Banff
Christmas shopping in Banff
After a day of adventure, unwind with a stroll and browse the shops along Banff Avenue.
Skiing and snowboarding in the Canadian Rockies
Skiing and snowboarding in the Canadian Rockies
Ask your Vacation Advisor about adding extra time for skiing or snowboarding in the Canadian Rockies.
Decorating the Christmas tree at the hotel
Decorating the Christmas tree at the hotel
A Christmas spent in the Canadian Rockies will be a holiday you won't soon forget.

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