“ We loved everything! Lake Louise is perfect. The helicopter and dogsledding were amazing on a perfect day. We were very impressed by the efficiency and good advice from Fresh Tracks. A small misunderstanding was fixed quickly and all arrangements worked perfectly. We would highly recommend them and received a positive comment from one of the tour operators as well who said there were good lines of communication with them as well as the travellers. ”
Rockies Rail Winter Wonderland
starting fromUS $2,699per person
5 of 5 stars (8 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
Seeing the majestic Canadian Rockies in winter
Overnight rail journey on VIA Rail
Exploring Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff
Staying at unique resort town hotels
Possible wildlife spotting
An array of winter activity options
This is one of our most magical Canadian winter adventures. Imagine climbing aboard a train in Vancouver, sharing a glass of wine with fellow travelers, then being lulled to sleep as snow falls outside. Awakening in a Rockies winter wonderland, for a few days of discovery, fun, and indulgence.
Arrive Vancouver → 1 night Vancouver → 1 night VIA Rail → 2 nights Jasper → 1 night Lake Louise → 2 nights in Banff → Depart Calgary
Sample ItineraryPlease note - all of our Canada vacation packages can be customized to suit your time frame, budget, group size, and interests.
Day 1 – Begin your Canadian vacation – Arrive in Vancouver
The cool, crisp air in Vancouver invigorates you as you start your Canadian winter train trip. Vancouver’s relatively mild weather is a great introduction to a Canadian winter, but look to the north and you see 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 – Tour Vancouver & Board VIA Rail’s Canadian Train this evening to travel into the Canadian Rockies – Vancouver to Jasper
You have 2 options to choose from today:
• Option 1: Vancouver Sightseeing Tour
This is the best way to visit the main attractions and neighbourhoods of Vancouver. You will tour along the scenic harbour and through the historic areas of downtown Vancouver. There will be time to visit the totem poles at Stanley Park, browse art galleries and shops at Granville Island, visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and learn about the Pacific Salmon at the Capilano Salmon Hatchery.
• Option 2: Eagle Viewing Float Tour
Just an hour north of Vancouver is one of the world’s largest population of bald eagles. From December until mid-February, these magnificent birds return to the area to feed on spawning salmon. This tour lets you view the eagles from the best place - on the river. In addition, you will travel along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway and enjoy views of ocean vistas, soaring mountains, and rainforest.
This evening, a cozy and comfortable cabin awaits you on the Canadian train. A panoramic dome car - where you can relax, unwind, and see the sights all around you - is only a short walk from your cabin. Tasty meals are served in an elegant yet casual dining car and chatting over a drink with fellow travelers makes the evening pass by all too quickly. Enjoy the journey 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 and lunch 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! Enjoy the evening at leisure. Overnight in Jasper.
Day 4 – Explore Jasper
You have 2 options to choose from today:
• Option 1: Maligne Canyon Ice Walk Tour
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 exploring one of Jasper’s most impressive winter adventures. Overnight Jasper.
• Option 2: Winter Discovery Tour
Join a knowledgeable guide and small group to seek out and learn about the most iconic creatures and wildlife in Jasper National Park! You will travel through the Athabasca Valley to some of the park’s most beautiful scenery - have your camera ready to capture some amazing photos! There is minimal walking on this tour, so sit back and enjoy the winter scenery from the comfort of the bus. Overnight Jasper.
Day 5 – Travel the Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Lake Louise & Lake Louise Winter Activity
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.
You have 2 options to choose from today:
• Option 1: Enchanted Sleigh Ride
A winter sleigh ride by horse drawn carriage is the perfect way to start your day in 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. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and warm yourself with an indulgent meal at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Overnight Lake Louise.
• Option 2: Snowshoe Adventure
Take to the great outdoors by putting on snow shoes and exploring the area - if you can walk, you can snow shoe! Your guide will help you venture into the forest for the walk of a lifetime. But you’ll do more than just put one foot in front of the other: Learn to read the tracks of different animals and discover who is hunting who for lunch! Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and warm yourself with an indulgent meal at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Overnight Lake Louise.
Day 6 – The Southern Canadian Rockies – Lake Louise to Banff & Banff Winter Activity
Spend the morning at leisure in Lake Louise. Later this morning, travel the short distance from Lake Louise to Banff.
You have 2 options to choose from today:
• Option 1: Snowshoe Tour
Strap on snowshoes and venture through a 40-meter deep gorge! Suitable for beginners or experts, you will love taking in the views and mountain air as you walk approximately 2 miles through the beautiful crisp snow. After this winter walk, enjoy a uniquely Canadian treat: hot maple taffy poured into snow to make a sweet frozen dessert! Enjoy your evening at leisure.
• Option 2: Banff Gondola
Today you can 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 2,281metres (7,486 feet). There is a boardwalk to enjoy, theater with short shows, interpretive center, and a restaurant for those who want to dine with a memorable view! 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! Enjoy your evening at leisure.
Enjoy the rest of day exploring on your own. 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. Overnight Banff.
Day 7 – Explore Banff
You have 2 options to choose from today:
• Option 1: Dog Sledding Experience
Travel to Canmore today, about an hour from Banff where you will meet a team of friendly huskies awaiting to whisk you through the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies. You will have the option to harness the dogs and drive the team, or simply enjoy the experience as a passenger. Either way, this is sure to be one of your most memorable Canadian experiences.
• Option 2: Helicopter Flight Tour
A bird’s eye view of the Rockies will be one you’ll never forget! Views of the Bow River, and endless snow capped mountains can be seen as you head to the skies to explore the National Park by helicopter. Your helicopter adventure will take you past the famous Three Sisters Peaks as you spectacularly escape to the Spray Valley in the air.
Day 8 – Your vacation comes to an end – Departure from Calgary
Much too soon, your Canadian Rockies winter trip ends today as you travel through the foothills of the Canadian Rockies to Calgary airport in time for your flight home.
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.
Georgian Court Hotel
An example of our Comfort accommodations
The Georgian Court Hotel features 180 guestrooms in a 12-story brick building, in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Enjoy a comfortable sleep in your elegant room, surf the internet with the complimentary wireless, or enjoy a meal on the seasonal patio.
An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations
The 4.5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, when you enter the main lobby, you are actually on the 7th floor, and the views from the pamorama of windows over the Bow Valley are simply stunning. The hotel has an upscale yet understated feel, and the service is impeccable.
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 & DatesTrip Start Dates for 2017 - 2018
(this trip can also start in Calgary, please call or email for start dates)
December 11, 14, 18*, 21*, 25*, 28*
January 1*, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
February 1, 5, 8, 12*, 15*, 19, 22, 26
March 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19
* 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 $2,699to US $2,915per 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 $3,049to US $3,293per 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 $3,999to US $4,318per 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 (8)
We loved everything!February 25, 2017
Pauleen & Anthony, QLD, AUSTRALIA
It was a very memorable experienceFebruary 12, 2017
Katherine & Josh, NY, USA
“ It was great doing an elaborate winter vacation. This is something we have not really done before, where we pieced together an itinerary of dynamic and varied snowy activities. It was a very memorable experience. ”
We will definitely be returning to Canada again, it's just a question of whenJanuary 6, 2015
Grace & Chia Vi, TX, USA
“ The Rockies were amazing, and our family really enjoyed the trip. The only thing which would have made it better is if we had more time! Lake Louise was beautiful, unfortunately, we didn't have much time there so other than the sleigh ride and dinner, we didn't really get a chance to do much else. We were thinking the next time we visit, will likely do a free and easy trip since we now have some idea of what to expect. Appreciate all the arrangements you made to accommodate our family. Will definitely recommend you guys to our friends (actually already did!). For my family, we will definitely be returning to Canada again, it's just a question of when. ”
We were truly in a winter wonderland and loving every second of itJanuary 11, 2015
Emily & Daniel, NSW, Australia
“ We have had the most amazing holiday. We were truly in a winter wonderland and loving every second of it. All of the hotels we stayed at were very welcoming and comfortable. We were beyond impressed with the hotel in Lake Louise. We felt very fancy. The fondue experience was great too! We absolutely loved the Heli-Tour in Banff. I think that was our favourite activity out of all of them. But they were all amazing! The sleigh ride and the ice walk were both amazing experiences. On our free days in Banff and Jasper we caught the bus to the ski resorts and skied for a whole day. My favourite place was Banff. I love the village and the amount of snow they have! We unfortunately never got to do the Dog sledding because when we arrived in Whistler, there was not enough snow, so the company hadn't even opened for the season yet. I wish we chose to do it in banff now! But I am definitely coming back so that gives me another reason. Thank you so much for all your help and organisation. We really appreciate everything and are incredibly happy with everything. We will be recommending you to any friends who are thinking of travelling to Canada :) ”
We had everything organised to perfectionMarch 8, 2014
Neil, Pam, Susanne, Dave & Alex, VIC, Australia
“ We were all most impressed with Fresh Tracks as a company and more particularly with Eva. She really went out of her way to make sure we had everything organised to perfection. Professionalism was amazing. A big thank you and warm regards for a great holiday. ”
Your organisation exceeded my expectationsDecember 16, 2012
Pat & Rodney, QLD, Australia
“ I would just like to thank you and everyone else at Fresh Tracks Canada who helped make it such an enjoyable time. From the moment we arrived in Vancouver everything went smoothly. We were met at the airport and, from then on, all the transport, tours etc. ran like clockwork. I could not believe it. Your organisation exceeded my expectations. All the accommodation was great. The weather (except for Vancouver) was lovely. We even got to thinking 'only -12, it is not that cold'. Many thanks once again for all your attention to detail and your quick responses to my many emails. ”
The best trip we have ever hadNovember 24, 2010
Shelley & Charoline, UK
“ Our holiday in Canada was the best trip we have ever experienced. ”
Great scenery and hotel accommodationsMay 6, 2008
Carol & James, FL, USA
“ We returned from our wonderful and flawless trip through the Canadian Rockies. What great scenery and hotel accommodations. Attached is a photo of me and my husband James at Lake Louise which as you can see had lots of snow. Thanks for all of your help. Many of my friends are anxious to hear about our trip. ”
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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.