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Winter train trip through the Rockies

Rockies Rail Winter Wonderland

9

days

starting fromUS $2,890per person

Star Rating 5

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
Rockies Rail Winter Wonderland – Map
Sample trip map & photos – personalize your trip by adding extra nights and activities in each location
A VIA RAil train travels through a winter landscape with snowy peaks in the distance
A VIA RAil train travels through a winter landscape with snowy peaks in the distance
Canada’s landscapes have a certain magical beauty in the winter that will take your breath away.
Snow falls on some reindeer in Jasper National Park
Snow falls on some reindeer in Jasper National Park
You’ll have many chances to spot wildlife in beautiful and unspoiled Jasper National Park.
2 women on a Maligne Canyon ice walk stand below the rock formations and icefalls
2 women on a Maligne Canyon ice walk stand below the rock formations and icefalls
Walk the icy floor of Maligne Canyon with cleats on so that you can see the icefalls close up.
Horses pull a sleigh carrying passengers for a ride over frozen Lake Louise surrounded by the Rocky Mountains
Horses pull a sleigh carrying passengers for a ride over frozen Lake Louise surrounded by the Rocky Mountains
Enjoy a sleigh ride on the beautiful frozen Lake Louise.
A winter scene in the Rockies of a snow covered Moraine Lake
A winter scene in the Rockies of a snow covered Moraine Lake
The gorgeous winter landscapes are simply majestic to behold.
Cascade Mountain in winter as seen from Banff town in the Rockies
Cascade Mountain in winter as seen from Banff town in the Rockies
Visit the lively and welcoming mountain town of Banff, surrounded by stunning alpine vistas.
Winter dogsledding tour in the Canadian Rockies
Winter dogsledding tour in the Canadian Rockies
Join a dogsledding tour for a memorable Canadian Winter Wonderland experience.
  • Quick Overview

    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

    Price Notes: • Thinking of traveling in late November or early December? Give us a call for a customized winter experience. • Prices shown below are a guide only, and are per person, based on double occupancy. Traveling with more than two people? No problem – triple, quad, and child rates are also available. Just ask us!

    Trip Outline

    Arrive Vancouver 2 nights Vancouver 1 night VIA Rail 2 nights Jasper 1 night Lake Louise 2 nights in Banff Depart Calgary

  • 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.

  • What's Included
    Accommodations:
    • 7 nights hotel accommodation
    • 1 night onboard the VIA Rail Canadian Train, in a private cabin for 1 or 2

    Train Experiences:
    • Sleeper Plus Class, onboard the Canadian Train between Vancouver and Jasper (includes access to dome car)

    Vancouver Experiences:
    • Choose 1 of 3:
    1.
    Eagle Viewing Float Tour
    2. Vancouver Sightseeing Tour
    3. Vancouver Food Tour

    Jasper Experiences:
    • Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Winter Wonderland Snowshoe
    2. Maligne Canyon Icewalk
    3. Jasper Morning Discovery Tour

    Optional Upgrade:
    • Dog Sledding Tour (additional cost)

    Lake Louise Experiences:
    • Choose 1 of 2:
    1. Dog Sledding Introduction Tour
    2. Afternoon Tea + Sleigh Ride at Lake Louise Combo

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

    Day 2 – Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Spa and Massage Experience
    2. Dog Sledding Tour
    3. Snowmobiling Adventure in the Rockies

    Meal Inclusions:
    • Breakfast and lunch onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian Train
    • Feature Dinner in Lake Louise

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Private transfers between Vancouver hotels, airport and train station
    • Jasper train station transfers
    • Scheduled bus transfers between Jasper and Lake Louise, Lake Louise and Banff
    • Scheduled bus transfer from Banff to the Calgary airport upon departure

    Other Inclusions:
    • 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 hotels include scheduled coach transfers in the Rockies. Deluxe hotels are paired with private car and driver transfers in the Rockies.

    Seasonal Restrictions:
    • The food tour in Vancouver differs depending on departure day and is only available on Wednesday departures after December 30, 2018. Wednesday Winter Wonderland departures include a Granville Island Tour and Tasting. Sunday Winter Wonderland departures include a Best of Downtown Tour and Tasting (only available in December).
    • The Banff Gondola is not available for Jan 213 eastbound departures or Jan 617 westbound departures.
    • Occasionally, activities may vary at time of travel due to weather conditions. Your Vacation Advisor will provide advice on the best timing for outdoor winter activities.
    • Activity options are limited over Dec 24–26 and on Jan 1, your Vacation Advisor will provide advice on your available options.
    • Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur.

     

    Not Included

    • Meals and activities unless otherwise mentioned
    • Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
    • Gratuities (unless otherwise indicated)
    • Taxes
    • Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)

    Get your personalized itinerary before availability is gone. Because we're now booking into 2019

    • Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
    • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.
  • Accommodations

    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.

    Rimrock Resort

    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 & Dates
    2018/2019 – Vancouver Start Dates
    Dec  12, 16, 19*, 23, 26, 30
    Jan  2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
    Feb  3, 6, 10*, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
    Mar  3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24

    2018/2019 – Calgary Start Dates
    Dec  13, 16, 20, 23*, 27, 30
    Jan  3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
    Feb  3, 7, 10, 14*, 17, 21, 24, 28
    Mar  3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24

    Note:
    * 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 Hotels
    from US $2,890to US $3,985per 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 $3,090to US $4,568per 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 $4,390to US $6,469per 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.

  • Common Questions

    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!

    Star Rating 5
    February 25, 2017

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    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.

    It was a very memorable experience

    Star Rating 5
    February 12, 2017

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    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 when

    Star Rating 5
    January 6, 2015

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    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 it

    Star Rating 5
    January 11, 2015

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    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 perfection

    Star Rating 5
    March 8, 2014

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    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 expectations

    Star Rating 5
    December 16, 2012

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    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 had

    Star Rating 5
    November 24, 2010

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    Our holiday in Canada was the best trip we have ever experienced.

    Great scenery and hotel accommodations

    Star Rating 5
    May 6, 2008

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    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.

Get your personalized itinerary before availability is gone. Because we're now booking into 2019

  • Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
  • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.