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Canadian Rockies Voyage by Train



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Vancouver, Banff, Jasper And Lake Louise By Train

This whirlwind adventure will take you through some of the most amazing highlights of Western Canada in six days. You will begin in the cowboy town of Calgary before travelling into the Canadian Rockies and the charming town of Banff. This trip includes jaw-dropping scenic drives along the famous Icefields Parkway and a visit to the incredible Athabasca Glacier. Travel by train through spectacular mountain scenery from the small mountain town of Jasper to the laid back coastal city of Vancouver.

Trip at a glance

6 Days / 5 Nights

Arrive Calgary* 2 nights Banff 1 night Jasper 1 night aboard VIA rail 1 night Vancouver Depart Vancouver *Can be done in reverse

  • View Details Of Each Day

    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 – Arrive in Calgary and Transfer to Banff
    Welcome to Calgary International Airport. From the very beginning, your vacation is off to the best start! Your arrival transfer from Calgary to Banff is taken care of with door to door service that takes you from the airport to your hotel. The town of Banff is a unique destination as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the charm of a small mountain town. Breathe in the fresh Canadian Rocky Mountain air – you’ve arrived!

    Feature Dinner in Banff
    No need to worry about finding a place to eat this evening, we will make sure you are taken care of with a delicious meal at one of our favourite restaurants in Banff.
    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 2 – Explore Banff – Rocky Mountain Natural Beauty
    Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration.

    You have
    3 options to choose from today in Banff:

    • Option 1:
    Gondola Ride and Evening Nature Tour
    Enjoy a scenic gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain to reach the viewing area and boardwalks to take in the spectacular views of Banff. After a day taking in Banff from above, join an early evening nature tour to explore the areas outside the town and if you're lucky, spot some wildlife.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Lake Minnewanka Cruise
    See the Canadian Rockies from a fresh perspective on a Lake Minnewanka scenic cruise. Choose from daytime or dusk tours - or enhance your experience with an evening Craft Beer Voyage, pairing the beautiful scenery with a sampling of local brews.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 3:
    Evening Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour
    Savour an early dinner in warm log cabin ambiance before spending time at Lake Louise at one of the best and quietest times of day. Then head to Moraine Lake for the famous lake view from a scenic viewpoint, before heading back to Banff.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 3 – The Icefields Parkway – Banff to Jasper
    Travel along the spine of the Rockies, on what is surely one of the most beautiful roads in the world – the Icefields Parkway to picture-perfect Jasper.

    There are 2 options for exploring the Icefields Parkway today:

    • Option 1: Small Group Sightseeing Tour
    With a small group and guide, explore the Icefields and its main attractions. Stop to enjoy a picnic lunch, walk on the Athabasca Glacier, and marvel at the Glacier Skywalk. Touring the Rocky Mountains with a small group allows you to have a more personalized experience and gives you a chance to ask your knowledgeable guide questions about the area.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience (additional cost)
    Spend the day with a private driver-guide, to explore the Icefields at your own pace. Then, step away from the crowds and take a helicopter tour abundant in natural beauty, glaciers and waterfalls. Leave from an exclusive Icefields base and soar over Cline Pass and over Cline, Lion and Lioness Glaciers. You’ll also view a spectacular 900ft waterfall flowing from two aqua green lakes!
    Activity rating: Easy

    Overnight in Jasper.

    Day 4 – Explore Jasper – Board the Canadian Train to Vancouver
    Today you will board the overnight train to Vancouver. Enjoy the sights and views from the window of your cozy accommodation on board the train. The ‘Canadian’ is Canada’s most famous train, the route links Jasper and Vancouver using original steel rail cars from the 1950’s and Jasper to Vancouver is the most spectacular stretch of the whole journey. Settle back in your seat and enjoy a dramatic change in scenery as you leave the majestic beauty of the Rockies behind and travel into the arid ranch land of interior British Columbia.

    Overnight on board the train in your private cabin.

    Day 5 – On Board VIA Rail – Arrive in Vancouver
    This morning, you’ll arrive in Vancouver, a city surrounded by mountains and ocean. Upon arrival at the station you will be transferred to your hotel and then you are free to enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure in Vancouver.

    Overnight in Vancouver.

    Day 6 – Depart Vancouver
    Much too soon you leave the fresh air and colorful sights of the Canadian Rockies as your Canadian train trip comes to an end. A private vehicle takes you to the Vancouver International Airport.
Canadian Rockies Voyage by Train – Map



Places Visited

CalgaryBanffIcefields ParkwayJasperVancouver

Accommodation Style


Your Train Experience

VIA RailSleeper Train

Activity Level


What you'll love about this trip

  • Unforgettable views on an overnight train between Jasper and Vancouver

  • Amazing photography opportunities

  • Spotting wildlife like deer, elk, bears and moose

  • Small group tours revealing the best of Jasper and Banff National Parks

  • Three nights in the Canadian Rockies, surrounded by truly breathtaking scenery

Common Questions

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    This trip features a sleeper train journey, and you'll get a comfortable private cabin on the train for the duration of your train ride. The trains feature common lounge areas and dining cars where you can socialize with fellow travelers.

    When not on the train, you'll be staying at various local three to five star 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 your detailed digital travel documents, and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal throughout your trip to answer any 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 personalized 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.

  • What is the train experience like?

    Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in the US or Europe), the two main rail providers here are driven by tourism. You'll experience the romance of true trans-continental rail travel, with a wide selection of services, accommodation types, and great food.

    Featured train experiences:

    • VIA Rail is Canada's national train provider, with routes running Coast to Coast and through remote parts of northern Canada. The type of train depends on your journey, and can vary from the classic trans-continental sleeper trains to daylight trains with overnight stops.
    • Sleeper Trains feature a once in a lifetime adventure of sleeping on the train in comfortable cabins. You can relax in your private onboard accommodations, or enjoy local wines and chef-prepared meals in the dining car during this unforgettable 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.

  • 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 personalized trip plan and quote 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.

    • 4 nights hotel accommodation
    • 1 night onboard the Canadian Train, in a private cabin for 1 or 2

    Train Experiences:
    • Sleeper Plus Class, onboard The Canadian Train between Jasper and Vancouver (includes access to Dome Car)

    Banff Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Gondola Ride and Evening Nature Tour
    2. Lake Minnewanka Cruise

    3. Evening Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour

    Icefields Parkway Experiences (between Banff and Jasper):
    Choose 1 of 2:
    1. Small Group Sightseeing Tour (Includes picnic lunch, Ice Explorer, and the Glacier Skywalk)
    2. Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience (additional cost)

    Meal Inclusions:
    • Feature Dinner in Banff
    • Meals onboard the Canadian VIA Rail train

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Transfer between Banff and Calgary Airport*
    • Personalized and private pick up between Vancouver hotel and Vancouver Airport
    • Train station transfers in Jasper and Vancouver

    Other Inclusions:
    • Digital Travel Documents
    • Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (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.

    *Inclusion Notes:
    Deluxe level includes a private transfer between Calgary and Banff. Superior and Comfort levels include a scheduled bus transfer.

    Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
    Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur
    • Daily tour availability may vary based on the season and may not be available for all departures. For more information, please speak to your Vacation Advisor.

    Not Included
    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Airfare
    • Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff
    • Trip Cancellation or medical insurance (highly recommended – ask us for a quote)
    • Canadian Sales Taxes

    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.

    • Upgrade, or mix and match hotel and mountain lodge accommodations.
    • Add a cruise to your trip, along Alaska’s Inside Passage.
    • Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies to explore, golf on world famous courses, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax.
    • Add a trip to Victoria, British Columbia’s quaint capital city on Vancouver Island to go whale watching, visit the Butchart Gardens, and experience the unique culture of the Pacific Northwest.
    • Visit the Olympic city of Whistler, and take in the sights and activities by spending a night or two there.
  • Prices & Dates

    Trip Start Dates

    2020 Vancouver Start Dates
    April 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
    May 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 31
    June 7, 14, 21, 28
    July 5, 12, 19, 26
    August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    September 6, 13, 20, 27
    October 4

    2020 Calgary Start Date
    April 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
    May 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 24, 26, 27, 31
    June 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 28, 30
    July 1, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29
    August 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30
    September 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, 30
    October 4, 6, 7

    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
    Private Cabin
    from US $2,390 to US $3,759 per 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
    Private Cabin
    from US $2,640 to US $4,072 per 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
    Private Cabin
    from US $3,460 to US $5,065 per 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.

    Georgian Court Hotel - Georgian Court Hotel Exterior

    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 wifi, or enjoy a meal on the seasonal patio.

    Sawridge Inn - Exterior of hotel

    Sawridge Inn

    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 - 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.

  • Customer Reviews  (15)

    We loved the incredible grandeur and beauty of the Rockies

    Star Rating 3
    October 19, 2017

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    We loved the incredible grandeur and beauty of the Rockies. We were expecting it, yet were still surprised. We wondered if Canadians who live up there ever become immune to the grandeur right outside their doors. The stretch of the Icefields Parkway between Banff and the Ice Field was almost like being on another planet. We are great car-tourists so this was right up our alley.

    It was beyond fabulous

    Star Rating 5
    July 20, 2017

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    It was beyond fabulous. We always enjoy traveling with our 2 kids and their friends, but this was very special. And whether it was specifically intended, or just luck-of-the-draw, we had the Sun Dog and Brewster tour buses to ourselves, which was great to be able to talk and ask questions without disturbing other. And the tour guides were so good and interesting and knowledgeable. Fresh Tracks Canada couldn't have been kinder or more helpful. I vote 10 out of 5 stars!

    The Fresh Tracks staff were fabulous

    Star Rating 5
    October 16, 2016

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    The trip was just wonderful and the Fresh Tracks staff were fabulous! We really appreciated that all of the connections, transportation, pick ups went flawlessly. We would not change a thing about our trip.

    You certainly made my life much easier

    Star Rating 5
    May 10, 2016

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    The trip was wonderful! My favorite things were the train ride and my time in Banff, definitely not long enough. Will certainly look to spend more time there again some day. I have certainly mentioned your company to anyone that asked as you certainly made my life much easier. Thanks again for a great adventure.

    The scenic views were nearly sensory overload

    Star Rating 5
    June 6, 2015

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    First let say that you were a great help in preparing for our trip. The scenic views were nearly sensory overload. The Athabasca falls was beautiful. For us the highlight of the tour was being able to walk on the Athabasca glacier and to drink the water from a melting glacier. These were once in a life time, bucket list events. We had a great time in Canada and everyone we meet was helpful and attentive to our needs.

    The whole experience was AMAZING!

    Star Rating 5
    June 3, 2015

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    Thank you. It's a job well executed on your part.   The whole experience was AMAZING! I will highly recommend it to friends .... 

    Canada is absolutely breathtaking

    Star Rating 5
    May 25, 2015

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    Thank you all so much for the fabulous vacation. Canada is absolutely breathtaking. The trip through the mountains was one photo opportunity after another. The excursions were informative and full of beautiful scenery. We had a wonderful time.

    Hope to book with you again in the future

    Star Rating 5
    May 19, 2015

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    Our trip was FABULOUS.The hotels were beautiful, and as for the tours and the train....that was sensational! The Banff Gondola was wonderful and we added the Glacier Skywalk as well. The tour guides were all very knowledgeable and considerate of the ages of my group participants and took very good care of all. We had a wonderful time. The train portion was lovely and the scenery was GORGEOUS snowcapped mountains and frozen lakes as far as your eyes could see. Lake Louise looked very different from the last time I saw it as it was turquoise in color, and this time it was snow covered and beautiful sunshine. We were also very fortunate to see many bears, deers, big horned sheep, etc. When we continued on with our cruise, we did dogsledding, whale watching and much much more. Thanks for everything. Hope to book with you again in the future.

    Everything went so smoothly from start to finish!

    Star Rating 5
    May 11, 2015

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    Wow! We had an amazing trip! Everything went so smoothly from start to finish! The train trip was excellent, the cabins for 1 were just perfect. The only slight hiccup was that our three cabins were in different carriages! The train staff managed to move Mum and Dad so that their cabins were in the same carriage which helped. The breakfast and lunch on the train were first class! The hotel in Jasper was perfect. Mum and Dad's room was delightful and it had a balcony! The basket of treats and goodies waiting for them in the room was such a special touch, thank you so very much for that thoughtfulness. The road trip from Jasper to Banff was spectacular. The guide could not have been more pleasant and interesting. The Ice walk was thrilling and Lake Louise beautiful, if cold! We even saw a bear on our journey! Our two room suite at the hotel in Banff was just right. Thank you for suggesting that. I spent a very happy hour at the "cave" hot springs! We enjoyed the tour of Banff (with hot chocolate and cookies!) and the Gondola ride, despite the weather (snow and hail so very limited view). At 12:30pm,  right on time a car arrived to take us to Calgary to catch our flight home. We spent that morning shopping in Banff (the Roam bus stop was right outside the hotel, perfect!) All in all a fantastic trip. Amazing scenery and perfectly planned for us! Thank you!

    Fiona made it all fit!

    Star Rating 5
    August 1, 2014

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    From the very first phone call, Fiona was remarkable at finding out what I wanted to do, even though I didn't know what there was to do, and then guiding me to a number of sites to view the elements of travel that she was suggesting. Professional, sweet, personable, funny, caring and helpful are just a few of the many adjectives I use when thinking of her. She worked within my budget, even when what I wanted to do was not within my budget, or my time frame. She made it all fit! Then I had the pleasure of working with Sarah who glued all the parts together. There was never even one moment where I was waiting for someone to get me from point A to point B. Every tour person, every bus driver, every hotel and train accommodation was exactly as she said it would be. Every tour and hotel person was knowledgeable, personable and helpful. Our tours were comprehensive and exciting. Our guides gave us plenty of time at each venue and suggested restaurants and activities that they thought we would enjoy. I could go on and on about these two awesome women. I will add that everyone else in your office that I spoke with was just as friendly and helpful. Fiona and Sarah are the best, and I don't say that lightly. I am a travel agent, myself, and if I had an office in Canada I would try to steal them away from you!

    The afternoon helicopter flight was worth a trip to Canada alone!

    Star Rating 5
    April 12, 2014

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    From the very first contact with Fresh Tracks Canada, until the final day of our Canadian holiday we were totally inspired with the service, the trip and all of the many details of our special days. Thank you. The detailed information we received answered all our questions. We arrived in Banff to beautiful clear weather - blue skies and clean, crisp temps. The Fairmont Hotel was a delight to stay in with our room at the "top" overlooking a view of the courtyard with a background of snow-covered mountains beyond. On the first three hour tour we were lucky to see about 20 heads of mountain goats surrounding our bus within a few feet of us... just friendly as they could be. The afternoon helicopter flight was worth a trip to Canada alone! Beautiful clear weather. Words could not describe the feeling we got flying over the Three Sisters mountain. Absolutely incredible. Another day and yet more breathtaking scenery along the Ice Road to Jasper. I'm now out of words to describe. Thank you again for our wonderful Canada adventure.

    More than we could have hoped for

    Star Rating 5
    September 16, 2013

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    Thank you for making our vacation one we will not forget in a very long time. It was truly amazing. Your professional and friendly help in putting together such a perfect package is very much appreciated. We will remember to recommend you to our friends and acquaintances who may be considering travelling to beautiful Canada. Between my daughter and me, we took over 3,000 photos - this says it all! The vacation was indeed more than we could have hoped for, good weather, magnificent scenery, excellent accommodation choices, plenty of wildlife sightings, all in all, just perfect.

    Fresh Tracks Canada did us proud

    Star Rating 5
    June 17, 2013

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    We have arrived back in the UK, having benefited greatly from our week off in Canada. Thank you so much for all your efforts to keep us going, and to give us a good holiday. You were a model of flexibility, when things changed unexpectedly at the last moment. Our only regret was not to have seen more of Vancouver, which seemed like such a lovely city. But otherwise we got the full flavour of the Rockies and Alberta, and we really appreciated that. A big, big thank you for all the work you put in, and for keeping calm! Fresh Tracks Canada did us proud.

    One of the greatest vacations of our lives

    Star Rating 5
    July 1, 2011

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    We are home and are so thankful for you and your wonderful staff for one of the greatest vacations of our lives. We loved our accommodations; everyone was just friendly and so gracious. Thank you again.

    Everything ran like clockwork

    Star Rating 5
    January 18, 2006

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    It really was a trip of a lifetime made perfect by the whole organization. From arriving at our hotel in Vancouver to departing from our hotel in Calgary everything ran like clockwork and I would like to congratulate Fresh Tracks Canada on a job well done. The guides were incredibly well informed and made our day trips so enjoyable.

This Trip in Pictures

VIA Rail train travels through the Rocky mountains and lakes
VIA Rail train travels through the Rocky mountains and lakes
Weave through the stunning Rocky Mountains on this overnight train between Vancouver and Jasper.
False Creek Aquabus in Vancouver
False Creek Aquabus in Vancouver
Choose whether you want to start in oceanside Vancouver or the bustling city of Calgary.
VIA Rail's dome car interior
VIA Rail's dome car interior
Relax in comfort as the train takes you through stunning scenery.
VIA Rail's table service onboard the 'Canadian' train
VIA Rail's table service onboard the 'Canadian' train
Dine on gourmet food or relax in your private cabin as you watch the beautiful mountain vistas go by.
Moraine Lake in the Rocky Mountains
Moraine Lake in the Rocky Mountains
The larger-than-life views of the Rocky Mountains will fill you with awe.
Hotel by lake and mountains in Jasper
Hotel by lake and mountains in Jasper
Jasper and Banff are both laidback and friendly small towns surrounded by gorgeous mountain scenery.
Couple looking out over the Canadian Rockies
Couple looking out over the Canadian Rockies
Enjoy sightseeing tours and excursions on your own or with a small group.

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