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Rockies Rail Winter Wonderland

9

days

starting fromUS $2,890per person

Star Rating 4.5

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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

    • The Canadian Rockies look amazing in the winter!

    • Visit the friendly and welcoming mountain towns of Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff

    • Stay at superb hotels that will keep you warm and cozy no matter how much it snows outside

    • Exciting winter adventures including dog sledding, skiing, skating, and wildlife spotting

    The landscapes of the Canadian Rockies are always stunning, but when they are covered with a blanket of sparkling snow and shimmering frost they have a certain magical quality that is unforgettable. This adventure begins in Vancouver before boarding a luxurious train to watch the snowy scenery go by. Arrive in the Canadian Rockies for a winter wonderland adventure through the beautiful icy mountains. Experience the thrill of skiing, dog sledding and skating and then cozy up in comfort with a cup of hot chocolate in your cozy accommodation.

    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.

    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 – Discover Vancouver

    Choose 1 of the following 3 activities in Vancouver today:

    • Option 1: Eagle Viewing Float Tour
    Just an hour north of Vancouver is one of the world’s largest population of bald eagles. From October until April, these magnificent birds return to the area to feed on spawning salmon with the highest numbers of eagles arriving between mid-November to mid-February. This gentle river float tour lets you view the eagles from the best place – on the river in the comfort of a raft. In addition, you will travel along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway and enjoy views of ocean vistas, soaring mountains, and rainforest.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 2: Vancouver Sightseeing Tour
    This is the best way to visit the main attractions and neighbourhoods of Vancouver. Tour along the scenic harbour and through the historic areas of downtown Vancouver. Visit the totem poles at Stanley Park, browse art galleries and shops at Granville Island, walk along the Capilano Suspension Bridge and learn about the Pacific Salmon at the Capilano Salmon Hatchery.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 3: Vancouver Tasting Tour
    Depending on the day of week, experience a Granville Island or Best of Vancouver Tour and Tasting. At Granville Island, you’ll experience the fare of farmers and food artisans, including cheeses, locally-made charcuterie, and silky smooth chai tea. On the Downtown tour, highlights include learning about Dim Sum culture, trying world famous west coast seafood, and tasting the world’s best gelato.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Overnight in Vancouver.

    Day 3 – Board VIA Rail’s Canadian Train – Vancouver to Jasper
    This morning the excitement builds as you board the Canadian Train for your overnight journey to the Canadian Rockies. 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 day pass by all too quickly. Enjoy the journey as you travel further toward the Canadian Rockies.

    Overnight in a private cabin.


    Day 4 – 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. The snow is glistening as you arrive in the mountain town of Jasper. Step off the train and take a deep breath of the fresh mountain air, you have arrived! After being driven to your hotel, explore Jasper at your leisure.

    Choose 1 of the following 2 activities in Jasper today:

    • Option 1: Jasper Food Tour
    Discover the town of Jasper on a walking food tour. On a short 1.5km (1mi) guided walk learn about the town of Jasper while enjoying delicious tastings of food and drink at the best restaurants in Jasper. Tour includes four tasting locations with alcoholic drink pairings.
    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

    Overnight in Jasper.

    Day 5 – Explore Jasper

    Choose 1 of the following 3 activities in Jasper 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 mighty 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 required.
    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

    • Option 4:
    Upgrade Option: Dog Sledding Tour
    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 6 – Travel the Icefields Parkway and Lake Louise and 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.

    Choose 1 of the following 2 activities in Lake Louise today:

    • Option 1: Dog Sledding Introduction Tour
    Experience one of the most unique winter experiences at Lake Louise, dogsledding through Banff National Park. Experience the beauty of travel by dog team along a beautiful woodland trail. This 30-minute tour provides a perfect introduction to mushing.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 2: Afternoon Tea and Lake Louise Sleigh Ride
    Partake in a time-honoured tradition at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Enjoy dainty finger sandwiches, buttermilk scones, homemade sweets and pastries whilst admiring the best view in the hotel. Later, 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
    Afternoon an afternoon of exploring the winter playground at Lake Louise warm yourself with an indulgent dining experience 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 7 – Lake Louise to Banff and Activities
    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.

    Choose 1 of the following 3 activities in Banff 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: Johnston Canyon Evening Icewalk
    This popular ice walk will lead you past the lower falls and to the breathtaking upper icefalls. Your headlamp makes the frozen waterfalls of Johnston Canyon shimmer as you hike along the suspended catwalks in quiet darkness at night. Walking distance is 2.2km (1.4 miles) with an elevation gain of 65m (213 ft).
    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 approximately 3km(1.9mi) through the beautiful crisp snow. After this winter snowshoe, enjoy a uniquely Canadian treat – hot maple taffy frozen in the fresh snow.
    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. (Available Wed-Sun).

    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 8 – Explore Banff

    Choose 1 of the following 3 activities in Banff 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: Dog Sledding Tour
    For those seeking a longer dog sledding experience travel to Canmore today, about an hour from Banff, where you will meet a team of friendly huskies waiting to whisk you through the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies. You will have the option to harness the dogs and drive the team yourself, or simply enjoy the experience as a passenger. Either way, this is sure to be one of your most memorable Canadian experiences.
    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 treeline. Enjoy a delicious mountainside BBQ lunch with your fellow riders while warming up by the fire before heading back to town.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Insider tip: Personalize your trip by adding a ski package in the Canadian Rockies and hit the world-famous slopes of Lake Louise and Banff National Park.

    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 9 – Departure from Calgary
    Much too soon, your Canadian Rockies winter trip 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.

  • What's Included
    Accommodations:
    • 7 nights of 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 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 (
    Thursdays - Granville Island Market Tour and Tasting, Mondays - Best of Downtown Tour and Tasting)

    Jasper Experiences:
    Day 1 – Choose 1 of 2:
    1. Jasper Food Tour
    2. Maligne Canyon Icewalk

    Day 2 – Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Half Day Train Journey to Dunster (Wednesday trip start dates only)
    2. Winter Wonderland Snowshoe
    3. Jasper Morning Discovery Tour

    Optional Upgrade:
    • Dog Sledding Tour ($215 pp 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:
    Meals onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian Train
    • Feature Dinner in Lake Louise

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • All airport and train station transfers
    • Transfers between Jasper and Lake Louise, Lake Louise and Banff

    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.

    Important Schedule and Trip 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.
    • The Banff Gondola is not available on the following Eastbound departures: Jan 2, 6, 9, 13
    • 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)

     

    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

    Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, this elegant 12-story brick building offers 180 stylishly decorated guestrooms. The seasonal patio offers the option for al fresco meals and the complimentary wi-fi keeps you connected.

    Rimrock Resort

    An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

    The stunning 4.5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, offering gorgeous panoramic views over the Bow Valley from the large windows in the main lobby. The hotel is a fantastic example of Rocky Mountain luxury, with an upscale atmosphere and warm, welcoming service.

    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 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.

     

  • 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.

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  • Customer Reviews (3)

    Canada was a wonderful place to visit

    Star Rating 4
    December 27, 2017

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    Excellent trip. Canada was a wonderful place to visit. Everyone was so kind and helpful. The sights were gorgeous and there were many fun winter activities to do.

    It was nice to be picked up and dropped off at each place

    Star Rating 4
    December 21, 2017

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    The tours were very good. I enjoyed them a lot. It was nice to be picked up and dropped off at each place. The most intriguing experience I had was making Maple Taffy in the snow on the snowshoe tour in Banff. That was one of my highlights. It was just so cool!

    The staff was organized, efficient and knowledgeable

    Star Rating 5
    December 21, 2017

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    The staff was organized, efficient and knowledgeable. They were extremely helpful and kept the communication flow going. Outstanding job! Thank you Fresh Tracks.

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.