“ The trip was great, the arrangement were flawless on your part. The only negative things were that the Rocky Mountaineer misplaced one of our suitcases when we arrived in Whistler and United Airlines caused a major problem on our return flight. The Mountaineer folk found the missing luggage in a few hours and returned it. The United matter is under "discussion", but had nothing to do with the service you provided. We will continue to recommend your firm to our friends. Your service is excellent. ”
Discover Whistler and the Canadian Rockies by Rail
starting fromUS $4,590per person
5 of 5 stars (4 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
Two and a half day Rocky Mountaineer rail journey, into remote Northern regions
Beautiful alpine village of Whistler
Icefields Parkway scenic transfer
Walk on glaciers, millions of years old
Spend time in Jasper and Banff National Parks
Unique choice of tours in the Rockies to suit your interests
If you are day-dreaming about the gorgeous mountain landscapes of the Canadian Rockies, this trip is perfect for you. Start in the vibrant city of Vancouver and then travel by rail past majestic peaks to the town of Whistler – an alpine resort surrounded by natural beauty. Carry on to Alberta and breathe the fresh mountain air as you explore Banff and the Rocky Mountains. Your personable local guides will share fascinating insights about this area while you gaze at the awe-inspiring views.
Arrive Vancouver* → 1 night Vancouver → 1 night Whistler → 1 night Quesnel → 2 nights Jasper → 1 night Lake Louise → 2 nights Banff → Depart Calgary → *Can be done in reverse
Sample ItineraryThink 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.
Note: This trip is available in the reverse direction.
Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
The West Coast metropolis of Vancouver has a wonderfully relaxing and welcoming vibe – it’s easy to fall in love with the laid-back lifestyle here. Surrounded by ocean and mountains, Vancouver blends urban life and nature. It’s not uncommon to see coyotes or deer in Stanley Park or bears wandering through residential areas.
Take your time to explore the city on your own schedule today. There’s something for everyone in Vancouver, whether you are interested in the historic streets of Gastown, the quirky galleries and shops of Granville Island or walking down the forested paths of Stanley Park. Or, simply sit at a local cafe and people-watch.
Feature Dinner in Vancouver
You have travelled all day, and we want to make sure you eat at a spot that encapsulates the best of Vancouver. Enjoy dinner on us at a harbourfront restaurant, and watch majestic seaplanes coming into land all whilst enjoying the best of West Coast cuisine. Your vacation is off to the best start!
Day 2 – Rocky Mountaineer Train – Vancouver to Whistler
The Vancouver to Whistler train journey along the Sea to Sky corridor is as spectacular as it sounds – a route that will take you from the stunning ocean views of the coast high into the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia. Make your way along the shores of Howe Sound, a spectacular fjord surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The train slowly winds alongside the Cheakamus River while you admire the amazing waterfalls of ice cold water from the melting glaciers above. Arrive in the picturesque mountain resort town of Whistler.
Get the best view in Whistler on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola this afternoon. Board the longest and highest lift in the world for an unparalleled perspective of British Columbia’s rooftop – from incomparable views of towering volcanic peaks to coastal rainforest. Overnight in Whistler.
Insider tip: Ask us to include an evening foodie tour of Whistler’s incredible culinary scene as an additional add-on!
Day 3 – Rocky Mountaineer Train – Whistler to Quesnel
Start your day off with a freshly cooked breakfast and an aromatic cup of coffee from the galley of the luxury Rocky Mountaineer train as you set off from Whistler. Gaze out of the window and watch the jaw-dropping scenery go by.
Today you will make your way through the majestic Fraser Canyon and travel past Seton and Anderson Lakes. You are travelling toward the high desert Cariboo Plateau – the wild ‘cowboy’ country of British Columbia's interior.
As the train travels across the canyon thousands of feet above the rushing waters of the Fraser River, imagine what a challenge it must have been to build this stretch of railway over this rugged terrain. Arrive at the small town of Quesnel and stay overnight.
Day 4 – Rocky Mountaineer Train – Quesnel to Jasper
After a restful sleep in your Quesnel hotel you will board the train again and prepare for the day you have been waiting for – gazing up at the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Canadian Rockies.
Keep looking out the window – you have a chance of spotting wildlife such as bald eagles, moose, bears and deer. When you reach the Rockies and you see those jagged peaks for yourself, you will be blown away by their beauty.
Arrive in the tranquil mountain town of Jasper and breathe the fresh pine-scented air. Stay overnight in a Jasper hotel.
Day 5 – Explore Jasper
Spend the day exploring the jewel of the Rockies, Jasper.
You have 3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Jasper to its fullest:
• Option 1: Nature Tour with Cruise on Maligne Lake
A driver-guide takes you to some of the most spectacular areas in Jasper National Park. Admire Maligne Canyon, a deep chasm that was carved from the rock by a river over 10,000 years. Learn about the story of Medicine Lake, a body of water that is mysteriously disappearing. Take a lake cruise and visit Spirit Island, one of the prettiest spots in the Rockies and a popular subject of postcards. Make sure the batteries on your camera are charged so you can capture the thick pine forests and the jagged mountain peaks reflected in the tranquil water.
• Option 2: Privately Guided Nature Walk
See wildlife, rare alpine wildflowers, and magnificent valley views with one of the best, hand-picked mountain guides in Jasper. Enjoy a leisurely pace, and plenty of time for photos and discussion.
Activity rating: Moderate (approx 4 miles | 6.5km) – more challenging hikes available on request.
• Option 3: Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
With a professional driver, soar along Jasper’s beautiful mountain roads on a thrilling motorcycle tour (for 1 or 2 passengers). This option is a definite memory maker!
Activity rating: Easy
Day 6 – Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise
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 Lake Louise.
Here 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. In the late afternoon arrive in the stunning Lake Louise area, the picture perfect overnight stop in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
Activity rating: Easy
• Option 2: Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience
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
Upon arrival in the Lake Louise area, you can either choose to stay at the iconic Chateau Lake Louise, or at the intimate Moraine Lake Lodge.
After a day of touring, enjoy a gourmet dinner prearranged at Lake Louise or Moraine Lake! Relax and unwind with 5-star cuisine and attentive service. Take a moment to soak in the incredible lake views.
Day 7 – Lake Louise to Banff
Wake up in Lake Louise, one of the most stunning places on earth. The lake is a shimmering icy blue, and the water is often so still and calm that it perfectly reflects the majestic snow-capped mountain peaks that surround it. We can also arrange a guided canoeing tour – a typical Canadian experience that you will love. This afternoon you will travel from Lake Louise to the charming mountain town of Banff.
Insider tip: Ask us about our Lake Louise activity menu to make the most of your day in this iconic place!
Day 8 – Exploring Around Banff
Breathe in the crisp pine-scented mountain air of Banff, a lovely small town dwarfed by the enormous mountain peaks that surround it.
You have 3 options to choose from today to enjoy Banff to its fullest:
• Option 1: Banff Sightseeing Tour
Explore the sights and sounds of this cowboy town. Listen to tales of historic locals such as ‘Wild Bill’, and visit scenic viewpoints surrounding the town site of Banff.
Activity rating: Easy
• Option 2: Privately-Guided Sunrise Photography Tour
Wake up early to experience the magical wilderness of Banff National Park at sunrise. Explore with a private guide and learn how to take great photos. Ideal for the amateur photographer wanting to increase their skills with a manual camera. This is a sure way to make friends and family at home jealous!
Activity rating: Moderate
• Option 3: Banff Helicopter Tour
Soar above majestic peaks and get away from the crowds of Banff on a guided heli-tour. Marvel at pristine and breathtaking vistas that will leave you speechless.
Activity rating: Easy
Included in your tour is a thrilling gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, where you can admire the amazing panoramic views of Banff, the Bow Valley, the shimmering Bow River and the gigantic Rocky Mountains. When you feast your eyes on these amazing landscapes you will understand why the Rocky Mountains are such a famous nature destination all over the world.
Day 9 – Banff to Calgary
It’s been an incredible adventure, but it’s time to say goodbye. Leave the fresh alpine air and mind-blowing scenery of the Rocky Mountains behind and head to Calgary to catch your flight home. The memories you have made on this spectacular Canadian trip will last you a lifetime.
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.
Delta Whistler Village Suites
An example of our Comfort and Superior accommodations
This elegant hotel is located in the heart of Whistler Village and it is surrounded by the exciting buzz of this lovely mountain resort town. The Delta Whistler Village Suites is a full-service hotel with friendly and attentive staff who strive to make their guests feel at home. Relax after a full day of outdoor exploration in the heated pool or dine on gourmet cuisine at one of the two restaurants. Ski enthusiasts will love the ski storage, ski rental shop and the convenient ski resort shuttle services.
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 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 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.
Prices & Dates2018 Vancouver Start Dates
May 4, 11, 18, 25
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September 7, 14, 21, 28
2018 Calgary Start Dates
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
June 7, 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13, 20, 27
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
SilverLeaf Train Servicefrom US $4,590to US $5,541per 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
SilverLeaf Train Servicefrom US $5,080to US $6,145per 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 Hotels
GoldLeaf Train Servicefrom US $6,890to US $8,305per 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 (4)
The arrangement were flawless on your partJune 16, 2015
Robert & Karen, TX, USA
No other travellers we met had such a rich and thoughtful itineraryAugust 28, 2014
David & Jennifer, Buckland, UK
“ Thank you, thank you - what a vacation! Canada is as dramatically beautiful as we had hoped but all the local detail work you put in really made it extra special. Living in the UK, we could never in a million years have sorted out the quality of hotels you put together let alone getting the rooms with the best views, great personal guides, the kayaks and our favourite the tickets for travelling by float plane. You must recommend the heli-hiking - the guide and the company you put us with made it a very special day. In the three weeks we were there, no other travellers we met had such a rich and thoughtful itinerary – they were all as impressed as we were with what you, as local travel specialists, had put together for us. Like it said on your website – every detail, every amazing day! So many, many thanks to you all especially Eva, Katherine and Louise for putting together such a perfect Canada experience. ”
Working with your organization is the way to goSeptember 13, 2013
Vivan & Will, PA, USA
“ It was a truly amazing trip. The Canadian Rockies are certainly a 'must see' for everyone but working through your organization made the experience even better. The package with schedule and vouchers you put together for us was so thorough and everything followed through in the same way. Absolutely no hitches! We have recommended your organization to friends who are contemplating the trip and assured them that working with your organization is the way to go. We emailed Eva when we returned to thank her for organizing the trip for us originally. She truly did an amazing job taking care of us. As each event occurred, Neil and I enthusiastically commented on how well she took care of us. Thank you and your entire organization very much for everything. ”
Everything was well planned and taken care ofJune 7, 2010
“ THANK YOU! With your help we had an absolutely amazing honeymoon! Everything worked out perfectly and was as we expected it would be. BC is a beautiful place and we can't wait to get back up there to do some skiing sometime. The only part of the itinerary where there was a bit of confusion was after the sea plane ride from Victoria to Whistler we didn't know if there would be a car or if we should just grab a taxi, but we got a taxi and everything worked out fine. The room in Victoria was a highlight in terms of the hotels, we had a room on the top floor which was great. All the excursions were great as well except no whales on the whale watching tour… it was beautiful anyways. Having never had a vacation planned/booked for me in the past, working with you and Fresh Tracks was a fantastic experience. Knowing that everything was well planned and well taken care of made it very easy for me to enjoy every minute of the trip. ”
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