Canadian Rockies Family Adventure

A Unique Family Adventure

Share the magic of train travel with your children on this journey from Canada’s West Coast to Rocky Mountains. Adventure through the cosmopolitan delights of Vancouver, travel onboard VIA Rail’s “Canadian” train, and arrive in the natural splendor of Jasper and Banff National Parks. You’ll enjoy carefully selected outdoor adventures, combined with plenty of time to relax and spend time together.

  • Starting From

    $5,180 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    9 days

    8 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Vancouver, Kamloops, Jasper, Banff, Calgary
LET’S PERSONALIZE THIS TRIP

Take The Guess Work Out Of Your Vacation


Planning a perfect family vacation can be like piecing together a puzzle. Let us take the stress and guesswork out – we’ll suggest the best activities, accommodations, and itinerary for your family.

Share A Spectacular Train Journey


Rather than driving the entire way, try something different! Start your trip off with a train journey onboard VIA Rail, from Vancouver to Jasper National Park. Settle in, relax, and share time together – plus experience sleeping overnight in a private berth.

Time In Nature


Surrounded by mountain peaks, glaciers, and turquoise lakes, you’ll find that devices are soon forgotten. Feel happy and tired at the end of each day, as you recount your adventures over dinner.

YOUR TRIP
DAY-BY-DAY

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.

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Day 01

Welcome to Vancouver

Welcome to our hometown – a famously lovely west coast city, surrounded by spectacular mountain landscapes and endless blue ocean.

Private Transfer from Vancouver Airport

(1 of 2 activities)

Bypass the crowds and start making the most of your vacation. A friendly driver orients you to the city as you drive in.

Dinner in Vancouver

(2 of 2 activities)

We've booked dinner tonight, so you’ll be sure to enjoy some of the best food Vancouver has to offer at one of our favourite restaurants.

Overnight in Vancouver

Overnight in a Superior level hotel, such as the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. Superior Hotels are perfect for travelers wanting great value plus more upscale accommodations. Exceptional service, location, and quality characterize these properties.

Day 02

Explore Vancouver

Vancouver offers a little something for everyone. From spectacular mountain lookouts, cobblestone lined streets in the historic Gastown, walking paths along the ocean to take in the fresh sea air, fresh food markets to enjoy a leisurely lunch, to high end clothing stores and souvenier shops right in the heart of downtown, this city has it all!

Mountain Zipline Experience

(1 of 3 options)

Your zipline tour will give you a unique perspective of Grouse Mountain, combining heart-pounding thrills with an exploration of BC’s old-growth forests. Along the way your fun and friendly guide will look after your safety, and share stories with you that will leave a lasting impression.

The Grand Vancouver Bicycle Tour

(2 of 3 options)

The bike is a Vancouverite's preferred mode of transport. With an extensive cycle lane network, this tour highlights the best of Vancouver food, history, and culture. Visit the Stanley Park seawall, savour a snack at Granville Island Public Market and see historic Gastown and Chinatown.

Stanley Park Guided Walk Plus Vancouver Aquarium

(3 of 3 options)

Enjoy a Talking Trees walk in Stanley Park followed with a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium.

Day 03

VIA Rail – Depart Vancouver

Begin your train journey east, as you board The Canadian train in Vancouver. Travel through the varied landscape of British Columbia's Fraser Valley.

Private Transfer to Train Station

(1 of 2 activities)

A driver will meet you at your hotel and take you to the VIA Rail Station.

Board The Canadian Train in Vancouver

(2 of 2 activities)

Check-in at Pacific Central Station and relax in the lounge. Leave coastal Vancouver behind, as you journey towards the Rocky Mountains. Mingle with fellow passengers in one of the train's lounges, or settle in and watch the ever-changing scenery. You'll enjoy delicious meals in the dining car.

Cabin for One in Sleeper Plus Class

Your private cabin in Sleeper Plus Class includes a comfortable armchair next to a large picture window during the day. By night, settle into a cozy single lower bed. The cabin features a private toilet, sink and mirror. Enjoy the train's viewing areas, and delicious meals in the dining car.

Day 04

VIA Rail – Arrive Jasper National Park

Continue northeast through the Caribou Mountains and enter the spectacular Canadian Rockies. Step off the train in Jasper and take a deep breath of the fresh mountain air.

Arrive in Jasper National Park

(1 of 4 activities)

Awake to see the towering peaks of the Canadian Rockies all around you, including it's highest peak - Mount Robson. After breakfast, you'll arrive in the small town of Jasper, in the heart of Jasper National Park.

Minivan Rental

(2 of 4 activities)

Enjoy the freedom of exploring by vehicle. Your rental includes a GPS, loss damage waiver, unlimited mileage, and one additional driver.

Discovery Parks Pass

(3 of 4 activities)

We've included an unlimited pass to Canada’s national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites.

Jasper in Summer

(4 of 4 activities)

Jasper is a great base to explore Jasper National Park – the largest in the Canadian Rockies. Jasper is the gentle giant of the Rockies and this small mountain town offers visitors a more laid-back mountain experience, with equal options for adventure, discovery or relaxation amd a special place to reconnect with nature. Whether you’re rafting on the Athabasca River, overlooking the park from the top of the Tramway, hiking the trails, or soaking in rejuvenating natural hot springs, Jasper will give you that breathing room to relax and enjoy the best of this natural playground.

Overnight in Jasper National Park

Overnight in a Comfort level hotel, such as the Tekarra Lodge. Our well-situated Comfort level hotels are typically rated at 3 stars. You'll enjoy clean and comfortable accommodations, plus great service.

Day 05

Explore Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park, the biggest in the Canadian Rockies, is a magical place – and we have lots of ideas to help you enjoy it.

Jasper Motorcycle Sidecar Tour

(1 of 3 options)

Enjoy a privately guided tour of Jasper's alpine passes and winding mountain roads, on a professionally-driven Harley Davidson motorcycle and sidecar.

Best Hike of the Day

(2 of 3 options)

Enjoy a professionally guided hike in Jasper National Park. Hike at a leisurely pace to take in the incredible scenery. Depending on the day you may be strolling through wildflowers, gazing at the glaciers above, taking in the stunning colours of the mountain lakes and seeing wildlife! Enjoy a picnic lunch (bring your own) surrounded by spectacular views and crisp fresh mountain air.

Maligne Lake Cruise and Jasper Skytram Admission

(3 of 3 options)

Spend the day taking in the scenic views of Jasper, the mountains and the nature around you on a Skytram ride up Marmot Basin Mountain and on a leisurely cruise along the picturesque Maligne Lake.

Day 06

The Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Banff

Today you will drive along the spine of the Rockies, on what is considered one of the most beautiful roads in the world – the Icefields Parkway. Enjoy a full day of exploration as you travel from Jasper to Banff with adventure stops along the way.

Afternoon Athabasca Ice Walk Tour

(1 of 2 options)

Enjoy a glacier adventure on an ice walk with short stops along the trail. Learn more about active glaciation and understand the features you are seeing. There are constant views of the Canadian Rockies, along with glacially carved landscapes such as moraines, millwells, and crevasses.

Ice Explorer and Glacier Skywalk Admissions

(2 of 2 options)

Travel onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier by Ice Explorer and then walk on an exciting cliff-edge walkway which leads to a glass floor platform.

Overnight in Banff

Overnight in a Comfort level hotel, such as the Hidden Ridge Resort. Our well-situated Comfort level hotels are typically rated at 3 stars. You'll enjoy clean and comfortable accommodations, plus great service.

Day 07

Explore Banff

Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration.

Banff in Summer

(1 of 1 activities)

Banff is like Canada’s playground. Visiting during the summer months gives you a chance to enjoy the crisp mountain air during early morning walks, hike through Banff National Park, stroll up and down Banff Avenue for a little shopping, or enjoy five-star spa treatments at your leisure. In the evening, you can enjoy the beautiful starry sky or dine at some of the best restaurants – the choice is yours. Whether you’re an adrenaline junky or prefer to experience the quieter side of Banff, there are activities for everyone.

Explorer Cave Tour

(1 of 3 options)

Venture into an underground world in this introduction to caving. Spend approximately two hours underground, crawling past prehistoric bones and investigating ancient cave formations. This will be an unforgettable experience.

Family Friendly Kananaskis River Rafting

(2 of 3 options)

This exciting whitewater paddle on the Kananaskis River is a wonderful introduction to rafting! The Canadian Rockies provide a dramatic backdrop as a professional guide navigates and provides insights into the natural history. Maybe even swim in the river – you will get wet!

Horseshoe Canyon Rafting Tour

(3 of 3 options)

Whitewater thrills await on the Bow River! The Horseshoe Canyon offers spectacular scenery and big waves. All safety equipment and training are provided, and there will be practice time on calm waters before the big stuff. Feeling adventurous? Try an optional cliff jump into the river!

Day 08

Discover Banff National Park

Enjoy another fun filled day exploring the beauty of Banff National Park.

Cowboy Cookout by Horseback

(1 of 3 options)

Enjoy the fresh mountain air and real cowboy hospitality, with a morning horseback ride along the base of Sulphur Mountain to a freshly prepared BBQ served up at the 3 Mile Cabin by the Sundance Canyon Trail.

Via Ferrata Explorer Route

(2 of 3 options)

Exhilarate your senses and experience views of Banff rarely seen on this introductory tour into the exciting world of Via Ferrata! Climb up pitches, along ridges, and cross a suspension bridge, all while safely secured by ropes to a cable line attached to the rocks. Ask you Vacation Advisor for more details!

Scenic Ride to Sunshine Village & Hosted Trail Walk

(3 of 3 options)

Begin your day with a scenic ride up to a mountainside resort. Take in the spectacular views before a guided walk through Sunshine Meadows. Learn about the wildlife, vegetation and ecosystem of this fascinating world above the treeline.

Day 09

Depart from Calgary

Today you depart the fresh air and colorful sights of the Rockies as your Canada train trip comes to an end.

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options.
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1 Bedroom Condo With 1 Queen Bed - Living Area
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HERE'S WHAT YOU GET

To make sure that your holiday is full of only good surprises, here's a comprehensive list of what is (and isn't) included in your package.


Accommodations:

  • 7 nights of hotel accommodation
  • 1 night onboard the Canadian Train, in private cabins for 1 or 2

Train Experiences:

  • Sleeper Plus Class, onboard The Canadian Train between Vancouver and Jasper, (includes Dome Car Access)

Vancouver Experiences:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Grouse Mountain and Ziplining
  2. Vancouver by Bicycle
  3. Walking Tour in Stanley Park and Vancouver Aquarium Admission

Jasper Experiences:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
  2. Best Hike of the Day
  3. Maligne Lake Cruise and Jasper SkyTram

Icefields Parkway Experiences:

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Guided Athabasca Glacier Icewalk
  2. Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer and Glacier Skywalk

Banff Experiences:

Day 1 – Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Cave Tour
  2. River Float Trip
  3. Whitewater River Rafting Trip

Day 2 – Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Cowboy Cookout by Horseback
  2. Via Ferrata
  3. Scenic Ride to Sunshine Village and Hosted Trail Walk

Meal Inclusions:

  • Feature dinner in Vancouver
  • Meals onboard the Canadian VIA Rail Train

Transfers Inclusions:

  • Personalized and private transfer from your arrival airport
  • Private train station transfers in Vancouver

Car Rental Inclusions:

  • 6-day minivan rental
  • Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental, airport surcharges, Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million) and vehicle licensing fee
  • Unlimited kms and GPS
  • Fee for 1 additional driver

Other Inclusions:

  • Parks Canada Pass
  • Digital Travel Documents
  • Gratuities for private transfers and tours (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support – from the time you book, you will be assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator with whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:

  • Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur
  • Some activities/tours might not be available early or late in the season. Please check with your Vacation Advisor for more details
  • Minimum ages and weight restrictions apply for certain tours, ask your Vacation Advisor for more details
  • Fuel and refueling fees
  • Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)
  • Personal Effects Coverage (PEC)
  • One-way drop fee on car rental
  • LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type
  • Fee for drivers under the age of 25
  • Meals, other than those mentioned
  • Airfare
  • Gratuities for rail, hotel, scheduled tour and transfer staff
  • Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Canadian Sales Taxes

SEASONAL RESTRICTIONS

  • The Panorama car is not available in winter months (mid October to end of April) or on Monday departures from Vancouver.
  • Onboard VIA Rail: From April 29 to Oct 12, Sleeper Plus passengers will be able to access the Park Car between 4:00pm and 10:30pm only.
  • Maligne Lake Boat Cruise: Early departures in May and late departures in October can not be guaranteed as weather conditions such as ice on the lake, may impact the cruises opening date for the season.
  • Afternoon Athabasca Ice Walk Tour: Tour dependent on ice conditions; June and September departures may be affected.
  • Scenic Ride to Sunshine Village & Hosted Trail Walk: Activity is available from end of June to early Sept. Dates may vary due to weather conditions as the snow conditions will play a factor in opening times.

PRICES & DATES

This trip is available for departures between May and September.

Starting From

$5,180 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, May 2020 departure and our base class.

We offer a range of packages across all four seasons. Please speak with one of our travel advisors about personalizing your trip and getting a comprehensive quote.

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