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

    $4,970 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.

VIEW MAP List days
Day 01

Family Train Adventure Begins

Welcome to our hometown - a famously lovely west coast city, surrounded by mountains and ocean.

Get out and walk the seawall - or let us arrange a bike.

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 included dinner tonight at one of our favourite restaurants in Vancouver.

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

Spend the day exploring Vancouver with your choice of exciting activities.

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 – Vancouver to Jasper

One of the most exciting moments of your trip has come, as your family boards the famous 'Canadian' Train, bound for the Rocky Mountains. Explore the train, or settle into your cozy cabins.

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 first-class 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 in Jasper

Awake today as you wind your way into Jasper National Park. Share time in the viewing car, and keep your eyes open for waterfalls, wildlife, and glaciers.

Jasper is a Dark Sky Preserve - ask your Vacation Advisor about special planetarium experience here.

Arrive in Jasper National Park

(1 of 3 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 3 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 3 activities)

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

Overnight in Jasper National Park

Overnight at the Tekarra Lodge. Set amongst the towering pines, the property sits atop a ridge overlooking the convergence of the Miette and Athabasca Rivers in Jasper National Park. The mountain lodge is located just 2km from the Jasper townsite. Enjoy the rustic charm of the Canadian wilderness with a wood burning fireplace, perfect for cozying up with a book and a glass of wine. The hotel also offers binocular rentals, bike rentals, and complimentary WiFi.

Day 05

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's Bear's Paw Bakery offers delicious homemade stuff - one of our favourite spots!

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.

Privately Guided Nature Walk

(2 of 3 options)

Explore the wildlife, alpine meadows and magnificent views on a privately guided walk/hike - with one of Jasper’s most knowledgeable mountain guides.

Maligne Lake Cruise & Jasper SkyTram Admission

(3 of 3 options)

Enjoy scenic views from the Jasper Skytram as well as a leisurely cruise on 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

Banff National Park

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

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

Banff National Park

Enjoy another day to explore Banff and it's spectacular surroundings.

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!

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 family adventure comes to an end.

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options.
Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

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 Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

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

Jasper Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
  2. Privately Guided Nature Walk or Hike
  3. Maligne Lake Cruise and Jasper SkyTram Optional Add-on: Jasper Planetarium and Telescope Experience (additional cost)

Icefields Parkway Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 2:

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

Banff Activity Options:

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. Via Ferrata
  2. Cowboy Cookout by Horseback
  3. Scenic Ride to Sunshine Village + 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
  • Documentation package
  • 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
  • Walk in Sunshine Meadows is available from the June 24 to August 26, 2019 eastbound departure dates / June 27 to September 1, 2019 westbound departure dates.
  • Whitewater Rafting Trip is available until the September 2, 2019 eastbound departure date / September 5, 2019 westbound departure.
  • Via Ferrata tour in Banff is available until the September 2, 2019 eastbound departure / September 5, 2019 westbound departure.
  • 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

  • Onboard VIA Rail: From April 29 to Oct 12, Sleeper Plus passengers will be able to access the Park Car and Panorama Car between 4:00pm and 10:30pm only.
  • Privately Guided Nature Walk: Operates from May 15 to Oct 15. Weather conditions may cause cancellation or unfavourable trail conditions on early and late season departures.
  • 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 might be cancelled in case of thunderstorm and incremental weather conditions out of their control.

PRICES & DATES

This trip is available for departures between June and September.

Starting From

$4,970 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, June 2019 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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