Snow Covered Canadian Rockies
The winter is everything you’ve imagined…thick snow hanging from pine trees, frozen waterfalls, snow-covered mountain peaks, and a blanket of stars in the dark winter night.
The Canadian Rockies are the ideal place for a bucket list winter adventure. Feel like a true Canadian, as you experience dogsledding, snowmobiling, or snowshoeing. The snow falls deep here, as the mountains descend into the deep cold of the winter months. The scenery is breathtaking, so make sure to brush up on your photography skills!
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The cool Calgary air invigorates you as you start your Canadian winter train vacation. Meet your transfer at the Calgary Airport and ride in comfort as you enjoy the changing scenery through the Canadian Rockies. Spend the night in Banff, one of the liveliest mountain towns on your Canadian holiday. With plenty of quaint shops to visit, the delicious smell of homemade maple fudge from nearby sweet shops will lure you in for a truly delicious experience.
A private transfer is well worth it – saving both time and hassle. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery as you travel to Banff.
The Fairmont Banff Springs offers a world-class selection of restaurants, featuring gourmet fare. We'll book your dinner based on your favorite style of cuisine, at your preferred time.
Overnight at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. This hotel stands as a landmark in the picturesque alpine town of Banff, Canada's ‘castle in the Rockies’. Just a short stroll from the town, the hotel features superbly appointed rooms and attentive personalized service. With a variety of on-site restaurants and bars, an indoor and outdoor pool, fitness centre, sauna, whirlpool, spa and salon, the resort offers year round activities from golf to unparalleled skiing.
Welcome to Banff, the mountain playground of the world! In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers discovered a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta's Rocky Mountains. From that unexpected beginning was born Banff National Park, Canada's first national park and the third ever in the world.
Enjoy the beauty of winter while you explore Johnston Canyon with the help of ice cleats. As you wander along the catwalks built into the canyon walls, enjoy the views into the gorge below. This popular ice walk will lead you past the lower falls and to the breathtaking upper icefalls. Travel through prime wildlife habitat and learn the clues to how Johnston Canyon was formed.
Snowshoe on an easy trail across the frozen Vermilion River and along the snowy path winding through a forest of pine trees to the Paint Pots. A cultural treasure within Banff National Park. Learn about the history of the fur trade as you explore, and about the mineral deposits once used by First Nations people for rock painting. Along the way you will hear stories of Banff’s indigenous people, explorers and fur traders who lived in and traveled through the Rockies.
Soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola to experience a stunning bird's-eye view of six incredible mountain ranges.
Banff is an unforgettable destination for winter activities. Covered in a blanket of sparkling snow and ice, this makes Banff a perfect landscape for those bucket list activities you have been waiting to try: icewalks, dogsledding, skating, snowshoeing and skiing. And don't forget, there is always the Banff Hot Springs where you can warm up after a day of winter exploring.
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.
This exciting adventure offers fun for everyone. Stunning Rocky Mountain vistas surround you as you ride through the 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.
Relax and unwind with a customized, medium-pressure massage at the luxurious and tranquil, Willow Stream Spa. This massage will focus on the areas of your body that are most tense, from your head to your feet. This is a great choice for ultimate vacation relaxation!
Travel to Canmore today 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. After your sledding experience, warm up with a hot drink and tasty snack.
The morning is at your leisure in Banff. This afternoon, travel north along the Icefields Parkway, on one of the most scenic highways in the world. Each turn reveals frozen waterfalls and impossibly vast mountain valleys, so keep your camera ready! Your day concludes in the rustic mountain town of Jasper.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as your private driver and vehicle picks you up and transfers you in comfort from Banff to Jasper.
Travel north from Banff, to experience a helicopter tour over the frozen Canadian Rockies. Land in the pristine wilderness for snowshoeing experience, then visit spetacular Abraham Lake, to photograph naturally occurring bubbles trapped in the ice. Afterwards, travel to Jasper with a private driver.
Overnight at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Nestled in Alberta's magnificent Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iconic Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge resort is surrounded by stunning mountains and wildlife seven kilometres (4.3 miles) from the Jasper townsite. The main lodge accompanies 56 adjacent cedar chalets and luxury signature cabins, connected by picturesque paths. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge features a heated outdoor pool, a world-class golf course, health club and spa, as well as several gourmet restaurants.
Welcome to Jasper! 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 and relaxation.
Enjoy Jasper’s fluffy powder snow and spectacular mountain scenery on a snowshoe adventure. Join an experienced guide and explore the stunning natural surroundings of Jasper National Park.
Enjoy a short guided walk where you will visit four restaurants and taste four carefully handpicked dishes, each paired with an alcoholic beverage. Along the way you will learn about Jasper’s history.
Ride the Steel Rails! Enjoy breathtaking views of the Rockies aboard VIA's Skeena Train. Experience both the train and a small personalized sightseeing tour all in the same afternoon. Travel the shores of the mighty Fraser River to the historic Dunster Station and into British Columbia's stunning Robson Valley.
Strap on some ice cleats and walk the floor of Maligne Canyon today with an expert guide and small group. 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 approximately 3.5 km (2.1 miles) exploring one of Jasper’s most impressive winter treasures.
Take in the beautiful winter landscape around Jasper on a relaxing sightseeing bus tour. Your knowledgeable guide will bring the group to seek out and learn about the most iconic creatures and places surrounding the beautiful mountain town of Jasper. You will travel through the Athabasca Valley to some of the park’s most beautiful scenery. Sit back and enjoy the winter scenery from the warmth and comfort of a small tour bus.
Experience the undisturbed beauty of winter with a dog sled team. Enjoy the crisp mountain air, then warm up with a hearty lunch cooked over an open campfire along the trail. Learn about the the history of dog sledding, and spend some time with your new-found furry friends.
Today you have a second chance to capture any pictures you may have missed on your journey up the Icefields Parkway. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you head back to Calgary for the final night of your Canadian Rockies winter vacation.
You will be met by a guide from Sundog Tours for your private transfer from Jasper to the Calgary Airport. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you make your way along the Icefield Parkway and out of the Rockies.
Overnight at the Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel. This hotel is conveniently located with direct access to the Airport's international terminal. With breathtaking views and modern luxury, amenities include an indoor pool, fitness centre, and onsite restaurant and bar. The vibrant downtown is only a short drive away, as are attractions.
Much too soon, your winter vacation in Canada comes to an end. Depart from Calgary Airport at your leisure.
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23 Mar 2011
We did not want to come home
We had an amazing time. We did not want to come home, and in fact are thinking about moving over as we liked it so much! The Fairmont hotels we just unbelievable, we regretted not staying in more of them! They gave us free upgrades, champagne, chocolates and they were so helpful. There was a bit of a problem with…
27 May 2006
Everyone is very friendly
The trip was absolutely wonderful – I’m in love with Banff and hope to return for a longer stay next time. It’s the most beautiful area in Canada I’ve seen – and being a tourist/arts town, everyone is very friendly and relaxed.