Canadian Rockies Winter Wonderland By Rail

The Romance of Winter in the Canadian Rockies

This is one of our most magical Canadian winter adventures. Imagine climbing aboard a train in Vancouver, sharing a glass of wine with fellow travelers, then being lulled to sleep as snow falls outside. Awakening in a Rockies winter wonderland, for a few days of discovery, fun, and indulgence.

  • Starting From

    $2,990 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    9 days

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

Banff and Jasper National Parks


See the mountains of Banff and Jasper National Parks, blanketed in deep snow. Discover frozen waterfalls, winter wildlife, and spectacular views at each turn. Cozy up next to a fire in the evening, with a blanket of stars overhead.

Adventures at Your Pace


We’ll pair you up with the best activities – whether you’d like to race through the snow with a dog team or stroll along the floor of a frozen canyon.

A Unique Train Journey from Vancouver


Experience the thrill of an overnight train journey from west coast Vancouver to the Canadian Rockies. Wake up in your private cabin surrounded by forests thick with snow.

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 1 View Map

Begin Your Canadian Vacation 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.

Private Transfer from Vancouver Airport

(1 of 1 activities)

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

Overnight in Vancouver

Overnight at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver. The Pan Pacific Hotel is uniquely located atop Canada Place, in the heart of the downtown waterfront. Your luxury accomodations rise above the cruise ship terminal and the Convention Centre, with some rooms having sweeping views of the Coastal Mountains and the city skyline. During your stay, enjoy a variety of hotel amenities including a fitness centre, heated outdoor saltwater pool and hot tub, sauna, and spa.

Day 2 View Map

Discover Vancouver

With a mild climate and so much to do, it’s no wonder people flock to this west coast city! Head out and explore Vancouver and surrounding area on one of the many activities there is to offer.

Eagle Viewing River Float Tour

(1 of 3 options)

Starting in Vancouver, you will be taken to one of the world’s largest population of bald eagles. From December until mid-February, these magnificent birds return to the area to feed on spawning salmon. This tour lets you view the eagles from the best place: on the river. In addition, you will travel along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway and enjoy views of ocean vistas, soaring mountains, and rainforest. You will return to Vancouver this evening.

Vancouver and the North Shore Tour

(2 of 3 options)

This is the best way to visit the main attractions and neighbourhoods of Vancouver in one day. 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.

Vancouver Food Tour

(3 of 3 options)

Join a carefully-selected culinary experience to some of the many mouth-watering places to eat on a local Vancouver walking food tour. Depending on the day of the week, your tour can bring you through neighbourhoods such as historic Gastown, Granville Island Market, or downtown Vancouver.

Day 3 View Map

Day at Leisure in Vancouver, Train Journey to Jasper

Enjoy the day exploring the city of Vancouver at your leisure. The Vancouver area is surrounded by some of the most stunning natural beauty in the world: mountains, ocean, rainforest, parks and beaches. This is a city like no other! With endless options for activities, sights and attractions, Vancouver is a city that begs to be explored. By coach or minibus, horse-drawn carriage or helicopter, bicycle or on foot, whatever your style, your choices for fun, excitement and enjoyment are limitless!

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 into your private cabin and watch the ever-changing scenery.

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 4 View Map

Rockies Winter Wonderland – Arrive in Jasper

This is one of the most memorable days of your Canadian vacation! 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.

Private Transfer from Train Station

(1 of 2 activities)

A private vehicle and driver will meet you at the Jasper train station for your arrival today, and take you to your hotel in comfort.

Arrive in Jasper National Park

(2 of 2 activities)

Wake up on board The Canadian train to trees blanketed in fresh snow. The snow is glistening on mountain peaks of the Canadian Rockies as you end your journey in the little mountain town of Jasper.

Maligne Canyon Ice Walk Tour

(1 of 2 options)

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.

Jasper Downtown Food Tour

(2 of 2 options)

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.

Overnight in Jasper

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.

Day 5 View Map

Explore Jasper

Jasper is a great base to explore Jasper National Park – the largest park 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 and relaxation.

Winter Wonderland Snowshoe Tour

(1 of 4 options)

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.

Morning Discovery Tour of Jasper

(2 of 4 options)

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.

Half Day Train & Sightseeing Tour

(3 of 4 options)

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.

Dogsledding Tour (Extra Cost)

(4 of 4 options)

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.

Day 6 View Map

Travel the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise

Welcome the fresh mountain air with a warm cup of coffee before you get ready to make your journey to Lake Louise today. Once there, you will have yet another wonderful landscape to admire and explore.

Private Transfer from Jasper to Lake Louise

(1 of 2 activities)

A private vehicle and driver will take you through the beautiful scenery of the Rocky Mountains as you make your way in comfort from Jasper directly to Lake Louise.

Feature Dinner at Fairmont Lake Louise

(2 of 2 activities)

Indulge in a three-course meal surrounded by spectacular lake views, at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Afternoon Tea and Lake Louise Sleigh Ride

(1 of 2 options)

Partake in the time-honoured tradition of Afternoon Tea 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 along Lake Louise is the perfect way to explore the beautiful winter scenery.

Lake Louise Dogsledding Tour

(2 of 2 options)

Experience one of the most unique winter experiences at Lake Louise: dogsledding through Banff National Park. Travel by dog team along a beautiful woodland trail. This 30-minute tour provides a perfect introduction to mushing.

Overnight at Lake Louise

Overnight at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel. The hotel is surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake. Enjoy the fully equipped Health Club, including an indoor heated pool, whirlpool, steam room, and fitness centre. Additional amenities include a spa & salon, on-site activity centre, boutique shops and several gourmet restaurants. Discover the year-round outdoor activities from canoeing, horseback riding and mountain biking to skiing, ice skating and more.

Day 7 View Map

Lake Louise to Banff and Winter 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. 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.

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. (Not available Mondays and Tuesdays).

Private Transfer from Lake Louise to Banff

(1 of 1 activities)

Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as your private driver and vehicle picks you up at your hotel in Lake Louise and transfers you to Banff.

Evening Johnston Canyon Icewalk Tour

(1 of 3 options)

With the assistance of your headlamp, enjoy the beauty of winter at night as you light your way through Johnston Canyon with the help of ice cleats. Water cascades into this narrow canyon in the heat of summer but in the winter, the thundering falls freeze solid to create natural ice sculptures. Admire these glittering curtains of ice up close as you hike along a steel catwalk built into the rock wall. 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.

Paint Pots Snowshoe Tour

(2 of 3 options)

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.

Banff Gondola Ride

(3 of 3 options)

Soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola to experience a stunning bird's-eye view of six incredible mountain ranges.

Overnight in Banff

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.

Day 8 View Map

Explore Banff

Explore this mountain playground. The town of Banff is nestled amidst the soaring peaks of Banff National Park. Established in 1885, this is Canada’s oldest national park and has some of the most captivating scenery in North America, if not the world. The town itself is the liveliest of the Rocky Mountain towns, and the energy is contagious! It's small enough to walk around and home to world-class eateries and boutiques.

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.

Full Day Snowmobile Tour

(1 of 3 options)

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.

Stress Relief Massage at Willow Stream Spa

(2 of 3 options)

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!

Dog Sledding Tour from Banff

(3 of 3 options)

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.

Day 9 View Map

Departure from Calgary

Your Canadian Rockies winter trip comes to an end. As you head home, you take the great memories you made on this voyage, while you look forward to your next adventure in Canada.

Private Transfer to Calgary Airport

(1 of 1 activities)

Enjoy the convenience of a private transfer to take you in comfort from your hotel to Calgary.

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.

Hotel room featuring king size bed, side tables, seating area with arm chair, desk space, and large window with view of Stanley Park and mountains.Hotel room featuring 2 double beds, a large flat screen TV, desk space, and large windows with views of the harbour and mountains.Hotel washroom featuring a single sink, extended counterspace, a large mirror, and separate room for the toilet.
Hotel room featuring 2 double beds, an armchair, desk area, , flat screen TV, and one large window.
Hotel room featuring 2 queen size beds, an armchair, desk area, dresser, flat screen TV, and one large window.Hotel washroom featuring a single sink with extended counter space, large mirror, toilet, and glass-panelled shower.
Hotel room featuring a bed with crisp, white linens, red accent pillows, and a side table with a small vase of white and yellow flowers.Hotel washroom featuring a single sink with counter space, a large mirror, toilet, and a tiled shower/bath combo.Hotel room featuring a single king size bed, a sitting area with armchair, desk space, and 2 large windows overlooking the mountains and lake.Hotel washroom featuring a single sink with counter space, a large mirror, toilet, and a tiled shower/bath combo.
Hotel room featuring a king size bed, sitting area with 2 armchairs, a dresser, flat screen TV and a large window with mountain views.
Hotel room featuring a king size bed, sitting area with 2 armchairs, desk space, and a large window with mountain views.Hotel bathroom featuring a single sink with extended counter top, a large mirror, toilet, a bath/shower combo, and white towels.
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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 hotel nights
  • 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 Activity Options:

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 Activity Options:

Day 1: Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Maligne Canyon Icewalk
  2. Jasper Food Tour

Day 2: Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Winter Wonderland Snowshoe
  2. Jasper Morning Discovery Tour
  3. Half Day Train Journey to Dunster (Wednesday trip start dates only)
  4. Dog Sledding Tour (Additional cost of $215 pp USD)

Lake Louise Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Afternoon Tea + Sleigh Ride at Lake Louise Combo
  2. Dog Sledding Introduction Tour

Banff Activity Options:

Day 1: Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Johnston Canyon Evening Ice Walk
  2. Paint Pots Snowshoe Adventure
  3. Banff Gondola

Day 2: Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Snowmobiling Adventure in the Rockies
  2. Spa and Massage Experience
  3. Dog Sledding Tour

Meal Inclusions:

  • Meals onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian Train
  • Feature Dinner in Lake Louise

Transfer Inclusions:

  • Private transfers between Vancouver hotels, airport and train station
  • Jasper train station transfers
  • Scheduled bus transfers between Jasper and Lake Louise, Lake Louise and Banff
  • Scheduled bus transfer from Banff to the Calgary airport upon departure

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:

  • The food tour in Vancouver differs depending on departure day. Sunday trip departures include a Best of Downtown Tour and Tasting, while Wednesday departures include a Granville Island Tour and Tasting.
  • Half Day Train Journey to Dunster is only available on trips beginning on Wednesdays.
  • 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. Inclusions 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.

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.
  • Maligne Canyon Icewalk Tour: Departures in December and late March/April, can not be guaranteed as the tour is weather dependent and requires optimal snow and ice conditions to operate.
  • Winter Wonderland Snowshoe Tour: Tours are weather dependent and require optimal snow conditions in order to operate and early December and April departure dates may be affected.
  • Lake Louise Sleigh Ride: seasonal start and end dates may vary with snow conditions
  • Lake Louise Dog Sledding: seasonal start and end dates may vary with snow conditions
  • Paint Pots Snowshoe Tour: Departures in mid-November to early December and in April may experience delays in departure as the tour is snow and weather dependent and is unable to operate unless there is optimal conditions.
  • Dog Sledding Tour from Banff: As tours require proper snow conditions in order to operate, departures in December, March and April can be affected and may not be able to run. Also, departures through out the winter season require temperatures above -30 Celsius to operate and will be delayed if it is too cold.
  • Meals and activities unless otherwise mentioned
  • Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
  • Gratuities (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Canadian Sales Taxes
  • Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)

PRICES & DATES

This trip is available for departures between January and December.

Starting From

$2,990 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, December 2018 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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