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. Awake 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

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.


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

Begin Your Canadian Winter Vacation

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 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 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 at one of our favourite harbourside restaurants. Watch seaplanes land on the Coal Harbour with the North Shore mountains in the background.

Overnight in Vancouver

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Pan Pacific Vancouver. In Deluxe hotels, you'll be staying in some of Canada's most iconic hotels and resorts. Enjoy outstanding locations, attentive service, and world-class amenities.

Day 02

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)

Travel along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver to Squamish and enjoy ocean vistas, soaring mountains, and rainforest outside your window. Head out on the river to see one of the world’s largest populations of bald eagles, who return annually to feed on spawning salmon.

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 Hop On Hop Off and FlyOver Canada Admission

(3 of 3 options)

Explore Vancouver’s unique neighbourhoods and top downtown attractions at your own pace on this premium Hop On, Hop Off tour. Then see Canada like never before and take off into a huge dome screen with the latest in projection and ride technology creating a true flying experience (complete with wind, scents, and mist!).

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 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 04

VIA Rail – Arrive in Jasper National Park

Continue northeast through the Caribou Mountains and enter the spectacular Canadian Rockies.

Arrive in Jasper

(1 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.

Transfer from Train Station to Hotel

(2 of 2 activities)

Step off the train in Jasper where you'll be transported to your hotel.

Overnight in Jasper

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. In Deluxe hotels, you'll be staying in some of Canada's most iconic hotels and resorts. Enjoy outstanding locations, attentive service, and world-class amenities.

Day 05

Explore Jasper

Jasper is a great base to explore Jasper National Park – the largest park in the Canadian Rockies. This small mountain town offers visitors a more laid-back mountain experience with equal options for adventure, discovery and relaxation.

Maligne Canyon Icewalk Tour

(1 of 4 options)

Strap on some ice cleats and walk the floor of Maligne Canyon today with an expert guide and small group. Learn about Jasper’s Maligne Valley and disappearing Medicine Lake as you explore, surrounded by icefalls and rock formations that will take your breath away.

Morning Discovery Tour of Jasper

(2 of 4 options)

Take in the beautiful winter landscape around Jasper. Your knowledgeable guide will bring the group to seek out and learn about the most iconic creatures and places around. Sit back and enjoy the winter scenery from the warmth and comfort of a small tour bus.

Jasper Walking Food Tour

(3 of 4 options)

Join a foodie guide to explore Jasper’s eclectic (and delicious) food scene on an afternoon tasting tour. Sample Canadian classics, locally brewed beers, and globally inspired cuisine through four handpicked dishes - paired with an alcoholic beverage.

Dog Sledding 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 history of dog sledding, and spend some time with your new-found furry friends.

Day 06

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.

Lake Louise Sleigh Ride

(1 of 2 activities)

There is no better way to spend time together than taking in the beauty of sparkling snow on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Enjoy views of the Château Lake Louise and spectacular, natural mountain scenery along the way.

Feature Dinner at Fairmont Lake Louise

(2 of 2 activities)

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

Interpretative Transfer to Lake Louise

(1 of 2 options)

Travel along the stunning Icefields Parkway on a small group transfer from Jasper to Lake Louise. Your knowledgeable guide will make stops at scenic lookouts and viewpoints along the way.

Private Icefields Sightseeing with Heli-Tour (Extra Cost)

(2 of 2 options)

Spend the day with your own private guide making stops to explore as you drive along the scenic Icefield Parkway at your own pace. Your tour today includes a private helicopter experience and picnic lunch.

Overnight at Lake Louise

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Fairmont Château Lake Louise. In Deluxe hotels, you'll be staying in some of Canada's most iconic hotels and resorts. Enjoy outstanding locations, attentive service, and world-class amenities.

Day 07

Lake Louise to Banff and Winter Activities

Later this morning, travel the short distance from Lake Louise to Banff. Banff is the liveliest of the mountain towns on your Canadian holiday. With plenty of quaint shops to visit, the delicious smell of homemade maple fudge will lure you in for a truly delicious experience.

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.

Johnston Canyon Icewalk Tour

(1 of 3 options)

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.

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. Along the way you will hear stories of Banff’s indigenous people, explorers, and fur traders.

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 in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Fairmont Banff Springs. In Deluxe hotels, you'll be staying in some of Canada's most iconic hotels and resorts. Enjoy outstanding locations, attentive service, and world-class amenities.

Day 08

Explore Banff

The town of Banff is nestled amidst the soaring peaks of Banff National Park. This is Canada’s oldest national park and has some of the most captivating scenery in North America. Banff is small enough to walk around and home to world-class eateries and boutiques.

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 from Banff

(1 of 4 options)

Travel towards Golden, BC for an exciting snowmobile adventure. Rocky Mountain vistas surround you as you climb up winding trails into a scenic valley, staying just below the tree line. Enjoy a delicious mountainside lunch with your fellow riders while warming up by the fire.

Dog Sledding Tour from Banff

(2 of 4 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.

Stress Relief Massage at Willow Stream Spa

(3 of 4 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!

Private Sunrise Photography Tour

(4 of 4 options)

Wake up early to experience the stunning scenery of Banff National Park at sunrise without the crowd. 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.

Day 09

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)

Meet a personal chauffeur at your hotel, then drive in comfort to the Calgary Airport.


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 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 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.
Let's personalize this trip idea with your own flair so that it's unique to you.
We're always here to open up possibilities and clear up uncertainties.
We're with you every step to help you plan and enjoy your trip, and get you home safely.


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.


  • 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 River Float Tour
  2. Vancouver and the North Shore Tour
  3. Vancouver Hop on Hop Off Tour + FlyOver Canada Admission

Jasper Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 4:

  1. Maligne Canyon Icewalk Tour
  2. Morning Discovery Tour of Jasper
  3. Jasper Food Tour
  4. Dog Sledding Tour (Additional cost)

Lake Louise Activity Included:

  • Lake Louise Sleigh Ride

Banff Activity Options:

Day 1: Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Johnston Canyon Icewalk Tour
  2. Paint Pots Snowshoe Tour
  3. Banff Gondola Admission

Day 2: Choose 1 of 4:

  1. Full Day Snowmobiling Tour
  2. Stress Relief Massage Experience
  3. Dog Sledding Tour
  4. Private Sunrise Photo Tour

Meal Inclusions:

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

Transfer Inclusions:

  • Private transfers between Vancouver airport, hotel and train station
  • Jasper train station transfers
  • Transfers between Jasper and Lake Louise, Lake Louise and Banff

Other Inclusions:

  • Digital Travel Documents
  • 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:

  • Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur.
  • 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. Inclusions Notes:
  • Comfort and Superior hotels include a transfer from Jasper to Lake Louise, scheduled coach transfer from Lake Louise to Banff and Banff to Calgary Airport. Deluxe hotels include a transfer between Jasper and Lake Louise and are paired with private car and driver from Lake Louise to Banff and Banff to Calgary Airport.
  • 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 – please ask for your personalized quote)


  • 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 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.
  • Lake Louise Sleigh Ride: This tour is weather dependent and relies on optimal snow conditions in order to operate, departures in December and April could be affected.
  • 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.Tour is unable to operate unless there are 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.


This trip is available for departures between December and March.

Starting From

$2,990 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, December 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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