Canadian Rockies Voyage by Train

VIA Rail overnight 'Canadian' train travels through the Rocky mountains Aquabus taxi service in False Creek, Vancouver Interior of dome car on VIA Rail train Gourmet dinner service onboard VIA Rail train View of Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rockies Lakeside hotel in the Rocky mountains Couple look out from a viewpoint at the Rocky mountains
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5

days

per person from US$ 1,643

Star Rating 5

5 of 5 stars (5 reviews)

Trip at a Glance

This train trip through the Canadian Rockies highlights the best of Western Canada in 5 days. From the laid back vibe of Vancouver to the adventure of an overnight rail trip through the Canadian Rockies and the quaint mountain towns of Jasper and Banff - this trip has it all. You’ll never forget the visit at Athabasca Glacier on your trip along the world-famous Icefields Parkway.

What we love about this trip

Overnight train from Vancouver to Jasper

Sightseeing tour along the Icefields Parkway

Stunning views of the mountains, forests, lakes, glaciers and wildlife

Seeing the best of the Banff and Jasper National Parks

Photographic opportunities along the way

3 nights in the Canadian Rockies

 

Itinerary

Please note, like most of our Canada rail packages & tours, this railway vacation can be customized to your needs - just ask one of our local experts when you call.

Eastbound itinerary shown. Westbound follows the same itinerary in reverse.

Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver to depart on the Canadian train
Frequently voted amongst the worlds most livable and beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by mountains and ocean. Meet a driver at the airport, to take you to the train station for an evening departure. Depending on your time of arrival, you can relax and dine al fresco or get out and explore on foot or with a guided bicycle tour of Vancouver (ask your vacation advisor for more details).

The ‘Canadian’ is Canada’s most famous train, the route links Vancouver and Jasper using original steel rail cars from the 1950’s. Vancouver to Jasper is the most spectacular stretch of the whole journey. The train crosses the arable land of the Fraser Valley, travels northeast through the British Columbia interior, passing the Lac Du Bois and Wells Grey Provincial parks before ascending the Canadian Rockies and arriving in Jasper National Park the following day.

Day 2 – Heart of the Canadian Rockies – Arrive in Jasper
Arrive this afternoon into the Canadian Rockies and have the remainder of the afternoon to explore the town. Jasper is a quaint mountain town surrounded by the towering mountains and pristine wilderness of Jasper National Park - a UNESCO world heritage site.

Day 3 – The Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Banff
The scenic transfer along the spine of the Rockies, known as the Icefields Parkway, is recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful roads. Learn about its geology as you travel south through the Rockies. This package also includes a walk across the Athabasca Glacier along the Columbia Icefields. Later in the afternoon your Canada train trip brings you to stunningly beautiful Lake Louise before reaching Banff for your overnight stay.

Day 4 – Banff – Rocky Mountain Natural Beauty
Breathe in the fragrant mountain air this morning, and head out to explore Banff and it’s historic sites with an intimate group and guide. Banff is the perfect vacation town in the Canadian Rockies to play golf, try a fly-fishing lesson, relax in a spa, or explore the mountains on horseback. Overnight in Banff.

Day 5 - Departure
Much too soon you leave the fresh air and colorful sights of the Canadian Rockies as your Canada train trip comes to an end as you make your way to Calgary Airport.

 

 

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What's Included

Here are just a few of the things to look forward to on this trip...

Sleep in a private cabin on the train - Sleep in a private cabin on the train
Sleep in a private cabin on the train
Gourmet meals aboard the train - Gourmet meals aboard the train
Gourmet meals aboard the train
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer - Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain - Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain

 

 

 

Customize this trip a little... or a lot

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Renting a car and exploring the area
Renting a car and exploring the area
Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Whalewatching in the Salish Sea
Whalewatching in the Salish Sea

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

• 3 nights of hotel accommodation
• 1 night onboard the Canadian Train, in a private cabin for 1 or 2
• 1 delicious breakfast and lunch on the train
• Small group sightseeing transfer along the Icefields Parkway, including a picnic lunch and a ride onto the Athabasca Glacier and Glacier Skywalk (full day private Icefields Parkway tour, with 55 minute helicopter tour over the Columbia Icefields for Deluxe Plus guests) (note - Icefields tour does not run prior to the May 1st departure or after the October 16th departure. A coach transfer will be used when tour is not available)
• Small group sightseeing tour of Banff (private sightseeing tour for Deluxe Plus guests)
• Banff Gondola Ride
• Private transfer between Vancouver downtown train station and airport
• Bus transfer between Banff and Calgary airport (private transfer for Deluxe and Deluxe Plus guests)
• Train station transfers in Vancouver and Jasper
• Gratuities for most ‘private’ transfers and tours (unless otherwise indicated)
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

 

Customization & Upgrade Ideas

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize it to match your needs...

• Upgrade, or mix and match hotel and lodge accommodations
• Upgrade to Romance by Rail Service on the Canadian Train, for a large suite and extra pampering
• Add a cruise to your trip, along Alaska’s Inside Passage
• Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies to explore the nature trails with a naturalist guide, add a thrilling helicopter ride, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax.
• Add a trip to Victoria, British Columbia’s quaint capital city on Vancouver Island to go whale watching, visit the Butchart Gardens, and experience the unique culture of the Pacific Northwest.
• Add a half day train ride to visit the Olympic city of Whistler, and why not take in the sights and activities by spending a night or two there

 

Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian Sales Taxes

 

 

 

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Accommodation Options

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.

The Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Exterior of lodgeThe Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Lobby of lodgeThe Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Pool of lodgeThe Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Night exterior of lodge

The Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa

An example of our Comfort accommodations

Enjoy the ambiance of a beautiful Banff mountain lodge. After a day of skiing, the Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa is an oasis of relaxation. Comfortable rooms with mountain inspired décor beckon. Relax your tired muscles in the jetted whirlpool or for the ultimate treat, visit the Red Earth Spa for an après-ski massage. One of Canada's most popular steak houses is located on site; visit for lunch, dinner or an evening appetizer and cocktail. Located just 10 minutes from downtown Banff, the lodge is perfectly located near the mountains and the village.

Rimrock Resort - Exterior of resortRimrock Resort - Resort lobbyRimrock Resort - Deluxe RoomRimrock Resort - Rimrock during winter

Rimrock Resort

An example of our Superior accommodations

The Rimrock Resort is one of Fresh Tracks favourite hotels! The hotel is built into the side of a mountain, when you enter the main lobby, you are actually on the 7th floor, and the views from the pamorama of windows over the Bow Valley are simply stunning. The hotel has an upscale yet understated feel, and the service is impeccable.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - The LodgeFairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Outdoor PoolFairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Elk on grounds of lodgeFairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Lake view of the lodge

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

An example of our Deluxe Lodge accommodations

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is it's own Canadian wilderness resort. The property is made up of many buildings with different room types throughout the resort. Relax by the lake, or enjoy a round of golf on the beautiful Stanley Thompson Golf Course, or enjoy a game of ice hockey on the lodge's pond. Be sure to keep your eyes open for Elk as they walk past your building!

 

 

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Prices & Dates

Trip Start Dates - 2015 Eastbound starting in Vancouver
April 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
May 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 31
June 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30**
July 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 31
August 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
September 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
October 2, 4, 6, 9**, 11, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27

Trip Start Dates - 2015 Westbound starting in Calgary
April 14, 18, 21, 25, 28, 30
May 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
June 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
July 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
August 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
September 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
October 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31

Note
** Due to hotel restrictions an additional night in Jasper may be required for Deluxe on the June 30th start date and for Deluxe Plus on the June 30th and October 9th start date. Please call to inquire.

*Prior to May 1st and after October 16th the Icefields Parkway tour will be replaced with a scheduled coach transfer for Comfort, Superior and Deluxe guests.

Canadian train vacation price guide
• Prices are per person
• Double means two people occupying a room
• Triple and child rates are available

Comfort HotelsUSD (per person)
DoubleSingle
Apr 14 - Apr 28, 20151,6432,152
May 1 - May 29, 20151,9992,574
May 31 - Jun 30, 20152,2663,045
Jul 3 - Sep 29, 20152,6533,432
Oct 2 - Oct 16, 20152,4152,957
Oct 18 - Oct 27, 20151,8282,371
Superior HotelsUSD (per person)
DoubleSingle
Apr 14 - Apr 28, 20151,9042,636
May 1 - May 26, 20152,3133,107
May 29 - Jun 30, 20152,5123,514
Jul 3 - Sep 29, 20152,8503,837
Oct 2 - Oct 16, 20152,5883,312
Oct 18 - Oct 27, 20151,9982,828
Deluxe HotelsUSD (per person)
DoubleSingle
Apr 14 - Apr 28, 20152,3573,655
May 1 - May 26, 20152,8204,215
May 29 - Jun 27, 20153,1974,971
Jul 3 - Sep 29, 20153,6255,427
Oct 2 - Oct 16, 20153,0774,327
Oct 18 - Oct 27, 20152,4623,694
Deluxe Plus HotelsUSD (per person)
DoubleSingle
Apr 14 - Apr 28, 20154,2807,599
May 1 - May 26, 20154,6868,236
May 29 - Jun 27, 20155,1299,103
Jul 3 - Sep 29, 20155,4319,346
Oct 2 - Oct 16, 20154,8638,218
Oct 18 - Oct 27, 20154,5187,899

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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

I would be happy to recommend Fresh Tracks to anyone planning a Canadian Vacation

I would be happy to recommend Fresh Tracks to anyone planning a Canadian Vacation

Star Rating 5
May 9, 2014

Many thanks to you and the other Fresh Tracks team members for your help in putting together our Rockies vacation. My wife and I had a fantastic time. All the connections and pickups went smoothly and the accommodation was excellent.... read more It was well worth spending a little extra to stay at the Fairmont at Jasper and Rimrock at Banff. We had dinner on the outside patio at the Fairmont sitting in the late evening sun, gazing across the lake at the snow covered mountains whilst elk grazed on the lawn and kids below us played in the heated pool. It was all a bit surreal. The view from our room at the Rimrock was amazing. The suggestion of the Canadian train journey to Jasper was good as well. The amount of time on the train was just right and after we got used to the size of the sleeping compartment we really enjoyed this leg of the journey and got to meet some interesting folk in the observation car and over breakfast and lunch, and the scenery was stunning. I even saw a bear trotting beside the tracks on the way into Jasper. Perhaps the only disappointment was that the train was late getting into Jasper by a few hours so we didn't have much time to look around and in hindsight, perhaps we could have spent a whole day there with another night at the lodge. Maybe warn people taking the train that delays are frequent as it waits for freight trains to pass. I imagine this is the same on the Rocky Mountaineer as well. The trip from Jasper to Banff was also a highlight - especially the Glacier excursion. We found all of the tour operators to be professional, friendly and organised. Once again many thanks for your help. I would be happy to recommend Fresh Tracks to anyone planning a Canadian Vacation.

Simply incredible

Simply incredible

Star Rating 5
July 2, 2013

The trip was awesome. Infact, we were little sad when it came to an end. Our kids were happy and full of energy through out. We all loved Banff, Jasper and of course the train journey. That was simply incredible. We have a few relatives... read more in Vancouver so we caught up with them. Thanks again for helping us book this great trip which is now a part of our valuable memories.

I was especially pleased with your care and planning on our behalf

I was especially pleased with your care and planning on our behalf

Star Rating 5
June 23, 2013

The airport trip went smoothly. The earlier departure was the right approach even though the later one would have timed out fine, but we felt more at ease knowing we had the extra time. The morning worked out well anyway. We woke... read more early and walked downtown for breakfast and back. By the time we left the Fairmont Springs we were satisfied that we had done everything we had hoped to do. Our flight out of Calgary was delayed. We feared that we would miss our connection and be stranded in Chicago overnight, but as happened throughout our trip, the timing worked out fine and everything was clear and ready when we needed it. The whole trip worked out perfectly. Just enough time in Vancouver, just enough time on the train, just enough time everywhere. On paper it appeared to be too jammed packed, but in reality it was just the right amount of time. We felt we experienced each leg properly. All of the tours were well run and great fun. It took 11 hours to get from Jasper to Banff, but we were blown away by the views. Each of those operators were spot on – on time, well planned and good fun. We had train buddies, tour buddies, gondola buddies, that we would bump into along the way and greet each other like lifelong friends. I was especially pleased with your care and planning on our behalf. The weather had the potential to throw off the entire trip, but you kept us informed and confident that it would work out and of course it did. Thank you very much for making this special event so memorable for us.

Thank you for all you did for us

Thank you for all you did for us

Star Rating 5
July 26, 2010

What a fantastic experience my grandson and I had in Canada! There was so much to do in Vancouver. We went to Stanley Park and the Aquarium, the Lookout Tower and dinner in the revolving restaurant. And the next day we went to... read more the Capilano Bridge and Treetops Adventure and dinner at Earl's. Then the train trip was so much fun, made so by Adam, our porter and Moun in the dining room and of course, the beautiful sceneryl outside the window. The Canadian Rockies are breathtakingly beautiful. And the hotels we stayed in were excellent. At each one (the Fairmont Waterfront, the Jasper Park Lodge and the Banff Springs Hotel), the receptionist would say, "I understand you requested 2 beds and a view." And that's what we got, 2 beds and the most gorgeous views and at each hotel we were also upgraded. At the Fairmont Waterfront we were upgraded to the Gold Level and at the Jasper Park Lodge we were upgraded to a junior suite.Thank you for that, it made our trip so enjoyable. And the transfer drivers were so nice, and we learned so much from the Brewster guide, Ric, on the Ice Field Parkway. What an outstanding day that was! Thank you for all you did for us to make it such a great trip. We really appreciate it.

Absolutely amazing and breathtaking

Absolutely amazing and breathtaking

Star Rating 5
April 6, 2009

The trip was wonderful! Absolutely amazing and breathtaking. Thank you so much for your help with the planning. I did lots of sightseeing... from the Capilano suspension bridge in Vancouver to hiking near the Bow River in Banff.... read more The trip from Jasper to Banff was incredible... The Rockies are so bright and happy. And the train trip was a classic experience that I will definitely have to do again.

 

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Trip Map & Outline

Canadian Rockies Voyage by Train – Map
Arrive Vancouver*
1 night aboard VIA rail
1 night Jasper
2 nights Banff
Depart Calgary
*can be done in reverse

What Clients Say

I would be happy to recommend Fresh Tracks to anyone planning a Canadian Vacation

Star Rating 5

Many thanks to you and the other Fresh Tracks team members for your help in putting together our Rockies vacation. My wife and I had a fantastic time. All the connections and pickups went smoothly and the accommodation was excellent. It was well worth spending a little extra to stay at the Fairmont...

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