The Canadian Rockies Voyage by Train

5

days

per person from $ 1,731

Star Rating 5

5 of 5 stars (10 reviews)

This journey features the Via Rail 'Canadian' overnight train between Vancouver and Jasper. Begin your Canadian train trip in beautiful Vancouver, or start in Calgary and leave the best for last. Enjoy the spectacular scenery from the train on your way to the Canadian Rockies Via Rail offers gourmet meals and comfortable private cabins. You'll spend a few days in the Canadian Rockies, soaking in the beautiful scenery. Jasper and Banff offer some of the best scenery and accommodations in Canada. Enjoy individual or small group sightseeing tours and excursions.
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The ‘Bear’ Essentials

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 through the Canadian wilderness far from roads
• Sightseeing trip along the Icefields Parkway
• Mountains, forests, lakes, glaciers and stunning views
• The best of the wild Canadian Rockies in 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
Renting a car and exploring the area
Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska - Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs - Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Whalewatching in the Salish Sea - 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 (full day private Icefields Parkway tour, with 55 minute helicopter tour over the Columbia Icefields for Deluxe Plus guests) (note - Icefields tour starts running April 28. A coach transfer will be used prior this)
• 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
• 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 - 2014

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

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

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 12 - Apr 15, 20141,7312,183
Apr 18 - Apr 25, 20141,8712,344
Apr 26 - Jun 3, 20141,9872,530
Jun 5 - Sep 25, 20142,5783,326
Sep 27 - Oct 17, 20142,3972,962
Oct 18 - Oct 31, 20141,8712,386
Superior HotelsUSD (per person)
DoubleSingle
Apr 12 - Apr 15, 20141,9762,525
Apr 18 - Apr 25, 20142,1622,863
Apr 26 - May 27, 20142,2583,043
May 29 - Sep 30, 20142,7523,706
Oct 1 - Oct 17, 20142,4323,017
Oct 18 - Oct 31, 20142,0622,647
Deluxe HotelsUSD (per person)
DoubleSingle
Apr 12 - Apr 15, 20142,2523,257
Apr 18 - Apr 25, 20142,3823,417
Apr 26 - May 27, 20142,6853,984
May 29 - Sep 30, 20143,5105,234
Oct 1 - Oct 17, 20142,9444,097
Oct 18 - Oct 31, 20142,4623,599
Deluxe Plus HotelsUSD (per person)
DoubleSingle
Apr 12 - Apr 15, 20144,0947,150
Apr 18 - Apr 25, 20144,1567,258
Apr 26 - May 27, 20145,0748,622
May 29 - Sep 30, 20145,3749,252
Oct 1 - Oct 17, 20144,7367,978
Oct 18 - Oct 31, 20144,3527,593

 

 

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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.

The afternoon helicopter flight was worth a trip to Canada alone!

The afternoon helicopter flight was worth a trip to Canada alone!

Star Rating 5
April 12, 2014

From the very first contact with Fresh Tracks Canada, until the final day of our Canadian holiday we were totally inspired with the service, the trip and all of the many details of our special days. Thank you. The detailed information... read more we received answered all our questions. We arrived in Banff to beautiful clear weather - blue skies and clean, crisp temps. The Fairmont Hotel was a delight to stay in with our room at the "top" overlooking a view of the courtyard with a background of snow-covered mountains beyond. On the first three hour tour we were lucky to see about 20 heads of mountain goats surrounding our bus within a few feet of us... just friendly as they could be. The afternoon helicopter flight was worth a trip to Canada alone! Beautiful clear weather. Words could not describe the feeling we got flying over the Three Sisters mountain. Absolutely incredible. Another day and yet more breathtaking scenery along the Ice Road to Jasper. I'm now out of words to describe. Thank you again for our wonderful Canada adventure.

More than we could have hoped for

More than we could have hoped for

Star Rating 5
September 16, 2013

Thank you for making our vacation one we will not forget in a very long time. It was truly amazing. Your professional and friendly help in putting together such a perfect package is very much appreciated. We will remember to recommend... read more you to our friends and acquaintances who may be considering travelling to beautiful Canada. Between my daughter and me, we took over 3,000 photos - this says it all! The vacation was indeed more than we could have hoped for, good weather, magnificent scenery, excellent accommodation choices, plenty of wildlife sightings, all in all, just perfect.

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.

Fresh Tracks Canada did us proud

Fresh Tracks Canada did us proud

Star Rating 5
June 17, 2013

We have arrived back in the UK, having benefited greatly from our week off in Canada. Thank you so much for all your efforts to keep us going, and to give us a good holiday. You were a model of flexibility, when things changed unexpectedly... read more at the last moment. Our only regret was not to have seen more of Vancouver, which seemed like such a lovely city. But otherwise we got the full flavour of the Rockies and Alberta, and we really appreciated that. A big, big thank you for all the work you put in, and for keeping calm! Fresh Tracks Canada did us proud.

One of the greatest vacations of our lives

One of the greatest vacations of our lives

Star Rating 5
July 1, 2011

We are home and are so thankful for you and your wonderful staff for one of the greatest vacations of our lives. We loved our accommodations; everyone was just friendly and so gracious. Thank you again.

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.

Everything ran like clockwork

Everything ran like clockwork

Star Rating 5
January 18, 2006

It really was a trip of a lifetime made perfect by the whole organization. From arriving at our hotel in Vancouver to departing from our hotel in Calgary everything ran like clockwork and I would like to congratulate Fresh Tracks... read more Canada on a job well done. The guides were incredibly well informed and made our day trips so enjoyable.

 

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Trip Map & Outline

The 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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