Complete Canadian Rockies Rail

Complete Canadian Rockies by Rail

8

days

starting from US $3,883per person

Star Rating 5

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Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.

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Our bestseller and favorite rail trip! This 8-day Canadian train vacation features the highlights of the Canadian Rockies at a leisurely pace. Embrace the laid back culture of Vancouver, lose yourself in the passing spectacle aboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer train to Jasper, travel through the majestic Canadian Rockies, and soak up the splendor of the mountains.

Complete Canadian Rockies by Rail – Map Vancouver downtown aerial view with seaplane Feature dinner selected by Fresh Tracks Canada Rocky Mountaineer train with a vestibule car What the media say about journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer Rocky Mountaineer dining car Downtown Jasper Jasper motorcycle tour Jasper National Park nature walk Icefields Parkway sighteeing tour Athabasca Glacier Skywalk Peyto Lake lookout Helicopter tour over the Icefields Parkway Dining in the Canadian Rockies Afternoon tea at Lake Louise Banff Banff heli-hike and picnic Photographing Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park Sulphur Mountain gondola ride Depart from Calgary
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Trip Outline

Arrive Vancouver* 1 night Vancouver 1 night Kamloops 2 nights Jasper 1 night Lake Louise 2 nights Banff Depart Calgary *Can be done in reverse

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by towering mountains and sparkling ocean. Walk out of the airport and right into your own personal private vehicle. Your driver will help orient you to our hometown, Vancouver!

Feature Dinner in Vancouver
Did you know Vancouver is one of the top culinary destinations in the world? We want to make sure you don’t eat at the tourist trap restaurant across the street from your hotel, rather have the best dining experience in a beautiful setting. Included is a meal at one of our favorite local spots.

Day 2 – On the Rocky Mountaineer – Vancouver to Kamloops
This is the first day of your 2-day Canadian Rockies by rail journey. There’s a gentle pull as the train leaves Vancouver and the smell of freshly made breakfast wafts from the galley. The passing scenery is breathtaking; step out onto the outdoor viewing platform and feel the cool wind against your cheeks.

Day 3 – On the Rocky Mountaineer – Kamloops to Jasper
The exhilaration of your Canada train trip continues when finally you see the distinctive jagged peaks of the Canadian Rockies. You will learn about the history of the railroad and spot wildlife as you go. In the late afternoon, the train pulls into the station in Jasper. Breathe in the cool, fresh mountain air of the Rockies -- you’ve arrived!

Day 4 – In the Canadian Wilderness – Explore Jasper
Spend the day exploring the jewel of the Rockies, Jasper.

You have
3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Jasper to its fullest.

• Option 1: Maligne Lake Cruise or Walk
Watch out for antlers peeking through the trees on this small group sightseeing tour by mini- coach to Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake and a cruise to breathtaking Spirit Island.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Nature Walk
See wildlife, rare alpine wildflowers, and magnificent valley views with one of the best, hand-picked mountain guides in Jasper. Enjoy a leisurely pace, and plenty of time for photos and discussion.
Activity rating: Moderate (approx 4 miles | 6.5km) - more challenging hikes are available on request.

• Option 3: Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
With a professional driver, soar along Jasper’s beautiful mountain roads on a thrilling motorcycle tour (for 1 or 2 passengers).
Activity rating: Easy

Day 5 – The Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Lake Louise
Travel along the spine of the Rockies, on what is surely one of the most beautiful roads in the world - the Icefields Parkway.

Here are
2 options for exploring the Parkway today.

• Option 1: Small Group Sightseeing Tour
With a small group and guide, explore the Icefields and its main attractions. Stop to enjoy a picnic lunch, walk on the Athabasca Glacier, and marvel at the Glacier Skywalk.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience
Spend the day with your own private guide, to explore the Icefields at your own pace. Then, step away from the crowds and take a helicopter tour to soar above aqua green lakes, glaciers and waterfalls from an Icefields base.
Activity rating: Easy

Upon arrival in the Lake Louise area, you can either choose to stay at the iconic Chateau Lake Louise, or at the intimate Moraine Lake Lodge.

Feature Dinner in Lake Louise Area
No matter how you choose to tour, this evening you’ll relax and refresh with an indulgent dining experience. Surrounded spectacular lake views and attentive service, indulge in a 3 course meal in Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Fairview Dining Room, or Moraine Lake’s Walter Wilcox dining room.

Day 6 – The Southern Canadian Rockies – Lake Louise to Banff
Today the choice is yours. You may wish to simply relax, soak in the views, and enjoy free time. Or, ask us for our Lake Louise Activity Menu, from which you can choose activities such as a scenic canoe paddle, Lake Louise interpretive gondola ride, or Afternoon Tea in the Fairview dining room.

Later on, a guided interpretive transfer with time for photo stops brings you to Banff. A lively mountain town with great restaurants, Banff is a welcome change of pace. Enjoy strolling Banff Avenue or try one of the numerous outdoor adventures offered in this outdoor playground. Overnight in Banff.

Day 7 – Exploring Banff
Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration.

You have
3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Banff to its fullest.

• Option 1:
Banff Sightseeing Tour
Explore the historic sights, hear the folklore, and visit scenic view points surrounding the Banff town site on a small group bus tour.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Sunrise Photography Tour
Wake up early to experience the magical wilderness of Banff National Park at sunrise. 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. This is a sure way to make friends and family at home jealous!
Activity rating: Moderate (some walking involved)

• Option 3: Helicopter Tour and Alpine Walk with Picnic
Soar above majestic peaks and get away from the crowds of Banff on a guided heli-walk and picnic. Marvel at pristine and breathtaking vistas that will leave you speechless.
Activity rating: Moderate

Insider tip: In your trip you’ll have admission included for the spectacular Banff Gondola. We recommend an evening gondola ride, when the crowds have dispersed for the day. You may even like to try out the new Sky Bistro, for an incredible dining experience with a view.

Day 8 – Depart from Calgary
Much too soon you leave the fresh air and colourful sights of the Rockies as your Canada train trip comes to an end. A friendly driver will take you right to the airport, or you may choose to spend some time in Calgary - the cowboy city!

Common Questions

Are you on the train the whole time?

All of our trips include some stops to get off the train, to explore Canada's beautiful national parks and unique cities. However, if you're keen to maximize your time onboard, we'll pair you up with the perfect experience.

Is this an escorted tour?

With the exception of our guided wildlife and northern lights train trips, our vacations are not typically "escorted." We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe. Click here for a more detailed comparison.

How do the trains work in Canada compared to the US or UK?

Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in Europe and the US), the two main rail providers here are driven by tourism. You'll experience the romance of true trans-continental rail travel, with a wide selection of services, accommodation types, plus great food.

What types of trains are used?

Two main companies operate trains in Canada: VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer.

Rocky Mountaineer operates daylight touring trains, which travel along 3 of the most spectacular routes in Western Canada. You'll enjoy onboard commentary, award winning service, and incredible food.

VIA Rail is Canada's national train provider, with routes running Coast to Coast and through remote parts of Northern Canada. The type of train depends on your journey, and can vary from the classic trans-continental sleeper trains to daylight trains with overnight stops.

What we love about this trip

Scenic 2-day rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer

Spending 5 days in the Canadian Rockies

Your choice of activities, catered to your interests

Stunning Lake Louise and a stay at the Chateau Lake Louise

Glaciers, lakes, forests and wildlife

Photographic opportunities along the way

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What Clients Say

It was a trip that my family will never forget

It was a trip that my family will never forget

Star Rating 5

The service by all members of Fresh Tracks that I may have dealt with was the best. Everyone stayed right on top of everything and as a result, we had no issues during the entire trip. It was a trip that my family will never forget. We crammed allot of activities in the amount of time we had available.... read more

What's Included

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

Breakfasts and lunches aboard the train - Breakfasts and lunches aboard the train
Breakfasts and lunches aboard the train
Cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island - Cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island
Cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island
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
Accommodation and rail service:
• 7 nights of hotel accommodation
• 2 spectacular days on the Rocky Mountaineer train, between Vancouver and Jasper including 2 delicious breakfasts and lunches onboard

Sightseeing & activities:
• Your choice of hand-picked activities in Jasper, Banff, and along the Icefields Parkway*
• Interpretive transfer between Banff and Lake Louise
• Banff Gondola Ride

* Price of your trip may vary depending on activity choices.
* Some activities may not be available on all trip start dates, due to seasonal weather conditions. Your Vacation Advisor can provide further details.

Dining experiences:
• Feature dinner in Vancouver or Banff, depending on your trip’s direction
• 3 course dining experience in Lake Louise - either Chateau Lake Louise or Moraine Lake Lodge

Transfers:
• Private transfer between Vancouver hotel and airport,with a friendly driver
• Train station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Jasper
• Transfer between Banff and Calgary airport

Additional inclusions:
• Gratuities for most ‘private’ transfers and tours (unless otherwise indicated)
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

 

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 - ask us for a quote)
• Canadian Sales Taxes

 

 

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...

Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Renting a car and exploring the area
Renting a car and exploring the area
Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Whalewatching in the Salish Sea
Whalewatching in the Salish Sea
• Add on a spectacular cruise along Alaska’s Inside Passage.
• Let us arrange additional experiences, such as golf, spa, hiking, or specialty wildlife tours.
• Ask us to arrange a car rental, and drive through the Rockies at your leisure
• Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia - Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens.
• For a full loop of spectacular British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies, add a Rocky Mountaineer train journey back to Vancouver at the end of your trip.
• Add on a self-drive trip to the Sunshine Coast and spend a few days exploring the beaches, kayaking or taking in the spectacular ocean views from your private tent-house suite.
• Visit the Olympic city of Whistler, and take in the sights and activities by spending a night or two there.

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.

Georgian Court Hotel - Enjoy a soak  before heading out for a stroll along Robson StreetGeorgian Court Hotel - Join in the fun street atmosphere of Vancouver in the summerGeorgian Court Hotel - Sink into your comfy bed after a day of exploration

Georgian Court Hotel

An example of our Comfort accommodations

The Georgian Court Hotel features 180 guestrooms in a 12-story brick building, in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Enjoy a comfortable sleep in your elegant room, surf the internet with the complimentary wireless, or enjoy a meal on the seasonal patio.

Rimrock Resort - Exterior of resortRimrock Resort - Resort lobbyRimrock Resort - Rimrock during winterRimrock Resort - Many rooms have beautiful mountain views

Rimrock Resort

An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

The 4.5 star Rimrock Resort 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 Chateau Lake Louise - Exterior of ChateauFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Skating on Lake LouiseFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - The Chateau Lounge

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

An example of our Comfort, Superior, and Deluxe accommodations

The 5 star Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is undoubtedly a beautiful and impressive hotel. Its amazing location overlooking beautiful Lake Louise and the distant mountains can not be compared. There are a variety of restaurant types, so you can do casual or fine dining as you choose. Strolling around the lake, renting a canoe, riding horses, or hiking up to the tea house are all great summer activities. In winter choose from snow shoeing, skating, skiing or taking a sleigh ride around the lake.

Moraine Lake Lodge - Deck overlooking Moraine LakeMoraine Lake Lodge - Canoes are complimentary to guestsMoraine Lake Lodge - Moraine Lake Lodge - Enjoy complimentary market-fresh breakfast, and gourmet diningMoraine Lake Lodge - An authentic mountain experience

Moraine Lake Lodge

An example of our Luxury Mountain Lodge accommodations

Ask our vacation planners about customizing your trip, to stay in some of our more secluded, intimate, and unique wilderness lodges. First class service, gourmet cuisine, and luxurious accommodations are combined with rustic ambiance in a stunning setting. Step out of your doorway for a morning hike, then relax on your patio sipping wine, gazing at the reflection of snow capped peaks on pristine mountain lakes. Here, the only noise is the whispering of pines and the calls of alpine birds.

 

Prices & Dates

2017 - Vancouver Start Dates
April 17, 24, 27
May 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
June 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
July 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
August 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
September 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
October 2, 5, 9, 12


2017 - Calgary Start Dates
April 15, 22, 25, 29
May 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
July 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
August 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
September 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
October 3, 7, 10

2018 Vancouver Start Dates
Every Monday & Thursday between April 16 - October 11

2018 Calgary Start Dates
Every Tuesday & Saturday between April 14 - October 9

The prices listed below are based on travel service and hotel
class for this journey:
• Prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single, triple and child rates can be provided on request.
• Estimated pricing is based on departure date, hotel class, specific activity inclusions, and train service. Some activities are at an additional cost.

Comfort Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $3,883to US $4,966per person

Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

Superior Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $4,243to US $5,489per person

Our Superior Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.

Fresh Tracks Favorite
Deluxe Level Hotels
GoldLeaf Train Service
from US $5,950to US $7,502per person

On our Deluxe Level vacation, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.

Canadian Train Vacations Vs. Others

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Independent Travel

Flexibility and freedom of a personalized tour to suit your travel goals.

     
Personalized itineraries

Carefully crafted to your budget and needs.

     
Insider Knowledge

Plan your trip with help from insiders who live and travel in Canada. You'll know when to come, where to stay, which train to take, and lots more...

     
Local Support

Someone in Canada you can call before and during your trip, seven days a week.

     
No-one can be trusted more

You'll feel confident when booking your vacation with our accreditation and consumer protection through the following organizations.

Our accreditation and consumer protection partners
     

Pre-packaged Trips

One-size-fits-all approach.

     

Group Tours

Cheapest type of travel with rigid itineraries and crowds.

     

Why choose us?

Online booking sites prefer you to book your vacation with them online. Truthfully, they'd prefer you not to bother them at all! Our approach is completely the opposite.

We don't use online booking – instead we use technology to put visitors directly in touch with our Canadian travel insiders because we believe the best vacations are personal.

Online booking sites and local travel agencies focus on multiple destinations – we focus only on Canada because it's our home and we know it better than anyone else.

Fresh Tracks Canada Team

Canadian Train Vacations Team

No one can be trusted more...

You'll feel confident when booking your vacation with our accreditation and consumer protection through the following organizations

Consumer Protection BC

Consumer Protection BC

  • License Number: 31202
  • The Travel Assurance Fund (TAF) provides a possible source of compensation when consumers do not receive the travel services they purchased through a BC licensed travel agent.
ABTA

ABTA

  • Membership Number: Y6176
  • Our UK clients have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct which means that all package holidays sold by Canadian Train Vacations (Fresh Tracks Canada) in the UK are covered by a full financial protection in the event of the company failure.
  • We're one of the only agencies in Canada offering this protection.
BBB Accreditation Business

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  • A BBB Accredited Business since 08/02/2008
  • Highest rating: A+
  • BBB has determined that Fresh Tracks (Canada) Inc meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.
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  • Fresh Tracks Canada is an IATA Accredited Agent.
  • Full accreditation authorizes travel agents to sell international and/or domestic tickets on behalf of IATA member airlines. It also allows access to IATA's Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP), an efficient interface for invoicing and payment between the agent, airlines and transport providers.

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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

It was a trip that my family will never forget

Star Rating 5
June 2, 2017

The service by all members of Fresh Tracks that I may have dealt with was the best. Everyone stayed right on top of everything and as a result, we had no issues during the entire trip. It was a trip that my family will never forget.... read more We crammed allot of activities in the amount of time we had available. If I were to change anything, I may have eliminated a tour from our itinerary. Not because of the tour but because it would have been nice to just relax for a day during the week. Didn't realize that even though we were just sitting on a train or bus, it still takes allot out of you.

The scenery was gorgeous

Star Rating 5
November 25, 2016

We couldn't have done this trip without Fresh Tracks Canada, they provided great service, we highly recommend. The scenery was gorgeous.

The Fresh Tracks Canada documentation package was essentially seamless

Star Rating 5
October 13, 2016

What we most enjoyed about our trip was the camaraderie amongst our fellow travelers, the larger than life beautiful scenery, the gorgeous accommodations, and the friendliness of the Canadian citizens that we met. The uniqueness... read more of the train travel was also extremely enjoyable for us. The Fresh Tracks Canada documentation package was essentially seamless and made the trip that much more enjoyable for us.

This was an excellent sight seeing itinerary

Star Rating 5
September 27, 2016

This was an excellent sight seeing itinerary with excellent accommodations at every destination. Visiting Canada in August fitted our timing perfectly and the weather cooperated with most days being sunny with pleasant temperatures.... read more All hotels did something very nice to acknowledge our anniversary. We greatly appreciate Fresh Tracks setting up excellent rooms and letting the hotel staff know we were celebrating our anniversary.

Each day seemed more thrilling than the previous one

Star Rating 5
September 27, 2016

Each day seemed more thrilling than the previous one. We liked the glacier Skywalk and ice Explorer the most. Accommodations at Lake Louise were superior & the surrounding scenery was breathtaking.

We really enjoyed the Rocky Mountaineer train

Star Rating 5
August 18, 2016

We were very happy with this experience. The guides were wonderful. We really enjoyed the Rocky Mountaineer train and the people were terrific.

The whole trip was amazing

Star Rating 5
August 18, 2016

This was absolutely one of our favorite trips we've taken. The whole trip was amazing. The Rocky Mountaineer was a great way to see the countryside, and the staff on the train were very impressive. The Fairmont hotels took great... read more care of us at each stay. Thank you for all your hard work and efforts you put into this itinerary, all of the information you provided us made this trip a breeze.

Everything about the trip was perfect

Star Rating 5
July 27, 2016

We had an absolutely wonderful trip! All the arrangements worked out perfectly. The train staff were wonderful. The dining car stewardess was particularly kind to my seventeen year old grandson who has all the food allergies.... read more She was caring, considerate, professional and  made him feel special instead of a  nuisance. He said he wanted to stay on the train forever. Everything about the trip was perfect. We loved all the special tours - even one in the rain - and, in fact, the weather was perfect almost every day. The hotels of course were a real experience - and again the service was great. And the boys were completely involved - no endless checking their smart phones, instead using them to take  innumerable photos of the fantastic scenery! And in Lake Louise the whole family (except me!) took a 9 mile hike, even enjoying tea at the Tea House on the mountain. I can't thank you enough for all your detailed planning and advice - and I've been telling everyone they should take a trip with Fresh Tracks Canada.

Everything was extremely good

Star Rating 5
July 5, 2016

Everything was extremely good. Thank you for your excellent service and professionalism.

We are now in love with Canada

Star Rating 5
June 16, 2016

We had a fabulous trip! Really wonderful. I think our single favorite thing (if you twisted our arms to make us choose) would be the train ride. It was such a unique experience and we felt so pampered. But the other overriding... read more feeling was that the scenery was spectacular. Each place we went seemed more beautiful than the last. And the people were all so nice - I was surprised at how international it felt. We ran into very few Americans but loved seeing lots of Aussies, Asians and Europeans and the Canadians were lovely and such fun. So, OK, maybe I can't pick a single favorite thing.... In short, we are now in love with Canada. Thanks so much for all the work you all did to ensure that it all would go smoothly. I am passing on your information to 3 or 4 friends.

We never had to worry about a thing

Star Rating 5
May 26, 2016

You did an amazing job with our trip. Everything ran like clockwork and we never had to worry about a thing. The train ride was spectacular and the service beyond excellent. Ken and I both think the trip down the Icefields Parkway... read more was one of the most beautiful areas we've ever seen and our guide/driver should get a huge bonus for the wealth of information he shared with us. Seeing Moraine Lake was such an awe inspiring moment that I had tears in my eyes. We're thinking about going to Nova Scotia next year. Thank you for a vacation of a lifetime. We've already given your name to friends and family who may be considering a trip like this.

Thank you for organizing such a terrific trip

Star Rating 5
August 27, 2015

First of all, thank you for organizing such a terrific trip (and especially for arranging many extras; it seems "someone" must know we celebrated our fall birthdays). The Hop On & Off Bus took us all over the city of Vancouver,... read more allowing us to explore the city and decide where to eat. Our special day on Vancouver Island, Victoria, and the Butchart Gardens was spectacular. The service and food on the train was impeccable, right down to the bagpiper's send-off serenade. We enjoyed many aspects of the tour, but as suspected, the scenery stole the show, especially Maligne Lake and the hike around the canyon. Mixing with groups of all sizes was interesting and unlike any other tour. We enjoyed our "Magnificent Seven" on the way to the Ice fields who had never experienced snow and were thrilled. While we loved exploring towns like Kamloops, Jasper, and Banff, we didn't miss the city scene as we meandered along the walking trail at Lake Louise, noting the change of light depending on the time of day. What a thrill to walk into the room, throw open the curtains, and have a magnificent view of the lake and the amenities of the "7th Floor." I have never seen so many gorgeous glacial lakes as in both Jasper and Banff National parks. Our guides were knowledgeable and shared much information; the teacher in me always enjoys new facts. Thanks for the great organization and making sure we saw the sights. It exceeded expectations!

You really went above and beyond in customer service!

Star Rating 5
July 8, 2015

We can't thank you enough for all the excellent help you gave us in planning this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Fresh Tracks came so highly recommended by our friends and we are spreading the word as well. We will specifically tell... read more our friends & family your names as you really went above and beyond in customer service! If you could have seen the joy on Ken's face as he enjoyed every moment on the Rocky Mountaineer, as he's such a train buff. We also felt so special that it was not only his birthday month, but we celebrated our wedding anniversary as well. Thanks for communicating that to the Lodge. They had champagne, two glasses and a hand signed card​ waiting in our room.

Thanks to you, we had a memorable time

Star Rating 5
July 21, 2015

JoAnn & I should like to express our sincere thanks for your arranging a wonderfully memorable trip for us. We had a great time indeed, the awesome sights and the friendly people contributed so much to our enjoyment. The Hotels... read more were really most luxurious and, of course, the Rocky Mountaineer was spectacular and unforgettable.   Again, thank you very much indeed. Thanks to you, we had a memorable time. 

All our connections and transfers went really well

Star Rating 5
May 25, 2015

We had a great trip in a beautiful countryside and all our connections and transfers went really well. Our guides were excellent, they were a wealth of knowledge.

We can't wait until our next venture and we look forward to doing business with you again

Star Rating 5
May 22, 2015

The trip was fantastic. The Rocky Mountaineer trip was better than I could have imagined and my father was a Railroader.  Lake Louise was worth the trip.  We can't wait until our next venture and we look forward to doing business... read more with you again. We have 212 photos. We felt very at home at Kamloops as it looks just like most of Nevada. We have several areas that deserve a longer trip next time. The voucher packet was terrific to keep up organized. I will recommend your company to others who may be planning their trips.  Thank you very much.

Having everything organized made for a truly wonderful and relaxing holiday

Star Rating 5
December 9, 2014

Just  a short note to say thank you to Fresh Tracks Canada for organizing such a great holiday for us. Everything went according to our itinerary and could not have been better planned. From the first airport pickup to the hotels... read more and sightseeing, we were always looked after. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. We were upgraded on the Rocky Mountaineer which provided us with another highlight. The scenery was spectacular,  the weather kind and having everything organized made for a truly wonderful and relaxing holiday. Once again thank you for a very professional service.

As we hoped, the trip was 1st class

Star Rating 5
September 16, 2014

We wanted to thank you for preparing our outstanding trip to the Canadian Rockies. As we hoped, the trip was 1st class. The hotels, the tours and tour guides were wonderful. Everyone showed up on time and where they were expected.The... read more train with GoldLeaf service was more than we anticipated. Your quick response to all our requests were great. Our appreciation and best wishes to all those who participated in preparing our trip.

We appreciated your arrangements and will remember the trip a long, long time!

Star Rating 4.5
July 9, 2014

We loved our trip - it was what we were expecting and better. Having not done an arranged trip with side tours before, with a small group emphasis, we were satisfied and saw most everything we wanted. I've already recommended Fresh... read more Tracks to an acquaintance and I will do so again, gladly. We appreciated your arrangements and will remember the trip a long, long time!

Y'all are either very passionate about your work or just very kind folks

Star Rating 5
July 2, 2014

We are having a blast and have been since we got to Vancouver yesterday! We loved the Fairmont Waterfront and felt very special to be greeted by the wonderful chocolate covered strawberries that awaited us in our perfect adjoining... read more rooms! You are so sweet to have done that. Truly y'all are either very passionate about your work or just very kind folks (ok, probably both!) but having a gift from the travel company to greet us was really over the top! We gobbled down most of them immediately, before dinner, just the way to begin a vacation! We had a great day in Vancouver! Went to Stanley Park and rode a horse drawn carriage, then went up to the Capilano bridge. The natural beauty in your fair city is just incredible. Sadly we did not make it over to Victoria, but I feel that we must get back over here at some point. When we were heading here, the girls asked if we would meet you, so cute! You're like a family friend. It's around 8:15 and we're on the VIA train, it's really cool and exciting and nice! We're a little sad to leave Vancouver but know that other great parts of our adventure await. Thanks again for everything, including the strawberries!

It truly was a once in a lifetime trip to celebrate our 35th anniversary

Star Rating 5
June 30, 2014

We had such a wonderful time on our trip. We loved the whole train experience. We got to celebrate Canada Day in Kamloops with fireworks at Riverside Park and even stopped at the casino. Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff were spectacular.... read more Our accommodations were great especially at the Chateau Lake Louise. The bus tours and the guides were so nice and had a wealth of information to share with us. Everything went off without a hitch. All our pickups were on time. It truly was a once in a lifetime trip to celebrate our 35th anniversary. Thanks so much for everything and if the opportunity ever arises I will surely recommend Fresh Tracks to my family and friends.

We LOVE Canada, and will gladly recommend Fresh Tracks

Star Rating 5
June 30, 2014

Our trip was just wonderful. The detailed itinerary was so well thought out that all of our questions were answered by reading the detailed itinerary. We had good weather that helped us enjoy the trip even more. We were especially... read more impressed with our train hostess, Holiday. Our accommodations were what we expected. We were especially pleased with the Fairmont (no kidding!) and the Caribou Lodge in Banff. The Jasper lodging was adequate but could stand some improvement. We enjoyed our guides - they were informative and seemed to enjoy their jobs. Thank you so much for the hard work, thedetailed itinerary, and letting us know that we could call if needed. We LOVE Canada, and will gladly recommend Fresh Tracks.

I've never been anywhere as beautiful!

Star Rating 5
June 29, 2014

Our trip was amazing! I've never been anywhere as beautiful and there is not one thing I would have changed! Great suggestions by you - overnight train, Moraine Lake vs Lake Louise (we saw both and were so pleased we were on Moraine... read more Lake 'side'). Tour guides were amazing with their knowledge and passion for the earth! Thank you so much for truly a memory not to be forgotten!

The view of Lake Louise is spectacular!

Star Rating 5
June 11, 2014

We had a wonderful vacation. All the arrangements were perfectly orchestrated. We enjoyed our two days in Vancouver—walked around quite a bit and had some great food. The Rocky Mountaineer was an awesome experience, and one which... read more we will remember for years to come. All the accommodations throughout the trip were great. We especially enjoyed the Post Hotel. It was raining pretty hard when we arrived that evening in Lake Louise, but it didn't keep us from enjoying all that the town has to offer. The view of Lake Louise is spectacular, and the high tea service there made for a really memorable experience. Thanks for arranging that for us. Jasper and Banff were also great towns. We saw an abundance of wildlife, pretty much everything but grizzlies. The guides were all very knowledgeable — a special “kudos” for Fred from Sundog Tours and Graham from Discover Banff. When I get a little time I'll go to the two websites you listed below and add comments if appropriate. Once we've downloaded photos, I may also send you a picture or two. And please know that if the opportunity arises, we will be certain to refer people to Fresh Tracks. Thanks, again, for all of your assistance in making this a wonderful and memorable experience for us.

Thank you again for all your help in making this a trip of a lifetime

Star Rating 5
September 27, 2013

What a great trip! We met several other couples that had booked through Fresh Tracks. Everyone thought it was a great company to use. We also recommended it to others who hadn't booked through you. Everything went smoothly; the... read more train trip was excellent with a great crew – very memorable. We saw a cinnamon bear, black bear, eagles, elk right in people's yards, big horn sheep right beside the train as we went by. All our accommodations were nice – especially the Chateau Lake Louise which was very elegant; a nice choice. Our next favorite was the Banff Caribou Lodge. We were impressed with the whole package and how well everything was organized. Thank you so much. I was also impressed with Canadians in general. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. I thought Vancouver airport was excellent. You did everything through the kiosk, it took your picture and a printout and you carried your own luggage to the conveyor belt, they scanned the picture printout and then on to your gate. Slick. The weather was a bit cold as it had snowed recently and the gondola ride in Banff was rain/snow mix; we also had a whiteout at the glacier walk but it was still spectacular. Our horseback ride was partly in the rain but then it cleared up. Even so, the experiences were great. Thank you again for all your help in making this a trip of a lifetime.

Thank you for taking such good care of us

Star Rating 5
August 22, 2013

We loved the entire trip, but let us list some outstanding features: (a) The hotels were superb. We thought the Metropolitan Hotel in Vancouver was a perfect choice in terms of location, the size, and the personnel working there.... read more The Moraine Lake Lodge was incredible. Moraine Lake is almost more beautiful than Lake Louise. The Lodge includes a lovely breakfast, a naturalist, and someone who provides complimentary hikes. When we saw the frenzy at the Fairmonts, we were glad we booked the other choices. Sawridge, by the way, was very nice. (b) The tours with Sun Dog were incredible. Joy and Tyler took such good care of us and we tipped them appropriately. We would hope that Sun Dog receives the positive information about these two individuals. We really liked the intimate tours we received – one day with two Australians and one day by ourselves. We were so surprised, though your descriptions promised this. The only disappointment was that we did not get to go on the Icefields. On that day with Joy it was raining and a bus got stuck up there, putting all the huge Brewster tours hours behind schedule. If we had stayed and waited, we would never have seen anything else. This was the only negative aspect of the trip. (c) The schedule was exact and very helpful. Thank you so much for answering so quickly our frantic email about the tranfer to Lake Moraine. You certainly alleviated our anxiety about the process. (d) We enjoyed the two days on the train and the opportunity to chat with so many individuals from England, Scotland, and Australia. We felt like we were the only Americans in our car. We learned so much during our breakfast and lunch times with these individuals. (e) We highly recommend the Grand Tour of Vancouver on bikes. Cycle City Tours and Spokes took us on an amazing 5-hour ride of Vancouver and introduced us to the city. The ride was very easy, though we do bike at home. What a way to begin an adventure! Again, thank you for taking such good care of us. We will be recommending you and Fresh Tracks Canada to all our friends.

The Rocky Mountaineer experience was excellent

Star Rating 5
June 8, 2013

My parents and I definitely had a wonderful trip and we'd like to thank you for all your help in arranging everything to make it a smooth, stress-free vacation. We loved all the sight-seeing and couldn't get over the beautiful nature... read more that surrounded us, including all the wildlife. We had great encounters with deer, great-horned sheep, elk, bald eagles and even 2 black bears! And the Rocky Mountaineer experience was excellent. I'm already excited to return. Hearing news of the floods and heavy rainfall in western Canada makes us feel quite lucky that we we only had 1 day of rain the entire time. But thank you again and hopefully you'll be able to help us again in the future.

Booking through Fresh Tracks Canada was a big plus

Star Rating 5
May 19, 2013

Denise and I had a fantastic trip and a great time. It exceeded our expectations. The Pacific Rim Fairmont, where we stayed our first day is a gorgeous hotel and is highly recommended. Although we could not stay at my convention... read more hotel, the Westin Bayshore, being next to Canada Place ended up being a plus. Pan Pacific hotel was rather ordinary but great for the view. Rocky Mountaineer... Wow! I cannot believe how efficient, well run and friendly the train trip was. From taking your luggage in the parking lot at arrival, comfortable seating great food on board (GoldLeaf), efficient and convenient handling of luggage, friendly and informative staff, and of course the views, made this portion of the trip very enjoyable. Fairmont Jasper Lodge was very enjoyable but had very limited dining options. It would seem that after Victoria Day they would have more of their restaurants open, however, only their main restaurant and the lobby bar/restaurant were open. Also the staff (2 seperate bellmen and the head bellman) at the Fairmont was unaware of Sun Dog tours. When we sought to confirm our 8:30 departure to Lake Louise, he adamantly insisted that unless I had arranged a private transfer there was no tour pick-ups at 8:30, instead told us that we were mistaken and the only tour pick up time was 7:50 (Brewster Tour Bus). I couldn't reach anyone that prior evening when they informed me of this (including Ryan). I finally reached Sun Dog tours the next morning and was able to confirm but only after having to be ready for the earlier pick-up, just in case. Sun Dog Tours should be better known. The bellmen said they were owned by Brewster Bus, so I should be on the Brewset bus. This was the only blemish, and a minor one at that, of a great overall experience. Sun Dog Tours and their tour guides were great. Using the smaller tour vehicles rather than the big buses that others were using was a big plus. The Maligne Valley and Lake tour was a bit over-hyped. The Columbia Ice Fields were fantastc. We were able to skip the long ticket lines, and had the good fortune of having the ice vehicle breakdown on the icefield itself so we got to stay for about an hour on the glaicier, rather than the standard 15 minutes. Lake Louise is gorgeous and the Fairmont was great. We had a room overlooking the Lake. We sent pictures of our view to some of our friends, and a couple wanted to know if it was a real picture! The Fox Hotel was nice. My only comment would be that the couch in our room looked like it had been there forever. Both cushions were worn and split at the seams. Arranging for a private transfer to Calgary Airport had all of our touring friends jealous and was a great idea. It picked us up a bit earlier than needed. We were at the airport at 9:30 for a 1 pm flight. It was clear that booking through Fresh Tracks was a big plus over booking directly. All in, it was one of the best vacations we ever took, and thank you for being so helpful in arranging it. I have a friend who is planning a trip in August, and I will be highly recommending you to him.

Your guidance was essential and appreciated!

Star Rating 5
May 13, 2013

The train was a superb way to see the province (or two), especially for the first time. The train was a luxury and the drivers were friendly and informative. Being chauffeured around educated is a perfect way to take an inaugural... read more trip. In fact, we're considering a Churchill trip in November. Given the time of year which may not cater to safe driving, we will indeed look into Fresh Tracks transportation options. You were an enormous help toward steering us where hotel upgrades were well worth it. Your guidance was essential and appreciated! We really enjoyed Jasper. In such a concentrated area, it had abundant wildlife (even though our effort to spot a reported bear on the golf course came up empty), beautiful scenery and an active enough downtown to keep us busy after the sun went down. The stop at the Maligne Canyon and Lake was well worth it. As was the trip along the Icefields Parkway and Athabasca Glacier. And getting a lakeview room at Lake Louise was sublime. I was surprised that it was still partially frozen in late May. But it was beautiful and we were in no rush to leave. We loved Banff. Very walkable, good wildlife, and the downtown was beautiful. The Best of Banff tour was a decent overview, though the weather did not cooperate re. the gondola, as there was almost no visibility on this day. The evening wildlife safari, on the other hand, was my favorite tour of the trip. Truly excellent guide whose review is aided and abetted by a great view of bighorn sheep and a lucky black bear sighting. Thanks a ton for the help with what was a marvelous trip!

We appreciate all the work you put forth to make our trip so nice

Star Rating 5
September 19, 2011

Phil and I wanted to let you know that we are so pleased with the trip to this point. In Jasper we saw about every wildlife creature possible, we hiked the trails and canyons, took the Spirit boat ride, took the motor coach onto... read more the ice glacier, and have eaten way too much... but all the food and service personnel we have encountered have been excellent. We appreciate all the work you put forth to make our trip so nice. All the transportation up to this point has been on time and the tour guides everywhere were very knowledgeable with the ecology, geology and wildlife that they were interpreting to the public. In Jasper, we saw the coyote, elk (male and female), black bear and her 3 cubs, a female moose and calf, a male moose, mule deer, and mountain goats and sheep... all thanks to the evening tour that was sponsored by a Sundog tour guide. Earlier today we toured Stanley Park (aquarium and totem poles) and took the Big Bus tour around the city a couple of times. Last but not least, the Rocky Mountaineer trip was simply awesome. The train service personnel were exceptional and very professional in their interactions with all the guests. We did not see many large wildlife, but over a dozen bald eagles flew with us part of the way from Banff to Vancouver – off and on around the canyons and river beds. Thanks to all of you for helping us overcome the hurdles of getting the money from Florida to Canada. We will let you know when we arrive back in Florida. We have been thinking about you all during our wonderful time in your beautiful city.

We really enjoyed ourselves

Star Rating 5
June 20, 2008

Thank you! The itinerary and places to stay as well as your suggestions for eating and visiting were great. We really enjoyed ourselves. It was one of the best vacations we have had and hassle free. Everything was extremely well... read more arranged by Fresh Tracks from arrival to departure. The hotels were very well chosen. The scenery in the Rockies was stunning and we saw a lot of wildlife including eagles and bears. One of the restaurants you recommended in Jasper has closed down but may we suggest the "Fiddle River" as an excellent place. We ate there on all three nights we spent in Jasper. Thank you once again for an unforgettable vacation.

The Rocky Mountaineer was spectacular!

Star Rating 5
May 7, 2008

We had a great adventure in Western Canada. We saw Stanley park, English Bay where I had to dip my feet in the Pacific. It was the first time I saw, felt and tasted the Pacific. The Rocky Mountaineer was A! From the train we saw... read more bears, eagles, elks and one wolf. In Jasper we tried to go the the Columbia Icefields but by the time we got there there was a snow out but our guide made up for it by showing us other points of interest. Lake Louise was still frozen but the scenery was great. We had lunch at the Chateau. Banff, again the scenery was awesome. We noticed a lot of young people wearing shorts and flip flops. Still kind of early for my liking. Again thank you for all your help in this adventure. We would like to go out West again in the future. Here is a picture of me all dressed up to go and have lunch downstairs!

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