Ocean to Mountains Family Train Adventure

Rockies Family Train Adventure



starting from US $4,999per person

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

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Share the magic of train travel with your children on this journey from Canada’s West Coast to Rocky Mountains. Adventure through the cosmopolitan delights of Vancouver, travel onboard VIA Rail’s “Canadian” train, and arrive in the natural splendor of Jasper and Banff National Parks. You’ll enjoy carefully selected outdoor adventures, combined with plenty of time to relax and spend time together.

Rockies Family Train Adventure – Map Exploring Banff National Park Vancouver, British Columbia Beluga whales at Vancouver Aquarium Onboard VIA Rail The dining car onboard VIA RAil Riding the Jasper SkyTram Nature walk in Jasper National Park The Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic mountain roads in the world. Explore glaciers on the Columbia Icefields Explore the Athabasca Glacier with a ride on the Ice Explorer Peyto Lake, the Canadian Rockies Trail riding on horseback in Banff National Park The journey ends as you depart from Calgary
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Trip Outline

Arrive Vancouver* 1 night Vancouver 1 night onboard VIA Rail 2 nights Jasper 3 nights Banff  Depart Calgary *Can be done in reverse


Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by towering mountains and sparkling ocean. From the very beginning, we ensure your vacation is off to the best start! 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 – Explore Vancouver and VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian’ to Jasper
You have 3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Vancouver and its surrounding area to its fullest.

• Option 1: Vancouver by Bicycle
Travelling by bike is a Vancouverites preferred mode of transport! With an extensive cycle lane network this tour travels along AAA bike paths. This tour highlights the best of Vancouver food, history, ecology and culture. Cruise along the seawall and Stanley Park, eat lunch at Granville Island Public Market and see historic Gastown and Chinatown.
Activity rating: Moderate

Option 2: Discovery Tour in Stanley Park and Vancouver Aquarium Admission
Participants of this tour experience a unique perspective on Trip Advisors number one rated park. Stroll amongst the trees and learn about how First Nations people utilized the flora to make medicines, as technology and food. After your tour visit Canada’s largest aquarium, the Vancouver Aquarium. With over 50,000 animals and unique opportunities to come up close with some of the world’s most elusive creatures, every visit is an unforgettable one.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Grouse Mountain and Zipline
Located a short drive from downtown, Grouse Mountain offers the perfect destination for a truly rewarding and memorable experience. Once up mountain you’ll have access to the Lumberjack shows, ‘Birds in Motion’ demonstrations, ranger talks at the ‘Bear Habitat’ and more. Your Grouse experience includes a zipline on a dual line course. The zipline tour will give you a unique perspective of Grouse Mountain, combining heart-pounding thrills with a bird’s eye view of BC’s old-growth forests.
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All aboard the VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’! You’ll be riding the rails on Canada’s most famous train, your route links Vancouver to Jasper using original steel rail cars from the 1950’s. Your train will cross the arable land of the Fraser Valley, 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. Overnight on board the train in your private cabin.

Day 3 – Heart of the Canadian Rockies – Arrive in Jasper
This afternoon you will arrive in the Canadian Rockies. You will collect your rental vehicle to begin your exploration of the Canadian Rockies. Jasper, the gentle giant of the Rockies, offers visitors a laid-back mountain experience with equal options for adventure, discovery and relaxation. As one of Canada’s oldest and largest national parks, established in 1907, Jasper was once seen as an island of civilization in a vast wilderness. More recently, it has become a popular getaway from urban life, and a special place to reconnect with nature. Jasper will give you all the breathing room you want to relax and enjoy the best of its natural playground.

• Dark Sky Preserve Experience
This evening you will tour Jasper’s dark sky preserve in an air-supported 35-seat dome theatre. Your guide will take you through the legends of “Canadian” First Nations constellations, a meteor shower and the northern lights. After your time inside you’ll take a guided tour of planets, moons, stars and galaxies – all through the largest telescope in the Rockies (weather dependent). Overnight in Jasper.

Day 4 – In the Canadian Wilderness – Jasper and Surrounding Area
Spend the day exploring the gentle giant of the Rockies, Jasper.

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

• Option 1:
Nature Walk
Drink in the sights, sounds and smells of nature on this guided interpretive walk in Jasper National Park. Enjoy a leisurely pace, and plenty of time for photos and discussion. View wildlife, admire rare alpine wildflowers, and magnificent valley views.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2: Jasper SkyTram Admission and Maligne Lake Cruise
You will have the opportunity to experience two of Jaspers most iconic attractions today! One will take you to the summit of Whistlers Mountain and the other will have you gliding across the pristine surface of Maligne Lake. Both will leave you in awe at the majesty of Jasper National Park.
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Option 3: Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
A sightseeing tour unlike any other! Take in all the beautiful vistas Jasper is home to, from the sidecar of a powerful Harley Davidson touring motorcycle - view famous lakes, lush forests and staggering mountains in the Jasper Area.
Activity rating: Easy

Day 5 – The Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Banff
Today you will drive along the spine of the Rockies, on what is considered one of the most beautiful roads in the world - the Icefields Parkway.

You have
2 choices to help you stop and explore on the Icefields Parkway today:

• Option 1: Icewalk on the Athabasca Glacier
Walk along the largest mass of ice in the Rocky Mountains - the Columbia Icefields. The most accessible part of the Icefields is the Athabasca Glacier - spreading six kilometers towards the Icefields Parkway. Join an experienced guide and small group of adventurers on a once in a lifetime experience as you hike along the glacier - stand in awe at a place few people get to see firsthand.
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• Option 2: Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure Package
Your adventure begins with a ride onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier in the all-terrain Ice Explorer – a vehicle specially designed for glacier travel. Your tour includes a stop on the glacier - why not fill your water bottle with fresh glacier water? Next up, you’ll visit the jaw-dropping, glass-floored Glacier Skywalk. Experience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on this exciting 1-kilometre cliff-edged walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot drop.
Activity rating: Easy

Day 6 – Explore Banff
Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration.

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

• Option 1: River Float Trip
Winding through scenic landscape, this float trip is a leisurely way to experience the Rockies. Located in the front ranges of the Rocky Mountains, this 2-3 hour trip offers the novice a thrilling and fun introduction to whitewater rafting.
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• Option 2: Whitewater Rafting Trip
Spectacular mountain scenery and memories to last a lifetime await you on this rafting trip. You will view unparalleled beauty while enjoying rushing whitewater. Your rafting trip will find you in large, soaking waves and numerous rapids that range up to Class 4, offering a thrilling and fun day for your family.
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• Option 3: Cave Tour
Today you and your family will be introduced to the amazing world of caves. Spending approximately 2 hours underground crawling past prehistoric bones and investigating ancient cave formations. This won’t be an experience you forget!
Activity rating: Moderate

All guests receive admission to the Banff Gondola located atop Sulphur Mountain.

Insider tip: We recommend an evening gondola ride, once the crowds have dispersed for the day. As you glide through the air, panoramic vistas at the summit will take you breath away.

Day 7 – More Banff
Today you have 3 options to further explore Banff and the surrounding area.

• Option 1: Cowboy Cookout
Enjoy the mountain air on your trail ride along the base of Sulpher Mountain, be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife, as you ride towards your delicious BBQ meal. Relax trail side as your cowboy guides prepare your feast and treat you to genuine western hospitality and entertainment. Your day comes full circle as you ride back along Sulphur Mountain Trail and a climb up to dazzling views of the sky-piercing mountains.
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• Option 2: Hike in Sunshine Meadows
Spend your day on top of the world and away from the crowds in Sunshine Meadows, widely known as the most spectacular alpine setting in the Canadian Rockies. Your guide will take you along the network of gentle trails that wind their way around the meadows.
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• Option 3: Via Ferrata
Step out of your comfort zone and spend 2.5 hours testing your limits! Your guide will begin your day with an introduction to the equipment, before heading up into the mountains. This is a great introduction into the world of Via Ferrata.
Activity rating: Challenging

Day 8 – Depart from Calgary
Today you depart the fresh air and colorful sights of the Rockies as your Canada train trip comes to an end.

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

Take an overnight rail journey on the iconic “Canadian Train”

View the stunning glaciers of the Icefields Parkway up close!

Unique mountain lodge and family style accommodation in the Rockies

Choice of tour options to design your own adventure through the Rockies

Superb photo opportunities and bonding experiences with your family

Romance on the Rails

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‘Romance on the Rails’

What's Included

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

Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain - Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
Feature dinner in Vancouver selected by Fresh Tracks Canada - Feature dinner in Vancouver selected by Fresh Tracks Canada
Feature dinner in Vancouver selected by Fresh Tracks Canada
Cozy cabin onboard the train - Cozy cabin onboard the train
Cozy cabin onboard the train
Learn about Jasper's dark sky preserve - Learn about Jasper's dark sky preserve
Learn about Jasper's dark sky preserve
Accommodation and rail service:
• 6 nights of hotel accommodation
• 1 night onboard the ‘Canadian Train’, in a private cabin, between Vancouver and Jasper

Sightseeing & activities:
• Your choice of hand-picked activities in Vancouver, Jasper, Banff, and along the Icefields Parkway
• Banff Gondola admission

* 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
• 1 delicious breakfast and lunch onboard the train

Transfers & transportation:
Private transfer between Vancouver hotel and airport, with a friendly driver
Train station transfer in Vancouver
• 6-day family size vehicle rental
• Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental, airport surcharges, unlimited mileage , Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million), fee for 1 additional driver, and vehicle licensing fee

Additional inclusions
• Parks Canada Pass
• Gratuities for private transfer and tours (unless otherwise indicated)

• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks customer service


Not Included

• Car rental exclusions - Fuel and refueling fees, Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Personal Effects Coverage (PEC), GPS, One-way drop fee ($50), LDW deductible of up to $500, Fee for drivers under the age of 25
• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, scheduled tour and 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...

Whale watching in the Salish Sea
Whale watching in the Salish Sea
Renting a car and driving back through British Columbia
Renting a car and driving back through British Columbia
Visit the Olympic city of Whistler
Visit the Olympic city of Whistler
Visit the surf town of Tofino on the west coast
Visit the surf town of Tofino on the west coast
Extend your stay on the west coast of Canada with a self-drive trip to the unique surf town of Tofino on Vancouver Island.
• Complete your trip through the Rockies by adding on a return train trip to Vancouver, or opt to drive back through the diverse scenery of British Columbia.
• Spend more time hiking in the Rockies with a stay at a fly-in mountain lodge.
• Board a floatplane and fly to the charming capital of British Columbia – Victoria. Return to Vancouver on an exciting whale watching tour.
• Visit the Olympic city of Whistler, and add on one of the many adventure activities available in this mountain town – how about a fun zip line through the tree tops!

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.

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Sheraton Wall Centre

An example of our Superior accommodations

A visually-stunning hotel located in the heart of downtown. Enjoy great views through the floor to ceiling windows. Thoughtful extras include luxury bath amenities, and refreshment centers in every room.

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Tekarra Lodge

An example of our Rustic Mountain Lodge accommodations

Nestled between the majestic coastal mountains and the tides of the Pacific Ocean lies the city of Vancouver, and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Located within the hotel you will find a luxurious day spa, health club, award-winning restaurants and an array of designer shops in downtown Vancouver.

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Hidden Ridge Resort

An example of our Mountain Lodge accommodations

Tucked away on Tunnel Mountain, Hidden Ridge Resort features charming chalet style condos, only a 2 minute shuttle from central Banff, offering a spectacular view of the Canadian Rockies. Each condo boasts wood burning fireplaces, full kitchens and a patio or balcony. Enjoy stunning views of the Banff town site and the most famous mountains in the Rockies.


Prices & Dates

2017 Dates
Starting in Vancouver
June 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

Starting in Calgary
June 25, 27, 29
July 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
August 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31
September 3, 5

Family friendly lodges and hotels
from US $4,999to US $5,399per person

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.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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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