What we love about this trip
The majestic Canadian Rockies in winter
An overnight rail journey
Seeing Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff
Unique resort town hotels
Wildlife spotting and helicopter excursions
Skiing, dog sledding, skating and more
Day 1 – Begin your Canadian vacation – arrive in Vancouver
The cool, crisp air in Vancouver invigorates you as you start your Canadian winter train trip. Vancouver’s relatively mild weather is a great introduction to a Canadian winter, but look to the north and you see the winter scene you’ve been dreaming of - Vancouver’s coastal mountains stand before you, covered in pure white snow.
Day 2 – Tour Vancouver, then travel into the Canadian Rockies – Vancouver to Jasper on VIA Rail’s Canadian
The big city attractions, right next to the beauty of nature, are at your fingertips as you tour Vancouver and the North Shore. As you shop along Robson Street you learn a new word: toque. Wear the ultimate Canadian winter accessory with pride when you travel to the Canadian Rockies.
This evening, a cozy and comfortable cabin awaits you on the Canadian train. A panoramic dome car - where you can relax, unwind, and see the sights all around you - is only a short walk from your cabin. Tasty meals are served in an elegant yet casual dining car and chatting over a drink with fellow travelers makes the evening pass by all too quickly. Climb into your warm bed and get rocked to sleep by the motion of the train as you travel further toward the Canadian Rockies.
Day 3 – Rockies Winter Wonderland – arrive in Jasper
This is one of the most memorable days of your Canadian vacation. Awake onboard the Canadian train, to trees blanketed in fresh snow - with green branches just peeking through - as you near the Canadian Rockies. The sun is shining on the glistening snow as you arrive in the mountain town of Jasper. Step off the train and take a deep breath of the fresh mountain air.
Day 4 - Explore the Canadian outdoors at your own pace
With a guide, embark on your choice of tours of some of the most spectacular areas of Jasper National Park. Choose to seek out wildlife with a naturalist and small group or, for those feeling adventurous, strap on some ice cleats and walk the floor of Maligne Canyon, surrounded by icefalls and eerie rock formations.
Day 5 – Travel the Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Lake Louise
Welcome the morning as you head south along the Icefields Parkway. You’re traveling along one of the most scenic highways in the world, so wipe the sleep from your eyes quickly! This scenery is just a warm up for the sight that greets you in Lake Louise. You can choose from a lakeside sleigh ride this afternoon, or a spectacular snowshoe tour along the ‘Great Divide’. Afterwards, warm yourself with an indulgent meal at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Day 6 – The Southern Canadian Rockies – Lake Louise to Banff
Spend the morning at leisure in Lake Louise. Later this morning, travel the short distance from Lake Louise to Banff. Feel the mountains’ timeless embrace as you enjoy the day exploring on your own. Banff is the liveliest of the mountain towns on your Canadian holiday and the energy on Banff Avenue is contagious. Quaint shops give off a warm welcoming glow, and the scent of homemade maple fudge wafts out of sweet shops.
Day 7 – Explore the Canadian Rockies – Banff Heli Tour
This morning head to the skies to explore Banff National Park by Helicopter. Soar through Spray Valley, Goat Range Pass, and along the Sundance Range of Banff National Park. Witness vast expanses of snow covered peaks, icefalls tumbling off mountainsides, and enormous glaciers. The grand finale of your tour will astound you, as you pass by Mount Assiniboine, the “Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies”, rising majestically to 3611 meters. For those wanting more adventure, choose a shorter helicopter ride to meet a team of sled-dogs, and race along the trails in pristine back-country.
Day 8 – Your vacation comes to an end – departure from Calgary
Your Rocky Mountain winter train trip ends today as you travel through the foothills of the Canadian Rockies to Calgary airport in time for you flight home.
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Here are just a few of the things to look forward to on this trip...
Vancouver sightseeing tour
Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
Lake Louise sleigh ride
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An authentic dogsledding experience
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