What we love about this trip
• The majestic Canadian Rockies in Winter
• Overnight rail journey
• Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff
• Unique resort hotels
• Wildlife spotting & Helicopter excursions
• Skiing, dog sledding, skating & more!
Day 1 – Begin your Canadian Rail Vacation – arrive in Vancouver
Your Canadian railway adventure begins with arrival in Vancouver. Vancouver’s Standing on the beach of English Bay, you can look north and you see what you’ve been dreaming of. Vancouver’s coastal mountains stand before you, covered in pure white snow.
Day 2 – Tour Vancouver, then into the Canadian Rockies on the Canadian Railway
Spend the day enjoying Vancouver from a local’s perspective as you visit the lush North Shore. A thrilling experience awaits at the Capilano Suspension Bridge, before heading up the Grouse Mountain gondola. From up here, you can retrace your last few day’s adventures. Gaze upon the Georgia Strait, Gulf Islands, and coastal mountains in the distance.
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 end too quickly. You climb into your warm bed and are rocked off to sleep by the clickety-click of timeless tracks as you travel further toward the Canadian Rockies.
Day 3 – Rockies Winter Wonderland – arrive in Jasper
You awake on your travels to see pine forests blanketed in fresh snow - with occasional antlers peeking through - as your Canada train trip nears the Canadian Rockies. The sun is shining on the pure white snow as you arrive in the mountain town of Jasper. Step off the train and breathe deeply - the fresh mountain air is invigorating.
Day 4 - Explore the Canadian outdoors at your own pace
Today will be a highlight of your trip to the Rockies, as you explore Jasper National Park with a small group and guide. Choose to seek out wildlife with a naturalist leader, or for those feeling invigorated, 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! The grand finale of this day is in Lake Louise, where you will stay at one of the historic Canadian railway hotels. 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 fondue meal at the Walliser Stube restaurant.
Day 6 – The Southern Canadian Rockies – Lake Louise to Banff
Spend the morning at leisure in Lake Louise. This afternoon, travel the short distance from Lake Louise to Banff. Feel the mountains’ timeless embrace as you enjoy the day at your leisure. Banff is the liveliest of the mountain towns on your Canadian holiday and the energy on Banff Avenue is contagious. Quaint shops omit 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, to witness vast expanses of snow covered peaks, icefalls tumbling off mountainsides, and enormous glaciers. The grand finale to your tour will astound you, as you pass be the “Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies”, or Mount Assiniboine rising majestically to 3611 meters. For those wanting more adventure, enjoy a 12 minute helicopter ride to meet a team of sled-dogs, to race along the trails in pristine back-country.
Day 8 – Your winter adventure Ends – 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
Banff flightseeing or heli-tour
Lake Louise sleigh ride
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