Trans Canada by Rail in Winter

Trans Canada by Rail in Winter

10

days

starting from US $3,499per person

Star Rating 5

5 of 5 stars
(3 reviews)

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

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Start your Canada rail vacation climbing aboard a train in Vancouver being lulled to sleep by the train’s gentle rocking as snow falls outside. Awaken in a Rockies winter wonderland and spend a few days playing outside and cozying up each night in a warm hotel. Then continue on an epic voyage through the snow covered Canadian wilderness to end your tour in Toronto.

Trans Canada by Rail in Winter  – Map Vancouver at night The VIA Rail Canadian sleeper train passes snow covered mountains Maligne Canyon ice walk The Fairmont Banff Springs in winter Horse drawn sleigh ride along frozen Lake Louise Ice skating at the Chateau Lake Louise Complimentary drinks service Dinner service onboard the VIA Rail train VIA Rail train arrives in Toronto
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Trip Outline

Arrive Vancouver 1 night Vancouver 1 night VIA Rail 2 nights Jasper 2 nights Banff 3 nights VIA Rail Depart Toronto

Itinerary

Please note - all of our Canada vacation packages can be customized to suit your time frame, budget, group size, and interests.

Day 1 – Canada tours begin – Arrive in Vancouver
The cool, crisp air in Vancouver invigorates you as you start your Canada vacation. 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 have been dreaming of; Vancouver’s coastal mountains stand before you, covered in pure white snow.

Day 2 – Into the Canadian Rockies – Vancouver to Jasper on VIA Rail’s Canadian
The big city attractions, right next to the beauty of nature, are just outside the window of your warm, guided tour of Vancouver. 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. Chatting over a drink with fellow travelers makes the evening end too quickly, and you climb into your warm bed prepared by your attendant. Be rocked off to sleep by the motion of the train as you travel further toward the Canadian Rockies.

Day 3 – Rockies winter wonderland – arrive in Jasper
Peek out of your window this morning to see silent, snow covered forests rushing by. Winter mountain valleys soar as you relax in first class comfort on the Canadian train. Feel the embrace of the crisp mountain air as you step off the train in Jasper, and meet a friendly driver to take you to your mountain abode for the night.

Day 4 – Travel the Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Banff
Enjoy a scenic transfer along the spine of the Rockies, known as the Icefields Parkway - recognized as one of Canada’s most beautiful routes. Each turn reveals frozen waterfalls and impossibly vast mountain valleys. Have your camera ready! End this day of your Canadian adventure in Banff.

Day 5 – Explore the Canadian Rockies
Today you explore the Canadian Rockies with your choice of tour. On the first tour option, enjoy the views and setting of Lake Louise, where the high alpine lake has been attracting sightseers for over 100 years. On your tour learn the history of Canadian Mountaineering, try snow shoeing on the lake, or visit the Chateau Lake Louise and snap a few pictures of the famous setting. On the second tour option, travel to Kootenay National Park and admire the dramatic landscape of Marble Canyon. On your snowshoe tour, you will see how the pounding waters of Tokumn Creek have eroded a 40 meter deep limestone gorge, and admire the now frozen cascades of water. Keep your eyes open for animals along the way.

Day 6 – Travel from Banff to Jasper
Enjoy the morning at your leisure around Banff. This afternoon you will be picked up and transferred to back to Jasper along the Icefields Parkway for one last night in the Canadian Rockies.

Days 7 – Tour Jasper & travel onboard the Canadian train to Toronto
This morning you can choose to embark on a wildlife tour to search for Bear, Elk, Sheep, Goats, Coyote, Wolves, Moose and many of Mother Nature’s other mountain creatures. Or, for the more adventurous, take in a canyon icewalk where you descend beneath the ice to explore Maligne Canyon.

This afternoon you are transferred to the train station for an epic journey across the remote Canadian wilderness. Recount your Rockies adventures with fellow travelers over a glass of wine, or relax in your cozy cabin as you make your way to Toronto.

Day 8 & 9 – Onboard the Canadian Train
The scenery changes once as you travel across the undulating plain of the Prairie Provinces and into Ontario. Settle into your seat and enjoy watching the sights from your window. The snow covered trees and barns of the prairies are illuminated in the sunlight.

Day 10 – Trans Canadian winter journey ends
This morning you arrive into Toronto. Much too soon your journey comes to an end, as you leave the snowy vistas & friendly faces of Canada behind. Ask us about details of some of our eastern Canada tours, to continue your journey through Ontario and Quebec.

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

Seeing the majestic Canadian Rockies in winter

Sleeping on the train

Exploring Vancouver, Jasper and Banff

Unique resort hotel experience

Local winter tours and excursions

Optional dog sledding, skiing, skating and more!

Canada Wins the Planning Night

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‘Canada Wins the Planning Night’

What Clients Say

We loved experiencing Canada in winter

We loved experiencing Canada in winter

Star Rating 5

We loved experiencing Canada in winter, meeting fellow train passengers and watching the changing scenery!

Limited Time Offer:
Winter Trip Early Bird Pricing

Save big on early bird pricing for our 2017/18 winter trips if booked by May 31st. Click for details...

What's Included

Here are 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
Vancouver sightseeing tour - Vancouver sightseeing tour
Vancouver sightseeing tour
Choice of fun winter tours and activities in the Rockies - Choice of fun winter tours and activities in the Rockies
Choice of fun winter tours and activities in the Rockies
Accommodations:
• 5 nights hotel accommodation
• 4 nights in a Cabin for 1 or 2 aboard VIA Rail's Canadian train including all meals while onboard

Sightseeing & Activities:
• Vancouver Sightseeing Tour, including Capilano Suspension Bridge
Your choice:
• Banff Snowshoe tour* or Lake Louise day tour*
• Maligne Valley Wildlife tour or Maligne Canyon Icewalk* in Jasper

* Note - occasionally, activities may vary at time of travel due to weather conditions.

Transfers:
• Jasper and Banff
• Private train station transfers in Jasper
• Private transfers in Vancouver and Toronto

Additional:
• Gratuities for private services, unless otherwise mentioned
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service
• All comfort, superior & deluxe guests enjoy small group sightseeing and activities on this trip. Deluxe Plus guests enjoy privately guided sightseeing and activities.
• Transfers for comfort and superior guests will be by motor coach between Jasper and Banff. Transfers for Deluxe and Deluxe Plus guests will be with a private driver.

 

Not Included

• Meals & activities unless otherwise mentioned
• Airfare
(but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities for scheduled services and incidentals
• Taxes
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)

 

 

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...

An authentic dogsledding experience
An authentic dogsledding experience
Downhill or cross-country skiing
Downhill or cross-country skiing
Adding extra nights to explore the cities
Adding extra nights to explore the cities
Visiting Canada's iconic attractions
Visiting Canada's iconic attractions
• Ask us about the option of staying in more secluded mountain lodges, for a true alpine experience
• Optional winter activities, including skiing (downhill and cross-country), dogsledding and ice walks
• Extra nights in Vancouver, the Rockies or Toronto

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 - Deluxe RoomRimrock Resort - Rimrock during winter

Rimrock Resort

An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

The 5 star 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!

Fairmont Banff Springs - Exterior of hotelFairmont Banff Springs - Lobby of hotelFairmont Banff Springs - The hotel spa

Fairmont Banff Springs

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs is located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy one of the many activities that the hotel has to offer from tennis, horseback riding, a round of golf, skiing, relaxing at the the Willow Stream Spa (charge), or enjoying a great meal at one of 12 restaurants, lounges or pubs.

 

Prices & Dates

Trip Start Dates for 2017-2018
(this trip can also start in Toronto, please call or email for start dates)

December 14, 21*, 28*
January 4, 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22


* Itinerary & price variations may occur for travel over Christmas, New Years and holidays. Give us a call or send an email for additional information

Notes
• Thinking of traveling in late November or early December? Give us a call for a customized winter experience.
• Prices shown below are a guide only, and are per person, based on double occupancy. Traveling with more than two people? No problem - triple, quad, and child rates are also available. Just ask us!

Comfort Level Hotels
from US $3,499to US $3,995per 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
from US $3,999to US $4,535per 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
from US $4,799to US $5,399per 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.

Deluxe Plus Level Hotels
from US $6,299to US $7,127per person

Our Deluxe Plus Level packages are, quite simply, the most luxurious way to experience Canada. Typically, you'll be staying on the Gold floor of Canada's iconic Fairmont resorts, enjoying your own exclusive check-in desk and personal concierge along with complimentary breakfast, afternoon hors d'oeuvres, and an honor bar. The luxury continues on your vacation with fully personalized private tours and transfers.

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.

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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.

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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+
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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

We loved experiencing Canada in winter

Star Rating 5
February 10, 2017

We loved experiencing Canada in winter, meeting fellow train passengers and watching the changing scenery!

Perfect from start to finish

Star Rating 5
January 20, 2017

Everyone at Fresh Tracks was extremely professional and helpful, and our vacation was perfect from start to finish.

The train ride was fabulous!

Star Rating 5
January 7, 2015

We had a wonderful vacation. Organizational-wise everything went fine, the hotels are recommendable and the train ride was fabulous! The New Years Eve festivities were also a great experience! So all in all I can only thank you... read more for your efforts to make these things happen, I will (and already have) recommended Fresh Tracks Canada for the outstanding job you had done!

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