Canadian Rockies Winter Getaway by Train

Canadian Rockies Winter Escape by Train

6

days

starting from US $1,999per person

Star Rating 5

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Get all your transportation, hotels, and sightseeing arranged and coordinated.

Have your trip personalized to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Canada vacation begins - board the Canadian train
Meet your driver at the Vancouver Airport and ride in comfort to the train station. Your train awaits this evening, so climb aboard VIA Rail's Canadian and settle into a cozy cabin. You will experience the best of Canada by train, as you savor a glass of wine in the dome car while you meet your traveling companions. Fall asleep looking forward to tomorrow's voyage through the wintery Canadian Rockies. Overnight on board in a private cabin.

Day 2 – Into the heart of the Canadian Rockies on your Canada Vacation – 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 crisp mountain air as you step off the train in Jasper, and meet your friendly driver to take you to your mountain abode for the night. Overnight in Jasper

Day 3 - Maligne Canyon Icewalk

Today, your interpretive guide will safely take you down beneath the frozen surface of the Maligne River - don't worry, the water levels have dropped with the freeze - leaving a magical world of ice formations and shelves. Along the way you will learn interesting facts about the area while taking in the amazing scenery of the frozen canyon. Take the rest of the day to explore the town or relax at your hotel. Overnight in Jasper

Day 4 – The Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Lake Louise
This morning, enjoy a scenic transfer along the most famous road in the Rockies - the Icefields Parkway - recognized as one of Canada’s most beautiful drive. Each turn reveals frozen waterfalls and impossibly vast mountain valleys, so be sure to have your camera ready!  End this day of adventure with Canada's most famous scene - Lake Louise where brilliant white peaks seem to plunge into the frozen water, and glaciers tumble down the mountainsides.
Dogsledding is the most popular winter activity and an adventure suitable for anyone. Bundled in the sled with warm blankets, cushions and a cozy corduroy sled bag, your dogsledding tour takes you along the base of giant peaks in Lake Louise to a pass at the Continental Divide, the high point separating the east of North America from the west of North America. Get to know the dogs, their guides, the basics of mushing and even a chance to drive the team of dogs back to the base!
Reflect on your unique Canadian experience while enjoying a delicious dinner at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. 
Your Canadian vacation includes a stay at the spectacular Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 5 – Lake Louise – Canadian Rocky Mountain natural beauty
Fill your day with mountain splendor. If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Winter reigns supreme along the Great Divide (it’s covered by snow for more than 5 months each year!) and this area is superb for this ancient and efficient mode of travel. After gearing up and getting a brief introduction to snowshoeing, you and your fully certified guide will venture into the forest to look for signs of wildlife that have adapted to the demanding winter conditions. For those travelers looking for something more relaxing, choose a private sleigh ride for two instead and relive the experience of the original visitors to Lake Louise. A winter sleigh ride to the end of Lake Louise offers a soul-cleansing sense of peacefulness as you breathe the fragrant air, gaze at the mountain panoramas, and enjoy being surrounded by spectacular scenery. Traditionally styled sleighs, feature cozy, upholstered seats and blankets to keep you warm and comfortable, while you enjoy the sights western style!
Later this afternoon, take a scenic transfer to Calgary, Alberta’s largest city. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 6 - Depart Calgary Airport
Much too soon you leave the fresh air and colorful sights of Canada, as your Canadian train trip comes to an end.

What Clients Say

Thank you for arranging such a fabulous holiday

Thank you for arranging such a fabulous holiday

Star Rating 5

Thank you for arranging such a fabulous holiday in Western Canada. All the connections went smoothly, the tours and staff were both knowledgeable and courteous and the accommodation was superb. I have never seen so much snow in my life, we were very excited. I can now understand why Tofino has a... read more

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
Maligne Canyon Ice Walk - Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
Lake Louise sleigh ride - Lake Louise sleigh ride
Lake Louise sleigh ride
Indulging at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Indulging at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Indulging at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Accommodations:
• 4 nights hotel accommodation
• 1 night in a private cabin for 1 or 2 on the Canadian train including 1 breakfast and 1 lunch

Sightseeing and Activities:
• Maligne Canyon Icewalk in Jasper*
• Dog Sledding Experience in Lake Louise
Gourmet dining experience at the Chateau Lake Louise
Your choice:
• Lake Louise sleigh ride* or Great Divide snowshoeing*

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

Transfers:
• Private transfers between Vancouver airport and hotel (meet and greet included)
• Train station transfer in Jasper
• Jasper and Lake Louise

• Lake Louise and Calgary Airport

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. Transfers for Deluxe and Deluxe Plus guests will be with a private driver.

 

Not Included

• Meals and attractions, unless otherwise stated
• Flights
Gratuities for scheduled services and incidentals
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• 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...

An authentic dogsledding experience
An authentic dogsledding experience
Downhill or cross-country skiing
Downhill or cross-country skiing
A relaxing spa treatment or massage
A relaxing spa treatment or massage
Banff heli-tour
Banff heli-tour
• Optional winter activities, including skiing (downhill and cross-country), spa treatments or dogsledding
• Extra nights in the Vancouver or the Rockies

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.

Sawridge Inn - Exterior of hotelSawridge Inn - Restaurant at hotelSawridge Inn - Hotel in winter

Sawridge Inn

An example of our Comfort accommodations

Jasper's Sawridge Inn is a favourite among travellers looking for understated luxury at affordable prices. Unwind in newly renovated rooms with marble bathrooms and take a dip in the large indoor pool.

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 Chateau Lake Louise - Exterior of ChateauFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Skating on Lake LouiseFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - The Chateau LoungeFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Hotel in Winter

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.

 

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Because our trips are not escorted group tours, it's not a matter of checking how many seats are available on a trip.

We specialize in custom Canadian vacations which often require custom pricing based on the exact tours, hotels, experiences, and service levels that are right for you.

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Prices & Dates

Trip start dates for 2017-18
(this trip can also start in Calgary, please call or email for start dates)

December 12, 15, 19, 22*, 26, 29
January 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
February 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23
March 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20


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

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.
• Pricing is based on departure date, travel service and hotel class for this journey and may vary from your personalized itinerary.

Comfort Level Hotels
from US $1,999to US $2,375per 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 $2,399to US $2,807per 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 $2,899to US $3,347per 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 $3,799to US $4,319per 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.

What we love about this trip

Winter train journey to the Canadian Rockies

Indulge at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Seeing the best of the Canadian Rockies in winter

Myriad of wonderful winter activities at your own pace

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Interested?

Get help with planning your trip
by calling a Canadian insider toll-free:

1 877 395 5771

On this Canada vacation by train, you’ll be whisked to the heart of the frozen Canadian Rocky mountains. Enjoy an ice walk in beautiful Maligne canyon, and winter fun at Lake Louise - then reminisce at the end of the day in world class mountain lodging. An indulgent or adventurous winter experience awaits you in the Canadian Rockies!

Trip Outline

Arrive Vancouver 1 night VIA Rail 2 night Jasper 2 nights Lake Louise Depart Calgary

Canadian Rockies Winter Escape by Train – Map Train travelling through wintery snow covered forest Couple on a Maligne Canyon ice walk in the Canadian Rockies Lake Louise and the Fairmont Chateau in winter A winter dogsled ride Ice skating outside the Chateau Lake Louise Group on a horse drawn sleigh ride on Lake Louise in winter
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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

Thank you for arranging such a fabulous holiday

Star Rating 5
April 3, 2016

Thank you for arranging such a fabulous holiday in Western Canada. All the connections went smoothly, the tours and staff were both knowledgeable and courteous and the accommodation was superb. I have never seen so much snow in... read more my life, we were very excited. I can now understand why Tofino has a special place in your heart. It was beautiful. We were also fortunate to see so many blossoms and bulbs on the coast. I could go on, but I will just reiterate what a special place Canada is, and not just because it is full of Aussies!

The ladies absolutely raved about the wonderful dog sled ride

Star Rating 5
February 10, 2016

The trip was fantastic and that is largely due to huge part you guys played in it. Thank you. The train ride was very fun and the train kept its schedule. We ate well and enjoyed the scenery and our fellow travellers. The cars... read more are well appointed. We're thinking of taking a longer train ride so we can get used to the unique aspects of sleeping on a moving train. The bus rides from Jasper to Lake Louise and from Lake Louise to Calgary offered wonderful views and were quite comfortable. The hotel room in Jasper was super and very nicely appointed. We saw caribou from the balcony. I cannot say enough good about the Fairmont hotel, the personnel, and the geology. All are wonderful. It's a good thing I didn't splurge and get a better room with a lake view because, had I, we never would have left the room. We'd have just set up chairs at the window and spent the time staring at nature's beauty. The hotel's food is first rate and its accommodations are quite comfortable. The sleigh ride was fun and the ladies absolutely raved about the wonderful dog sled ride. Thank you again for all your help.

We loved everything

Star Rating 5
March 22, 2013

I want to thank you so much for putting such an amazing trip together for us. Everything we did worked out so nicely and was a wonderful experience. We loved everything – the people from Snowy Owl dog sledding were wonderful... read more and the dogs were terrific, too. I have given your name to many people because we would love to them to experience what we have done. Thanks again.

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