Canadian Rockies Voyage by Train

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5

days

per person from US $1,798

Star Rating 5

5 of 5 stars (11 reviews)

This whirlwind adventure will take you through some of the most amazing highlights of Western Canada in five days. You will begin in the laid back coastal city of Vancouver. Travel via luxury train through spectacular mountain scenery to the small mountain towns of Jasper and Banff. This trip includes jaw-dropping scenic drives along the famous Icefields Parkway and a visit to the incredible Athabasca Glacier.

What we love about this trip

Unforgettable views of forests, lakes and glaciers on an overnight train between Jasper and Vancouver

Amazing photography opportunities along the way and chances to spot wildlife including deer, elk, bears and moose

Small group tours revealing the best of Jasper and Banff National Parks

Three nights in the Canadian Rockies, surrounded by truly breathtaking scenery

 

Itinerary

Please note, like most of our Canada rail packages & tours, this railway vacation can be customized to your needs - just ask one of our local experts when you call.

Eastbound itinerary shown. Westbound follows the same itinerary in reverse.

Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver – Your Journey Begins
Vancouver is considered one of the most beautiful and livable places in the world. It is a vibrant and energetic city with a picturesque harbor surrounded by mountains and ocean. Your driver will meet you at Vancouver International Airport to take you to the train station for your evening departure. Before your train leaves you will have some time to explore Vancouver.

Check out the quirky independent shops and galleries, dine in one of the local cafes or restaurants or take a walk through the forests of Stanley Park. If you want to see the city on a guided tour, just let us know and we can arrange it.

In the evening you will board “The Canadian”, which is the most famous train in Canada. It has been transporting travellers from Vancouver to Jasper since the 1950s, when it operated with original steel rail cars. The stretch of track between Vancouver and Jasper offers some of the most stunning scenery in North America, as it crosses the fertile Fraser Valley and the dry British Columbia interior before climbing into the snow capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies and then carrying you to Jasper National Park.

Day 2 – Arrive in Jasper
Step off the train in Jasper and breathe in the crisp pine-scented air as you gaze at the enormous mountains that surround the town. Jasper is nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and it is the perfect jumping off point for outdoor adventures in Jasper National Park, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the afternoon exploring here and discovering the friendly, relaxed vibe of this quiet mountain town.

Day 3 – The Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Banff
Touring the Rocky Mountains with a small group allows you to have a more personalized experience and gives you a chance to ask your knowledgeable guide questions about the area.

Today you will venture down the Icefields Parkway, a scenic road along the spine of the Rockies which is known as one of the most spectacular journeys in Canada. Visit the amazing Athabasca Glacier and walk on this enormous sheet of ice, then travel to gorgeous Lake Louise before you reach Banff for an overnight stay.

Day 4 – Banff – Rocky Mountain Natural Beauty
Wake up to stunning mountain scenery as you get an early start this morning. You will take a half day tour to explore the historic sites and local landmarks of Banff as well as to learn about wildlife habitats with a guide and a small group. Banff has a lot to discover and we can also arrange other activities, including visits to relaxing spas, golfing trips, fly fishing lessons or horseback riding excursions in the mountains.

Day 5 – Depart from Calgary
Say goodbye to the fresh alpine air and gorgeous landscapes of the Rockies as your trip comes to an end. On the final day of your journey you will make your way to the Calgary Airport from Banff and board your flight home.

 

 

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What's Included

Here are just a few of 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
Gourmet meals aboard the train
Gourmet meals aboard the train
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain

 

 

 

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...

Renting a car and exploring the area
Renting a car and exploring the area
Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Whalewatching in the Salish Sea
Whalewatching in the Salish Sea

What's Included

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

Accommodations & Train service:
• 3 nights of hotel accommodation
• 1 night onboard the Canadian Train, in a private cabin for 1 or 2
• 1 delicious breakfast and lunch on the train

Sightseeing & Activities:*
• Sightseeing transfer along the Icefields Parkway, including a picnic lunch
• Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
• Glacier Skywalk Admission
• Half day sightseeing tour of Banff
• Banff Gondola Ride


* Note - Comfort, Superior and Deluxe guests enjoy unique small group sightseeing experiences on this trip. Deluxe Plus guests enjoy exclusive privately guided sightseeing, including 55 minute helicopter tour over the Columbia Icefields.

Transfers:
• Private transfer between Vancouver Airport and train station
• Bus transfer between Banff and Calgary Airport for Comfort & Superior guests
• Private transfer between Banff and Calgary Airport for Deluxe & Deluxe Plus guests
• Train station transfer in Jasper

Additional:
• Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

Important Seasonal Restrictions:
• Before April 29 and after October 11– Icefields Parkway tour with Ice Explorer & Glacier Sky Walk will be substituted with a motor coach transfer between Jasper and Banff
• Banff Gondola starts running May 1
• 55 minute heli-tour for Deluxe Plus guests not available after October 13 start date








 

Customization & Upgrade Ideas

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize it to match your needs...

• Upgrade, or mix and match hotel and lodge accommodations
• Upgrade to Romance by Rail Service on the Canadian Train, for a large suite and extra pampering
• Add a cruise to your trip, along Alaska’s Inside Passage
• Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies to explore the nature trails with a naturalist guide, add a thrilling helicopter ride, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax.
• Add a trip to Victoria, British Columbia’s quaint capital city on Vancouver Island to go whale watching, visit the Butchart Gardens, and experience the unique culture of the Pacific Northwest.
• Add a half day train ride to visit the Olympic city of Whistler, and why not take in the sights and activities by spending a night or two there

 

Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian Sales Taxes

 

 

 

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Accommodation Options

Here are some examples of the accommodation options on this trip. Contact us for a full list or for more information.

The Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Exterior of lodgeThe Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Lobby of lodgeThe Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Pool of lodgeThe Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Night exterior of lodge

The Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa

An example of our Comfort accommodations

After a full day of skiing, hiking and sightseeing in the mountains it is wonderful to retreat to this quiet mountain lodge and relax in your comfortable room. Soak your muscles in the jetted whirlpool or get a massage at the Red Earth Spa. The hotel is also home to one of the most popular steakhouses in Canada, so treat yourself to a special meal while you watch the sunset over the mountains.

Rimrock Resort - Rimrock Resort overlooking the Bow ValleyRimrock Resort - Resort interior with an upscale feelRimrock Resort - Deluxe RoomRimrock Resort - Spectacular setting in every season

Rimrock Resort

An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

The stunning 5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, offering gorgeous panoramic views over the Bow Valley from the large windows in the main lobby. The hotel is a fantastic example of Rocky Mountain luxury, with an upscale atmosphere and warm, welcoming service.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Exterior view of the lodgeFairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Outdoor PoolFairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Wildlife sighting at the lodgeFairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Lake view

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

An example of our Deluxe Lodge accommodations

If you really want to treat yourself to luxury while exploring the Rocky Mountains, consider staying at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. This exquisite wilderness resort is made up of several buildings close to a tranquil lake and the excellent Stanley Thompson Golf Course. Keep an eye out for wildlife during your stay - elk, deer and other animals have been known to walk through the grounds of the resort.

 

 

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Prices & Dates

Trip Start Dates - 2016 Eastbound starting in Vancouver
April 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
May 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31
June 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28
July 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 31
August 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
September 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
October 2, 4, 7**, 9, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28

Trip Start Dates - 2016 Westbound starting in Calgary
April 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
May 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 1, 21, 24, 26, 28, 31
June 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14 ,16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
July 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
August 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
September 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
October 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29

Canadian train vacation price guide
• Prices are per person
• Double means two people occupying a room
• Triple and child rates are available

Comfort Level Hotels
Private Cabin
from US $1,798to US $3,106per person

Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3.5 to 4 star hotels, handpicked room types, plus small group sightseeing tours where available. By booking with Fresh Tracks Canada, you'll receive exceptional value – a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

Superior Level Hotels
Private Cabin
from US $1,998to US $3,361per 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
Private Cabin
from US $2,393to US $4,169per 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
Private Cabin
from US $3,975to US $6,084per 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.

Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Click the red button above to get a custom quote from one of our travel advisors.

Interested? Contact us to start customizing this trip today!

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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

The scenic views were nearly sensory overload

The scenic views were nearly sensory overload

Star Rating 5
June 6, 2015

First let say that you were a great help in preparing for our trip. The scenic views were nearly sensory overload. The Athabasca falls was beautiful. For us the highlight of the tour was being able to walk on the Athabasca glacier... read more and to drink the water from a melting glacier. These were once in a life time, bucket list events. We had a great time in Canada and everyone we meet was helpful and attentive to our needs.

The whole experience was AMAZING!!!!

The whole experience was AMAZING!!!!

Star Rating 5
June 3, 2015

Thank you. It's a job well executed on your part.   The whole experience was AMAZING!!!! I will highly recommend it to friends .... 

Canada is absolutely breathtaking

Canada is absolutely breathtaking

Star Rating 5
May 25, 2015

Thank you all so much for the fabulous vacation. Canada is absolutely breathtaking. The trip through the mountains was one photo opportunity after another. The excursions were informative and full of beautiful scenery. We had a... read more wonderful time.

Hope to book with you again in the future

Hope to book with you again in the future

Star Rating 5
May 19, 2015

Our trip was FABULOUS.The hotels were beautiful, and as for the tours and the train....that was sensational! The Banff Gondola was wonderful and we added the Glacier Skywalk as well. The tour guides were all very knowledgeable... read more and considerate of the ages of my group participants and took very good care of all. We had a wonderful time. The train portion was lovely and the scenery was GORGEOUS snowcapped mountains and frozen lakes as far as your eyes could see. Lake Louise looked very different from the last time I saw it as it was turquoise in color, and this time it was snow covered and beautiful sunshine. We were also very fortunate to see many bears, deers, big horned sheep, etc. When we continued on with our cruise, we did dogsledding, whale watching and much much more. Thanks for everything. Hope to book with you again in the future.

Everything went so smoothly from start to finish!

Everything went so smoothly from start to finish!

Star Rating 5
May 11, 2015

Wow!! We had an amazing trip! Everything went so smoothly from start to finish! The train trip was excellent, the cabins for 1 were just perfect. The only slight hiccup was that our three cabins were in different carriages! The... read more train staff managed to move Mum and Dad so that their cabins were in the same carriage which helped. The breakfast and lunch on the train were first class!! The hotel in Jasper was perfect. Mum and Dad's room was delightful and it had a balcony! The basket of treats and goodies waiting for them in the room was such a special touch, thank you so very much for that thoughtfulness. The road trip from Jasper to Banff was spectacular. The guide could not have been more pleasant and interesting. The Ice walk was thrilling and Lake Louise beautiful, if cold!! We even saw a bear on our journey! Our two room suite at the hotel in Banff was just right. Thank you for suggesting that. I spent a very happy hour at the "cave" hot springs! We enjoyed the tour of Banff (with hot chocolate and cookies!) and the Gondola ride, despite the weather (snow and hail so very limited view). At 12:30pm,  right on time a car arrived to take us to Calgary to catch our flight home. We spent that morning shopping in Banff (the Roam bus stop was right outside the hotel, perfect!) All in all a fantastic trip. Amazing scenery and perfectly planned for us! Thank you!!!

Fiona made it all fit!

Fiona made it all fit!

Star Rating 5
August 1, 2014

From the very first phone call, Fiona was remarkable at finding out what I wanted to do, even though I didn't know what there was to do, and then guiding me to a number of sites to view the elements of travel that she was suggesting.... read more Professional, sweet, personable, funny, caring and helpful are just a few of the many adjectives I use when thinking of her. She worked within my budget, even when what I wanted to do was not within my budget, or my time frame. She made it all fit! Then I had the pleasure of working with Sarah who glued all the parts together. There was never even one moment where I was waiting for someone to get me from point A to point B. Every tour person, every bus driver, every hotel and train accommodation was exactly as she said it would be. Every tour and hotel person was knowledgeable, personable and helpful. Our tours were comprehensive and exciting. Our guides gave us plenty of time at each venue and suggested restaurants and activities that they thought we would enjoy. I could go on and on about these two awesome women. I will add that everyone else in your office that I spoke with was just as friendly and helpful. Fiona and Sarah are the best, and I don't say that lightly. I am a travel agent, myself, and if I had an office in Canada I would try to steal them away from you!

The afternoon helicopter flight was worth a trip to Canada alone!

The afternoon helicopter flight was worth a trip to Canada alone!

Star Rating 5
April 12, 2014

From the very first contact with Fresh Tracks Canada, until the final day of our Canadian holiday we were totally inspired with the service, the trip and all of the many details of our special days. Thank you. The detailed information... read more we received answered all our questions. We arrived in Banff to beautiful clear weather - blue skies and clean, crisp temps. The Fairmont Hotel was a delight to stay in with our room at the "top" overlooking a view of the courtyard with a background of snow-covered mountains beyond. On the first three hour tour we were lucky to see about 20 heads of mountain goats surrounding our bus within a few feet of us... just friendly as they could be. The afternoon helicopter flight was worth a trip to Canada alone! Beautiful clear weather. Words could not describe the feeling we got flying over the Three Sisters mountain. Absolutely incredible. Another day and yet more breathtaking scenery along the Ice Road to Jasper. I'm now out of words to describe. Thank you again for our wonderful Canada adventure.

More than we could have hoped for

More than we could have hoped for

Star Rating 5
September 16, 2013

Thank you for making our vacation one we will not forget in a very long time. It was truly amazing. Your professional and friendly help in putting together such a perfect package is very much appreciated. We will remember to recommend... read more you to our friends and acquaintances who may be considering travelling to beautiful Canada. Between my daughter and me, we took over 3,000 photos - this says it all! The vacation was indeed more than we could have hoped for, good weather, magnificent scenery, excellent accommodation choices, plenty of wildlife sightings, all in all, just perfect.

Fresh Tracks Canada did us proud

Fresh Tracks Canada did us proud

Star Rating 5
June 17, 2013

We have arrived back in the UK, having benefited greatly from our week off in Canada. Thank you so much for all your efforts to keep us going, and to give us a good holiday. You were a model of flexibility, when things changed unexpectedly... read more at the last moment. Our only regret was not to have seen more of Vancouver, which seemed like such a lovely city. But otherwise we got the full flavour of the Rockies and Alberta, and we really appreciated that. A big, big thank you for all the work you put in, and for keeping calm! Fresh Tracks Canada did us proud.

One of the greatest vacations of our lives

One of the greatest vacations of our lives

Star Rating 5
July 1, 2011

We are home and are so thankful for you and your wonderful staff for one of the greatest vacations of our lives. We loved our accommodations; everyone was just friendly and so gracious. Thank you again.

Everything ran like clockwork

Everything ran like clockwork

Star Rating 5
January 18, 2006

It really was a trip of a lifetime made perfect by the whole organization. From arriving at our hotel in Vancouver to departing from our hotel in Calgary everything ran like clockwork and I would like to congratulate Fresh Tracks... read more Canada on a job well done. The guides were incredibly well informed and made our day trips so enjoyable.

 

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Trip Map & Outline

Canadian Rockies Voyage by Train – Map
Arrive Vancouver*
1 night aboard VIA rail
1 night Jasper
2 nights Banff
Depart Calgary
*can be done in reverse

What Clients Say

The scenic views were nearly sensory overload

Star Rating 5

First let say that you were a great help in preparing for our trip. The scenic views were nearly sensory overload. The Athabasca falls was beautiful. For us the highlight of the tour was being able to walk on the Athabasca glacier and to drink the water from a melting glacier. These were once in...

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