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Rockies Rail Winter Wonderland

8

days

starting from US $2,599per person

Star Rating 5

5 of 5 stars
(8 reviews)

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

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Itinerary

Please note, this trip can be customized to your needs - just ask one of our local experts when you call.

Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
There is a chill in the air as you arrive in Vancouver and breathe in the fresh, cool air. The west coast has a milder climate than the mountains, so this is a great way to ease yourself into a Canadian winter. Stay overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2 – Tour Vancouver, then Travel to Jasper on VIA Rail’s The Canadian
Vancouver has a wonderful blend of big city cultural attractions and stunning natural beauty. Check out the great galleries, restaurants and shopping that the city has to offer and pick up a few cold-weather supplies before you head to the Rockies (such as a cozy wool toque to keep your ears warm).

In the evening you will board your comfy cabin on The Canadian, where you can relax and unwind in comfort. Dine on delicious gourmet meals with your fellow travellers while you watch the snowy winter scenery out the window. Tonight the rocking motion of the train will lull you to sleep in your comfortable private cabin.

Day 3 – Arrive in Jasper
Awake on The Canadian train and look out your window to see an amazing mountain landscape covered in a magical dusting of fresh snow. The trees look like towering ice creatures, the snow piling heavy on their boughs. The sunlight pours down and makes the frost and icicles sparkle like diamonds. Arrive in the small town of Jasper and breathe the fresh and cold mountain air.

Day 4 – Explore the Canadian Rockies
Today is a day to visit some of the most spectacular areas of Jasper National Park and see them in their frozen winter glory. Your naturalist guide will show you where to spot mountain wildlife and if you are feeling adventurous you can even put on some ice cleats and explore the floor of Maligne Canyon to see amazing ice and rock formations up close.

Day 5 – Icefields Parkway
Travel down one of the most scenic highways in the world - The Icefields Parkway. As glaciers and enormous mountain peaks surround you on all sides, you will be in awe at the natural beauty of the Rockies.

Arrive in gorgeous Lake Louise, where you can take a lakeside sleigh ride or a snowshoe tour to admire the snowy landscape. Afterwards, cozy up at the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for a delicious gourmet meal.

Day 6 – Lake Louise to Banff
Spend the morning relaxing and admiring the beauty of Lake Louise, then travel to the mountain town of Banff. This small mountain town is exciting, lively and has plenty to explore, from locally owned fudge and ice cream shops, unique gift shops, quirky clothing boutiques and art galleries featuring creations by Canadian artists. Take a stroll along Banff Avenue and check it out!

Day 7 – Banff Heli-Tour
An astounding Banff helicopter tour will take you on a thrilling ride above the mountain landscapes, high above the snow-covered craggy peaks, enormous glaciers and vast valleys. You will soar above Goat Range Pass, Spray Valley and along the Sundance Range of Banff National Park.

The grand finale of the tour is Mount Assiniboine, a towering 3,511 metre peak known as the “Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies”. Also, you have the option to take a shorter helicopter ride and meet a team of sled-dogs who will take you racing through the trails of the snow back-country.

Day 8 – Depart from Calgary
Your Rocky Mountain winter vacation must sadly come to an end, but the amazing memories you have made will last forever! We will take you to the Calgary airport so that you can catch your flight home. Bon voyage!

What Clients Say

We loved everything!

We loved everything!

Star Rating 5

We loved everything! Lake Louise is perfect. The helicopter and dogsledding were amazing on a perfect day. We were very impressed by the efficiency and good advice from Fresh Tracks. A small misunderstanding was fixed quickly and all arrangements worked perfectly. We would highly recommend them and... read more

Limited Time Offer:
Experience Canadian Winter

Early bird pricing AND a free night on select winter trips if booked by June 30th. Click for details...

What's Included

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

Vancouver sightseeing tour - Vancouver sightseeing tour
Vancouver sightseeing tour
Maligne Canyon Ice Walk - Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
Banff heli-tour - Banff heli-tour
Banff heli-tour
Lake Louise sleigh ride - Lake Louise sleigh ride
Lake Louise sleigh ride
Accommodations:
• 6 nights hotel accommodation
• 1 night in a private cabin for 1 or 2 aboard VIA Rail's Canadian train including 1 breakfast & 1 lunch

Sightseeing and Activities:
• Vancouver Sightseeing Tour, including Capilano Suspension Bridge
• Gourmet dining experience at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Your choice:
• Maligne Valley Wildlife tour or Maligne Canyon Icewalk in Jasper*
• Lake Louise sleigh ride or Great Divide snowshoeing*
• Banff Helicopter Tours - Mount Assiniboine flightseeing or Heli-dogsledding*

* Seasonal note - occasionally,
winter activity inclusions may vary depending on weather at time of travel

Transfers:
• Private transfers between Vancouver airport and hotel (meet and greet included)
• Vancouver hotel and train station
• Train station transfer in Jasper
• Jasper and Lake Louise
• Lake Louise and Banff
• Banff 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 & activities unless otherwise mentioned
• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities (unless otherwise indicated)
• 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
A relaxing spa treatment or massage
A relaxing spa treatment or massage
• Optional winter activities, including skiing (downhill and cross-country), spa treatments or skating
• Extra nights in 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.

Georgian Court Hotel - Relax in the whirlpool spa or the steam room.Georgian Court Hotel - Enjoy dining on the patio on a nice summer day.Georgian Court Hotel - Sleep in a comfortable bed after a day of fun activities.

Georgian Court Hotel

An example of our Comfort accommodations

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, this elegant 12-story brick building offers 180 stylishly decorated guestrooms. The seasonal patio offers the option for al fresco meals and the complimentary wi-fi keeps you connected.

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

Rimrock Resort

An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

The stunning 4.5 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.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Spectacular setting near Lake LouiseFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Skating on Lake Louise in winterFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Lake view from the hotel lounge

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

An example of our Comfort, Superior, and Deluxe accommodations

This top notch 5 star hotel has an amazing location – overlooking the mirror-like waters of Lake Louise. Its timeless elegance will make you feel pampered and there are plenty of activities to enjoy, from horseback riding to canoeing to skating, skiing and hiking.

 

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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 - 2018
(this trip can also start in Calgary, please call or email for start dates)

December 11, 14, 18*, 21*, 25, 28
January 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
February 1, 5, 8, 12*, 15, 19, 22, 29
March 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19

*
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 $2,599to US $3,023per 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 $3,099to US $3,563per 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 $3,899to US $4,427per 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 $5,199to US $5,831per 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

The Canadian Rockies look amazing in the winter!

Visit the friendly and welcoming mountain towns of Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff

Stay at superb hotels that will keep you warm and cosy no matter how much it snows outside

Exciting winter adventures including dog sledding, skiing, skating, wildlife spotting and helicopter excursions

Take the stress out of planning your trip to Canada with:

  • Every detail and arrangement taken care of for a seamless trip.
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  • Your own personal contact in Canada you can call before or during your trip.

Interested?

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

1 877 395 5771

The landscapes of the Canadian Rockies are always stunning, but when they are covered with a blanket of sparkling snow and shimmering frost they have a certain magical quality that is unforgettable. This adventure begins in Vancouver and will take you on a winter wonderland adventure through the beautiful icy mountains. Experience the thrill of skiing, dog sledding and skating and then cozy up in comfort with a cup of hot chocolate on the luxurious train while you watch the snowy scenery go by.

Trip Outline

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

Rockies Rail Winter Wonderland – Map A VIA RAil train travels through a winter landscape with snowy peaks in the distance Snow falls on some reindeer in Jasper National Park 2 women on a Maligne Canyon ice walk stand below the rock formations and icefalls Horses pull a sleigh carrying passengers for a ride over frozen Lake Louise surrounded by the Rocky Mountains A winter scene in the Rockies of a snow covered Moraine Lake Cascade Mountain in winter as seen from Banff town in the Rockies Aerial of a heli-trip over the Rockies
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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

We loved everything!

Star Rating 5
February 25, 2017

We loved everything! Lake Louise is perfect. The helicopter and dogsledding were amazing on a perfect day. We were very impressed by the efficiency and good advice from Fresh Tracks. A small misunderstanding was fixed quickly and... read more all arrangements worked perfectly. We would highly recommend them and received a positive comment from one of the tour operators as well who said there were good lines of communication with them as well as the travellers.

It was a very memorable experience

Star Rating 5
February 12, 2017

It was great doing an elaborate winter vacation. This is something we have not really done before, where we pieced together an itinerary of dynamic and varied snowy activities. It was a very memorable experience.

We will definitely be returning to Canada again, it's just a question of when

Star Rating 5
January 6, 2015

The Rockies were amazing, and our family really enjoyed the trip. The only thing which would have made it better is if we had more time! Lake Louise was beautiful, unfortunately, we didn't have much time there so other than the... read more sleigh ride and dinner, we didn't really get a chance to do much else. We were thinking the next time we visit, will likely do a free and easy trip since we now have some idea of what to expect. Appreciate all the arrangements you made to accommodate our family. Will definitely recommend you guys to our friends (actually already did!). For my family, we will definitely be returning to Canada again, it's just a question of when.

We were truly in a winter wonderland and loving every second of it

Star Rating 5
January 11, 2015

We have had the most amazing holiday. We were truly in a winter wonderland and loving every second of it. All of the hotels we stayed at were very welcoming and comfortable. We were beyond impressed with the hotel in Lake Louise.... read more We felt very fancy. The fondue experience was great too! We absolutely loved the Heli-Tour in Banff. I think that was our favourite activity out of all of them. But they were all amazing! The sleigh ride and the ice walk were both amazing experiences. On our free days in Banff and Jasper we caught the bus to the ski resorts and skied for a whole day. My favourite place was Banff. I love the village and the amount of snow they have! We unfortunately never got to do the Dog sledding because when we arrived in Whistler, there was not enough snow, so the company hadn't even opened for the season yet. I wish we chose to do it in banff now! But I am definitely coming back so that gives me another reason. Thank you so much for all your help and organisation. We really appreciate everything and are incredibly happy with everything. We will be recommending you to any friends who are thinking of travelling to Canada :)

We had everything organised to perfection

Star Rating 5
March 8, 2014

We were all most impressed with Fresh Tracks as a company and more particularly with Eva. She really went out of her way to make sure we had everything organised to perfection. Professionalism was amazing. A big thank you and warm... read more regards for a great holiday.

Your organisation exceeded my expectations

Star Rating 5
December 16, 2012

I would just like to thank you and everyone else at Fresh Tracks Canada who helped make it such an enjoyable time. From the moment we arrived in Vancouver everything went smoothly. We were met at the airport and, from then on, all... read more the transport, tours etc. ran like clockwork. I could not believe it. Your organisation exceeded my expectations. All the accommodation was great. The weather (except for Vancouver) was lovely. We even got to thinking 'only -12, it is not that cold'. Many thanks once again for all your attention to detail and your quick responses to my many emails.

The best trip we have ever had

Star Rating 5
November 24, 2010

Our holiday in Canada was the best trip we have ever experienced.

Great scenery and hotel accommodations

Star Rating 5
May 6, 2008

We returned from our wonderful and flawless trip through the Canadian Rockies. What great scenery and hotel accommodations. Attached is a photo of me and my husband James at Lake Louise which as you can see had lots of snow. Thanks... read more for all of your help. Many of my friends are anxious to hear about our trip.

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