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
(1 review)

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

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

Day 1 – 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. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 2 – Into the Canadian Rockies – Vancouver to Jasper on VIA Rail’s Canadian
Spend the day sightseeing in Vancouver before boarding the train.

You have
2 options to choose from today:

• Option 1:  Vancouver Sightseeing Tour
This is the best way to visit the main attractions and neighbourhoods of Vancouver. You will tour along the scenic harbour and through the historic areas of downtown Vancouver. There will be time to visit the totem poles at Stanley Park, browse art galleries and shops at Granville Island, visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, and learn about the Pacific Salmon at the Capilano Salmon Hatchery.

• Option 2:  Eagle Viewing Float Tour
Just an hour north of Vancouver is one of the world’s largest population of bald eagles. From December to mid-February, these magnificent birds return to the area to feed on spawning salmon. This tour lets you view the eagles from the best place – on the river. In addition, you will travel along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway and enjoy views of ocean vistas, soaring mountains, and rainforest.

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 lulled to sleep by the motion of the train as you travel further toward the Canadian Rockies. Overnight onboard the train.

Day 3 – Rockies Winter Wonderland – Arrive in Jasper
This is one of the most memorable days of your Canadian vacation! Awake onboard the Canadian train, to trees blanketed in fresh snow - with green branches just peeking through - as you near the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy the views over breakfast and lunch onboard. The snow is glistening as you arrive in the mountain town of Jasper. Step off the train this afternoon and take a deep breath of the fresh mountain air, you have arrived! Enjoy the evening at leisure exploring the town. Overnight in Jasper.

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

You have 2 options to choose from today:

Option 1:  Lake Louise Sightseeing Plus Banff Gondola Ride
Spot wildlife and discover beautiful winter scenery as you make your way to Lake Louise, along the Bow Valley Parkway. With four hours of free time at Lake Louise, you can try snowshoeing, rent skates, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride and visit the Chateau Lake Louise. Upon returning to Banff, take the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for incredible views from the observation deck and restaurant.

Option 2:  Dog Sled Experience
Teams of friendly huskies await to whisk you through the wilderness of Spray Lakes Park. You will have the option to harness the dogs and drive the team, or simply enjoy the experience as a passenger. Either way, this is sure to be one of your most memorable Canadian experiences.

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

Day 7 – Tour Jasper & travel onboard the Canadian train to Toronto
Spend the morning exploring Jasper National Park.

You have 2 options to choose from today:

Option 1:  Winter Discovery Tour
Join a knowledgeable guide and small group to seek out and learn about ecology and rich diversity of Jasper National Park! You will travel through the Athabasca Valley to some of the park’s most beautiful scenery - have your camera ready to capture some amazing photos! There is minimal walking on this tour, so sit back and enjoy the winter scenery from the comfort of the bus.

Option 2:  Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
Explore frozen waterfalls, ice caves and incredible ice formations as you walk along the bottom of Maligne Canyon with a guide. This is one of Jasper’s most unique winter experiences.

Days 8 & 9 – Onboard the Canadian Train
The scenery changes 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 picture window. The snow covered trees and barns of the prairies are illuminated in the sunlight.

Day 10 – Trans Canada winter journey ends
This morning you arrive into Toronto. Much too soon your journey comes to an end, as you leave the snowy vistas and 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

Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

What are the best ways to travel around Canada on my vacation?

Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

Is it safe to drive in the mountains?

New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.

When is the best time to see wildlife?

That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

Are your tours escorted?

No, but you'll feel like it is with all your connections and experiences prearranged. Our clients love the freedom and flexibility it gives them. Some of our wildlife experiences are small group tours led by specialist guides.

What Clients Say

I will definitely be recommending Fresh Tracks Canada

I will definitely be recommending Fresh Tracks Canada

Star Rating 5

Overall the trip was great! I was really impressed with the transfers that were organised. They were fantastic and at times really saved the trip. One part of the trip that we all found quite disappointing was the train trip. On our first part, from Vancouver to Jasper, the train arrived 5 hours late.... 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
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 & Train Inclusions:
• 5 nights hotel accommodation - choose from comfort, superior or deluxe level
• 4 nights in a Cabin for 1 or 2 aboard VIA Rail's Canadian train including all meals while onboard

Sightseeing & Activities in Vancouver:
• Choose 1 of 2 Vancouver day tours:
1. Vancouver Sightseeing Tour, including Capilano Suspension Bridge
2. Eagle Viewing Float Tour

Sightseeing & Activities in Banff:
• Choose 1 of 2 Banff activity options:
1. Lake Louise Sightseeing Tour plus Banff Gondola Ride
2. Dog Sled Experience*

Sightseeing & Activities in Jasper:
• Choose 1 of 2 Jasper tours:
1. Winter Discovery Tour
2. Maligne Canyon Ice Walk*

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

Additional:
• Gratuities for private services, unless otherwise mentioned
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service
• Transfers for Deluxe Class guests will be with a private driver.

Seasonal Restrictions:
• Occasionally, activities may vary at time of travel due to weather conditions. Your vacation advisor will provide advice on when the best time is for winter activities.

 

Not Included

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

 

 

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), galcier helicopter tour or skating.
• Extra nights in Vancouver, the Rockies or Toronto
•Northern Lights Viewing Package

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 - Rimrock during winterRimrock Resort - Many rooms have beautiful mountain views

Rimrock Resort

An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

The 4.5 star Rimrock Resort 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 $3,799to US $4,319per 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.

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!

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

  • Every detail and arrangement taken care of for a seamless trip.
  • Suggestions to get the most out of Canada based on local insider knowledge.
  • 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

Start your Canada vacation by climbing aboard the train in Vancouver and being lulled to sleep, while the snow falls silently outside. Awake in a Rockies winter wonderland and spend a few days exploring and playing outside, each night cozying up in a warm hotel. Continue your memorable vacation by train again through Canada, and end your trip in Toronto.

Trip Outline

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

Trans Canada by Rail in Winter  – Map Downtown Vancouver lit up at night and distant mountain views In a snow covered mountain valley the VIA Rail Canadian train travels by A couple on a guided tour of Maligne Canyon look up at the surrounding rocks and ice formations The Banff Springs hotel towers above snow covered forests at the base of the Rocky Mountains In the Rocky Mountains, visitors embark on a sleigh ride on Lake Louise In front of the Chateau Lake Louise, guests ice skate on the frozen lake Complimentary drinks are served on the dome car of the Canadian train Onboard dinner of roast beef with red wine VIA Rail train arrives in Toronto, Ontario
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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

I will definitely be recommending Fresh Tracks Canada

Star Rating 5
January 1, 2013

Overall the trip was great! I was really impressed with the transfers that were organised. They were fantastic and at times really saved the trip. One part of the trip that we all found quite disappointing was the train trip. On... read more our first part, from Vancouver to Jasper, the train arrived 5 hours late. I understand that these things happen but the Via Rail staff were extremely unhelpful and by the time we finally arrived in Jasper we were all feeling very disheartened and figured that being 5 hours late we would not be making it to Lake Louise that night. Luckily our driver from Sundog Tours was there waiting for us – hence why the transfers at times saved our trip. The rest of the train trip wasn't as bad but overall the staff on the train were unhelpful and I will not be recommending that any of my friends travel using Via Rail. On a lighter note, I was impressed with all the hotels, except for the Rundlestone Lodge in Banff where the people working at the desk were again rude and snappy. All the other hotels were wonderful and the people working there made our trips really pleasant! One of the highlights of the trip was definitely staying at Lake Louise. It was like a magical winter wonderland and our snow shoeing adventure was one of the most fun things I have ever done! Our guide was amazing and made sure we were warm, safe and most of all had fun! Overall I really appreciated, as did my parents, that all the little details such as the transfers and activities were organised for us by you all at Fresh Tracks Canada. Having never been to Canada before it was good having people who know the country and where to go and what to do helping us organise our trip. Although I won't be recommending travel with Via Rail to friends and family, I will definitely be recommending Fresh Tracks Canada!

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Do you want to get the most of your Canadian vacation in 2018? By booking early, you'll have your choice of trip departure dates, scenic hotel accommodations, unique small group tours, and Canada's spectacular touring trains.

And if you book now, you'll also receive our 2017 PRICE FREEZE plus up to $1,100 per couple in free travel credits! Use the credits to enhance your vacation with extra nights, dining experiences, and activities.

Here are just a few ways you can use your travel credits:

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Summer flowers have bloomed, the bears are awake, and snow is melting from the mountain peaks…but have you booked your 2017 Canadian vacation yet? With space running out in many destinations, we highly recommend booking now and taking advantage of our Canadian Summer Special Offer, worth up to $300 per couple in value.

Book before midnight on August 31, 2017 and you'll receive the following free experiences:

  • Select Eastern Canada train vacations: Choice of free Quebec river cruise or hotel upgrade
  • Select Western Canada rail vacations: Choice of free sunset dinner cruise in Vancouver or hotel upgrade
  • Select Trans-Canadian rail vacations: Both a free cruise tour experience PLUS hotel upgrade

But hurry! This offer only lasts for a short while and there are few spaces left on many trips. Our team is standing by to help you plan the perfect Canadian summer adventure – so call or email today.

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Welcome to the Canadian Train Vacations, proud partner of VIA Rail Canada and exclusive provider of the official Pan Canadian 150th Anniversary vacations.

In 2017, Canada turns 150 years old and all across the country Canadians are celebrating with special events. Join in the festivities - book one of our featured VIA Rail adventures for an Ultimate Canadian Experience…Coast to Coast, and receive a very special commemorative bundle of goodies unique to your route.

Depending on your route, your bundle may include items such as...

  • Commemorative leather bag tag, passport holder, and keepsake box
  • Complimentary bottle of champagne or sparkling wine onboard
  • Admission to the Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg
  • Gift cards to spoil yourself along the way

Canada's Best Window

No other mode of transportation allows you to experience the country so intimately as onboard VIA Rail. As you settle into your seat, you'll soon relax to the rhythm of the tracks as the scenery glides by. By booking one of our exciting Pan Canadian trips below, you'll combine the joy of train travel with some of Canada's most iconic experiences:

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There's no better place to experience the magic of winter than in the Canadian Rockies. And with our Winter Early Bird Trip Prices, now is the perfect time to book your vacation. These prices will only last a short time, so start planning your vacation now to lock in these savings and your ideal travel dates.

Plus, for bookings before August 31st enjoy the following booking bonus:

  • Comfort guests – enjoy a luxurious hotel upgrade in Banff
  • Superior & Deluxe guests – enjoy a free hotel night on us!

Imagine the experience the romance of a train ride through snow covered mountains, as you make your way to Jasper and Banff National Parks. Then, with glistening snow at your feet and crisp air on your face, marvel at frozen landscapes on sightseeing tours, or feel the thrill of guided adventures such as dogsledding.

Fresh Tracks Canada's vacation advisors are standing by to help you personalize your perfect winter vacation. Hurry and call or email now, while these special prices last!

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Seeing the polar bear migration in Churchill, Manitoba is an incredible experience. In October and November the great predators of the north prowl, play, and linger - waiting for ice to form over the Hudson Bay.

Space is already filling up fast on 2018 Polar Bear Viewing Safaris. Now is the perfect time to book, with our 2017 Price Freeze offer. By reserving your seat on select Tundra Buggy tours by September 10, you can lock-in next year's trip at this year's price.

Contact us now to discuss the different tours, and how they best suit your travel style and interests. Then book early to secure your ideal dates - the team at Fresh Tracks is standing by!

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