Wintertime in the Canadian Rockies by Rail

Wintertime in the Canadian Rockies by Rail

14

days

starting from US $4,387per person

Star Rating 5

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On this two week vacation, see the coastal vistas and winter gardens of Vancouver and Victoria, before traveling first class on a romantic train journey through silent, snow covered forests. The Canadian Rockies will be at their best - snow-covered and brilliant against the clear blue winter skies of Jasper, Lake Louse, and Banff. Join our local guides for days of excitement and wonder - at your own pace. End your days snuggled next to a fire, as you indulge in the serenity of world class mountain retreats. This is truly the best of Canada winter tours.

Wintertime in the Canadian Rockies by Rail – Map The Lions Gate Bridge stretches over a foggy Vancouver with the city lights twinkling in the distance An ornamental sleigh and wrapped presents sit under a christmas tree in Butchart Gardens A VIA Rail train travels through a wintery forest A couple of hikers explore the rock formations and icefalls on a tour of the Maligne Canyon in winter Horses pull a sleigh carrying passengers over frozen Lake Louise in Banff Sitting room of a hotel decorated for christmas with lights and a large christmas tree A couple enjoy warm drinks while sitting by a roaring fire A young girl cross country skiing on snowy trails stops to take a break A man sits on a bench and watches the sunset behind Cascade Mountain in the distance
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Trip at a glance

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

Itinerary

Please note - like most of our Canada tours, this vacation can be customized to suit your time frame, group size, interests and budget.

Day 1 – Canada vacation begins in Vancouver
Arrive at the Vancouver International Airport, for an overnight stay. Relax after your long flight, anticipating tomorrow’s adventures.

Day 2 - Journey to Victoria and Vancouver Island
Today, prepare for your next adventure as your board a helicopter in the heart of Vancouver. This stunning 35 minute flight will take you for a breathtaking ride over the Gulf Islands before arriving in downtown Victoria. The capital of British Columbia is the very ‘British’ town of Victoria – where people still ‘take tea’ in the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel, and horse-drawn carriages offer a very gentle tour of the historic harbour. Established in 1843 as a fort for the Hudson's Bay Company, Victoria's British ancestry is apparent in the double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages, formal gardens and tearooms. The city is now a cosmopolitan centre with a lively entertainment scene and a wonderful array of attractions. After hotel check-in, head out to explore - a harborside stroll is the perfect way to stretch your legs and get acquainted with this quaint coastal city.

Day 3 – Victoria Sightseeing
The morning is yours to explore Victoria, a city filled with interesting locations and an abundance of history. Discover Government street through Old Town to Victoria’s Chinatown, a National Historic Site of Canada. Here you pass through Fan Tan Alley and the amazing Gates of Harmonious Interest in the oldest Chinatown in North America! Guests traveling in December may also have the chance to enjoy the Butchart Gardens at night, lit up by thousands of twinkling Christmas lights. The choice is up to you! Ask your agent for possible tour options to add while you are in Victoria.

Day 4 – Victoria to Vancouver
Travel back to Vancouver by coach and ferry, where glistening harbor waters and snowcapped mountains complement the downtown skyline. Sip a cocktail overlooking the busy harbor at sunset, join Vancouverites on a circuit of the Sea Wall, or start loading up on some souvenirs from trendy Robson Street.

Day 5 – Vancouver Sightseeing
Spend the day getting to know Vancouver. Visit English Bay and Stanley Park, before traveling to the lush North Shore. A thrilling experience awaits at the Capilano Suspension Bridge, swaying high above the Canyon.

Day 6 – Vancouver to Whistler sightseeing
Your adventure continues today, as you journey to Whistler. With a small group and naturalist guide, travel the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway through some of Canada's most rugged coastal mountain scenery. Walk through old growth rain forest to witness ancient trees. Stop to view stunning Shannon Falls, before arriving in charming Whistler. Feel the excitement of this busy mountain hamlet, and get out to join in the fun.

Day 7 – Discover Whistler on your Canada Vacation
Today is yours to explore Whistler. Sample the array of world-class bistros, take a soak at the Scandinave Spa, or ask your agent to book you an authentic Canadian excursion, such as dogsledding, snowmobiling, or show shoeing.

Day 8 – Whistler, then onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian train
You are on vacation, so enjoy a relaxing morning. Later this afternoon, a transfer takes you from Whistler to Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station. Your train awaits, so climb aboard VIA Rail's Canadian train and settle into your cozy cabin. Meet new traveling companions over a glass of wine in the lounge car, as you anticipate tomorrow’s voyage through the snow-covered Canadian Rockies. Tonight you are lulled to sleep by the rocking of the train, as snow falls outside.

Day 9 – Arrive in Jasper National Park
Peek out of your window this morning to see soaring mountain valleys, and snow-covered trees. Watch for wildlife as you relax in the Canadian train’s glass roofed dome car. The crisp mountain air will refresh you as you step off the train in Jasper, one of the Canadian Rockies’ quaint mountain towns.

Day 10 – Your choice of winter activities in Jasper
Unlike most Canada tours, you can choose the pace today - it's your trip! Join a small group to walk eerie Maligne Canyon, adorned with frozen waterfalls and alive with wildlife. See ice-climbers scaling the canyon walls - a thrilling sight! Alternately, take a winter wildlife spotting tour, guided by a local expert. Maybe you'll be the first to see a moose’s antlers peeking through the branches of an evergreen mountain forest. Feeling content and rosy-cheeked after the day's adventures, snuggle up next to a roaring fire with a glass of wine to reminisce.

Day 11 – Travel the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise on your Canada Vacation
This morning, say goodbye to beautiful Jasper. Embark on a spectacular journey along the Icefields Parkway as each turn reveals frozen waterfalls and endless mountain valleys. The grand finale of the day awaits, as Lake Louise reveals itself. Snow encrusted peaks seem to plunge into the frozen waters and glaciers tumble down the mountainsides.

Spend the rest of the day on a tour of your choice - jingle through the lakeside forest on a sleigh ride, or glimpse winter wildlife on a guided snowshoe tour along the Great Divide. A gourmet dinner will warm your bones at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise this evening.

Day 12 – Lake Louise to Banff
Spend the morning at leisure in Lake Louise. Later this morning, travel the short distance from Lake Louise to Banff. Feel the mountain’s timeless embrace as you enjoy the day exploring on your own. Banff is the liveliest of the mountain towns on your Canadian holiday and the energy on Banff Avenue is contagious. Quaint shops give off a warm welcoming glow, and the scent of homemade maple fudge wafts out of sweet shops.

Day 13 – Explore the Canadian Rockies – Banff Heli Tour
You pick the pace today, as you soar over snow covered mountain valleys in a helicopter. If you're feeling energetic, meet a team of eager sled-huskies waiting to race you along mountaintop trails. For those wanting an easier pace, sit back and enjoy a half hour flightseeing adventure with a bird's eye view of the magnificent Canadian Rockies. Overnight in Banff.

Day 14 – Banff to Calgary Airport
Filled with memories of winter splendor, take time to watch for wildlife as you depart the Canadian Rockies. A two hour journey to Calgary's International Airport will bring your Canada Vacation to an end.

What we love about this trip

Seeing the majestic Canadian Rockies covered in snow

Sleeping on the train

Exploring Vancouver, Victoria, Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff

Luxurious resorts and lodges

Sightseeing with small groups

Wildlife spotting and helicopter excursion

You choose the pace of your activities

What Clients Say

We did not want to come home

We did not want to come home

Star Rating 5

We had an amazing time. We did not want to come home, and in fact are thinking about moving over as we liked it so much! The Fairmont hotels we just unbelievable, we regretted not staying in more of them! They gave us free upgrades, champagne, chocolates and they were so helpful. There was a bit of... read more

What's Included

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

Vancouver sightseeing tour - Vancouver sightseeing tour
Vancouver sightseeing tour
Optional Butchart Gardens tour - Optional Butchart Gardens tour
Optional Butchart Gardens tour
Maligne Canyon Ice Walk - Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
Banff heli-tour - Banff heli-tour
Banff heli-tour

Accommodations:
• 12 nights of hotel accommodation
• 1 night in a private cabin for 1 or 2 aboard VIA Rail's Canadian train including 1 breakfast & 1 lunch

Sightseeing & Activities:
• Vancouver Sightseeing Tour, with Capilano Suspension Bridge
• Vancouver to Whistler sightseeing tour
• Dining Experience at the Chateau Lake Louise
• Private Victoria Tour for deluxe and deluxe plus only
Your choice:
• Maligne Valley Wildlife tour or Maligne Canyon Icewalk* in Jasper
• Lake Louise sleigh ride* or Great Divide snowshoeing*
• Banff helicopter tour - Mount Assiniboine flightseeing or Heli-dogsledding*

Transfers:
• One way ferry transfer between Victoria and Vancouver
• Helicopter from Vancouver to Victoria
• Whistler to Vancouver train station
• Train station transfer in Jasper
• Jasper, 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
• Comfort and Superior guests, please ask your agent about adding on a day tour in Victoria, availability will vary with the season.
• Transfers for comfort and superior guests will be by motor coach.
• Transfers for deluxe will be with a private driver except between Vancouver and Victoria, and Whistler and Vancouver
• Deluxe plus guest will travel by helicopter both ways between Vancouver and Victoria and will receive all private transfers and tours

*Seasonal Restrictions: All seasons may vary depending on weather

 

Not Included

• Meals & activities unless otherwise mentioned
• Airfare
• Gratuities
for scheduled services and incidentals
• Taxes
• Trip Cancellation Insurance

 

 

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
Extending your trip to marvel at the winter scenery
Extending your trip to marvel at the winter scenery
• Optional winter activities, including skiing (downhill and cross-country), snowmobiling, or spa treatments
• Extra nights anywhere you choose

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.

Delta Whistler Village Suites - ExteriorDelta Whistler Village Suites - RoomDelta Whistler Village Suites - Pool

Delta Whistler Village Suites

An example of our Comfort and Superior accommodations

Located in the heart of the village and surrounded by Whistler's exciting buzz, the Delta Whistler Village Suites offers the comfort of suite accommodations, the convenience of a full service hotel and genuine care from all its staff. Services include health club, outdoor heated pool, two restaurants, in Resort shuttle service, ski storage and ski rental shop.

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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 Chateau Lake Louise - Exterior of ChateauFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Skating on Lake LouiseFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - The Chateau Lounge

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.

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 2016 - 2017
(this trip can also start in Calgary, please call or email for start dates)

January 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24*, 27, 31
February 3, 7*,10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
March 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21

Trip Start Dates for 2017 - 2018
(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

* Itinerary variations may apply on this date. Give us a call or send an email for more information.

Notes
Thinking of travelling 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 $4,387to US $4,738per 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 $5,437to US $5,871per 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 $6,970to US $7,527per 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 $10,431to US $11,266per 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.

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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

We did not want to come home

Star Rating 5
March 23, 2011

We had an amazing time. We did not want to come home, and in fact are thinking about moving over as we liked it so much! The Fairmont hotels we just unbelievable, we regretted not staying in more of them! They gave us free upgrades,... read more champagne, chocolates and they were so helpful. There was a bit of a problem with a flat tire on the car, but it looks like they have under-charged us for the one way drop off fee by about $150 CAD so I wasn't going to follow it up in case they figured it out. We will certainly pass on your details to anyone who is coming over, and we will be in touch if we can afford to come back for our anniversary. The Fairmont Palliser said they would give us a complementary Penthouse suite upgrade! Thanks again for all your help.

Everyone is very friendly

Star Rating 5
May 27, 2006

The trip was absolutely wonderful - I'm in love with Banff and hope to return for a longer stay next time. It's the most beautiful area in Canada I've seen - and being a tourist/arts town, everyone is very friendly and relaxed.

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