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Christmas in the Rockies

Canadian Rockies Winter Adventure

7

days

starting fromUS $1,580per person

  • Choose your own activities and experiences to make the most of your trip.
  • Have all the details of your trip organized and arranged for you.

Explore Snow Covered Rocky Mountains

Discover a winter paradise in the Canadian Rockies on a week-long independent vacation. Discover snow-covered Banff and Jasper National Parks, whilst enjoying your choice of guided iconic winter activities. Everything is pre-arranged, including transfers, the best hotels of the Canadian Rockies, and unique winter experiences. Choose from relaxing sightseeing, winter wildlife viewing, a snow train experience and more.

Trip Outline

7 Days / 6 Nights

Arrive Calgary 2 nights Banff 1 night Lake Louise 2 nights Jasper 1 night Calgary Depart Calgary

Canadian Rockies Winter Adventure - Map

Availability

DecJanFebMar

Places Visited

CalgaryBanffLake LouiseJasper

Accommodation Style

Hotel

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

  • Discover Canada’s National Parks in Winter

  • Great choice of activities catered to your interests

  • Lots of photo opportunities in the Canadian Rockies

  • Seamless connections from start to finish

  • The best hotel selection

Common Questions

  • Is this an escorted tour?

    Our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

  • Can this trip be made shorter or longer?

    Absolutely! We personalize all our clients' trips to fit their exact tastes and needs. You can add days at locations that you'd like to explore and spend more time at. Or leave out certain areas that don't interest you as much. Discuss your travel goals with our Canadian Insiders who make sure that your trip fits your needs and budget.

  • Can I customize this trip?

    Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can get your FREE personalized trip plan and decide what you'd like to see and do.

    If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    You'll be staying at various local three to five star hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

  • How much does my trip cost?

    All our trips are personalized to fit our clients' schedule and budget. The price of your trip generally depends on the travel season, train service, accommodations, and the sightseeing tours you take. Please request your personalized quote which will provide you with the detailed information you need.

  • What is included in the price?

    Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive your detailed digital travel documents, and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal throughout your trip to answer any questions.

  • What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

    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.

  • 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.

This Trip in Pictures

Discover a winter paradise on your Canadian Rockies winter getaway.

Discover a winter paradise on your Canadian Rockies winter getaway.

Arrive in the charming town of Banff and enter a winter wonderland.

Arrive in the charming town of Banff and enter a winter wonderland.

Choose to spend the day exploring frozen canyons on a guided ice walk.

Choose to spend the day exploring frozen canyons on a guided ice walk.

After a day of adventure, unwind with a stroll and browse the shops along Banff Avenue.

After a day of adventure, unwind with a stroll and browse the shops along Banff Avenue.

Make the most of your time by upgrading to a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour.

Make the most of your time by upgrading to a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour.

Spend your time discovering the winter wildlife of Jasper National Park.

Spend your time discovering the winter wildlife of Jasper National Park.

Get to know the creatures that call this winter landscape home.

Get to know the creatures that call this winter landscape home.

Ask your Vacation Advisor about adding extra time for skiing or snowboarding in the Canadian Rockies.

Ask your Vacation Advisor about adding extra time for skiing or snowboarding in the Canadian Rockies.

Recommended Itinerary

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized trip plan for you that matches your travel style, schedule and budget.

Day 1 – Winter Vacation Begins – Calgary to Banff
Meet your transfer at the Calgary Airport and ride in comfort to the Canadian Rockies. Spend the night in Banff, one of the liveliest mountain towns on your Canadian holiday. Overnight in Banff.

 

Day 2 – Explore Banff and the Canadian Rockies
You have 4 options to choose from today:

 

• Option 1: Paint Pots Snowshoe Adventure
Strap on snowshoes and venture across the frozen Vermilion River! Suitable for beginners or experts, enjoy the views of Banff National Park as you walk approximately 3km (1.9mi) through the beautiful crisp snow. After this winter snowshoe, enjoy a uniquely Canadian treat – hot maple taffy frozen in the fresh snow.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2: Johnston Canyon Icewalk
This popular ice walk will lead you past the lower falls to the breathtaking upper icefalls. Travel through prime wildlife habitat and learn how Johnston Canyon was formed. Walking distance is 5.4km (3.4 miles) with an elevation gain of 125m (443 ft).
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Banff Sightseeing Tour
At a leisurely pace, head out with a small group and driver-guide to discover the icy wilderness around the town of Banff. You’ll learn about the natural environment, historic landmarks, and the survival habits of the region’s wildlife.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 4: Dog Sledding Tour (extra cost)
Travel to Canmore, about an hour from Banff, where you will meet a team of friendly huskies waiting to whisk you through the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies. Harness the dogs and drive the team yourself, or simply enjoy the experience as a passenger. Either way, this is sure to be one of your most memorable Canadian experiences. Includes transportation to Canmore.
Activity rating: Moderate

Overnight in Banff.

 

Day 3 – Banff and Lake Louise
Spend a morning in Banff before heading to Lake Louise, where the sight of glaciers, ice castles, and frozen waters greet you. This is truly a winter wonderland.

 

Morning Activity: Banff Gondola Ride
This morning head up the Banff Gondola for spectacular views of Banff’s vast, intersecting mountain ranges.

 

Afternoon Activity: Lake Louise Sleigh Ride
Take in the beauty of Lake Louise on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Cozy underneath a blanket, you’ll follow the lakeshore to frozen Louise Falls where Ice Climbers often can often be spotted.

 

Fondue Dinner at Chateau Lake Louise
Warm up with a delicious fondue dinner at the Walliser Stube restaurant. The cozy, swiss inspired décor and big view windows make this is the perfect place to spend a winter evening.
Overnight in Lake Louise.

 

Day 4 – Travel the Icefields Parkway – Lake Louise to Jasper
The morning is at your leisure in Lake Louise. Ask us about available activities at the Chateau, from outdoor adventures such as snow shoeing or skating, to more relaxing pursuits such as spa sessions. This afternoon, travel north along the Icefields Parkway, on one of the most scenic highways in the world. Each turn reveals frozen waterfalls and vast mountain valleys, so keep your camera ready! Your day concludes in the small mountain town of Jasper.

 

• Upgrade Option: Ice Bubbles Heli Safari (extra cost)
Join a winter experience like no other as you travel along the Icefields Parkway with a private driver. After a 2.5 hour transfer north, get an incredible view of the mountains on a 20-minute helicopter tour and wilderness snow shoe. Afterwards, visit beautiful Abraham Lake for a photo safari of the naturally occurring bubbles trapped in the ice. End your day with a drop off in Jasper.

Overnight in Jasper.

 

Day 5 – Explore Jasper
You have 3 options to choose from today:

 

• Option 1: Maligne Canyon Icewalk
Strap on some ice cleats and walk the frozen floor of Maligne Canyon today with a small group and guide. Marvel at beautiful icefalls and rock formations, and the ice climbers who scale the canyon walls. Learn about Jasper’s Maligne Valley and disappearing Medicine Lake as you walk approximately 3km (2 miles) exploring one of Jasper’s most impressive winter adventures.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2: Half Day Train Journey (Sundays only)
This is the perfect tour for train enthusiasts. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Canadian Rockies aboard VIA Rail’s Skeena train. Experience both the train and a small personalized sightseeing tour all in the same day. Travel the shores of the Fraser River and into British Columbia’s stunning Robson Valley.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 3: Jasper Morning Discovery Tour
Travel through the Athabasca Valley to see some of the park’s most beautiful scenery. Have your camera ready to snap photos of winter wildlife as you learn about the ecology of the park. There is minimal walking on this tour – you can sit back and enjoy the winter scenery from the comfort of a small sightseeing coach
Activity rating: Easy


• Suggested Add-On:
Afternoon Food Tour

What better way to warm up after a morning winter activity than a gourmet food adventure? Right after your morning tour, join a foodie guide to explore Jasper’s eclectic (and delicious) food scene on an afternoon tasting tour. Sample Canadian classics, locally brewed beers, and globally inspired cuisine through four handpicked dishes – paired with an alcoholic beverage.

Activity rating: Easy

Overnight in Jasper.

 

Day 6 – Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Calgary
Today you have a second chance to capture any pictures you may have missed on your journey up the Icefields Parkway. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you journey back to Calgary Airport for the final night of your Canadian Rockies winter vacation.
Overnight in Calgary.

 

Day 7 – Depart Calgary
Much too soon, your winter vacation in Canada comes to an end. Depart from Calgary Airport at your leisure.

Start Dates

2021-22 Calgary Trip Start Dates
December 13-15: Monday & Wednesday
December 17-30: Daily
January 1
January 3-March 23: Mondays & Wednesdays

Pricing

Prices of this trip vary by departure date, hotel class and the choice of activities. Request your quote to check availability or to book this trip.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodations

    Below are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.

    The Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa

    The Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa

    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

    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

    Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

    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.

  • What's Included

    What's Included

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    Accommodations:
    • 6 nights of hotel accommodation

    Banff Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Johnston Canyon Icewalk
    2. Paint Pots Snowshoe Adventure
    3. Banff Sightseeing Tour
    4. Dogsledding Tour (extra cost)

    • Included: Banff Gondola Ride

    Lake Louise Experience:
    • Sleigh Ride

    Jasper Experiences:
    1. Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
    2. Half Day Train Journey (Sundays only)
    3. Jasper Discovery Tour

    Suggested Add-On: Afternoon Food Tour

    Meal Inclusions:
    • Fondue Dinner in Lake Louise

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Transfers from Calgary airport to Banff, Banff to Lake Louise, Lake Louise to Jasper, and Jasper to Calgary*

    * Private transfers for Deluxe Level, bus transfers for Comfort and Superior Level

    Other Inclusions:
    • Digital Travel Documents
    • Gratuities for private transfer and tours (unless otherwise noted)
    • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

    Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
    • Activity options and itinerary may vary over holiday periods, your Vacation Advisor will provide advice on your available options.
    • Occasionally, activities may vary at time of travel due to weather conditions. Your Vacation Advisor will provide advice on the best timing for outdoor winter activities.


    Not Included

    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
    • Gratuities (unless otherwise indicated)
    • Taxes
    • Trip Cancellation or Medical Insurance (highly recommended)

    Ideas to customize your trip

    Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

    • Add on a longer, full day dog sledding experience in Jasper.
    • Add optional winter activities, including skiing (downhill and cross-country), spa treatments or skating.
    • Spend extra nights in the Canadian Rockies.
    • Take a sleeper train from Jasper to Vancouver

Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you

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  • Get a trip that covers everything you want to see.
  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
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