Canadian Rockies Winter Escape by Train
starting from US $2,199per person
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Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver and Board the Canadian Train
Meet your driver at the Vancouver Airport and ride in comfort to the train station. Your train awaits this evening, so climb aboard VIA Rail's Canadian and settle into a cozy cabin. You will experience the best of Canada by train, as you savor a glass of wine in the dome car while you meet your traveling companions. Fall asleep looking forward to tomorrow's voyage through the wintery Canadian Rockies. Overnight on board in a private cabin.
Day 2 – Into the heart of the Canadian Rockies – 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 3 - Explore Jasper National Park
Spend the day exploring the jewel of the Rockies, Jasper.
You have 2 options to choose from today:
• Option 1: Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
If you’re feeling adventurous, strap on some ice cleats and walk the floor of Maligne Canyon today with a group and expert guide! You’ll be surrounded by icefalls and rock formations that will take your breath away! Learn about Jasper’s Maligne Valley and disappearing “Medicine Lake” as you walk about. 2 miles exploring one of Jasper’s most impressive winter adventures.
• Option 2: 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.
Day 4 – The Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Lake Louise
This morning, enjoy a scenic transfer along the most famous road in the Rockies - the Icefields Parkway - recognized as one of Canada’s most beautiful drive. Each turn reveals frozen waterfalls and impossibly vast mountain valleys, so be sure to have your camera ready!
You have 2 options to choose from this afternoon:
• Option 1: Snowshoe Adventure
Take to the great outdoors by putting on snowshoes and exploring the area - if you can walk, you can snowshoe! Your guide will help you venture into the forest for the walk of a lifetime. But you’ll do more than just put one foot in front of the other: Learn to read the tracks of different animals and discover who is hunting who for lunch!
• Option 2: Enchanted Sleigh Ride
A winter sleigh ride by horse drawn carriage is the perfect way to start your afternoon in Lake Louise. Blankets will keep you warm as you travel slowly to the end of the lake and relive the experience of the original visitors to Lake Louise.
Reflect on your unique Canadian experience while enjoying a delicious Swiss Fondue dinner at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Your Canadian vacation includes a stay at the spectacular Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Overnight in Lake Louise.
Day 5 – Lake Louise – Rocky Mountain Beauty & Transfer to Calgary
You have 2 options to choose from today:
• Option 1: Dog Sledding Experience
Dog sledding is the most popular winter activity and an adventure suitable for anyone. Bundled in the sled with warm blankets, cushions and a cozy corduroy sled bag, your dog sledding tour takes you along the base of giant peaks in Lake Louise to a pass at the Continental Divide, the high point separating the east of North America from the west of North America. Get to know the dogs, their guides, the basics of mushing and even a chance to drive the team of dogs back to the base!
• Option 2: Johnston Canyon Ice Walk & $75 Fairmont Gift Card
Marvel at stilled waterfalls and dazzling pillars of blue as you explore the surprising magic of this winter wonderland. Your day begins with a 30 min. drive from the hotel to the trail head located on the scenic Bow Valley Parkway. After donning special “ice cleats” you will journey up the canyon on numerous suspended catwalks. An experience not to be missed. Also included is a $75 Fairmont gift card to use at any Fairmont property for dining, spa, or activities.
Later this afternoon, take a scenic transfer to Calgary, Alberta’s largest city. Overnight in Calgary.
Day 6 - Depart Calgary Airport
Much too soon you leave the fresh air and colorful sights of Canada, as your Canadian train trip comes to an end.
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).
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
The trip was just what we wanted
The trip was just what we wanted. The perfect blend of leisure and activity time, all in a fantastic setting. The dog sledding was a highlight for us. Fresh Tracks were VERY helpful! 24hrs before start of trip we discovered an expired passport. They helped us get it renewed and rebook the entire... read more
Bill, CA, USA
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.
An example of our Superior accommodations
Jasper's Sawridge Inn is a favourite among travellers looking for understated luxury at affordable prices. Unwind in newly renovated rooms with marble bathrooms and take a dip in the large indoor pool.
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 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.
Trip Start DatesTrip start dates for 2017-18
(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, 27
March 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20
* Itinerary and price variations may occur for travel over Christmas, New Years and holidays. Give us a call for additional information.
Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.
Comfort Level Hotels
from US $2,199to US $2,374per 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 $2,399to US $2,590per 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.
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Deluxe Level Hotels
from US $3,199to US $3,455per 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
Winter train journey into the Canadian Rockies
Staying at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Seeing the best of the Canadian Rockies in winter
Myriad of wonderful winter activities at your own pace
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On this Canada vacation by train, you’ll be whisked to the heart of the frozen Canadian Rocky mountains. Enjoy authentic Canadian winter activities like snowshoeing or ice walks into mysterious canyons, to fill your days. In the evening cozy up next to a crackling fire in wonderful mountain accommodations, as the snow falls outside.
Arrive Vancouver → 1 night VIA Rail → 2 nights Jasper → 1 night Lake Louise → 1 night Calgary → Depart Calgary
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Customer Reviews & Testimonials
The trip was just what we wanted
February 12, 2017
The trip was just what we wanted. The perfect blend of leisure and activity time, all in a fantastic setting. The dog sledding was a highlight for us. Fresh Tracks were VERY helpful! 24hrs before start of trip we discovered an... read more expired passport. They helped us get it renewed and rebook the entire trip the following week, while minimizing any penalties.
Bill, CA, USA
Thank you for arranging such a fabulous holiday
April 3, 2016
Thank you for arranging such a fabulous holiday in Western Canada. All the connections went smoothly, the tours and staff were both knowledgeable and courteous and the accommodation was superb. I have never seen so much snow in... read more my life, we were very excited. I can now understand why Tofino has a special place in your heart. It was beautiful. We were also fortunate to see so many blossoms and bulbs on the coast. I could go on, but I will just reiterate what a special place Canada is, and not just because it is full of Aussies!
Margaret & Richard, NSW, Australia
The ladies absolutely raved about the wonderful dog sled ride
February 10, 2016
The trip was fantastic and that is largely due to huge part you guys played in it. Thank you. The train ride was very fun and the train kept its schedule. We ate well and enjoyed the scenery and our fellow travellers. The cars... read more are well appointed. We're thinking of taking a longer train ride so we can get used to the unique aspects of sleeping on a moving train. The bus rides from Jasper to Lake Louise and from Lake Louise to Calgary offered wonderful views and were quite comfortable. The hotel room in Jasper was super and very nicely appointed. We saw caribou from the balcony. I cannot say enough good about the Fairmont hotel, the personnel, and the geology. All are wonderful. It's a good thing I didn't splurge and get a better room with a lake view because, had I, we never would have left the room. We'd have just set up chairs at the window and spent the time staring at nature's beauty. The hotel's food is first rate and its accommodations are quite comfortable. The sleigh ride was fun and the ladies absolutely raved about the wonderful dog sled ride. Thank you again for all your help.
Lane, Waneta & Sheila, NC, USA
We loved everything
March 22, 2013
I want to thank you so much for putting such an amazing trip together for us. Everything we did worked out so nicely and was a wonderful experience. We loved everything – the people from Snowy Owl dog sledding were wonderful... read more and the dogs were terrific, too. I have given your name to many people because we would love to them to experience what we have done. Thanks again.
Kathi, NY, USA
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