Winter getaway through the Rockies by train

Canadian Rockies Winter Escape by Train

7

days

starting from US $2,330per person

Star Rating 5

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

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Sample Itinerary

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

Day 1 – Begin Your Canadian Vacation – Arrive in Vancouver
The cool, crisp air in Vancouver is invigorating as you start your Canadian winter train vacation. Vancouver’s relatively mild weather is a great introduction to a Canadian winter but look to the north and discover the winter scene you’ve been dreaming of – Vancouver’s coastal mountains stand before you covered in pure white snow.

Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2 – Board VIA Rail’s Canadian Train – Vancouver to Jasper
Enjoy the day exploring the city of Vancouver at your leisure.

Later this evening, a cozy and comfortable cabin awaits on the Canadian train for your evening departure. 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 pass by all too quickly. Climb into your warm bed and fall asleep as you travel further toward the Canadian Rockies.

Overnight on board the train in your private cabin.


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 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! After being driven to your hotel, enjoy the evening at leisure.

Overnight in Jasper.

Day 4 – Explore Jasper
You have 3 options to choose from today:

• Option 1:
Winter Wonderland Snowshoe
Enjoy Jasper’s fluffy powder snow and spectacular mountain scenery on this snowshoe adventure. Join an experienced guide and learn about the stunning natural surroundings of Jasper National Park. This adventure includes snowshoes, poles, and transportation. No experience required.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2:
Maligne Canyon Icewalk
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 approx. 2 miles (3km) exploring one of Jasper’s most impressive winter adventures.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3:
Jasper Morning Discovery Tour
Join a knowledgeable guide and small group to seek out and learn about the ecology and rich diversity of Jasper National Park! Travel through the Athabasca Valley to some of the park’s most beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountain scenery – have your camera ready to capture amazing photos! There is minimal walking on this tour, so sit back and enjoy the winter scenery from the comfort of a sightseeing coach.
Activity rating: Easy

• Upgrade Option: Dog Sledding Tour (additional cost)
Travel by dog sled along 22 km (13 mi) of pristine winter scenery in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Learn the history of the area and the people amongst the crisp mountain air and the beautiful scenery that surrounds you. Enjoy lunch cooked over an open campfire, hot apple cider, and homemade treats.
Activity rating: Moderate

Overnight in Jasper.

Day 5 – Travel the Icefields Parkway and Lake Louise Activities
Welcome the morning as you head south along the Icefields Parkway today. You’re traveling along one of the most scenic highways in the world, so wipe the sleep from your eyes quickly! This scenery is just a warm up for the sight that greets you in Lake Louise – glaciers, ice castles, and frozen waters, this is truly a magical winter wonderland.

Included today:

Sleigh Ride at Lake Louise

A winter sleigh ride by horse drawn carriage is the perfect way to explore 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.
Activity rating: Easy

Feature Dinner in Lake Louise
After an afternoon of exploring the winter playground at Lake Louise warm yourself with an indulgent meal at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Surrounded by spectacular lake views and attentive service, enjoy a delicious 3-course meal.

Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 6 – Lake Louise Activity and Transfer to Calgary
You have 2 options to choose from today:

• Option 1:
Icefields Helicopter Tour
Travel back up the Icefields parkway to take part in one of the most remarkable and awe-inspiring helicopter experiences of your life. Deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies take off for incredible views of glaciers, frozen lakes and the natural beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Helicopter flight time is 12 minutes with the option to upgrade to longer flight times. Transportation from Lake Louise is included and takes approx. 1.5 hours each way along the scenic icefields parkway.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2:
Lake Louise Dog Sledding
Travel a full 16 km, or 10 miles, from Banff National Park to Yoho National Park through the Kicking Horse Pass at the Continental Divide. Plenty of time to take photos while travelling through striking mountain landscapes. On the return journey your guide will teach you the basics to mush your team home.
Activity rating: Moderate

Later this afternoon, take a scenic transfer to Calgary, Alberta’s largest city for the final night of your Canadian Rockies winter vacation.

Overnight in Calgary.

Insider tip: Ask your Vacation Advisor about extending your helicopter flight length to a 20, 30, or 55-minute tour. Or for those with an adventurous spirit, ask about a once in a lifetime opportunity to add a heli-snowshoe experience to your itinerary.

Day 7 – Depart Calgary Airport
Much too soon you leave the fresh air and colorful sights of Canada, as your Canadian train vacation comes to an end.

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

The trip was just what we wanted

The trip was just what we wanted

Star Rating 5

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

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
Maligne Canyon Icewalk - Maligne Canyon Icewalk
Maligne Canyon Icewalk
Sleigh Ride at Lake Louise - Sleigh Ride at Lake Louise
Sleigh Ride at Lake Louise
Indulging at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Indulging at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Indulging at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Accommodations:
• 5 nights accommodation
• 1 night onboard the VIA Rail Canadian Train, in a private cabin for 1 or 2

Train Experiences:
• Sleeper Plus Class, onboard the Canadian Train between Vancouver and Jasper (includes access to dome car)

Jasper Experiences:
• Choose 1 of 3:
1. Winter Wonderland Snowshoe
2. Maligne Canyon Icewalk
2. Jasper Morning Discovery Tour
Optional Upgrade:
• Dog Sledding Tour (Additional Cost)

Lake Louise Experiences:
• Sleigh Ride at Lake Louise
Plus
• Choose 1 of 2:
1. Icefields Helicopter Tour
2. Lake Louise Dog Sledding

Meal Inclusions:
• Breakfast and lunch onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian Train
• Feature Dinner in Lake Louise

Transfer Inclusions:
• Private transfers between Vancouver hotels, airport and train station
• Jasper train station transfers
• Scheduled bus transfers between Jasper and Lake Louise
• Scheduled bus transfer from Lake Louise to the Calgary airport upon departure

Other Inclusions:
• Documentation package
• 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.

Inclusions Notes:
Comfort and Superior hotels include scheduled coach transfers in the Rockies. Deluxe hotels are paired with private car and driver transfers in the Rockies.

Seasonal Restrictions:
• 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.
• Activity options are limited over Dec 24–26 and on Jan 1, your Vacation Advisor will provide advice on your available options.
• Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur.

 

Not Included

• Meals and 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...

A longer, full day dog sledding experience.
A longer, full day dog sledding experience.
Downhill or cross-country skiing
Downhill or cross-country skiing
A Northern Lights experience in the Yukon.
A Northern Lights experience in the Yukon.
Extend your helicopter tour.
Extend your helicopter tour.
Add on a longer, full day dog sledding experience in Jasper.
• Optional winter activities, including skiing (downhill and cross-country), spa treatments or skating.
• Add on a multi-day
Northern Lights experience in the Yukon.
• Extend your helicopter tour over the Icefields by adding on stop for snowshoeing or a stop at a frozen lake.

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.

Sawridge Inn - Exterior of hotelSawridge Inn - Restaurant at hotelSawridge Inn - Hotel in winter

Sawridge Inn

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 - 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 Chateau Lake Louise - Exterior of ChateauFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Skating on Lake LouiseFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - The Chateau LoungeFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Hotel in Winter

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 Dates

2018/2019 – Vancouver Start Dates
Dec  13, 17, 20*, 24, 27, 31
Jan  3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
Feb  4, 7, 11*, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
Mar  4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25

2018/2019 – Calgary Start Dates
Dec  14, 17, 21, 24*, 28, 31
Jan  4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
Feb  1, 4, 8, 11, 15*, 18, 22, 25
Mar  1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25

Note:
* Itinerary and price variations may occur for travel over Christmas, New Years and holidays. Give us a call for additional information.

Trip Prices

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 $2,330to US $3,218per 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 $2,490to US $3,866per 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 $3,590to US $5,065per 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.

Trip Outline

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

Canadian Rockies Winter Escape by Train – Map Train travelling through wintery snow covered forest Couple on a Maligne Canyon ice walk in the Canadian Rockies Lake Louise and the Fairmont Chateau in winter A winter dogsled ride Ice skating outside the Chateau Lake Louise Group on a horse drawn sleigh ride on Lake Louise in winter
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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

The trip was just what we wanted

Star Rating 5
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.

Thank you for arranging such a fabulous holiday

Star Rating 5
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!

The ladies absolutely raved about the wonderful dog sled ride

Star Rating 5
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.

We loved everything

Star Rating 5
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.

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