Christmas in the Rockies

Canadian Rockies Winter Vacation

8

days

starting from US $1,590per person

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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 – Canadian Vacation Begins – Calgary to the Canadian Rockies
The cool, crisp air in Calgary is invigorating as you start your Canadian winter train trip. Meet your transfer at the Calgary Airport and ride in comfort as you enjoy the changing scenery through the Canadian Rockies. Spend the night in Banff, one of the liveliest mountain towns on your Canadian holiday. Quaint shops give off a warm welcoming glow, and the scent of homemade maple fudge wafts out of sweet shops.

Feature Dinner in Banff
We want to make sure your trip gets off to a great start! Enjoy a delicious meal in a great setting that ensures you make memories as your trip begins.

Overnight in Banff.

Day 2 – Explore Banff and the Canadian Rockies
You have 3 options to choose from today:

• Option 1: Banff Gondola Admission
Journey to the top of Sulphur Mountain with admission to the Banff Gondola. Glide up over the treetops and step out into a jaw-dropping mountaintop experience at an elevation of 2,281m (7,486 ft). There is a boardwalk to enjoy, theater with short shows, and interpretive center. The scenery is stunning – you won’t want to miss this!
Activity rating: Easy

• 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: 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

Overnight in Banff.

Day 3 – Discover Winter Paradise in Banff
You have 3 options to choose from today:

• Option 1: Spa and Massage Experience
Relax in the Canadian Rockies with the feeling of pure serenity. A visit to a luxurious spa surrounded by mountain vistas and ancient glaciers provides the perfect setting to restore and revitalize. Enjoy being pampered with a 60-min signature spa experience and access to spa facilities.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Dog Sledding Tour
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

• Option 3: Snowmobiling Adventure in the Rockies
This exciting adventure offers fun for the whole family. Canadian Rocky Mountain vistas surround you as you ride through the snowy powder in the Kicking Horse Valley above the tree line. Enjoy a delicious mountainside BBQ lunch with your fellow riders while warming up by the fire before heading back to town.
Activity rating: Moderate

Insider tip: Personalize your trip by adding a ski package in the Canadian Rockies and hit the world-famous slopes of Lake Louise and Banff National Park.

Overnight in Banff.

Day 4 – Travel the Icefields Parkway – Banff to Jasper
The morning is at your leisure in Banff. This afternoon, travel north along the Icefields Parkway, on one of the most scenic highways in the world. Each turn reveals frozen waterfalls and impossibly vast mountain valleys, so keep your camera ready! Your day concludes in the rustic mountain town of Jasper.

• Upgrade Option: Icefields and Bubbles Heli Safari (additional cost)
Join a winter experience like no other along the icefields parkway, beginning with a 2.5 hour transfer north. Achieve an incredible view of the icefields with a 20-minute helicopter tour, soaring over glaciers and frozen lakes, and landing in a remote spot for a pristine snowshoeing experience. The highlight of the day is visiting Abraham Lake for a photo safari of the naturally occurring bubbles trapped in the ice. After an exhilarating winter adventure, continue north along the Icefields Parkway in a warm and comfortable private transfer with driver, taking you all the way to your hotel in Jasper.

Overnight in Jasper.

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

• Option 1: Half Day Train Journey to Dunster
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 to the historic Dunster Station and into British Columbia’s stunning Robson Valley.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: 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 3: Jasper Food Tour
Discover the town of Jasper on a walking food tour. On a short 1.5km (1mi) guided walk learn about the town of Jasper while enjoying delicious tastings of food and drink at the best restaurants in Jasper. Tour includes four tasting locations with alcoholic drink pairings.
Activity rating: Moderate

Overnight in Jasper.

Day 6 – Discover Jasper National Park
You have 2 options to choose from today:

• Option 1: 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. 3km (2 miles) exploring one of Jasper’s most impressive winter adventures.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2: 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 mini coach.
Activity rating: Easy

• Upgrade Option: Dog Sledding Tour (additional cost)
Travel by dog sled along 22km (13mi) 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. Tour includes transportation.
Activity rating: Moderate

Overnight in Jasper.

Day 7 – 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 8 – Depart Calgary
Much too soon, your winter vacation in Canada comes to an end. Depart from Calgary Airport at your leisure.

Insider tip: Personalize your trip by adding a Northern Lights experience in the Yukon before or after your vacation.

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What's Included

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

Maligne Canyon Icewalk - Maligne Canyon Icewalk
Maligne Canyon Icewalk
Dog Sledding Tour - Dog Sledding Tour
Dog Sledding Tour
Feature Dinner in Banff - Feature Dinner in Banff
Feature Dinner in Banff
Optional Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain - Optional Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain
Optional Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain
Accommodations:
• 7 nights hotel accommodation

Banff Experiences:
Day 1
– Choose 1 of 3:
1. Banff Gondola
2. Johnston Canyon Icewalk
3. Paint Pots Snowshoe Adventure

Day 2 – Choose 1 of 3:
1. Spa and Massage Experience
2. Dog Sledding Tour
3. Snowmobiling Adventure in the Rockies

Icefield Experiences:
• Scheduled Bus Transfer
Optional Upgrade:
• Icefields and Bubbles Heli Safari (additional cost)

Jasper Experiences:
Day 1
– Choose 1 of 3:
1. Half Day Train Journey to Dunster
2. Winter Wonderland Snowshoe
3. Jasper Food Tour

Day 2 – Choose 1 of 2:
1. Maligne Canyon Icewalk
2. Jasper Morning Discovery Tour
Optional Upgrade:
• Dog Sledding Tour (additional cost)

Meal Inclusions:
• Feature Dinner in Banff

Transfer Inclusions:
• Scheduled bus transfer from Calgary airport to Banff upon arrival
• Scheduled bus transfers between Banff to Jasper and Jasper to Calgary

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 levels include scheduled bus transfers in the Rockies. Deluxe level is paired with private car and driver transfers.

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
• The Banff Gondola is not available for January 5–20, 2019 departures.
• Icefields and Bubbles Heli Safari upgrade option is only available for Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday departures.
• The Half Day Train Journey to Dunster is only available on Wednesday, Saturday and Monday departures.
• Activity options are limited over Dec 24–26 and on Jan 1, 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)

 

 

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...

Unique dog sledding experience
Unique 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
Extending your trip to marvel at the winter scenery
Extending your trip to marvel at the winter scenery
• 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.
• Extra nights in the Canadian Rockies.

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.

The Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Exterior of lodgeThe Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Lobby of lodgeThe Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Pool of lodgeThe Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa - Night exterior of lodge

The Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa

An example of our Comfort accommodations

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 overlooking the Bow ValleyRimrock Resort - Resort interior with an upscale feelRimrock Resort - Spectacular setting in every season

Rimrock Resort

An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

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 - Exterior view of the lodgeFairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Outdoor PoolFairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Wildlife sighting at the lodgeFairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Lake view

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

An example of our Deluxe Lodge accommodations

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.

 

Trip Start Dates

Calgary Trip Start Dates
Daily departures from December 10, 2018 to March 25, 2019

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 $1,590to US $2,041per 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 $1,790to US $2,463per 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 $3,490to US $4,849per 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 you'll love about
this trip

Discover Canada’s National Parks in Winter

Great choice of activities catered to your interests

Amazing photographic opportunities in the Canadian Rockies

Seamless transfers in each city from start to finish

Common Questions

Where am I staying on this trip?

You'll be staying at various local three to five start 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.

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 a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

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 request your free trip plan to 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.

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.

Is this an escorted tour?

With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, 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.

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).

How much does my trip cost?

All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

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

Arrive Calgary 3 nights Banff 3 nights Jasper 1 night Calgary Depart Calgary

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Do you want to get the most of your Canadian vacation in 2019? By booking early, you'll secure your ideal travel dates, the best hotel accommodations, space on Canada's spectacular touring trains, plus unique experiences.

And if you book before August 31, you'll also receive a 2018 PRICE FREEZE plus up to $1,200 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:

But hurry! This offer only lasts until midnight on August 31. Take advantage of the best availability, prices, and add-ons for 2019. Our friendly vacation advisors are standing by to help you plan your perfect Canadian vacation – so call or email today.

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There's no better place to experience the magic of winter than in Canada. Imagine… the romance of a train ride through a snowy landscape. Then, with glistening snow at your feet and crisp air on your face, marvel at the scenery as you enjoy guided winter activities.

With our Early Bird Winter Special Offer, now is the perfect time to book your vacation. Book before August 31, and you'll receive limited-time Early Bird Prices, plus a FREE night, to extend your trip.

Fresh Tracks Canada's Vacation Advisors are ready to help you plan your perfect winter vacation. Hurry and call or email now, while this special offer lasts!

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There is no better place to experience the magic of Christmas in Canada than in the Canadian Rockies. The glistening snow covered landscape provides a magical setting to make memories with loved ones as you explore outdoors, and warm yourself with cozy Christmas activities by the fire.

Now is the ideal time to book your trip, while space is still available. By booking now, you can also take advantage of our Christmas Special Offer.

Book a Christmas in the Canadian Rockies vacation before September 30, and you'll receive a $50 per person Fairmont Resorts Gift Card, to use towards additional Christmas activities on your trip. Use your Gift Card for stocking decorating, an Ice Bar Experience, Gingerbread House decorating, and more at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel.

Fresh Tracks Canada's Vacation Advisors are ready to help you plan your perfect Christmas vacation this winter. The holiday season books up fast – hurry and call or email now, while availability lasts!

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