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Christmas in the Rockies

Canadian Rockies Winter Adventure

8

days

starting fromUS $1,590per 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

8 Days / 7 Nights

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

Canadian Rockies Winter Getaway - Map

Availability

DecJanFebMar

Places Visited

CalgaryBanffJasper

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

  • Amazing photographic opportunities in the Canadian Rockies

  • Seamless transfers in each city from start to finish

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 magnificent canyons on a unique guided ice walk.

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

Or choose a snowmobiling adventure through beautiful snow-covered trails of the Canadian Rockies.

Or choose a snowmobiling adventure through beautiful snow-covered trails of the Canadian Rockies.

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 from the Icefields Parkway.

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

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 – Canadian Vacation Begins – Calgary to the Canadian Rockies
The cool, crisp air in Calgary is invigorating as you start your Canadian winter vacation. 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: Explore Banff & Banff Gondola Admission
You have a full day to explore Banff on own with admission to the Banff Gondola included. Journey to the top of Sulphur Mountain, 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: Massage and Spa 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: Marmot Basin Ski Day
Enjoy Jasper’s fluffy powder snow and spectacular mountain scenery while you spend the day on Marmot Basin. There are 91 ski runs to choose from spread over four mountain faces with 3,000 vertical feet of drop. Lift ticket and choice of ski or snowboard rentals are included today.
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.

Start Dates

Calgary Trip Start Dates
Daily departures from December 10, 2020 to March 25, 2021

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

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:
    • 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. Marmot Basin 1 day ski lift ticket & ski or snowboard rental
    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:
    • 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.

     

    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, 2020 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)

    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.
    • 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.

Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you

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  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
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