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Winter in Jasper

Jasper Winter Vacation By Train

7

days

starting fromUS $2,110per 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.

Jasper Winter Vacation by Train

Travel by train for a relaxing start and end to your Jasper winter vacation! Choose to ski everyday at Jasper's local Marmot Basin or mix it up with a thrilling selection of winter activities to keep you busy during the day. Feel like a true Canadian, as you experience dogsledding, snowshoeing, or magical icewalks in Maligne Canyon. Hand-picked activities and hotels have been selected to make this a great winter vacation for anyone.

Trip Outline

7 Days / 6 Nights

Depart Vancouver 1 night onboard VIA Rail 4 nights Jasper 1 night onboard VIA Rail Arrive Vancouver

Jasper Winter Vacation by Train - Map

Availability

DecJanFebMar

Places Visited

Jasper

Accommodation Style

Hotel

Activity Level

Easy to Moderate

What you'll love about this trip

  • Spectacular changing winter landscapes passes you by while in the comfort your cozy train cabin

  • Chance to walk on a frozen canyon, try dogsledding, or go snow shoeing

  • Ski everyday for a true family ski vacation

  • Sleep onboard VIA rail's Canadian train, a bucket-list adventure for many

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.

  • Am I on the train the whole time?

    All of our trips include stops to get off the train to explore Canada's beautiful locations, national parks and unique cities. However, if you're keen to maximize your time onboard, we'll pair you up with the perfect train experience.

  • 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.

  • What is the train experience like?

    Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in the US or Europe), the two main rail providers here are driven by tourism. You'll experience the romance of true trans-continental rail travel, with a wide selection of services, accommodation types, and great food.

  • 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

Watch pristine winter forests pass by, as you enjoy 'Sleeper Plus' class on the Canadian train.

Watch pristine winter forests pass by, as you enjoy 'Sleeper Plus' class on the Canadian train.

Explore the charming town of Jasper

Explore the charming town of Jasper

Choose to ski either just one day or all of the days while in Jasper

Choose to ski either just one day or all of the days while in Jasper

Discover glimmering walls of ice in frozen canyons

Discover glimmering walls of ice in frozen canyons

Spend a full day on a thrilling dog sledding activity in the Canadian Rockies.

Spend a full day on a thrilling dog sledding activity in the Canadian Rockies.

Get a taste of Canadian winter activities

Get a taste of Canadian winter activities

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 – Board VIA Rail’s Canadian – Vancouver to Jasper
This morning the excitement builds as you board the Canadian Train for your overnight journey to the Canadian Rockies. A panoramic dome car – where you can relax, unwind, and see the sights all around you – is only a short walk from your cabin. Tasty meals are served in an elegant yet casual dining car and chatting over a drink with fellow travelers makes the day pass by all too quickly. Enjoy the journey as you travel further toward the Canadian Rockies.

Overnight in a private cabin.

 

Day 2 – Arrive in Jasper
Continue northeast through the Caribou Mountains and enter the spectacular Canadian Rockies. Wake up on board The Canadian train and enjoy the winter views outside your window. The snow is glistening on mountain peaks of the Canadian Rockies as you end your journey in the little mountain town of Jasper. Step off the train and breathe the fresh mountain air before being transported to your hotel.

Overnight in Jasper.

 

Day 3 – Explore Jasper National Park
Wake up to your first day in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy a fresh cup of hot coffee as you gaze at the frozen mountain scenery outside. Choose from two iconic winter adventures today.

 

• Option 1: Dog Sledding Tour
This morning you will be picked up at your hotel and driven through Jasper National Park into Valemount, British Columbia where you will begin your adventure. From here you will 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

• Option 2: Privately Guided Snow Shoeing
Strap on some snowshoes and head out with a knowledgeable private guide. Journey across a deep blanket of snow as you learn about the history, geology, and ecology of the Canadian Rockies.  Along the way, search for animal tracks, and listen for the song of the chickadee.
Activity rating: Easy to Moderate

• Option 3: Lift Pass and Ski or Snowboard Rental
Spend the day on the slopes of Marmot Basin with your choice of ski or snowboard rentals.
Activity rating: Moderate to Challenging

Overnight in Jasper.

 

Day 4 – Explore Jasper National Park
Put on your boots, parka, and mitts and immerse yourself in the wonderful winter activities at your doorstep. Choose from one of the following 3 activity options today:

 

• Option 1: Lift Pass and Ski or Snowboard Rental
Spend the day on the slopes of Marmot Basin with your choice of ski or snowboard rentals.
Activity rating: Moderate to Challenging

• Option 2: Jasper Food Tasting Tour
Visit four restaurants and taste four carefully handpicked dishes, each paired with a specialty beverage on a guided walking foodie tour of Jasper.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 3: Half Day Scenic Train Journey
This is the perfect tour for true train enthusiasts. Enjoy breathtaking views of the 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

Overnight in Jasper.

 

Day 5 – Jasper Winter Adventures
Another day spent enjoying the town of Jasper and one of the many winter activities to choose from nearby.  You have 3 options to choose from today:

 

• Option 1: Morning Discovery Tour of Jasper
Take in the beautiful winter landscape around Jasper. Your knowledgeable guide will bring the group to seek out and learn about the most iconic creatures and places around. Sit back and enjoy the winter scenery from the warmth and comfort of a small tour bus.
Activity rating: Easy

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

After the ice walk or wildife tour you will continue with your guide to a nearby lake where you’ll be able to try some skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or all three activities. Plus keep warm with a toasty bonfire cooking up smokies, s’mores and of course enjoying some hot chocolate.

OR

• Option 3: Lift Pass and Ski or Snowboard Rental
Spend the day on the slopes of Marmot Basin with your choice of ski or snowboard rentals.
Activity rating: Moderate to ChallengingOvernight in Jasper.

Overnight in Jasper.

 

Day 6 – Depart from Jasper
It’s time to once again board the Canadian for your return overnight journey back to Vancouver. Reminisce with your family of your most favourite moments of  your Jasper winter vacation.

Overnight onboard VIA rail.

 

Day 7 – Arrive in Vancouver
This morning the train pulls into Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station where your winter vacation comes to an end.

Start Dates

2020/2021 Trip Start Dates:
December 18, 25
January 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 12

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 Crimson

    The Crimson

    The Crimson is a 99 room hotel featuring spacious guestrooms, studios, and suites as well as an indoor pool and fitness room. Centrally located in the mountain town of Jasper, The Crimson is the perfect launching pad for exploring the Canadian Rockies.

    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.

    Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper

    Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper

    Jasper’s Sawridge Inn is a favourite among travellers looking for understated luxury at affordable prices. Unwind in comfortable rooms with marble bathrooms and take a dip in the large indoor pool.

  • What's Included

    What's Included

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

    Accommodations:
    • 4 hotel nights

    Train Experiences:
    • Sleeper Plus Class, onboard The Canadian Train between Vancouver and Jasper Round-Trip

    Jasper Experiences:

    Day 3 – Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Lift pass and rentals for Marmot Basin Ski Resort (includes transport)
    2. Dogsledding Tour
    3. Private Snow Shoe Tour

    Day 4 – Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Lift pass and rentals for Marmot Basin Ski Resort (includes transport)
    2. Jasper Food Tour
    3. Half Day Train Journey to Dunster

    Day 5 – Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Maligne Canyon Icewalk, and Fire, Food & Fun Tour
    2. Wildlife Discovery Tour, and Fire, Food & Fun Tour
    3. Lift pass and rentals for Marmot Basin Ski Resort (includes transport)

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Jasper Train Station transfers

    Meal Inclusions:
    • Breakfast at hotel each morning
    •  Meals onboard VIA Rail (Lunch served in cabin)

    Other Inclusions:
    • Digital Travel Documentation Package
    • 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:
    • 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 may be limited over the holiday season, your Vacation Advisor will provide advice on your available options.
    • The Half Day Dunster Train Tour runs Sundays, Wednesdays & Fridays only
    • The Dog Sledding Tour is only available Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays


    Not Included

    • Meals, unless otherwise mentioned
    • Airfare
    • Gratuities (unless otherwise indicated)
    • Taxes
    • Trip Cancellation and Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended – ask us for a quote!)

     

    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 optional winter activities, including spa treatments or skating.
    • Continue to Edmonton to do some shopping at West Edmonton Mall.
    • Venture to Banff National Park, to explore Lake Louise and Banff.

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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