Winter train trip through the Rockies

Rockies Rail Winter Wonderland

9

days

starting from US $3,030per person

Star Rating 5

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Sample Itinerary

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What Clients Say

We loved everything!

We loved everything!

Star Rating 5

We loved everything! Lake Louise is perfect. The helicopter and dogsledding were amazing on a perfect day. We were very impressed by the efficiency and good advice from Fresh Tracks. A small misunderstanding was fixed quickly and all arrangements worked perfectly. We would highly recommend them and... read more

What's Included

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

Vancouver Sightseeing Tour - Vancouver Sightseeing Tour
Vancouver Sightseeing Tour
Maligne Canyon Icewalk - Maligne Canyon Icewalk
Maligne Canyon Icewalk
Dog Sledding Tour - Dog Sledding Tour
Dog Sledding Tour
Sleigh Ride at Lake Louise - Sleigh Ride at Lake Louise
Sleigh Ride at Lake Louise
Accommodations:
• 7 nights of hotel accommodation
• 1 night onboard The 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)

Vancouver Experiences:
• Choose 1 of 3:
1.
Eagle Viewing Float Tour
2. Vancouver Sightseeing Tour
3. Vancouver Food Tour (
Thursdays - Granville Island Market Tour and Tasting, Mondays - Best of Downtown Tour and Tasting)

Jasper Experiences:
Day 1 – Choose 1 of 2:
1. Jasper Food Tour
2. Maligne Canyon Icewalk

Day 2 – Choose 1 of 3:
1. Half Day Train Journey to Dunster (Wednesday trip start dates only)
2. Winter Wonderland Snowshoe
3. Jasper Morning Discovery Tour

Optional Upgrade:
• Dog Sledding Tour ($215 pp additional cost)

Lake Louise Experiences:
• Choose 1 of 2:
1. Dog Sledding Introduction Tour
2. Afternoon Tea + Sleigh Ride at Lake Louise Combo

Banff Experiences:
Day 1 – Choose 1 of 3:
1. Banff Gondola
2. Johnston Canyon Evening 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

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

Transfer Inclusions:
• All airport and train station transfers
• Transfers between Jasper and Lake Louise, Lake Louise and Banff

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.

Important Schedule and Trip 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.
• The Banff Gondola is not available on the following Eastbound departures: Jan 2, 6, 9, 13
• 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)


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
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 Vancouver or the 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.

Georgian Court Hotel - Enjoy a soak  before heading out for a stroll along Robson StreetGeorgian Court Hotel - Join in the fun street atmosphere of Vancouver in the summerGeorgian Court Hotel - Sink into your comfy bed after a day of exploration

Georgian Court Hotel

An example of our Comfort accommodations

The Georgian Court Hotel features 180 guestrooms in a 12-story brick building, in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Enjoy a comfortable sleep in your elegant room, surf the internet with the complimentary wireless, or enjoy a meal on the seasonal patio.

Rimrock Resort - Exterior of resortRimrock Resort - Resort lobbyRimrock Resort - Rimrock during winterRimrock Resort - Many rooms have beautiful mountain views

Rimrock Resort

An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

The 4.5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, when you enter the main lobby, you are actually on the 7th floor, and the views from the pamorama of windows over the Bow Valley are simply stunning. The hotel has an upscale yet understated feel, and the service is impeccable.

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  12, 16, 19*, 23, 26, 30
Jan  2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
Feb  3, 6, 10*, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
Mar  3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24

2018/2019 – Calgary Start Dates
Dec  13, 16, 20, 23*, 27, 30
Jan  3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
Feb  3, 7, 10, 14*, 17, 21, 24, 28
Mar  3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24

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 $3,030to US $3,985per 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 $3,240to US $4,568per 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 $4,540to US $6,469per 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

Seeing the majestic Canadian Rockies in winter

Overnight rail journey on VIA Rail

Exploring Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff

Staying at unique resort town hotels

Possible wildlife spotting

Activities such as dog sledding, Ice Walks, and sightseeing

Common Questions

Where am I staying on this trip?

This trip features a sleeper train journey, and you'll get a comfortable private cabin on the train for the duration of your train ride. The trains feature common lounge areas and dining cars where you can socialize with fellow travelers.

When not on the train, 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.

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.

Featured train experiences:

  • VIA Rail is Canada's national train provider, with routes running Coast to Coast and through remote parts of northern Canada. The type of train depends on your journey, and can vary from the classic trans-continental sleeper trains to daylight trains with overnight stops.
  • Sleeper Trains feature a once in a lifetime adventure of sleeping on the train in comfortable cabins. You can relax in your private onboard accommodations, or enjoy local wines and chef-prepared meals in the dining car during this unforgettable 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.

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.

Trip Outline

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

Rockies Rail Winter Wonderland – Map A VIA RAil train travels through a winter landscape with snowy peaks in the distance Snow falls on some reindeer in Jasper National Park 2 women on a Maligne Canyon ice walk stand below the rock formations and icefalls Horses pull a sleigh carrying passengers for a ride over frozen Lake Louise surrounded by the Rocky Mountains A winter scene in the Rockies of a snow covered Moraine Lake Cascade Mountain in winter as seen from Banff town in the Rockies Winter dogsledding tour in the Canadian Rockies
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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

We loved everything!

Star Rating 5
February 25, 2017

We loved everything! Lake Louise is perfect. The helicopter and dogsledding were amazing on a perfect day. We were very impressed by the efficiency and good advice from Fresh Tracks. A small misunderstanding was fixed quickly and... read more all arrangements worked perfectly. We would highly recommend them and received a positive comment from one of the tour operators as well who said there were good lines of communication with them as well as the travellers.

It was a very memorable experience

Star Rating 5
February 12, 2017

It was great doing an elaborate winter vacation. This is something we have not really done before, where we pieced together an itinerary of dynamic and varied snowy activities. It was a very memorable experience.

We will definitely be returning to Canada again, it's just a question of when

Star Rating 5
January 6, 2015

The Rockies were amazing, and our family really enjoyed the trip. The only thing which would have made it better is if we had more time! Lake Louise was beautiful, unfortunately, we didn't have much time there so other than the... read more sleigh ride and dinner, we didn't really get a chance to do much else. We were thinking the next time we visit, will likely do a free and easy trip since we now have some idea of what to expect. Appreciate all the arrangements you made to accommodate our family. Will definitely recommend you guys to our friends (actually already did!). For my family, we will definitely be returning to Canada again, it's just a question of when.

We were truly in a winter wonderland and loving every second of it

Star Rating 5
January 11, 2015

We have had the most amazing holiday. We were truly in a winter wonderland and loving every second of it. All of the hotels we stayed at were very welcoming and comfortable. We were beyond impressed with the hotel in Lake Louise.... read more We felt very fancy. The fondue experience was great too! We absolutely loved the Heli-Tour in Banff. I think that was our favourite activity out of all of them. But they were all amazing! The sleigh ride and the ice walk were both amazing experiences. On our free days in Banff and Jasper we caught the bus to the ski resorts and skied for a whole day. My favourite place was Banff. I love the village and the amount of snow they have! We unfortunately never got to do the Dog sledding because when we arrived in Whistler, there was not enough snow, so the company hadn't even opened for the season yet. I wish we chose to do it in banff now! But I am definitely coming back so that gives me another reason. Thank you so much for all your help and organisation. We really appreciate everything and are incredibly happy with everything. We will be recommending you to any friends who are thinking of travelling to Canada :)

We had everything organised to perfection

Star Rating 5
March 8, 2014

We were all most impressed with Fresh Tracks as a company and more particularly with Eva. She really went out of her way to make sure we had everything organised to perfection. Professionalism was amazing. A big thank you and warm... read more regards for a great holiday.

Your organisation exceeded my expectations

Star Rating 5
December 16, 2012

I would just like to thank you and everyone else at Fresh Tracks Canada who helped make it such an enjoyable time. From the moment we arrived in Vancouver everything went smoothly. We were met at the airport and, from then on, all... read more the transport, tours etc. ran like clockwork. I could not believe it. Your organisation exceeded my expectations. All the accommodation was great. The weather (except for Vancouver) was lovely. We even got to thinking 'only -12, it is not that cold'. Many thanks once again for all your attention to detail and your quick responses to my many emails.

The best trip we have ever had

Star Rating 5
November 24, 2010

Our holiday in Canada was the best trip we have ever experienced.

Great scenery and hotel accommodations

Star Rating 5
May 6, 2008

We returned from our wonderful and flawless trip through the Canadian Rockies. What great scenery and hotel accommodations. Attached is a photo of me and my husband James at Lake Louise which as you can see had lots of snow. Thanks... read more for all of your help. Many of my friends are anxious to hear about our trip.

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Everything Arranged

Feel in control with all the details of your trip organized and booked for you.

Do you want to get the most of your Canadian travel experience in 2019? When you book early, you'll have your choice of trip departure dates, the best hotel accommodations, unique tours, and spectacular train journeys.

Plus, if you book before December 31 you'll receive our 2019 Early Bird Booking Bonus, paired with one free night and one of the following unique Canadian experience:

Add a free night in Vancouver, and enjoy one of the following:

  • A spectacular float plane tour over the Coastal Mountains and city
  • Foodie tour of Vancouver's finest eateries
  • Sightseeing tour including stunning Sea to Sky Gondola

Add a free night in Banff, and enjoy one of the following:

  • Evening Wildlife Safari
  • Banff Gondola experience to the top of Sulphur Mountain
  • Guided canoe tour along the Bow River

Add a free night in Toronto, and enjoy one of the following:

  • Food tour to discover Toronto's unique culinary culture
  • A scenic bicycle tour to experience twilight on Toronto Islands
  • 9 minute helicopter tour, from downtown Toronto

Add a free night in Montreal, and enjoy one of the following:

  • Scenic St. Lawrence River Cruise
  • A bicycle tour of North or South Montreal
  • Half-Day Wine & Apple Cider Tour (available Wednesdays and Fridays)

Add a free night in Halifax, and enjoy one of the following:

  • Nature and whale watching cruise
  • Halifax foodie tour

Our Early Bird Booking Bonus only lasts until midnight on December 31. The team at Fresh Tracks Canada is standing by to help bring your dream Canadian vacation to life – contact us to book your trip now.

Interested? Get this offer by contacting us: 1 877 395 5771

Terms and conditions apply, please speak wit our Canadian insiders for more details.

There are lots of great reasons to visit Canada on a winter vacation this year. Escaping to snowy solitude, seeing breathtaking frozen landscapes, and trying thrilling winter activities are just a few.

And here is another great reason – if you book one of our spectacular Canadian winter vacations before December 31, you'll receive up to $600 per couple in add-on travel credits to enhance your trip.

Here are some of our favorite add-on ideas:

  • Extend your trip – add a night in Vancouver or the Canadian Rockies.
  • Join a professional photographer on a private tour, to get the best pictures of Banff National Park in its winter splendor.
  • See the beautiful ice-formations as you snow shoe through crisp mountain snow.
  • Soar above the snowy Coastal Mountains of Vancouver, on a spectacular float plane tour.

Email or call our friendly Vacation Advisors today, and they'll help you plan your perfect winter experience. And remember, our Winter Wonderland Booking Bonus only lasts until midnight on December 30th, 2018.

Interested? Get this offer by contacting us: 1 877 395 5771

Terms and conditions apply, please speak wit our Canadian insiders for more details.