Banff & Jasper - Winter Magic
Explore the Canadian winter wonderlands of Banff and Jasper through nature hikes and guided tours that provide great views of wilderness and wildlife.
Enjoy three nights in Banff exploring the beauty of this charming area covered in blankets of snow. You'll take an Icewalk in Johnston Canyon and snowshoe in Marble Canyon. Learn about how these natural wonders were formed and their history as you spot wildlife along your journey. Then explore the vast, glacier-carved Bow Valley including the Cave and Basin National Historic Site of Canada.
Next, it's on to Jasper National Park, where you'll have a guided tour through Athabasca Valley to discover the local wildlife. You'll also learn about the winter survival tactics of the animals. There's plenty of time to explore Jasper on your own before you take an Icewalk through Maligne Canyon, the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park. Enjoy the winter sights and famous Icefalls.
Wrap up your tour with an overnight train ride to Vancouver on VIA Rail's Canadian. You have a day to explore the diverse seaport city of Vancouver before your adventure ends.
Highlights and Inclusions
- 1 night aboard VIA Rail’s Canadian in Sleeper Plus Cabin
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- Johnston Canyon Icewalk
- Snowshoeing to Marble Canyon
- Banff Wildlife Tour
- Jasper Wildlife Discovery Tour
- Maligne Canyon Icewalk
- Transfer from Calgary Airport to Banff
- Transfer from Banff to Jasper
- Transfer from Vancouver Rail Station to hotel
Day 1 – Welcome to Banff
Arrive into Calgary and board a scheduled motorcoach transfer to the mountain town of Banff. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore your new surroundings. Overnight in Banff.
Day 2 – Banff Winter Adventures
Your first full day in Banff is packed with outdoor activities to help you experience the wonders of winter. This morning, take a guided walking tour through Johnston Canyon. Your ride along the Bow Valley Parkway to the trailhead offers fantastic opportunities for wildlife viewing as your guide explains the mysteries of the canyon's creation. Trek across steel walkways built into the canyon walls and witness breathtaking views of the gorge below. The catwalks lead you into the frozen lower waterfalls, framed by gigantic ice pillars.
In the afternoon, visit The Marble Canyon for a snowshoeing adventure along an easy trail. Along the way, hear stories of Banff's indigenous people, explorers, and fur traders who lived in and traveled through the Rockies. Search for snowshoe hare, moose and wolf tracks while exploring. Top off this tour with a unique Canadian treat—hot maple taffy! Overnight in Banff.
Day 3 –Banff Wildlife Morning Tour & Evening Sleigh Ride
Start your morning off with a 3-hour tour that takes you to Banff's landmarks and also provides a chance to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Learn about the history of Bow Valley and the wildlife's behavior, habitat, and winter survival adaptations.
The afternoon is yours explore the charming resort town of Banff on your own. Then enjoy a tranquil horse-drawn evening sleigh ride* among the Canadian Rockies and add a perfect "western touch" to a winter holiday. Overnight in Banff.
Day 4 – Transfer from Banff to Jasper
Today travel north through the Rockies as you bid Banff farewell and welcome the beautiful area that is Jasper. Overnight in Jasper.
Day 5 – Wildlife Discovery Tour
Knowledgeable guides conduct an incredible tour as they drive you through the Athabasca Valley, seeking out all of the park's most iconic creatures. Elk, deer, sheep, goats, coyotes, wolves, and moose are just a sample of Jasper's wild mountain fauna that you might see on this tour. Learn how these animals contribute to the rich diversity of the National Park and how they survive the mountain winters. Overnight in Jasper.
Day 6 –Maligne Canyon Icewalk
You have the morning free to explore the alpine town of Jasper on your own. Then in the afternoon, take a fascinating 3-hour tour through the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park. You'll walk on the frozen floor of the canyon and stop for photos of the Queen of Maligne and Angel Icefalls. Overnight in Jasper.
Day 7 – VIA Rail Canadian from Jasper to Vancouver
This morning you are free to explore Jasper. You can check out the town's shops and restaurants, or discover even more of Jasper National Park. This evening board the VIA Rail Canadian for your overnight trip to Vancouver. Overnight on train.
Day 8 –Vancouver
Wake up in Vancouver and transfer to your hotel (included). Today is yours to discover Vancouver on your own. Canada's third-largest city, Vancouver offers a variety of parks, museums, and fantastic dining for you to enjoy. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 9 – Departure
Wrap up your winter adventure as you head back home.
Extend Your Vacation
Extend your rail vacation with new city packages in Chicago, Toronto, and Vancouver. Optional pre- or post-night packages include hotel accommodations for two nights and popular local sightseeing, and may be added to the beginning or end of qualifying rail vacations.
Look for the Extend Your Vacation icon to identify those vacations which offer new city stay packages. Ask your rail specialist for details about these pre- and post-night extensions.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver.
VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars.
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Maligne Canyon Icewalk operates between December 15 and April 30.
Cabins purchased on VIA rail for a single traveler are Cabins for 1. For upgrade options, ask your rail specialist for details.