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Make your way through the twists and turns of Canada's Rocky Mountains, and enjoy snow-capped landscapes at every turn on this winter tour.

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2022 Tour code: PP-WTRE-22

About the tour

From the grand architecture and fast pace of Vancouver to the peace and quiet of Lake Louise, there is something for everyone on this journey through Canada's western provinces. Begin the tour with a night in Vancouver, before boarding your VIA Rail train for an overnight journey through the mountains en route to Jasper. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, as you enjoy the sights from the train's lounges. Upon arrival in Jasper, let the traditional activities of the region guide your time, or enjoy a guided tour of this true winter wonderland.

A motorcoach takes us through the rest of the countryside, with overnights in Lake Louise and Banff - towns that offer their own magical touches. Take in the ice castle of Lake Louise, the Hot Springs in Banff and all the gorgeous, rugged scenery between our stops. As the motorcoach transfers us to Calgary, our time in the beautiful Canadian Rockies comes to a close. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver! Transfer on your own to your hotel. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is one of Vancouver's most beautiful hotels. Their staff at this deluxe property will pamper you with charming accommodations and exceptional service. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 2 - VIA Rail Vancouver to Jasper

After a leisurely breakfast on your own, transfer by taxi (included) to the VIA Rail station for your departure on VIA Rail's Canadian. Nothing shows you Canada like a trip on the train. Your bedroom is VIA Rail's "top of the line" accommodation. Your sitting room by day converts to upper and lower berths at night. Once aboard the train, the staff will see that you are settled into your room. As a Sleeper Plus passenger, your meals are included along with access to the lounges and domes for spectacular viewing. Overnight train.

Day 3 - Enroute to Jasper

You will awake this morning to the beauty of the Canadian Rockies, as you arrive in Jasper. The staff of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge will meet you at the train station and transfer you to the Lodge. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is wilderness luxury at its finest. Overnight Jasper.

Day 4 - Jasper at Leisure

You are at leisure to enjoy the Fairmont Park Lodge, or venture out and skate on Lac Beauvert, cross country ski, go dog sledding, or see rivers frozen in time should you choose a guided tour of Maligne Canyon. One of the most awe-inspiring sights of winter is the frozen beauty of waterfalls such as Angel Falls and Queen of Maligne Canyon; winter turns their cascades into delicate sculptures beyond any human artisan's skill. Overnight Jasper.

Day 5 - Jasper to Lake Louise

The drive from Jasper to Lake Louise offers a winter landscaped, hushed and remote. Suddenly, surrounded by snow-laden trees, is the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a shimmering winter palace. The beauty of the frozen lake and the Victoria Glacier on the opposite side of the lake are dramatic. Every year the Chateau builds an ice castle on the lake once it has frozen over. Here is a little-known fact: the ice is imported from British Columbia! Check with the front desk for horse-drawn sleigh rides along the lake. Overnight Lake Louise.

Day 6 - Lake Louise to Banff

It is a short ride from Lake Louise to Banff. After passing through the town of Banff, you arrive at the "Castle of the Rockies," the Fairmont Banff Springs. When you arrive, you will quickly see that it is a village within a hotel. If you are a spa lover, you will realize that the Banff Springs Spa is in a class by itself. Overnight Banff.

Day 7 - Banff at Leisure

There is plenty to do in Banff! The town is filled with delightful shops, boutiques, and restaurants to satisfy every taste and budget. The natural Hot Springs is up the road should you desire a relaxing time in the mineral water that has made Banff a popular destination for years. Overnight Banff.

Day 8 - Banff/Calgary/Home

It's time to bid farewell to the beautiful Canadian Rockies, with a promise to return for an entirely different experience during a different season. Transfers to Calgary Airport are included for flights scheduled after 1:00 pm.

Additional information

Please note

Taxes are not included on rail portions and are subject to change.
During certain dates additional nights may be required at Lake Louise and Banff.
Private transfers are available at an additional cost for flights that do not fit the schedule listed.
Single pricing reflects Cabin for One. For upgrade options, ask your rail specialist for details.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff

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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper

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Fairmont Château Lake Louise, Lake Louise

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Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

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PATRICIA

5 stars

Submitted 06 Dec 2019

Train trip was interesting-food was very good. Hotels were lovely. It was very cold but the recent snowfall made the scenery seem like winter wonderland. I would recommend it to friends

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MSTXMEL

5 stars

Submitted 17 Apr 2019

This was by far the easiest vacation to plan and one of the best we've ever been on. Suzanne, our trip adviser, was FANTASTIC! She was always pleasant and helpful. I have already recommended this group to several family members and two will be calling to schedule the same trip soon.

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Sandra

5 stars

Submitted 19 Feb 2019

Beautiful in the winter! Fairmont were very nice; good food! Lovely in the mountains with snow

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Janice S., Birmingham, AL

5 stars

Submitted 17 Dec 2018

It was a wonderful experience. It was fun spending the night in a train cabin. During the day, I got to spend almost the whole time in the park car (with the dome). People I met were happy and gregarious. Views were indescribable, something one must experience. I highly recommend traveling at this time of year. Train personnel were superb.

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Mark D, Dexter, MI

5 stars

Submitted 10 Dec 2018

The scenery was wonderful the entire trip and the vintage sleeper cars an enjoyable experience. We had great fun laughing about the teamwork involved to move about the sleeper. The train was not crowded at all and the winter proved to be a terrific time to visit Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff.

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Kathue B, McHenry, IL

5 stars

Submitted 13 Nov 2018

We had a wonderful and amazing trip!

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