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Winter in Western Canada

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Discover winter in western Canada on this 9-day rail vacation to Vancouver, Jasper and Edmonton.

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9 days From $2,217 per person
Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2023 Tour code: PP-WWCE-23

About the tour

Your journey begins in the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, where you have 2 days to enjoy the city, explore its neighborhoods and outlying attractions, dine at some amazing restaurants, and perhaps do a little shopping. Then, board VIA Rail's Canadian for a classic overnight train journey. Settle into your onboard accommodations and watch the city fade away as we travel east into the Canadian Rockies.

You're scheduled to arrive in Jasper in the morning, where you will be transferred into a delightfully wooded setting for a relaxing 3-night stay. Keep an eye out for wildlife as you explore the area. A highlight of your visit is an excursion to Maligne Canyon for a guided Icewalk into the canyon, meandering down to the frozen river bed. From this vantage point, look up to see waterfalls frozen in midstream! Your vacation continues with a train journey from Jasper to Alberta's capital, Edmonton, where culture, cuisine, and couture await you.


What’s included


Day 1 - Welcome to Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver and transfer on your own to your centrally-located downtown hotel. After checking in and freshening up, take the remainder of the day to get acquainted with this coastal metropolis. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 2 - Explore Vancouver

Discover the many sides of Vancouver on a hop-on/hop-off trolley tour to the city's most popular attractions and landmarks including Stanley Park with its many totems, the Vancouver Aquarium, English Bay Beach, the urban oasis of Granville Island, Chinatown, the Robson Street shopping district, Gastown, and more! You also have access to Lookout Tower, offering a 360-degree aerial view of the city from atop Harbour Centre. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 3 - VIA Rail to Jasper

After a leisurely breakfast on your own this morning, transfer (included) to the VIA Rail station and board the Canadian for your overnight rail journey east to Jasper National Park. Overnight train.

Day 4 - En Route to Jasper

Wake this morning to beautiful mountain terrain as you arrive in Jasper. Transfer to your hotel, ideally located in the heart of Jasper National Park along Lac Beauvert, with the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight Jasper.

Day 5 - Maligne Canyon Icewalk

Today's excursion takes you to Maligne Canyon*, where you will meander through the frozen canyon to the icy riverbed and the waterfalls frozen in midstream above you. It is a beautiful sight to behold! Overnight Jasper.

*Please note the Maligne Canyon Icewalk only runs from December 15th through March 30th.

Day 6 - Jasper at Leisure

Today brings a full day to explore Jasper National Park. Perhaps you'll ride aboard the Jasper Tramway or enjoy an outdoor adventure on your resort's grounds. There's an abundance of winter activities to partake in including ice skating, cross-country skiing, and mountain sports like downhill skiing and snowboarding. Overnight Jasper.

Day 7 - Train to Edmonton

Enjoy the morning at leisure in Jasper. This afternoon, make your way to the train station for your train to Edmonton. Spend your afternoon relaxing aboard the train as VIA Rail's Canadian transports you to Edmonton. Your hotel during your stay in Alberta's capital city is a short ride from the train station. Overnight Edmonton.

Day 8 - Edmonton at Leisure

The day is yours to explore Edmonton at leisure. There is no sales tax in Alberta, making the city's shops and malls the perfect places to collect some souvenirs from your winter vacation in Western Canada! Shop and dine along the must-visit Whyte Ave. Embark on a winter Segway tour to acquaint yourself with the city, or perhaps snowshoe along the river valley. Visit the Royal Alberta Museum or admire the works within the Art Museum. Overnight Edmonton.

Day 9 - Edmonton

Your winter escape comes to an end today.

Additional information

Please note

Taxes are not included for the rail portions and are subject to change.

Cabins purchased on VIA rail for a single traveler are Cabins for 1. 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.


The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald

The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, Edmonton

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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper

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Gail P., Rolla, MO

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Submitted 11 Dec 2018

What a treat! Such a nice variety of accommodations. We found the amount of 'on your own' time to be excellent. It allowed us to further explore or rest up depending on our needs. We will definitely be doing this again.

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