Winter in Whistler, Jasper & Banff
Embark on a winter escape to three of the Canadian Rockies' spectacular resort towns—Whistler, Jasper and Banff—on this well-planned 10-day vacation.
Book a qualifying winter rail vacation of $1,000 or more per person and save $150 per couple. Mention promo code: Winter1920.
If there was ever a place to surround yourself with the majesty of nature and the serene beauty of winter it is the Canadian Rockies. Lucky for you, you will have 10 days to take it all in on this wintertime adventure. Your time in the Rockies begins as you fly into Vancouver and are transferred to the resort town of Whistler. Here, you will enjoy spa amenities and cold-weather activities before moving back to Vancouver for sightseeing, incredible restaurants and great culture. Also in Vancouver, you will board VIA Rail’s Canadian for an overnight journey to Jasper. Upon arrival in Jasper, winter tours and sports and planned adventures, such as a walk through the icy floors of Maligne Canyon, create memories to last a lifetime. The final stop on this tour takes you to Banff - another beloved resort town that is surrounded by a beautiful national park. Your guided tour will reveal some of the park’s best sights, as well as the wildlife that makes its home in this snow-covered natural paradise. Experiencing winter in the Rockies has never been more enjoyable.
This itinerary is also available from Calgary to Vancouver based on your travel preference.
Highlights and Inclusions
- One-way rail transportation aboard VIA Rail's Canadian in Sleeper Plus Class (1 night on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
- Meals on board train
- Admission to Scandinave Spa Whistler
- Sightseeing in Jasper and Banff
- Scenic transfer between Whistler and Vancouver and Jasper and Banff
- Arrival transfer from Vancouver airport to Whistler
- Transfer from Vancouver hotel to VIA Rail Station
- Transfer from Banff hotel to airport
Day 1 - Vancouver to Whistler
Arrive in Vancouver today and from the airport, you will be transferred to the beautiful mountain resort town of Whistler. As one of the largest ski resorts in North America, this town is a hub for winter sports and activities. Check into your hotel upon arrival, and then take some time to start exploring this snow-clad wonderland. Overnight Whistler.
Day 2 - Whistler
Whistler has so much to offer winter visitors: skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, tubing, sleigh rides, dog sledding, walks through the snow and so much more. More adventurous visitors can try heli-skiing, bungee jumping and ziplining. The options are truly limitless! You will have the whole day to indulge in whichever activity appeals to you the most. Do not miss one of the town’s most enticing attractions, the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which offers a view of the beautiful mountain town from above. With wonderful restaurants, great shopping opportunities and relaxing spas, Whistler truly has something for everyone. Overnight Whistler.
Day 3 - Whistler Spa Day
Awaken all of your senses with a visit to the Scandinave Spa in Whistler. Scandinavian baths and hydrotherapy are recognized for their energizing and relaxing effects. Reinvigorate your mind and body. Your spa pass provides access to body warming rooms, rinsing stations and relaxation areas. Overnight Whistler.
Day 4 - Whistler to Vancouver
Today, a coach will take you from Whistler to the coastal city of Vancouver. Upon check-in, you will have the rest of the day to familiarize yourself with this beautiful coastal city, which is known for its scenery almost as equally as its diverse culture. There are museums and art galleries to be explored, a train ride through Stanley Park, an Ice Rink in Robson Square and plenty of opportunities for tobogganing, snowshoeing and other winter sporting activities. Overnight Vancouver.
Day 5 - VIA Rail to Jasper
The morning is at leisure to sleep in or enjoy a meal on your own. You will then transfer to Vancouver’s train station to board VIA Rail's Canadian. Settle into your onboard accommodations for the overnight journey east to another scenic mountain town, Jasper. Overnight train.
Day 6 - Arrive Jasper
Take a look at the stunning peaks of the Canadian Rockies from one of the lounges and chat with your fellow travelers as you move through the mountains to your destination. As your train arrives this morning, you will transfer independently to your centrally located hotel. Jasper National Park is one of the most photographed locations in Canada, and you will see why as you spend the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight Jasper.
Day 7 - Maligne Canyon
Travel into the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park today, and take a walk on the frozen floor! This sightseeing adventure takes you into Maligne Canyon where you will see frozen waterfalls, including the most famous, the Queen of Maligne and Angel Icefalls, and amazing ice formations. While there, you will hear the tale of disappearing Medicine Lake and walk approximately 2 miles into the canyon and back. The remainder of the day will be yours to enjoy the winter offerings of the town. Overnight Jasper.
Day 8 - Jasper to Banff
A coach will take you from Jasper to Banff, another beloved mountain town within the Canadian Rockies, today. When you arrive, you will have the rest of the day to enjoy the town’s sights and scenery. Overnight Banff.
Day 9 - Banff Sightseeing
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Banff and the surrounding national park. As you visit the area’s most famous landmarks, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. You will see many species in their natural habitats, and your guide will teach you about their behavior and winter survival adaptations. Moving through the sites, you will also hear the colorful history of the Bow Valley. Following the tour, you will be free to shop downtown, take part in the area’s winter activities or to relax at your hotel. Overnight Banff.
Day 10 - Banff to Calgary
Your time on this winter adventure through Canada comes to a close today. You will be transferred from Banff to Calgary International Airport where you can return home or extend your journey by flying to one of Canada’s other popular cities.
Rail Your Way
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Coast Blackcomb Suites at Whistler, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Sawridge Inn & Conference Center, and Banff Ptarmigan Inn. VIA Rail accommodations in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities.
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The trip was well planned, the venues were great and the trip went according to schedule.
Thanks team of Vacations by Rail for taking care of my booking along the entire tour. I ended very pleased with the services and all the attractions included on my package.
Dates & Prices
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|25th November 2019||$2,343||Book Now|
|28th November 2019||$2,343||Book Now|
|2nd December 2019||$2,343||Book Now|
|5th December 2019||$2,343||Book Now|
|9th December 2019||$2,415||Book Now|
|12th December 2019||$2,491||Book Now|
|16th December 2019||$2,773||Book Now|
|19th December 2019||$2,891||Book Now|
|23rd December 2019||$3,126||Book Now|
|26th December 2019||$3,126||Book Now|
|30th December 2019||$3,000||Book Now|
|2nd January 2020||$3,150||Book Now|
|6th January 2020||$2,780||Book Now|
|9th January 2020||$2,780||Book Now|
|13th January 2020||$2,780||Book Now|
|16th January 2020||$2,780||Book Now|
|20th January 2020||$2,780||Book Now|
|23rd January 2020||$2,780||Book Now|
|27th January 2020||$2,780||Book Now|
|30th January 2020||$2,780||Book Now|
|3rd February 2020||$2,780||Book Now|
|6th February 2020||$2,780||Book Now|
|10th February 2020||$2,817||Book Now|
|13th February 2020||$2,817||Book Now|
|17th February 2020||$2,817||Book Now|
|20th February 2020||$2,817||Book Now|
|24th February 2020||$2,817||Book Now|
|27th February 2020||$2,817||Book Now|
|2nd March 2020||$2,817||Book Now|
|5th March 2020||$2,817||Book Now|
|9th March 2020||$2,817||Book Now|
|12th March 2020||$2,817||Book Now|
|16th March 2020||$2,817||Book Now|
|19th March 2020||$2,817||Book Now|
|23rd March 2020||$2,817||Book Now|
|26th March 2020||$2,742||Book Now|
|30th March 2020||$2,798||Book Now|
|2nd April 2020||$2,638||Book Now|
|6th April 2020||$2,638||Book Now|
|9th April 2020||$2,642||Book Now|
|13th April 2020||$2,642||Book Now|
|16th April 2020||$2,642||Book Now|
|20th April 2020||$2,642||Book Now|
|23rd April 2020||$2,642||Book Now|
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: Departs 25th November 2019 ($2,343), 28th November 2019 ($2,343), 2nd December 2019 ($2,343), 5th December 2019 ($2,343), 9th December 2019 ($2,415), 12th December 2019 ($2,491), 16th December 2019 ($2,773), 19th December 2019 ($2,891), 23rd December 2019 ($3,126), 26th December 2019 ($3,126), 30th December 2019 ($3,000), 2nd January 2020 ($3,150), 6th January 2020 ($2,780), 9th January 2020 ($2,780), 13th January 2020 ($2,780), 16th January 2020 ($2,780), 20th January 2020 ($2,780), 23rd January 2020 ($2,780), 27th January 2020 ($2,780), 30th January 2020 ($2,780), 3rd February 2020 ($2,780), 6th February 2020 ($2,780), 10th February 2020 ($2,817), 13th February 2020 ($2,817), 17th February 2020 ($2,817), 20th February 2020 ($2,817), 24th February 2020 ($2,817), 27th February 2020 ($2,817), 2nd March 2020 ($2,817), 5th March 2020 ($2,817), 9th March 2020 ($2,817), 12th March 2020 ($2,817), 16th March 2020 ($2,817), 19th March 2020 ($2,817), 23rd March 2020 ($2,817), 26th March 2020 ($2,742), 30th March 2020 ($2,798), 2nd April 2020 ($2,638), 6th April 2020 ($2,638), 9th April 2020 ($2,642), 13th April 2020 ($2,642), 16th April 2020 ($2,642), 20th April 2020 ($2,642), 23rd April 2020 ($2,642)
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Maligne Canyon Icewalk operates December 15 - March 30
Discover Banff operates November 1 - April 14th
Minimum 7-night stay required in Whistler for departures December 19, 2019 through December 30, 2019.
Cabins purchased on VIA rail for a single traveler are Cabins for 1. For upgrade options, ask your rail specialist for details.