Winter in Banff, Jasper & Whistler
Embark on a winter escape to three of the Canadian Rockies' spectacular resort towns—Banff, Jasper and Whistler—on this well-planned 10-day vacation.
Your winter getaway begins in Calgary. Upon arrival, transfer to Banff, a tiny resort town, and Canada's first National Park. In Banff, explore the Cave and Basin historic site in addition to other important landmarks. Spot wildlife, shop in downtown Banff, and relax in this resort town in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
Your journey continues to Jasper National Park, where your sightseeing includes an ice walk through Maligne Canyon to see the icy river bed and frozen waterfalls. From Jasper, embark on a classic overnight rail experience aboard VIA Rail's Canadian for the journey west to Vancouver. In the seaside city, join your scenic transfer to the mountain resort town of Whistler for two full days of relaxation including a rejuvenating spa day. Your winter rail vacation comes to an end with a transfer to Vancouver's international airport.
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
- 2 meals
- Sightseeing in Banff, Jasper, and Whistler
- Scenic transfer between Banff and Jasper and Vancouver and Whistler
- Airport to hotel transfer in Calgary and from Whistler to Vancouver Airport
Day 1 - Welcome to the Canadian Rockies
Arrive in Calgary and transfer from the airport to nearby Banff, Canada's first National Park and a destination known for its hot springs and winter activities. Check into your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the town on your own. Overnight Banff.
Day 2 - Discover Banff
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Banff. Visit the area's prominent landmarks, hear the history of the Bow Valley, and view wildlife in their natural habitat as you learn about their behavior and winter survival adaptations. The afternoon is free to shop in downtown Banff or enjoy some of the area's winter activities. Overnight Banff.
Day 3 - En Route to Jasper
Embark on a scenic transfer to neighboring Jasper, one of Canada's most photographed National Park's. Upon arrival, check into your hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight Jasper.
Day 4 - Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
Travel into the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park—while walking on the frozen floor of the canyon! Today's sightseeing adventure takes you into Maligne Canyon, where you will traverse the frozen canyon to see its frozen waterfalls including the most famous, the Queen of Maligne and Angel Icefalls. Overnight Jasper.
Day 5 - VIA Rail to Vancouver
The morning is at leisure to sleep in, shop for souvenirs, and enjoy the fresh winter air. Early this afternoon, board VIA Rail's Canadian and settle into your onboard accommodations for the overnight journey west to Vancouver. Make sure to visit the Lounge and Observation cars to meet fellow travelers from around the world and get a new vantage point of the changing scenery. Overnight train. (D)
Day 6 - Arrive Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver, Canada's third-largest city, a little after 9:30 am. Transfer by taxi (included) to your centrally-located hotel. Spend the day exploring this coastal city. Must-see attractions include Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, English Bay Beach, Granville Island, Chinatown, the UBC Museum of Anthropology, and the Robson Street shopping district. Stroll the cobbled streets of Gastown, view some of the Olympic sites, and dine in one of the city's fabulous restaurants this evening. Overnight Vancouver. (B)
Day 7 - Vancouver / Whistler
Today you will transfer by coach for the scenic transfer to the mountain resort town of Whistler. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and begin to explore the town. Overnight Whistler. (B)
Day 8 - Whistler at Leisure
The entire day is yours to explore Whistler. Stroll through the Village, browse unique shops or take advantage of the amazing outdoor activities like skiing and snowboarding. You may wish to embark on a short helicopter excursion high above the resort town for aerial views of Whistler/Blackcomb resort as well as a unique perspective of the Peak to Peak Gondola. Overnight Whistler.
Day 9 - 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 10 - Vancouver
Your winter escape comes to an end with a transfer from Whistler to the Vancouver Airport.
Rail Your Way
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Mount Royal Hotel, Sawridge Inn & Conference Center, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and Whistler Village Inn & Suites. 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.
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