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.
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 Vanocouver, 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 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.
- One overnight aboard VIA Rail's Canadian in Sleeper Plus class including private bedroom accommodations between Vancouver and Jasper, meals while aboard the train in the dining car, and access to the dome cars and lounges.
- Six nights deluxe accommodations
- Transfers to the VIA Rail station in Vancouver
- Transfers from Jasper to Lake Louise, Lake Louise to Banff, and Banff to Calgary Airport
- Hotel taxes and GST on applicable items
Day 1 - Arrive VancouverWelcome 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 JasperAfter 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 JasperYou 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 LeisureYou 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 LouiseThe 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 BanffIt 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 LeisureThere 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/HomeIt'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.
Hotels include the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (or similar). 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.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities.
Passport & Visa Requirements
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.