Discover winter in western Canada on this 9-day rail vacation to Vancouver, Jasper and Edmonton.
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.
- Rail transportation aboard VIA Rail's Canadian (1 night on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
- Meals on board the train
- Sightseeing in Vancouver and Jasper
Day 1 - Welcome to VancouverArrive 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 VancouverDiscover 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 JasperAfter 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 JasperWake 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 LeisureToday 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 EdmontonEnjoy 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 LeisureThe 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 - EdmontonYour winter escape comes to an end today.
Hotels include the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. VIA Rail accommodations between Vancouver and Jasper are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. VIA Rail accommodations between Jasper and Edmonton are in coach class.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability: substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities.
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Cabins purchased on VIA rail for a single traveler are Cabins for 1. For upgrade options, ask your rail specialist for details.