Winter train trip through the Canadian Rockies

Enjoy a magical Canadian winter adventure. Settle into your cozy train cabin in Vancouver, sleeping onboard as snow falls outside. Wake in a Rockies winter wonderland for a week of discovery, fun, and indulgence.

Suggested length

9 days / 8 nights


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When to go

December – March

Time on train

1 day, 1 night

Highlights of your trip

Overnight journey on VIA Rail from Vancouver to Jasper

Splendour of Banff and Jasper National Parks in winter

Stay at the majestic Chateau Lake Louise

Winter adventures at your own pace 

Choose from dog sledding, ice walks, snow shoeing, wildlife spotting and more

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VIA Rail's Snow Train

Ride on board The Canadian train, and watch as the landscape turns from farmers' fields to frozen river canyons and snowy forests.

Trip Itinerary

Speak to one of our Canadian Insiders about personalizing this trip. Some of our trips can be done in the reverse direction.
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Begin Your Canadian Winter Vacation
Day 01

Begin Your Canadian Winter Vacation

The cool, fresh air is invigorating as you start your Canadian winter train vacation. Vancouver’s relatively mild weather is a great introduction, but look to the north and discover the winter scene you’ve been dreaming of — Vancouver’s coastal mountains stand before you covered in pure white snow. 

Discover Vancouver
Day 02

Discover Vancouver

With a mild climate and so much to do, it’s no wonder people flock to this west coast city! Explore Vancouver and the surrounding area with one of the many activities available.

  • Eagle Viewing River Float Tour

    Travel along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver to Squamish and enjoy ocean vistas, soaring mountains, and rainforest outside your window. Head out on the river to see one of the world’s largest populations of bald eagles, who return annually to feed on spawning salmon.

  • Private Vancouver City Tour

    Explore Vancouver's top sights with a local expert on this private tour. At your own pace, discover historic Gastown, the 2010 Olympic Cauldron, Stanley Park, English Bay, Granville Island Market and more.

VIA Rail - Depart Vancouver
Day 03

VIA Rail - Depart Vancouver

Board The Canadian train in Vancouver and begin your eastward journey to Jasper. Pass through the varied landscape of British Columbia's Fraser Valley.  

VIA Rail – Arrive in Jasper
Day 04

VIA Rail – Arrive in Jasper

After travelling through BC's Cariboo Mountains, arrive in Jasper National Park. Get ready to explore the charming mountain town of Jasper and the stunning Canadian Rockies.  

Explore Jasper
Day 05

Explore Jasper

Jasper is a great base to explore Jasper National Park, the largest park in the Canadian Rockies. The small town of Jasper offers visitors a laid-back mountain experience with equal opportunities for adventure, discovery and relaxation. 

  • Maligne Canyon Icewalk Tour

    Strap on some ice cleats and walk the floor of Maligne Canyon with an expert guide and small group. As you explore, learn about Jasper’s Maligne Valley and disappearing Medicine Lake. See breathtaking icefalls and rock formations!

  • Morning Discovery Tour of Jasper

    Soak up the stunning winter scenery around Jasper. With a knowledgeable guide, learn about the creatures that call this area home and discover some of the park's most beautiful places. Sit back and enjoy the views from the warmth and comfort of a small tour bus.

  • Suggested Add-On: Jasper Walking Food Tour

    What better way to warm up after a morning winter activity than a gourmet food adventure? Right after your morning tour, join a foodie guide to explore Jasper’s eclectic (and delicious) food scene on an afternoon tasting tour. Sample Canadian classics, locally brewed beers, and globally inspired cuisine through four handpicked dishes - paired with an alcoholic beverage.

Travel the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise
Day 06

Travel the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise

Breathe in the fresh mountain air and sip a warm cup of coffee before you travel to Lake Louise today. Once there, you will have yet another wonderful landscape to admire and explore. 

  • Lake Louise Sleigh Ride

    Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride across the sparkling snow. As you traverse this winter wonderland, enjoy views of the Château Lake Louise and the mountains. The traditionally styled sleigh features cozy, upholstered seats and blankets so you can keep warm while your guide shows you the sights.

Lake Louise to Banff
Day 07

Lake Louise to Banff

Later this morning, travel the short distance from Lake Louise to Banff. Banff is the liveliest of the mountain towns on your Canadian holiday. There are plenty of quaint shops to visit, and the sweet smell of homemade maple fudge will lure you in for a truly delicious experience. 

Explore Banff
Day 08

Explore Banff

The town of Banff is nestled amidst the soaring peaks of Banff National Park, Canada’s oldest national park. The park is home to some of the most captivating scenery in North America. Banff is small enough to walk around and has plenty of world-class eateries and boutiques.

  • Private Banff Sightseeing Tour

    At a leisurely pace, head out with a private guide and vehicle to discover the icy wilderness surrounding the town of Banff. Learn about historic landmarks, the natural environment, and the survival habits of the region’s wildlife. 

  • Dog Sledding Tour from Banff

    Travel to Canmore, where you will meet a team of friendly huskies waiting to whisk you through the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies. You will have the option to harness the dogs and drive the sled. Alternatively, relax and enjoy the adventure as a passenger. 

  • Gondola Ride and Paint Pots Snow Shoeing

    This morning head up the Banff Gondola for spectacular views of Banff’s vast, intersecting mountain ranges. This afternoon, snowshoe on an easy trail across the frozen Vermilion River and along the snowy path winding through a forest of pine trees to the colourful Paint Pots, a cultural treasure within Banff National Park. 

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Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver

Example of a Deluxe hotel in Vancouver

With its unique location atop Canada Place, the Pan Pacific Vancouver rises high above the cruise ship terminal and the Convention Centre. The hotel offers luxury accommodation in the heart of downtown.

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Just a couple hours north of Vancouver or Calgary is the Yukon — prime Northern Lights viewing territory. We'll arrange it all! Your flights, accommodations, guided lights viewing experience, dog sledding, snow mobiling, ice fishing, and more.

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What’s Included

Sleeper train experience in a private cabin
Meals whilst onboard the train
Hotel accommodation
Choice of unique guided activities
Transportation to and from airports, timed with your flights
Train station transfers
Feature dining experience at one of our favorite local restaurants
Personalized Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support
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Frequently Asked Questions

All of our overnight train journeys feature a private cabin on board the train. In addition, you'll typically enjoy the train's viewing areas, common lounges, and dining cars where you can socialize with fellow travelers.

On some of our trips, you’ll see that we categorize our hotel rooms by Comfort, Superior and Deluxe class, which generally translates into the traditional 3-, 4- or 5-star designation (equivalent to Best Western, Sheraton and Fairmont). However, sometimes we use the same hotel for more than one category and distinguish the room by size, floor level or view.

Our Comfort Level hotels include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations and with excellent service.

Our Superior Level hotels provide amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel.

In Deluxe Level hotels, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget.

When you book, we’ll provide you with a detailed itinerary that will help you determine what to pack for your adventure.

January is usually the coldest month, when Banff’s average temperature is to -15°C but can drop below -20°C. Because the climate is dry and sunny, dressing in proper winter layers will ensure you stay toasty on outdoor excursions. We will provide you with a packing list tailored to your trip.

We partner with many hotels across the country that offer a variety of service levels and unique experiences. Choosing a hotel is based on local availability and personal preference, and our Insiders will help you find the perfect place to rest your head so that you can have the best experience possible.

Our vacations are not typically ‘escorted.’ You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary but rather have the freedom of ‘independent’ travel.

This allows you, with the help of our Canadian Insiders, to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, timeframe and budget. We’ll guide you through the process and provide the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities tailored to your taste.

Absolutely! We personalize all our clients’ trips to fit their exact tastes and needs. You can add days at locations that you’d like to explore and spend more time at. Or leave out certain areas that don’t interest you as much. Discuss your travel goals with our Canadian Insiders who make sure that your trip fits your needs and budget.

Your trip can be as rich as you’d like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can customize your trip and decide what you’d like to see and do.

If your trip is a special occasion, we’ll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you’re traveling with a group, we’ll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

Most of our trips include stops to get off the train to explore Canada’s beautiful locations, national parks and unique cities. However, if you’re keen to maximize your time onboard, we’ll pair you up with the perfect train experience.

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Insider Tips

From the snow capped mountain peaks to the vibrant lakes, dense forest, and alpine meadows you will not find a more diverse landscape with so much to offer! Skiing and hiking are just a couple of my favorite things; there is no other place I would rather call home.

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