Rockies Rail Winter Wonderland

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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.

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

Suggested length

9 days / 8 nights


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When to go

December 2021 - March 2022

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  • Begin Your Canadian Winter Vacation
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    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. 

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    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
    • Private Vancouver City Tour
  • Discover Vancouver
  • VIA Rail - Depart Vancouver
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    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.  

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    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.  

  • VIA Rail – Arrive in Jasper
  • Explore Jasper
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    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
    • Morning Discovery Tour of Jasper
    • Winter Wildlife Tracking Hike
    • Suggested Add-On: Jasper Walking Food Tour
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    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
  • Travel the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise
  • Lake Louise to Banff
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    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. 

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    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
    • Dog Sledding Tour from Banff
    • Gondola Ride and Paint Pots Snow Shoeing
  • Explore Banff
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Comfort Level

Hotel Accommodation

3 to 3.5 Star

Airport Transfer

Scheduled bus

Icefields Parkway Transfer

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Superior Level

Hotel Accommodation

4 to 4.5 Star

Airport Transfer

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Deluxe Level

Hotel Accommodation

5 star

Airport Transfer

Private driver

Icefields Parkway Transfer

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'From' prices are per person, based on double occupancy and exclude taxes. Prices vary by departure date, the choice of activities, hotel selection and availability at time of booking.
Note: This trip can also be taken in reverse directions.
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See Northern Lights in the Yukon

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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Insider's tip

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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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
Electronic travel documentation package

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.
Aerial view of the town of Banff in the Rockies
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