Trans Canada by Rail in Winter
Snow train across Canada
Climb aboard the train in Vancouver, stopping in the Canadian Rockies to experience a winter wonderland. Continue across the country to end your journey in Toronto.
12 days / 11 nights
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When to go
January – March
Time on train
4 days, 4 nights
Sleep onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian Train in a private cabin
See the majestic Canadian Rockies in winter
Explore Vancouver, Jasper and Banff
Choice of unique winter tours and excursions
See the vast Canadian Prairies covered in snow
Spend a night in Toronto
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.
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 areas with one of the many activities available.
- 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.
- 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.
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
Continue northeast through the Cariboo Mountains and enter the spectacular Canadian Rockies.
Travel the Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Banff
Enjoy a scenic transfer along the spine of the Rockies — the Icefields Parkway — recognized as one of Canada’s most beautiful routes. Each turn reveals frozen waterfalls and impossibly vast mountain valleys.
- Suggested Add-On: Private Icefields Sightseeing with Heli-Tour (Extra Cost)
Spend the day with your own private guide to explore the Icefields Parkway at your own pace. Then, step away from the crowds and take a helicopter tour to soar above aqua green lakes, glaciers, and waterfalls from an Icefields base.
Nestled amidst the soaring peaks of Banff National Park is the town of Banff — the liveliest of the Rocky Mountain towns. The energy is contagious. It's small enough to walk around and home to world-class eateries and boutiques.
- Banff Sightseeing Tour
On this small-group bus tour, discover Banff’s unique heritage, enchanting folklore, and stunning backdrop in the Canadian Rockies. Explore historic sights, and visit the scenic viewpoints surrounding the Banff townsite.
- Johnston Canyon Icewalk Tour
Enjoy the beauty of winter while you explore Johnston Canyon with the help of ice cleats. As you wander along steel catwalks built into the canyon walls, take a peek at the gorge below.
- Paint Pots Snowshoe Tour
Snowshoe across the frozen Vermilion River and through a pine tree forest to the Paint Pots, a cultural treasure within Banff National Park. Along the way, hear stories of Banff’s indigenous people, explorers, and fur traders.
- Dog Sledding Tour from Banff (Extra Cost)
Travel to Canmore today 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 team yourself, or simply enjoy the experience as a passenger. After your sledding experience, warm up with a hot drink and tasty snack.
Travel from Banff to Jasper
Spend the morning exploring Banff. Browse the quaint local shops for souvenirs, or enjoy a scenic stroll before catching your transfer back to Jasper along the Parkway. Enjoy one more night in the Canadian Rockies.
VIA Rail - Depart Jasper National Park
Board The Canadian train, wind your way out of Jasper National Park and head towards Toronto.
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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Located in Banff National Park, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks, a frozen lake, and the impressive Victoria Glacier. Winter activities include ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and sleigh rides.
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Add the Northern Lights
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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Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All our trips are personalized to fit our clients’ schedule and budget. The price of your trip generally depends on the travel season, train service, accommodations, and the sightseeing tours you take. When you request a quote you’ll be provided with the detailed information you need
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.
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.
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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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