Winter Wonders of the Rockies and Métis Crossing

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8 days / 7 nights

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December - March

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Winter stargazing and cultural experiences

Experience a winter wonderland in the Canadian Rockies and discover Indigenous culture and history at Métis Crossing, Alberta’s first Métis cultural centre. You’ll get the chance to explore iconic destinations, including frozen Lake Louise, the scenic Icefields Parkway, and Jasper National Park, the largest park in the Canadian Rockies. This exciting winter trip also includes opportunities to stargaze under some of the darkest skies in Canada!

Highlights of your trip

Stay at the majestic Chateau Lake Louise

Choice of exciting winter activities like dogsledding

Travel the Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most scenic drives

Special stargazing opportunity in Jasper National Park

Option to take the train through British Columbia's Robson Valley

Immersive experiences at Métis Crossing, Alberta’s premier cultural destination   

Top experiences and features

VIA Rail's Skeena train travels past snow-covered trees

Optional train journey to Dunster

Admire the picturesque winter scenery on the train from Jasper to Dunster. Travel along the shores of the Fraser River and into British Columbia's Robson Valley.

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What’s Included

Hotel accommodation
Unique guided activities
Meals at Métis Crossing
Feature dining experience at one of our favorite local restaurants
Transportation to and from airports, timed with your flights
Electronic travel documentation package
Personalized Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support

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.

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.

During the winter, you will need a range of base, mid, and outer layers so you can stay warm and dry. You can expect cold weather conditions with snow and ice. Average winter temperatures in the Canadian Rockies range from -14 degrees C to 5 degrees C (7 degrees F to 41 degrees F).

We recommend bringing a warm winter jacket and pants, hiking/snow boots, thick socks, gloves, and other insulated layers. If you do not own winter gear, there are a few shops in the Rockies that offer clothing rentals. These would be an additional cost and subject to availability.


Get your personalized quote as prices vary by departure date, train-service level and hotel class. Prices shown are our lowest rates per person, based on double occupancy, and exclude taxes.
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Métis Crossing

A cultural destination in Alberta

Métis Crossing is Alberta's first major Métis cultural interpretive destination. Relax by the cozy stone fireplace within the central dining hall, or on the covered outdoor deck which overlooks the North Saskatchewan River. Accommodation options include river view suites in the boutique lodge and private sky-watching domes.

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What Our Customers Say

Excellent overall rating based on 259 reviews

The scenery was beautiful

Rocky Mountaineer was great (people and food). The scenery was beautiful. Everyone remembering our anniversary and personalizing it with cards and small gestures was special. The g... 

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