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Winter Wonders of the West by Train

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Length

9 days / 8 nights

Time on train

1 day, 1 night

Train type

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When to go

December - March

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Snow train and stargazing in Western Canada

Take the sleeper train from Vancouver to the Canadian Rockies, then explore the breathtaking winter landscape of Jasper National Park, one of the largest dark sky preserves in the world. Continue to Métis Crossing, where you can sleep under the stars and learn about Indigenous culture, history, and wildlife.

Route map of the Winter Wonders of the West train trip
Highlights of your trip

Overnight train journey from Vancouver to Jasper

Spend four nights in Jasper National Park

Explore the Icefields Parkway and Lake Louise

Choice of signature winter activities (dog sledding, snowshoeing, icewalks)

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

Top experiences and features

Athabasca Falls in the winter with  snow on a sunny day

Tour the Icefields Parkway and see Lake Louise

Explore the world-famous Icefields Parkway on a tour to Lake Louise. Highlights include frozen Athabasca Falls, the Columbia Icefields, Weeping Wall, and Bow Lake.

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What’s Included

Hotel accommodation
Unique guided activities
Sleeper train experience in a private cabin
Meals onboard VIA Rail's Canadian Train
Meals at Métis Crossing
Feature dining experience at one of our favorite local restaurants
Train station transfers
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.

This trip itinerary features a private cabin in Sleeper Plus Class on VIA Rail's The Canadian train. Each cabin features comfortable seating that converts to a bed. Cabins include a sink and toilet and access to a shared shower.

In Sleeper Plus Class, you’ll also enjoy gourmet meals in the dining car and access to the train's viewing cars, where you can watch the passing scenery and meet fellow travellers. Complimentary tea, coffee and snacks are available throughout your journey. Alcoholic beverages are not included but are available for purchase.

Expect cold, snowy conditions in Jasper throughout the winter months. January is usually the coldest month in Jasper National Park, with temperatures staying between -5 degrees C and -15 degrees C (23 degrees F to 5 degrees F). It can be even colder at higher elevations.

Dressing in warm winter layers is recommended and will ensure that you are comfortable on any outdoor activities. We can provide you with a packing list if you’d like more information on what to wear during your trip.

Prices

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Accommodations

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Couple watching Northern Lights from Sky Watching Pod at Metis Crossing

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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Visit Banff National Park

Visit Banff National Park

Discover more of the Canadian Rockies by adding a few nights in Banff National Park. Ride the Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain to catch views of six mountain ranges or enjoy afternoon tea at the Chateau Lake Louise.

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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