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Rocky Mountains, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada

Winter Escapades - Canadian Rockies Winter Train

11-day tailor-made rail journey from £2,325 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

Experience the majesty of the Canadian Rockies in winter

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Highlights

  • Experience the VIA Rail sleeper service between Vancouver and Jasper including dinner
  • Wake up to breakfast in the Canadian Rockies
  • Enjoy a Sleigh ride at Lake Louise
  • Enjoy a choice of excursions in Jasper and Banff

In Brief

  • 1 Night Vancouver
  • 1 Night on board train
  • 2 Nights Jasper
  • 2 Nights Lake Louise
  • 2 Nights Banff
  • 1 Night Calgary

About

Recommended for:
City | History & culture | Natural world | Rail journey | Winter

Your holiday includes an unforgettable overnight journey on the legendary Canadian, a scenic rail journey that takes you from Vancouver into the stunning Jasper National Park, where you'll enjoy a guided hike along the frozen floor of the beautiful Maligne Valley. From Jasper you'll journey by road to Lake Louise to see why it's one of Canada's most photographed attractions. Enjoy a magical evening sleigh ride before continuing to Banff where the winter adventures continue with a guided snowshoe hike to Marble Canyon.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver and transfer to your chosen hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and explore the city at your leisure.


Stay: The Loden (Superior)

Day 2
Overnight train to Jasper

After a day at leisure in Vancouver you'll board VIA Rail's legendary train the Canadian for a two-day overnight journey to Jasper, deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Step back in time to the days of classic rail travel, riding in the original stainless steel 'streamliner' railcars made famous by the 'Canadian' in the 1950s. Each has been restored with air conditioning, a cafe car, lounge car, and access to the dome car. Pass through the rich fields of the Fraser Valley and the towering peaks of the Coastal Mountains before entering the Fraser Canyon. Follow the Thompson River through spectacular landscapes as you enjoy your included dinner, before retreating to your private quarters that have been converted into a bedroom.

Stay: VIA Rail Canadian - Private Cabin - Sleeper Touring service


Meals: D (Superior)

Days 3-4
Jasper

Wake up this morning to breakfast and the snowy peaks of the Canadian Rockies today as you arrive into Jasper where a transfer will be waiting to take you to your hotel, spend the rest of the day exploring the unique alpine community.

The following day, you can personalise your day by choosing one of theses excursions

Option 1. Maligne Canyon Ice Walk - Experience the wonders of Maligne Canyon from the ground up. The canyon has withstood 10,000 years of erosion and has created a 50 metre gorge.

Option 2. Discover Jasper & its Wildlife Tour - Travel through the Athabasca Valley to some of the park's most beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountain scenery to seek out all of the park's most iconic creatures

Option 3. Upgrade option - Travel by Dog sled along 13 miles of pristine winter scenery in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy lunch cooked over an open campfire, hot apple cider, and homemade treats.

Stay: Sawridge Inn, Jasper (Superior) 


Days 5-6
Lake Louise

Pass frozen waterfalls and snow-covered mountains on the scenic drive to Lake Louise. First sighted by Europeans in 1882, the lake has become one of Canada's best-loved sights and most photographed attractions. An evening sleigh ride is included on day five. The following day is left free for you to try your own winter activities. 

Stay: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Superior)

Days 7-8
Banff

Make the short drive to Banff, an idyllically situated mountain town surrounded by the hot springs, peaks and walking trails of Banff National Park. Day eight is another opportunity to personalise the day by choosing from these excursions

Option 1. Discover Banff & its wildlife tour - Keep your eyes peeled for deer, elk, and bighorn sheep on this morning tour of Banff. Scenic highlights include Fairmont Banff Springs, Bow Falls, Surprise Corner Lookout, the Hoodoos Viewpoint & Lake Minnewanka.

Option 2. Snowshoeing at Paint Pots - Afternoon snowshoe tour on an easy trail winding through a forest of pine trees to the Paint Pots with its ochre colour mineral pools

Option 3. This morning Johnston Canyon Icewalk Tour is an unforgettable experience that will introduce you to stunning frozen waterfalls and amazing views within the canyon.

Stay: Banff Caribou Lodge (Superior) 

Day 9
Calgary

Enjoy a morning at leisure before boarding your coach to Calgary, where you'll spend the night before flying home the next day.

Stay: Hotel Le Germain Calgary (Superior) 

Day 10
Departure

Transfer to Calgary's international airport in time for your overnigth flight to the UK

Day 11
Arrive UK

On arrival in the UK continue with your homeward journey. 

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

11-day tailor-made rail journey from £2,325 pp incl. flights

Superior

15 Nov 2021 - 13 Dec 2021

from £2,325 pp. incl. flights

16 - 30 Dec 2021

from £2,815 pp. incl. flights

31 Dec - 11 Apr 2022

from £2,390 pp. incl. flights

Departing from Vancouver: Mondays & Fridays

Departing from Calgary: Sundays & Thursday

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from London to Vancouver and from Calgary to London
  • 1 night pre-tour accommodation in Vancouver
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation
  • Transfer between rail depot and hotel in Jasper
  • Jasper - Freedom of Choice - 1 of 3 Excursions  - Maligne Canyon Ice Walk / Discover Jasper and Its Wildlife tour / Upgrade option - Dog Sledding Tour
  • Coach transfer between Jasper & Lake Louise
  • Sleigh ride at Lake Louise
  • Banff - Freedom of Choice, 1 of 3 excursions - Discover Banff & its Wildlife tour / Snowshoeing at Paint Pots Tour / Johnson Canyon Icewalk
  • Coach transfer between Banff & Calgary
  • National Park Fees
  • Meals as per itinerary


Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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