Winter in the Rockies

Make your way through the twists and turns of Canada's Rocky Mountains, and enjoy snow-capped landscapes at every turn on this winter tour.

Tour Description

From the grand architecture and fast pace of Vancouver to the peace and quiet of Lake Louise, there is something for everyone on this journey through Canada's western provinces. Begin the tour with a night in Vancouver, before boarding your VIA Rail train for an overnight journey through the mountains en route to Jasper. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, as you enjoy the sights from the train's lounges. Upon arrival in Jasper, let the traditional activities of region guide your time, or enjoy a guided tour of this true winter wonderland.

A motorcoach takes us through the rest of the countryside, with overnights in Lake Louise and Banff - towns that offer their own magical touches. Take in the ice castle of Lake Louise, the Hot Springs in Banff and all the gorgeous, rugged scenery between our stops. As the motorcoach transfers us to Calgary, our time in the beautiful Canadian Rockies comes to a close. 

Features & Inclusions

  • 6 nights hotel accommodation in deluxe Fairmont properties
  • Rail travel onboard VIA Rail Canada (1 night on train)
  • 3 meals

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver! Transfer on your own to your hotel. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is one of Vancouver's most beautiful hotels. Their staff at this deluxe property will pamper you with charming accommodations and exceptional service. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2 - VIA Rail Vancouver to Jasper
After a leisurely breakfast on your own, transfer by taxi (included) to the VIA Rail station for your departure on VIA Rail's Canadian. Nothing shows you Canada like a trip on the train. Your bedroom is VIA Rail's "top of the line" accommodation. Your sitting room by day converts to upper and lower berths at night. Once aboard the train, the staff will see that you are settled into your room. As a Sleeper Plus passenger, your meals are included along with access to the lounges and domes for spectacular viewing. Overnight on train. (D)

Day 3 - Enroute to Jasper
You will awake this morning to the beauty of the Canadian Rockies, as you arrive in Jasper. The staff of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge will meet you at the train station and transfer you to the Lodge. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is wilderness luxury at its finest. Overnight in Jasper. (B, L)

Day 4 - Jasper at Leisure
You are at leisure to enjoy the Fairmont Park Lodge, or venture out and skate on Lac Beauvert, cross country ski, go dog sledding, or see rivers frozen in time should you choose a guided tour of Maligne Canyon. One of the most awe-inspiring sights of winter is the frozen beauty of waterfalls such as Angel Falls and Queen of Maligne Canyon; winter turns their cascades into delicate sculptures beyond any human artisan's skill. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 5 - Jasper to Lake Louise
The drive from Jasper to Lake Louise offers a winter landscaped, hushed and remote. Suddenly, surrounded by snow-laden trees, is the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a shimmering winter palace. The beauty of the frozen lake and the Victoria Glacier on the opposite side of the lake are dramatic. Every year the Chateau builds an ice castle on the lake once it has frozen over. Here is a little-known fact: the ice is imported from British Columbia! Check with the front desk for horse-drawn sleigh rides along the lake. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 6 - Lake Louise to Banff
It is a short ride from Lake Louise to Banff. After passing through the town of Banff, you arrive at the "Castle of the Rockies," the Fairmont Banff Springs. When you arrive, you will quickly see that it is a village within a hotel. If you are a spa lover, you will realize that the Banff Springs Spa is in a class by itself. Overnight in Banff.

Day 7 - Banff at Leisure
There is plenty to do in Banff! The town is filled with delightful shops, boutiques, and restaurants to satisfy every taste and budget. The natural Hot Springs is up the road should you desire a relaxing time in the mineral water that has made Banff a popular destination for years. Overnight in Banff.

Day 8 - Banff to Calgary
It's time to bid farewell to the beautiful Canadian Rockies, with a promise to return for an entirely different experience during a different season. Transfers to Calgary Airport are included for flights scheduled after 1:00 pm.

Rail Your Way

Add more flexibility to your rail vacation by choosing when and where to begin and end your vacation. Whether you want to go east to west, west to east, north to south, south to north, start at the beginning, travel the reverse itinerary or begin in the middle, Rail Your Way allows you to tailor make your rail vacation so you can have the experience you want.

Look for the Rail Your Way icon to identify those vacations that offer customized rail connections or joining points. Ask your rail specialist how you can have Rail Your Way!

Accommodation Options

Accommodations

Hotels include the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (or similar). VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars.

Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities.

Dates & Prices

Select from the packages below to view prices for this tour.

Prices are land-only, per person based on double occupancy. Prices are correct at the time this web page is published; however, are subject to change.
Private transfers are available at an additional cost for flights that do not fit the schedule listed.
Senior discounts are available for travelers age 60+.
Hotel and Rail accommodations listed above, are subject to change based on availability at the time of booking.

Cabins purchased on VIA rail for a single traveler are Cabins for 1. For upgrade options, ask your rail specialist for details.. During certain dates an additional night may occur at Lake Louise and Banff
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