Ocean to Mountains Family Train Adventure

Rockies Family Train Adventure

8

days

starting from US $5,370per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Make memories with your family as you discover the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, from the West Coast to Rocky Mountains. Experience Vancouver’s family friendly, active lifestyle, then travel onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian train to Jasper and Banff National Parks. You’ll enjoy carefully selected outdoor adventures, combined with plenty of time to relax and spend time together.

Rockies Family Train Adventure – Map Exploring Banff National Park Vancouver, British Columbia Beluga whales at Vancouver Aquarium Onboard VIA Rail The dining car onboard VIA RAil Riding the Jasper SkyTram Nature walk in Jasper National Park The Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic mountain roads in the world. Explore glaciers on the Columbia Icefields Explore the Athabasca Glacier with a ride on the Ice Explorer Peyto Lake, the Canadian Rockies Trail riding on horseback in Banff National Park The journey ends as you depart from Calgary
  • Slide 0, click to enlarge...
  • Slide 1, click to enlarge...
  • Slide 2, click to enlarge...
  • Slide 3, click to enlarge...
  • Slide 4, click to enlarge...
  • Slide 5, click to enlarge...
  • Slide 6, click to enlarge...
  • Slide 7, click to enlarge...
  • Slide 8, click to enlarge...
  • Slide 9, click to enlarge...
  • Slide 10, click to enlarge...
  • Slide 11, click to enlarge...
  • Slide 12, click to enlarge...
  • Slide 13, click to enlarge...

Trip at a glance

Arrive Vancouver*
1 night Vancouver
1 night onboard VIA Rail
2 nights Jasper
3 nights Banff 
Depart Calgary
*Can be done in reverse

Itinerary

Please note - all of our Canada vacation packages can be customized to suit your time frame, budget, group size, and interests.

Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by towering mountains and sparkling ocean. From the very beginning, we ensure your vacation is off to the best start! Walk out of the airport and right into your own personal private vehicle. Your driver will help orient you to our hometown, Vancouver!

Feature Dinner in Vancouver
Did you know Vancouver is one of the top culinary destinations in the world? We want to make sure you don’t eat at the tourist trap restaurant across the street from your hotel, rather have the best meal in the best setting that ensures you make memories over a great meal!

Day 2 – Explore Vancouver and VIA Rail’s Canadian Train to Jasper
You have 3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Vancouver and its surrounding area to its fullest.

• Option 1: Vancouver by Bicycle
You’re not one to travel along with the tourist crowd, and prefer to slip into life like a local. This tour delivers exactly that – the bike is a Vancouverites preferred mode of transport! With an extensive cycle lane network this tour travels along AAA bike paths. The tour highlights the best of Vancouver food, history, ecology and culture. Visit the seawall and Stanley Park, eat lunch at Granville Island Public Market and see historic Gastown and Chinatown.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2: Discovery Tour in Stanley Park & Vancouver Aquarium Admission
An enriching cultural option for those interested in First Nations History. Participate in this tour to experience a unique perspective on Trip Advisors number one rated park. Stroll amongst the trees and learn about how First Nations people utilized the flora to make medicines, as technology and food. After your tour, visit Canada’s largest aquarium, the Vancouver Aquarium. With over 50,000 animals and unique opportunities to come up close with some of the world’s most elusive creatures, every visit is an unforgettable one.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Grouse Mountain and Zipline
Located 15 minutes from downtown, Grouse Mountain offers the perfect destination for a truly rewarding and memorable experience. Once up the mountain you’ll have access to the Lumberjack shows, ‘Birds in Motion’ demonstrations, ranger talks at the ‘Bear Habitat’ and more. Your Grouse experience includes a zipline on a dual line course. The zipline experience will give you a unique perspective of Grouse Mountain, combining heart-pounding thrills with an exploration of BC’s old-growth forests.
Activity rating:
Moderate

Climb aboard the ‘Canadian’, Canada’s most famous train, the route links Vancouver and Jasper using original steel rail cars from the 1950’s. Vancouver to Jasper is the most spectacular stretch of the whole journey. The train crosses the arable land of the Fraser Valley, travels northeast through the British Columbia interior, passing the Lac Du Bois and Wells Grey Provincial parks before ascending the Canadian Rockies and arriving in Jasper National Park the following day. Overnight on board the train in your private cabin.


Day 3 – Heart of the Canadian Rockies – Arrive in Jasper
Arrive into the Canadian Rockies this afternoon. Pick up a rental car to begin your exploration of the Canadian Rockies. Jasper is the gentle giant of the Rockies, offering visitors a laid-back mountain experience with equal options for adventure, discovery and relaxation. As one of Canada’s oldest and largest national parks, established in 1907, Jasper was once seen as an island of civilization in a vast wilderness. More recently, it has become a popular getaway from urban life, and a special place to reconnect with nature. Jasper will give you that breathing room to relax and enjoy the best of this natural playground.

• Dark Sky Preserve Experience
As the world’s largest dark sky preserve in Canada Jasper is home to the ideal conditions for astronomical viewing. This evening you will tour this dark sky preserve in a air-supported 35-seat dome theatre. Your astronomy guide will take you through the legends of “Canadian” First Nations constellations, a meteor shower and the northern lights. After your time inside you’ll take a guided tour of planets, moons, stars and galaxies – all through the largest telescope in the Rockies (weather dependent).

Day 4 – In the Canadian Wilderness – Jasper and Surrounding Area
Spend the day exploring the Jewel of the Rockies, Jasper. You have 3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Jasper to its fullest.

• Option 1: Nature Walk
Drink in the sights, smells and sounds of nature on this professionally guided interpretive walk through Jasper National Park. Enjoy a leisurely pace, and plenty of time for photos and discussion. See wildlife, admire rare alpine wildflowers, and magnificent valley views.
Activity rating: Moderate


• Option 2: Jasper SkyTram Admission and Maligne Lake Cruise
You will experience two of Jaspers most iconic attractions today! One will take you into the air to the summit of Whistlers Mountain and the other will have you gliding across the pristine waters of Maligne Lake. Both will leave you breathless at the majesty of Canada’s gentle giant of the Rockies.
Activity rating:
Moderate

• Option 3: Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
A sightseeing tour unlike any other for 1 or 2 passengers. From the freedom of the sidecar of a powerful Harley Davidson touring motorcycle - view famous lakes, historical viewpoints and attractions of the Jasper Area.
Activity rating: Easy

Day 5 – The Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Banff
Drive along the spine of the Rockies, on what is surely one of the most beautiful roads in the world - the Icefields Parkway.

You have
2 choices to help you stop and explore on the Icefields Parkway today:

• Option 1: Icewalk on the Athabasca Glacier
Walk along the largest mass of ice in the Rocky Mountains - the Columbia Icefields. The most accessible part of the Icefields is the Athabasca Glacier - spreading six kilometers towards the Icefields Parkway. Join an experienced guide and small group of adventurers on a once in a lifetime experience as you hike along the glacier - stand in awe of a place few people get to see firsthand.
Activity rating:
Moderate

• Option 2: Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure Package
Your adventure begins with a ride onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier in the all-terrain Ice Explorer – a vehicle specially designed for glacier travel. Your tour includes a stop on the glacier, where you can stop onto the ice and fill your water bottle with fresh glacier water. Your package includes the jaw-dropping walk along the glass-floored Glacier Skywalk at the cliff’s edge. Experience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on this exciting 1-kilometre cliff-edged walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot drop.
Activity rating: Easy

Day 6 – Explore Banff
Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration. All guests receive admission to the Banff Gondola located atop Sulphur Mountain.

You have the following
3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Banff to its fullest.

• Option 1: River Float Trip
Winding through the picturesque landscape of the Rocky Mountains, your float trip is a great whitewater experience for families. Located in the front ranges of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, this 2-3 hours river trip offers the novice a thrilling and fun introduction to whitewater rafting.
Activity rating:
Easy

• Option 2: Whitewater Rafting Trip
Today you’ll experience world-class white water, spectacular mountain scenery and memories to last a lifetime in the unparalleled beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Your rafting trip will find you in large, soaking waves and numerous rapids that range up to Class 4, offering a thrilling and fun day for your family.
Activity rating:
Moderate

• Option 3: Cave Tour
Your hike will introduce you and your family to the amazing world of caves, spending approximately 2 hours underground crawling past prehistoric bones and investigating ancient cave formations. This won’t be and experience you forget!
Activity rating: Moderate

Insider tip: We’ve included admission to the Banff gondola today. We recommend an evening gondola ride, once the crowds have dispersed for the day. As you glide through the air, panoramic vistas at the summit will take you breath away.

Day 7 – Continue Exploring Banff
Today you have 3 options to further explore Banff and the surrounding area.

• Option 1: Cowboy Cookout
Enjoy the mountain air on your trail ride along the base of Sulpher Mountain, be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife, as you ride towards your delicious BBQ meal. Relax trail side as your cowboy guides prepare your BBQ feast and treat you to genuine western hospitality. Your day comes full circle as you ride back along Sulphur Mountain Trail and a climb up and around the Windy Knoll, where dazzling views of the sky-piercing mountains await.
Activity rating:
Easy

• Option 2: Hike in Sunshine Meadows
Spend your day on top of the world and away from the crowds at Sunshine Meadows, widely known as the most stunning alpine setting in the Canadian Rockies. Your guide will take you along the network of gentle trails that wind their way around the meadows.
Activity rating:
Moderate

• Option 3: Via Ferrata
Step out of your comfort zone and spend 2.5 hours testing your limits! Your guide will begin your day with an introduction to the equipment, before heading up into the mountains. This is a great introduction into the world of Via Ferrata.
Activity rating: Challenging

Day 8 – Depart from Calgary
Much too soon you leave the fresh air and colorful sights of the Rockies as your Canadian train trip comes to an end.

What we love about this trip

Take an overnight rail journey on the iconic “Canadian Train”
View the stunning glaciers of the Icefields Parkway up close!
Unique mountain lodge and family style accommodation in the Rockies
Choice of tour options to design your own adventure through the Rockies
Superb photo opportunities and bonding experiences with your family

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain - Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
Feature dinner in Vancouver selected by Fresh Tracks Canada - Feature dinner in Vancouver selected by Fresh Tracks Canada
Feature dinner in Vancouver selected by Fresh Tracks Canada
Cozy cabin onboard the train - Cozy cabin onboard the train
Cozy cabin onboard the train
Learn about Jasper's dark sky preserve - Learn about Jasper's dark sky preserve
Learn about Jasper's dark sky preserve
Accommodation & Rail Service:
• 6 nights of hotel accommodation
• 1 night onboard the ‘Canadian Train’, in a private cabin, between Vancouver and Jasper

Sightseeing & Activities:
Vancouver:
Choose 1 of 3 activities:
1. Walking Tour & Aquarium Admission
2. Sightseeing Bicycle Tour
3. Grouse Mountain Admission & Ziplining

Jasper:
• Choose 1 of 3 activities:
1. Admision to the Jasper SkyTram & Maligne Lake Cruise
2. 2 hour Sidecar Motorcycle Tour in Jasper
3. Private Nature Walk

Icefields Parkway:
•Choose 1 of 2 activities:
1. Icewalk Tour
2. Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure Package


Banff:
• Banff Gondola admission
• Choose 1 of 3 activities, day 1:
1. River Float Trip
2. Whitewater Rafting Trip
3. Cave Tour

• Choose 1 of 3 activities, day 2:
1. Cowboy Cookout
2. Sunshine Meadows Hike
3. Via Ferrata

* Price of your trip may vary depending on activity choices.
* Some activities may not be available on all trip start dates, due to seasonal weather conditions. Your Vacation Advisor can provide further details.

Dining experiences:
• Feature dinner in Vancouver or Banff, depending on your trip’s direction
• 1 delicious breakfast and lunch onboard the train

Transfers & Transportation:
Private transfer between Vancouver hotel and airport, with a friendly driver
Train station transfer in Vancouver
• 6-day family size vehicle rental
• Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental, airport surcharges, unlimited mileage , Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million), fee for 1 additional driver, and vehicle licensing fee

Additional inclusions
• Parks Canada Pass
• Gratuities for private transfer and tours (unless otherwise indicated)

• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks customer service

Seasonal Restrictions:
• Hike in Sunshine Meadows is available from the June 25 to August 27 eastbound departure dates (Westbound departures: June 28 to September 2).
• Whitewater Rafting Trip is available until the September 3 eastbound departure date (Westbound departures: until September 6).
• Via Ferrata tour in Banff is available until the September 3 eastbound departure (Westbound departures: until September 6).

 

Not Included

• Car rental exclusions - Fuel and refueling fees, Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Personal Effects Coverage (PEC), GPS, One-way drop fee ($50), LDW deductible of up to $500, Fee for drivers under the age of 25
• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, scheduled tour and transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended
- ask us for a quote)
• Canadian Sales Taxes

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Whale watching in the Salish Sea
Whale watching in the Salish Sea
Renting a car and driving back through British Columbia
Renting a car and driving back through British Columbia
Visit the Olympic city of Whistler
Visit the Olympic city of Whistler
Visit the surf town of Tofino on the west coast
Visit the surf town of Tofino on the west coast
Extend your stay on the west coast of Canada with a self-drive trip to the unique surf town of Tofino on Vancouver Island.
• Complete your trip through the Rockies by adding on a return train trip to Vancouver, or opt to drive back through the diverse scenery of British Columbia.
• Spend more time hiking in the Rockies with a stay at a fly-in mountain lodge.
• Board a floatplane and fly to the charming capital of British Columbia – Victoria. Return to Vancouver on an exciting whale watching tour.
• Visit the Olympic city of Whistler, and add on one of the many adventure activities available in this mountain town – how about a fun zip line through the tree tops!

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Sheraton Wall Centre - Exterior of hotelSheraton Wall Centre - Hotel RoomSheraton Wall Centre - Sheraton at night

Sheraton Wall Centre

An example of our Superior accommodations

A visually-stunning hotel located in the heart of downtown. Enjoy great views through the floor to ceiling windows. Thoughtful extras include luxury bath amenities, and refreshment centers in every room.

Tekarra Lodge - View of the Athabasca River from the lodgeTekarra Lodge - Exterior of Tekarra Lodge cabinTekarra Lodge - The Alberta bachelor cabinTekarra Lodge - Tekarra Lodge small duplex cabinTekarra Lodge - Comfortable hospitality room

Tekarra Lodge

An example of our Rustic Mountain Lodge accommodations

Stay in one of the Tekarra Lodge's rustic, charming cabins a stone's throw from the town of Jasper but snugly nestled in nature. Tekarra Lodge's tranquil and peaceful setting will immediately let you relax without the distractions of telephones or televisions. Walk out onto your private deck, be greeted by breathtaking mountain views, and watch the wildlife which often includes deer, elk, squirrels, and pine martins. Tekarra accommodations are equipped with wood burning fireplaces, perfect for cozying up with a book and a glass of wine. As well, each cabin has a kitchen or kitchenette for convenience. The Tekarra Restaurant is right onsite offering amazing fine dining in a relaxed casual atmosphere amongst the evergreens. Other amenities include bike rentals, plus an onsite gift shop.

Hidden Ridge Resort - Hidden Ridge Resort in serene settingsHidden Ridge Resort - Exterior view of Hidden Ridge ResortHidden Ridge Resort - Room with a viewHidden Ridge Resort - Lounge in a comfy bedHidden Ridge Resort - Elegant dining

Hidden Ridge Resort

An example of our Mountain Lodge accommodations

Tucked away on Tunnel Mountain, Hidden Ridge Resort features charming chalet style condos, only a 2 minute shuttle from central Banff, offering a spectacular view of the Canadian Rockies. Each condo boasts wood burning fireplaces, full kitchens and a patio or balcony. Enjoy stunning views of the Banff town site and the most famous mountains in the Rockies.

 

Prices & Dates

2018 Dates
Starting in Vancouver on Mon, Thu, Sat
June 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
July 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
August 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
Sept. 1, 3, 6, 8, 10

Starting in Calgary on Sun, Tue, Thu
June 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28
July 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 31
August 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
Sept. 2, 4, 6, 9

Family friendly lodges and hotels
from US $5,370to US $5,800per person

Fresh Tracks Canada Vs. Others

Fresh Tracks Canada Local Travel Agency Online Booking
Independent Travel

Flexibility and freedom of a personalized tour to suit your travel goals.

     
Personalized itineraries

Carefully crafted to your budget and needs.

     
Insider Knowledge

Plan your trip with help from insiders who live and travel in Canada. You'll know when to come, where to stay, which transportation to take, and lots more...

     
Local Support

Someone in Canada you can call before and during your trip, seven days a week.

     
No-one can be trusted more

You'll feel confident when booking your vacation with our accreditation and consumer protection through the following organizations.

Our accreditation and consumer protection partners
     

Pre-packaged Trips

One-size-fits-all approach.

     

Group Tours

Cheapest type of travel with rigid itineraries and crowds.

     

Why choose us?

Online booking sites prefer you to book your vacation with them online. Truthfully, they'd prefer you not to bother them at all! Our approach is completely the opposite.

We don't use online booking – instead we use technology to put visitors directly in touch with our Canadian travel insiders because we believe the best vacations are personal.

Online booking sites and local travel agencies focus on multiple destinations – we focus only on Canada because it's our home and we know it better than anyone else.

Fresh Tracks Canada Team

Fresh Tracks Canada Team

No one can be trusted more...

You'll feel confident when booking your vacation with our accreditation and consumer protection through the following organizations

Consumer Protection BC

Consumer Protection BC

  • License Number: 31202
  • The Travel Assurance Fund (TAF) provides a possible source of compensation when consumers do not receive the travel services they purchased through a BC licensed travel agent.
ABTA

ABTA

  • Membership Number: Y6176
  • Our UK clients have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct which means that all package holidays sold by Fresh Tracks Canada in the UK are covered by a full financial protection in the event of the company failure.
  • We're one of the only agencies in Canada offering this protection.
BBB Accreditation Business

BBB

  • A BBB Accredited Business since 08/02/2008
  • Highest rating: A+
  • BBB has determined that Fresh Tracks Canada Inc. meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.
IATA

IATA

  • Fresh Tracks Canada is an IATA Accredited Agent.
  • Full accreditation authorizes travel agents to sell international and/or domestic tickets on behalf of IATA member airlines. It also allows access to IATA's Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP), an efficient interface for invoicing and payment between the agent, airlines and transport providers.

Still not sure we can help you?

See What These Fresh Tracks Canada Customers Are Saying…

Get started today & discover how we can get you the best of Canada

Get your personalized itinerary

Get your custom itinerary before availability is gone. Because we're now booking into 2018.

  • Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.
  • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.
1 800 667 4744
Based in Canada with 20 years experience and over 15,000 personalized vacations.
Choose from handpicked experiences that create memories of a life-time.
Experience Canada with seamless transfers. All coordinated and planned to your taste.