Canadian Rockies Voyage by Train
starting from US $2,390per person
Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.
Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.
This whirlwind adventure will take you through some of the most amazing highlights of Western Canada in five days. You will begin in the laid back coastal city of Vancouver. Travel via luxury train through spectacular mountain scenery to the small mountain towns of Jasper and Banff. This trip includes jaw-dropping scenic drives along the famous Icefields Parkway and a visit to the incredible Athabasca Glacier.
Trip at a glance
1 night aboard VIA rail
1 night Jasper
2 nights Banff
*Can be done in reverse
Please note, like most of our Canada rail packages & tours, this railway vacation can be customized to your needs – just ask one of our local experts when you call.
Eastbound itinerary shown. Westbound follows the same itinerary in reverse.
Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver – Your Journey Begins
Vancouver is considered one of the most beautiful and livable places in the world. It is a vibrant and energetic city with a picturesque harbor surrounded by mountains and ocean. Your driver will meet you at Vancouver International Airport to take you to the train station for your evening departure. Before your train leaves you will have some time to explore Vancouver.
Check out the quirky independent shops and galleries, dine in one of the local cafes or restaurants or take a walk through the forests of Stanley Park. If you want to see the city on a guided tour, just let us know and we can arrange it.
In the evening, you will board “The Canadian”, which is the most famous train in Canada. It has been transporting travellers from Vancouver to Jasper since the 1950s, when it operated with original steel rail cars. The stretch of track between Vancouver and Jasper offers some of the most stunning scenery in North America, as it crosses the fertile Fraser Valley and the dry British Columbia interior before climbing into the snowcapped peaks of the Canadian Rockies and then carrying you to Jasper National Park.
Day 2 – Arrive in Jasper
Step off the train in Jasper and breathe in the crisp pine-scented air as you gaze at the enormous mountains that surround the town. Jasper is nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and it is the perfect jumping off point for outdoor adventures in Jasper National Park, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the afternoon exploring here and discovering the friendly, relaxed vibe of this quiet mountain town.
Day 3 – The Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Banff
Travel along the spine of the Rockies, on what is surely one of the most beautiful roads in the world - the Icefields Parkway.
Here are 2 options for exploring the Icefields Parkway today:
• Option 1: Small Group Sightseeing Tour
With a small group and guide, explore the Icefields and its main attractions. Stop to enjoy a picnic lunch, walk on the Athabasca Glacier, and marvel at the Glacier Skywalk. Touring the Rocky Mountains with a small group allows you to have a more personalized experience and gives you a chance to ask your knowledgeable guide questions about the area.
Activity rating: Easy
• Option 2: Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience
Spend the day with a private driver-guide, to explore the Icefields at your own pace. Then, step away from the crowds and take a helicopter tour abundant in natural beauty, glaciers and waterfalls. Leave from an exclusive Icefields base and soar over Cline Pass and over Cline, Lion and Lioness Glaciers. You’ll also view a spectacular 900ft waterfall flowing from two aqua green lakes!
Activity rating: Easy
Day 4 – Rocky Mountain Natural Beauty of Banff
Wake up to stunning mountain scenery as you get an early start this morning. Banff has a lot to discover and we can also arrange other activities, including visits to relaxing spas, golfing trips, fly fishing lessons or horseback riding excursions in the mountains.
You have 3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Banff to its fullest.
• Option 1: Banff Sightseeing Tour
On a guided bus tour, take a half day tour to explore the historic sites and local landmarks of Banff as well as to learn about wildlife habitats. Admire the views of Norquay, Cascade, Rundle and Tunnel Mountains and marvel at the strange wind-shaped hoodoo rock formations. Stop at “Surprise Corner” on Tunnel Mountain Drive and admire the stunning view of the valley.
Activity rating: Easy
• Option 2: Sunrise Photography Tour
Wake up early to experience the magical wilderness of Banff National Park at sunrise. Explore with a private guide and learn how to take great photos. Ideal for the amateur photographer wanting to increase their skills with a manual camera. This is a sure way to make friends and family at home jealous!
Activity rating: Moderate
• Option 3: Banff Heli-Hike and Picnic
Soar above majestic peaks and get away from the crowds of Banff on a guided heli-hike and picnic. Marvel at pristine and breathtaking vistas that will leave you speechless.
Activity rating: Moderate
No matter how you choose to explore, all guests have the opportunity to glide up to the top of Sulphur Mountain in a comfortable gondola. Once at the top, you have a panoramic view of the gargantuan mountains and the expanse of the Bow Valley.
Insider tip: We recommend an evening gondola ride, once the crowds have dispersed for the day.
Day 5 – Depart from Calgary
Say goodbye to the fresh alpine air and gorgeous landscapes of the Rockies as your trip comes to an end. On the final day of your journey you will make your way to the Calgary Airport from Banff and board your flight home.
What we love about this trip
Unforgettable views on an overnight train between Jasper and Vancouver
Amazing photography opportunities
Spotting wildlife like deer, elk, bears and moose
Small group tours revealing the best of Jasper and Banff National Parks
Three nights in the Canadian Rockies, surrounded by truly breathtaking scenery
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.
Elk + Avenue Hotel
An example of our Comfort accommodations
Nestled between the majestic coastal mountains and the tides of the Pacific Ocean lies the city of Vancouver, and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Located within the hotel you will find a luxurious day spa, health club, award-winning restaurants and an array of designer shops in downtown Vancouver.
An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations
The stunning 4.5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, offering gorgeous panoramic views over the Bow Valley from the large windows in the main lobby. The hotel is a fantastic example of Rocky Mountain luxury, with an upscale atmosphere and warm, welcoming service.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
An example of our Deluxe Lodge accommodations
If you really want to treat yourself to luxury while exploring the Rocky Mountains, consider staying at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. This exquisite wilderness resort is made up of several buildings close to a tranquil lake and the excellent Stanley Thompson Golf Course. Keep an eye out for wildlife during your stay - elk, deer and other animals have been known to walk through the grounds of the resort.
Prices & Dates2017 Vancouver Start Dates
April 18, 21, 25, 28
May 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
June 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
July 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
August 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
September 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
October 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13
2017 Calgary Start Dates
April 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
May 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
June 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
July 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
August 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 31
September 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
October 3, 5, 7, 10, 12
2018 Vancouver Start Dates
Every Tuesday, Friday & Sunday between May 1 - October 12
2018 Calgary Start Dates
Every Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday April 19 - October 4
Canadian train vacation price guide
• Prices are per person
• Double means two people occupying a room
• Triple and child rates are available
Comfort Level Hotels
from US $2,390to US $3,225per person
Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.
Superior Level Hotels
from US $2,589to US $3,539per person
Our Superior Level provides 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. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.
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Deluxe Level Hotels
from US $3,345to US $4,129per person
On our Deluxe Level vacation, 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. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.
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