Trans Canada by Rail in Winter

Trans Canada by Rail in Winter

10

days

starting from US $3,599per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Start your Canada vacation by climbing aboard the train in Vancouver and being lulled to sleep, while the snow falls silently outside. Awake in a Rockies winter wonderland and spend a few days exploring and playing outside, each night cozying up in a warm hotel. Continue your memorable vacation by train again through Canada, and end your trip in Toronto.

Trans Canada by Rail in Winter  – Map You arrive in Vancouver and are welcomed by beautiful ocean and mountain vistas. Watch pristine winter forests pass by, as you enjoy 'Sleeper Plus' class on the Canadian train. A guide will take you to eerie and beautiful Maligne Canyon, frozen in time. Visit bustling Banff, home of the Fairmont Banff Springs and full of winter delights. Beautiful Lake Louise is a timeless Rockies highlight to enjoy from a cozy sleighride. Join in the fun - the Rockies have endless possibilites for winter adventure. Now it's time to settle in for your trans Canadian train voyage. Enjoy delicious cuisine and a glass of wine as the frozen Canadian landscape slips by. End in Toronto, a destination unto itself for those who have time to stay.
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Trip at a glance

Arrive Vancouver
1 night Vancouver
1 night VIA Rail
2 nights Jasper
2 nights Banff
3 nights VIA Rail
Depart Toronto

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
The cool, crisp air in Vancouver invigorates you as you start your Canada vacation. Vancouver’s relatively mild weather is a great introduction to a Canadian winter, but look to the north and you see the winter scene you have been dreaming of - Vancouver’s coastal mountains stand before you, covered in pure white snow. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 2 – Into the Canadian Rockies – Vancouver to Jasper on VIA Rail’s Canadian
Spend the day sightseeing in Vancouver before boarding the train.

You have
2 options to choose from today:

• Option 1:  Vancouver Sightseeing Tour
This is the best way to visit the main attractions and neighbourhoods of Vancouver. You will tour along the scenic harbour and through the historic areas of downtown Vancouver. There will be time to visit the totem poles at Stanley Park, browse art galleries and shops at Granville Island, visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, and learn about the Pacific Salmon at the Capilano Salmon Hatchery.

• Option 2:  Eagle Viewing Float Tour
Just an hour north of Vancouver is one of the world’s largest population of bald eagles. From December to mid-February, these magnificent birds return to the area to feed on spawning salmon. This tour lets you view the eagles from the best place – on the river. In addition, you will travel along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway and enjoy views of ocean vistas, soaring mountains, and rainforest.

This evening, a cozy and comfortable cabin awaits you on the Canadian train. A panoramic dome car - where you can relax, unwind, and see the sights all around you - is only a short walk from your cabin. Chatting over a drink with fellow travelers makes the evening end too quickly, and you climb into your warm bed prepared by your attendant. Be lulled to sleep by the motion of the train as you travel further toward the Canadian Rockies. Overnight onboard the train.

Day 3 – Rockies Winter Wonderland – Arrive in Jasper
This is one of the most memorable days of your Canadian vacation! Awake onboard the Canadian train, to trees blanketed in fresh snow - with green branches just peeking through - as you near the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy the views over breakfast and lunch onboard. The snow is glistening as you arrive in the mountain town of Jasper. Step off the train this afternoon and take a deep breath of the fresh mountain air, you have arrived! Enjoy the evening at leisure exploring the town. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 4 – Travel the Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Banff
Enjoy a scenic transfer along the spine of the Rockies, known as the Icefields Parkway - recognized as one of Canada’s most beautiful routes. Each turn reveals frozen waterfalls and impossibly vast mountain valleys. Have your camera ready! End this day of your Canadian adventure in Banff.

Day 5 – Explore the Canadian Rockies

You have 2 options to choose from today:

Option 1:  Lake Louise Sightseeing Plus Banff Gondola Ride
Spot wildlife and discover beautiful winter scenery as you make your way to Lake Louise, along the Bow Valley Parkway. With four hours of free time at Lake Louise, you can try snowshoeing, rent skates, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride and visit the Chateau Lake Louise. Upon returning to Banff, take the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for incredible views from the observation deck and restaurant.

Option 2:  Dog Sled Experience
Teams of friendly huskies await to whisk you through the wilderness of Spray Lakes Park. You will have the option to harness the dogs and drive the team, or simply enjoy the experience as a passenger. Either way, this is sure to be one of your most memorable Canadian experiences.

Day 6 – Travel from Banff to Jasper
Enjoy the morning at your leisure around Banff. This afternoon you will be picked up and transferred back to Jasper along the Icefields Parkway for one last night in the Canadian Rockies.

Day 7 – Tour Jasper & travel onboard the Canadian train to Toronto
Spend the morning exploring Jasper National Park.

You have 2 options to choose from today:

Option 1:  Winter Discovery Tour
Join a knowledgeable guide and small group to seek out and learn about ecology and rich diversity of Jasper National Park! You will travel through the Athabasca Valley to some of the park’s most beautiful scenery - have your camera ready to capture some amazing photos! There is minimal walking on this tour, so sit back and enjoy the winter scenery from the comfort of the bus.

Option 2:  Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
Explore frozen waterfalls, ice caves and incredible ice formations as you walk along the bottom of Maligne Canyon with a guide. This is one of Jasper’s most unique winter experiences.

Days 8 & 9 – Onboard the Canadian Train
The scenery changes as you travel across the undulating plain of the Prairie Provinces and into Ontario. Settle into your seat and enjoy watching the sights from your picture window. The snow covered trees and barns of the prairies are illuminated in the sunlight.

Day 10 – Trans Canada winter journey ends
This morning you arrive into Toronto. Much too soon your journey comes to an end, as you leave the snowy vistas and friendly faces of Canada behind. Ask us about details of some of our eastern Canada tours, to continue your journey through Ontario and Quebec.

What we love about this trip

Seeing the majestic Canadian Rockies in winter
Sleeping on the train
Exploring Vancouver, Jasper and Banff
Unique resort hotel experience
Local winter tours and excursions
Optional dog sledding, skiing, skating and more!

What's Included

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

Sleep in a private cabin on the train - Sleep in a private cabin on the train
Sleep in a private cabin on the train
Gourmet meals aboard the train - Gourmet meals aboard the train
Gourmet meals aboard the train
Vancouver sightseeing tour - Vancouver sightseeing tour
Vancouver sightseeing tour
Choice of fun winter tours and activities in the Rockies - Choice of fun winter tours and activities in the Rockies
Choice of fun winter tours and activities in the Rockies
Accommodations & Train Inclusions:
• 5 nights hotel accommodation - choose from comfort, superior or deluxe level
• 4 nights in a Cabin for 1 or 2 aboard VIA Rail's Canadian train including all meals while onboard

Sightseeing & Activities in Vancouver:
• Choose 1 of 2 Vancouver day tours:
1. Vancouver Sightseeing Tour, including Capilano Suspension Bridge
2. Eagle Viewing Float Tour

Sightseeing & Activities in Banff:
• Choose 1 of 2 Banff activity options:
1. Lake Louise Sightseeing Tour plus Banff Gondola Ride
2. Dog Sled Experience*

Sightseeing & Activities in Jasper:
• Choose 1 of 2 Jasper tours:
1. Winter Discovery Tour
2. Maligne Canyon Ice Walk*

Transfers:
• Jasper and Banff
• Private train station transfers in Jasper
• Private airport transfers in Vancouver and Toronto

Additional:
• Gratuities for private services, unless otherwise mentioned
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service
• Transfers for Deluxe Class guests will be with a private driver.

Seasonal Restrictions:
• Occasionally, activities may vary at time of travel due to weather conditions. Your vacation advisor will provide advice on when the best time is for winter activities.

 

Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare
(but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff
• Canadian Sales Taxes
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended - ask us for a quote)

 

 

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...

An authentic dogsledding experience
An authentic dogsledding experience
Downhill or cross-country skiing
Downhill or cross-country skiing
Adding extra nights to explore the cities
Adding extra nights to explore the cities
Visiting Canada's iconic attractions
Visiting Canada's iconic attractions
• Ask us about the option of staying in more secluded mountain lodges, for a true alpine experience
• Optional winter activities, including skiing (downhill and cross-country), galcier helicopter tour or skating.
• Extra nights in Vancouver, the Rockies or Toronto
•Northern Lights Viewing Package

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.

Georgian Court Hotel - Enjoy a soak  before heading out for a stroll along Robson StreetGeorgian Court Hotel - Join in the fun street atmosphere of Vancouver in the summerGeorgian Court Hotel - Sink into your comfy bed after a day of exploration

Georgian Court Hotel

An example of our Comfort accommodations

The Georgian Court Hotel features 180 guestrooms in a 12-story brick building, in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Enjoy a comfortable sleep in your elegant room, surf the internet with the complimentary wireless, or enjoy a meal on the seasonal patio.

Rimrock Resort - Exterior of resortRimrock Resort - Resort lobbyRimrock Resort - Rimrock during winterRimrock Resort - Many rooms have beautiful mountain views

Rimrock Resort

An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

The 4.5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, when you enter the main lobby, you are actually on the 7th floor, and the views from the pamorama of windows over the Bow Valley are simply stunning. The hotel has an upscale yet understated feel, and the service is impeccable.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - The LodgeFairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Outdoor PoolFairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Elk on grounds of lodgeFairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Lake view of the lodge

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

An example of our Deluxe Lodge accommodations

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is it's own Canadian wilderness resort. The property is made up of many buildings with different room types throughout the resort. Relax by the lake, or enjoy a round of golf on the beautiful Stanley Thompson Golf Course, or enjoy a game of ice hockey on the lodge's pond. Be sure to keep your eyes open for Elk as they walk past your building!

Fairmont Banff Springs - Exterior of hotelFairmont Banff Springs - Lobby of hotelFairmont Banff Springs - The hotel spa

Fairmont Banff Springs

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs is located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy one of the many activities that the hotel has to offer from tennis, horseback riding, a round of golf, skiing, relaxing at the the Willow Stream Spa (charge), or enjoying a great meal at one of 12 restaurants, lounges or pubs.

 

Prices & Dates

2017-2018 Trip Start Dates
(this trip can also start in Toronto, please call or email for start dates)

December 14, 21*, 28*
January 4, 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15*, 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22


* Itinerary and price variations may occur for travel over Christmas, New Years and holidays. Give us a call for additional information
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from US $3,599to US $4,103per 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 $3,849to US $4,319per 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.

Fresh Tracks Favorite
Deluxe Level Hotels
from US $4,849to US $5,399per 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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