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Snow Train to the Rockies

3 reviews
7 Days / 6 Nights
Vancouver to Calgary or Calgary to Vancouver
From USD$1,225 per person
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We had the most fabulous trip to our Winter Wonderland in the Canadian Rockies.

Mary, California, United States

I don’t know how I will ever thank you all at Canada by Design for everything you did for us and making a trip of a life time surpass our wildest expectations!

Ann, Australia

We would highly recommend Jennifer and Canada by Design for all of your travel needs. We count ourselves very lucky that we found this 5-star team of travel experts!

Julie Cass, Brisbane, Australia

Canadian Winter Rail Tours Highlights: Vancouver | Via Rail Train | Jasper | Lake Louise | Banff | Calgary | Travel through the impressive winter scenery of Banff & Jasper National Parks as well as the majestic Lake Louise. With attentive services aboard Via Rail, you can relax and enjoy this inspiring journey.

  • Picturesque Banff with its surrounding snow-capped mountains
  • Enjoy winter magic at stunning Lake Louise
  • Rare walk on a frozen river at Maligne Canyon
  • Accommodation on VIA Rail

    Early Booking Bonus
    Book by April 30, 2019, receive up to $300 per couple in added value which can be used for additional hotel nights, city sightseeing tours, activities or private transfers.
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The below itinerary is only a suggestion, we offer tailor-made personal service and solutions to help you plan your perfect vacation. This itinerary is also available in the reverse direction

Departs Vancouver
Day 1 Vancouver to Jasper (Rail) This afternoon, check in at Pacific Central Station and board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ for the famous train journey to the majestic 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 café car, lounge car, and access to the dome car. (dinner included today onboard VIA Rail)

Exclusive to Sleeper Plus Class:
By day, sit back in comfortable seating and enjoy the exclusive comfort of your own accommodation. Come evening, attendants will transform your quarters into cozy bunks or a bedroom. Don’t forget to visit the Dome Car – the true essence of travelling by train is all in the panoramic views. Some Sleeper Plus Class amenities include towels, pillows, cozy down duvets and a shower kit.

Day 2 Canadian Rockies by daylight onboard VIA Rail; arrive Jasper late morning (Rail) Rise to the snowy peaks of the Canadian Rockies today as you arrive in Jasper and transfer to your hotel. The day is free to explore this unique alpine community. (breakfast included today onboard VIA Rail)

Day 3 Jasper (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. Certified guides will lead groups of no more than 12 along the frozen canyon floor and its ice-clad limestone walls. Super soles and winter boots will keep guests warm and secure as they explore this wonderland of rock and ice. Please note: The ice walk tour normally operates beginning-December - end of March

Day 4 Jasper to Lake Louise (Evening Sleigh Ride) Travel southward along the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise. This spectacular drive through glacier country features massive snow covered mountains, frozen waterfalls and broad-reaching valleys. Included this evening is a wonderful 40 minute sleigh ride that takes place beside the lake. Please note: The sleigh ride normally operates mid-December - mid- April

Day 5 Lake Louise to Banff Depart Lake Louise mid-morning for a short drive to Banff via the scenic Bow Valley.

Day 6 Banff A free day to enjoy Canada’s premier winter resort. There are plenty of options, including: shopping , skiing or boarding in one of the 3 ski resorts in the area (not included) or visit the luxurious spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (not included).

Day 7 Banff to Calgary This morning is free to explore Banff, before your scheduled coach to Calgary departs midday. Following the Trans Canada Highway, depart the Rocky Mountains to the Great Central Plains that roll to the east for 2,000 km and extend as far south as Mexico. This is ‘cattle ranching country’ and the breadbasket of Canada. Arrive at Calgary Airport at 2.30pm or in downtown Calgary at 3.00pm.

Departs Calgary
Day 1 Calgary to Banff Leave the Stampede City of Calgary on the express service to Banff where you have ample opportunity to take in the sights.

Day 2 Banff A free day to enjoy Canada’s premier winter resort. There are plenty of options, including: shopping , skiing or boarding in one of the 3 ski resorts in the area (not included) or visit the luxurious spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (not included).

Day 3 Banff to Lake Louise (Evening Sleigh Ride) Depart Banff in the early afternoon for a short drive to Lake Louise via the scenic Bow Valley. Included this evening is a wonderful 40 minute sleigh ride that takes place beside the lake. Please note: The sleigh ride normally operates mid-December - mid-April

Day 4 Lake Louise to Jasper Travel northward along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper today. This spectacular drive through glacier country features massive snow covered mountains, frozen waterfalls and broad reaching valleys.

Day 5 Jasper (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. Certified guides will lead groups of no more than 12 along the frozen canyon floor and its ice-clad limestone walls. Super soles and winter boots will keep you warm and secure as you explore this wonderland of rock and ice. Please note: The ice walk tour normally operates beginning-December - end of March

Day 6 Jasper to Vancouver onboard VIA Rail This morning, board VIA Rail for Vancouver in Sleeper Plus Class. Leaving Jasper National Park, you’ll travel the ‘Yellowhead’ route past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson. Watch the scenery change from mountains to desert as you follow the Thompson River into central British Columbia. (brunch and dinner included today onboard VIA Rail)

Exclusive to Sleeper Plus Class:
By day, sit back in comfortable seating and enjoy the exclusive comfort of your own accommodation. Come evening, attendants will transform your quarters into cozy bunks or a bedroom. Don’t forget to visit the Dome Car – the true essence of travelling by train is all in the panoramic views. Some Sleeper Plus Class amenities include towels, pillows, cozy down duvets and a shower kit.

Day 7 Arrive Vancouver Waking to the coastal city of Vancouver today, your tour ends upon arrival. (continental breakfast included today onboard VIA Rail)

Package Includes:

  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • 1 night sleeping accommodation onboard VIA Rail
  • Transfer between rail depot and hotel in Jasper
  • Maligne Canyon Ice Walk (Dec 15th - Mar 30th, replaced with Discover Jasper & Its Wildlife Tour on days when not operating) (minimum age 6 yrs)
  • Scheduled express coach between Jasper & Lake Louise
  • Sleigh ride at Lake Louise (Dec 10th - Apr 10th, price for non-operating dates will be adjusted at time of booking)
  • Scheduled express coach between Lake Louise & Banff
  • Scheduled express coach between Banff & Calgary
  • National Park fees
  • 1 breakfast, 1 dinner onboard VIA Rail (Vancouver departures)
  • 1 breakfast, 1 brunch, 1 dinner onboard VIA Rail (Calgary departures)
  • Canadian sales tax
  • Travel Documentation

Hotel Information (Moderate Grade)

  • VIA Rail (Upper/Lower Semi Private Sleeper Berth)
  • Jasper - Lobstick Lodge (Standard Room)
  • Lake Louise - Lake Louise Inn (Deluxe Two Queen Room)
  • Banff - Brewster's Mountain Lodge (Standard Room)

Hotel Information (Superior Grade)

  • VIA Rail (Cabin)
  • Jasper - Sawridge Inn (Outside View with Balcony)
  • Lake Louise - Lake Louise Inn (Deluxe Two Queen Room)
  • Banff - Banff Caribou Lodge (Standard Room)

Hotel Information (Deluxe Grade)

  • VIA Rail (Cabin)
  • Jasper - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Fairmont Room)
  • Lake Louise - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Lakeview Room)
  • Banff - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (Fairmont Room)

Moderate Grade with Upper/Lower Semi Private Sleeper Berth on-board VIA Rail

VIA Rail (Semi Private Berth)

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Lobstick Lodge Winter

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Jasper

Lake Louise Inn Winter

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Lake Louise

Brewster Mountain Lodge Winter

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Banff

Superior Grade with Private Bedroom on-board VIA Rail

VIA Rail (Cabin)

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Sawridge Inn Winter

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Jasper

Lake Louise Inn Winter

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Lake Louise

Banff Caribou Lodge Winter

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Banff

Deluxe Grade with Private Bedroom on-board VIA Rail

VIA Rail (Cabin)

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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Winter

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Jasper

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Winter

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Lake Louise

Fairmont Banff Springs Winter

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Banff

We had the most fabulous trip to our Winter Wonderland in the Canadian Rockies.

We had the most fabulous trip to our Winter Wonderland in the Canadian Rockies. Thank you so much for organizing all our travels and hotels. Highlights: the vintage train from Vancouver to Jasper! Via Rail Canadian needs better pictures to tout the awesome rail with it’s adorable public rooms, dinning car, glass roof cars and cozy cabins. I left the shade up all night and watched the world go by.

Mary, California, United States

I don’t know how I will ever thank you all at Canada by Design for everything you did for us and making a trip of a life time surpass our wildest expectations!

We LOVED Canada and look forward to coming back and doing the same route in the spring or autumn. In fact we would even consider doing it again in winter as it was so stunningly beautiful. After booking the trip and advising the date we wanted, I was very impressed with Karen's professionalism and prompt service, nothing was too much trouble. When we requested things from her, all the information given to us was accurate and up to date. I don’t know how I will ever thank you all at Canada by Design for everything you did for us and making a trip of a life time surpass our wildest expectations!

Ann, Australia

We would highly recommend Jennifer and Canada by Design for all of your travel needs. We count ourselves very lucky that we found this 5-star team of travel experts!

We chose Canada by Design in favor of a travel company in our own country, as we thought that the local experience would give us a better holiday. How right we were! We also saved ourselves a lot of money, as Jennifer's quote was much less expensive than the quote we received in Australia. We liaised with Jennifer by email many months before our trip, to organize our once-in-a-lifetime Christmas Snow Train adventure from Vancouver through Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff and, finally, Calgary. Jennifer and her colleagues provided us with an excellent standard of service, always prompt, friendly and efficient. All accommodation was of a high quality, with The Fairmont Castle at Banff being outstanding. We felt like we were living in a fairy-tale with the amazing scenery that we encountered all along the way. When we first arrived in Vancouver, we headed directly to the Canada by Design office because we wanted to meet Jennifer in person. We were given a tour of the office and greeted by the whole team. Jennifer continued to work for us during this meeting, by offering suggestions for our time in Vancouver before our train departed. We would highly recommend Jennifer and Canada by Design for all of your travel needs. We count ourselves very lucky that we found this 5-star team of travel experts!

Julie Cass, Brisbane, Australia

Departure dates

(Tour Code: TR70) Departing Vancouver (Eastbound): Mondays & Fridays Nov 29 Dec 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 27, 30 Jan 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31 Feb 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28 Mar 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 Apr 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20

(Tour Code: TR71) Starts Calgary (Westbound): Mondays & Fridays Nov 29 Dec 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 27, 30 Jan 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31 Feb 3, 7, 10, 17, 21, 24, 28 Mar 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 Apr 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20

Pricing

All pricing is in United States of America USD$

TWIN SINGLE TRIPLE CHILD
Moderate Grade with Upper/Lower Semi Private Sleeper Berth on-board VIA Rail

29 Nov - 15 Dec, 2019 16 Dec - 30 Dec, 2019 03 Jan - 23 Mar, 2020 27 Mar - 20 Apr, 2020

$1,225
$1,351
$1,298
$1,361

$1,530
$1,783
$1,649
$1,684

$1,158
$1,243
$1,217
$1,289

$737
$737
$765
$856

Superior Grade with Private Bedroom on-board VIA Rail

29 Nov - 15 Dec, 2019 16 Dec - 30 Dec, 2019 03 Jan - 23 Mar, 2020 27 Mar - 20 Apr, 2020

$1,595
$1,698
$1,657
$1,791

$2,010
$2,218
$2,093
$2,227

$1,506
$1,576
$1,547
$1,681

$1,006
$1,006
$1,048
$1,182

Deluxe Grade with Private Bedroom on-board VIA Rail

29 Nov - 13 Dec, 2019 16 Dec, 2019 - 03 Jan, 2020 06 Jan - 23 Mar, 2020 27 Mar - 20 Apr, 2020

$1,766
$2,636
$1,972
$2,106

$2,317
$4,001
$2,687
$2,822

$1,006
$1,048
$1,048
$1,182

Prices are per person and include all taxes. Child age 10 - 6 yrs (minimum age 6 yrs)

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