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Snow Train to the Rockies

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7 Days / 6 Nights
Vancouver to Calgary or Calgary to Vancouver
From USD$1,208 per person
Snow Train to the Rockies VIA Rail
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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

We will be recommending you to others and will use you again when we return for more adventure.

Kay, New Zealand

Departure dates

(Tour Code: TR70) Departing Vancouver (Eastbound): Mondays & Fridays Nov 27, 30 Dec 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 Jan 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 Feb 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 Mar 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 Apr 2, 5, 9, 12

(Tour Code: TR71) Starts Calgary (Westbound): Mondays & Fridays Nov 27, 30 Dec 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 Jan 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 Feb 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 Mar 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 Apr 2, 5, 9

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

27 Nov 2020 - 01 Jan 2021 04 Jan - 12 Apr 2021 Upgrade to Private Bedroom 2020/21 Season Upgrade to Dog Sledding Excursion 2020/21 Season

$1,208
$1,248
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$256
-
$314

$1,527
$1,608
-
$256
-
$314

$1,137
$1,173
-
$256
-
$314

$695
$695
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$256
-
$221

Superior Grade with Private Bedroom on-board VIA Rail

27 Nov - 13 Dec 2020 14 Dec 2020 - 01 Jan 2021 04 Jan - 12 Apr 2021 Upgrade to Dog Sledding Excursion 2020/21 Season

$1,586
$1,694
$1,630
-
$314

$1,997
$2,213
$2,085
-
$314

$1,498
$1,570
$1,523
-
$314

$990
$990
$990
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$221

Deluxe Grade with Private Bedroom on-board VIA Rail

27 Nov - 14 Dec 20 18 Dec 2020 - 01 Jan 2021 04 Jan - 25 Jan 2021 29 Jan - 12 Apr 2021 Upgrade to Dog Sledding Excursion 2020/21 Season

$1,891
$2,782
$1,959
$2,055
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$314

$2,607
$4,389
$2,743
$2,936
-
$314

$990
$990
$990
$990
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$221

Deluxe Plus Grade with Prestige Cabin on-board VIA Rail

27 Nov - 14 Dec 2020 18 Dec 2020 - 01 Jan 2021 04 Jan - 25 Jan 2021 29 Jan - 12 Apr 2021 Upgrade to Dog Sledding Excursion 2020/21 Season

$3,260
$4,324
$3,328
$3,424
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$314

$6,173
$8,302
$6,309
$6,502
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$314

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

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Journey through the winter scenery of Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise with a night in Sleeper Plus Class on VIA Rail.

 

Spend days in the Canadian Rockies enjoying Ice Walks and sleigh rides, and nights tucking into cozy Canadian mountain resorts.

 Customize it to include snowshoe helicopter tours, ice climbing and more!

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Vancouver to Jasper | Sleeper Plus Class on VIA Rail
Day 2
Arrive Jasper | VIA Rail
Day 3
Jasper | Freedom of Choice - 1 of 3 Excursions
 
1. Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
 
2. Discover Jasper & Its Wildlife Tour
 
3. Upgrade Option: Dog Sledding Tour
Day 4
Jasper to Lake Louise & Sleigh Ride
Day 5
Lake Louise to Banff
Day 6
Banff Sightseeing
Day 7
Banff to Calgary

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, board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ train for the famous rail journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Step back in time to the days of classic rail travel, riding in the original steel ‘streamliner’ railcars made famous by the ‘Canadian’ in the 1950s. Each car has been lovingly restored with air conditioning, a dining car, lounge car, and dome car. Pass through the rich fields of the Fraser Valley and the towering peaks of the Coastal Mountains before entering the Fraser Canyon. Follow the Thompson River through spectacular landscapes as you enjoy dinner (included), then retreat to your private quarters that have been converted into a bedroom.

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 Freedom of Choice | 1 of 3 Excursions
Today you can personalize your Jasper experience by choosing one of three excursions, both sure to leave you with lifelong memories: Option 1. 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
Option 2.Discover Jasper & its Wildlife Tour
Travel through the Athabasca Valley to some of the park’s most beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountain scenery to seek out all the park’s most iconic creatures. Big or small, there are lots of animals to see in Jasper! Elk, deer, sheep, goats, coyotes, wolves, and moose are just a sample of Jasper’s wild mountain fauna – have your camera ready to capture amazing photos!
Option 3. Upgrade Option: Dog Sledding Tour (Additional Cost)
Travel by dog sled along 22 km (13 mi) of pristine winter scenery in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Learn the history of the area and the people amongst the crisp mountain air and the beautiful scenery that surrounds you. Enjoy lunch cooked over an open campfire, hot apple cider, and homemade treats.

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 Freedom of Choice | 1 of 3 Excursions
Today you can personalize your Jasper experience by choosing one of three excursions, both sure to leave you with lifelong memories: Option 1. 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
Option 2.Discover Jasper & its Wildlife Tour
Travel through the Athabasca Valley to some of the park’s most beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountain scenery to seek out all the park’s most iconic creatures. Big or small, there are lots of animals to see in Jasper! Elk, deer, sheep, goats, coyotes, wolves, and moose are just a sample of Jasper’s wild mountain fauna – have your camera ready to capture amazing photos!
Option 3. Upgrade Option: Dog Sledding Tour (Additional Cost)
Travel by dog sled along 22 km (13 mi) of pristine winter scenery in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Learn the history of the area and the people amongst the crisp mountain air and the beautiful scenery that surrounds you. Enjoy lunch cooked over an open campfire, hot apple cider, and homemade treats.

Day 6 Jasper to Vancouver onboard VIA Rail
This morning, board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ train for the journey from Jasper to Vancouver. Using the original steel railcars from the 1950’s, sit back and relax in the dome car to enjoy a dramatic change in scenery as you travel the ‘Yellowhead’ route past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson. Watch the landscape transition from mountains to desert as you follow the Thompson River into central British Columbia. Brunch and dinner is included onboard VIA Rail, and your private quarters will once again be transformed into a bedroom for the overnight journey.

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:

  • 1 night private cabin onboard VIA Rail
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Jasper
  • 1 night of accommodation in Lake Louise
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Banff
  • Transfer between rail depot and hotel in Jasper
  • Jasper | Freedom of Choice - 1 of 3 Excursions
    • Maligne Canyon Ice Walk
    • Discover Jasper & Its Wildlife Tour
    • Upgrade Option: Dog Sledding Tour (Additional Cost)
  • 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)

Hotel Information (Deluxe Plus Grade)

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

Deluxe Plus Grade with Prestige Cabin on-board VIA Rail

VIA Rail (Prestige 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

We will be recommending you to others and will use you again when we return for more adventure.

We are leaving Calgary today to return to Vancouver after our week trip that you organized for us. Just want to thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The train and the places we stayed were great. Everything was so easy with transport and accommodation. We will be recommending you to others and will use you again when we return for more adventure.

Kay, New Zealand