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Winter Snow Train to the Canadian Rockies

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Be ready to board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ train for the famous rail journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies!
Canada
Rail
Independent Holiday Packages

Highlights

Treat yourself with one night at the luxury 5* Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Travel from Vancouver to Jasper onboard VIA Rail and experience the Rockies like never before!

Personalize your day in Jasper by choosing your preferred excursions! (Freedom of Choice)

Personalize your day in Banff by choosing your preferred excursions! (Freedom of Choice)

Admire the splendid Bow Valley and its Lake, one of the largest lakes in Banff National Park, as you travel to Banff.

Hop on board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ train and enjoy the mesmerising winter sceneries outside the window in the comfort of your private cabin. Visit the beautiful Banff & Jasper National Parks, including the famed Lake Louise.

Personalize your package by choosing your preferred activities through our Freedom of Choice such as ice walking on the Maligne Canyon, Snowshoeing at Paint Pots, wildlife viewing, sleigh ride and many other amazing excursions.

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Included

1 night onboard Via Rail from Vancouver to Jasper
2 nights in Jasper at Sawridge Inn - 4*
1 night in Lake Louise at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise- 5*
2 nights in Banff at Banff Caribou Lodge- 3*
Transfer between Rail depot and hotel in Jasper
One breakfast included onboard Via Rail
Express coach between Jasper & Lake Louise
Express coach between Lake Louise & Banff
Express coach between Banff & Calgary
Sleigh ride at Lake Louise
National Park fees
Freedom of Choice Days

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
Freedom of Choice

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days.

Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day, as follows:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 3
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 6

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

Please note, if more than one room is selected during the booking process, our team will contact you afterwards to discuss options.

Day 1
Vancouver | Via 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 quartersthat have been converted into a bedroom.

Overnight stay aboard VIA Rail in a Private Cabin.

Vancouver | Via Rail
VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ train
Day 2
Jasper

Enjoy a breakfast on board and 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.

Overnight stay in Jasper at Sawridge Inn in a outside room with balcony.

Breakfast
Jasper
Jasper National Park
Day 3
Jasper

Today enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options below.

Overnight stay in Jasper at Sawridge Inn in a outside room with balcony.


Freedom of Choice Options

  • 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.

OR

  • 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.

Jasper
Maligne Lake
Day 4
Jasper → Lake Louise

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. In the evening enjoy a wonderful 40 minute sleigh ride that takes place beside the lake.

Overnight stay in Lake Louise at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in a Fairmont Room.

Day 5
Lake Louise → Banff

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

Overnight stay in Banff at Banff Caribou Lodge in a Superior Room.

Lake Louise → Banff
Banff National Park
Day 6
Banff

Today enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options below.

Overnight stay in Banff at Banff Caribou Lodge in a Superior Room.


Freedom of Choice Options

  • Discover Banff & Its Wildlife Tour:

    Keep your eyes peeled for deer, elk, and bighorn sheep on this morning tour of Banff. Scenic highlights include Fairmont Banff Springs, Bow Falls, Surprise Corner Lookout, the Hoodoos Viewpoint & Lake Minnewanka.

OR

  • Snowshoeing at Paint Pots:

    Afternoon snowshoe tour on an easy trail winding through a forest of pine trees to the Paint Pots with its ochre colors mineral pools.

OR

  • Johnston Canyon Icewalk:

    This morning Johnston Canyon Icewalk tour is an unforgettable experience that will introduce you to stunning frozen waterfalls and amazing views within the canyon.

Banff
Banff
Day 7
Banff → Calgary

Today you will leave behind the fresh mountain air and colourful sights of the Rockies.

We will schedule a transfer to bring you to downtown Calgary, or to the Calgary Airport to connect with your flight home.

Banff → Calgary

Additional information

Official language
French & English
Local currency
Canadian Dollars
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Under our Peace of Mind Booking Plan, the deposit is refundable up to 7 days from payment.

Winter Snow Train to the Canadian Rockies

7 days
from AUD2,487
per person, twin share
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Vancouver
Calgary
Rail
Independent Holiday Packages
03 December 2021 - 11 April 2022

Hotel options

VIA Rail - Sleeper Plus Cabin
VIA Rail - Sleeper Plus Cabin

VIA Rail
Experience a pleasant atmosphere with comfortable and spacious seats. While waiting for your train, take some time to relax in the Business lounge. The concierge assigned to your car can also take care of any requests you have while on board. 

Sawridge Inn
Sawridge Inn

Jasper
Set amidst the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, the Sawridge Inn is a resort style hotel that offers the rustic charm you’d expect in Jasper National Park. Beautiful guest rooms, on-site spa, decadent dining and heated pool with jacuzzi and steam room add to the luxury you want in your mountain getaway. 
 

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Lake Louise
Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta's Banff National Park. Discover endless outdoor recreational activities including hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking and river rafting.

Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

Banff
Located in Banff National Park, the Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa offers a mountain lodge hotel, a great steakhouse restaurant and a full service spa, all in one outstanding location. This ideal vacation spot is located on Banff Avenue, the main street in the town of Banff. Surrounded by mountains, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy.

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