VIA Rail Canadian Train | Credit: VIA Rail
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Winter Snow Train to the Canadian Rockies
VIA Rail Canadian Train | Credit: VIA Rail
Credit: VIA Rail
VIA Rail Cabin | Credit: VIA Rail
Jasper | Credit: Tourism Jasper
Pyramid Lake Jasper | Credit: Scott Kranz
Lake Louise | Credit: Noel Hendrickson
Athabasca Falls | Credit: Parks Canada Adam Greenberg
Icefield Parkway sunrise | Credit: Celina Frisson @thecreativetraveller
Banff | Credit: Paul Zizka
Banff Gondola | Credit: Noel Hendrickson
Calgary | Credit: @lindsaysmithphoto

Winter Snow Train to the Canadian Rockies (Tour code: 11907)

Starts and Ends
Vancouver to
Travel Periods
01 Dec 24 - 10 Apr 25
Travel Style
Rail Journeys
Be ready to board VIA Rail’s The Canadian train for a majestic and unforgettable winter experience in the Canadian Rockies!


Treat yourself with one night at the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

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

Personalise your days in both Jasper and Banff with a freedom of choice activity

Enjoy a wonderful 40-minute sleigh ride at Lake Louise

7 days
AUD 3,602
per person, twin share
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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 Jasper & Banff National Parks, including the famed Lake Louise. Personalise 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.


1 night onboard VIA Rail in a Sleeper Plus Cabin
2 nights in Jasper at the Forest Park Hotel
1 night in Lake Louise at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
2 nights in Banff at Banff Caribou Lodge
Transfer between rail depot and hotel in Jasper
Dinner & breakfast included onboard VIA Rail
Scheduled express coach between Jasper & Lake Louise
Scheduled express coach between Lake Louise & Banff
Scheduled express coach between Banff & Calgary
Sleigh ride at Lake Louise
National Park fees
Freedom of Choice Days
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
The Canadian | Credit: VIA Rail

Day 2 Jasper

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 Forest Park Hotel 

Jasper Townsite | Credit: Mike Seehagel

Day 3 Jasper

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

Overnight stay in Jasper at Forest Park Hotel

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. (Please note this activity is seasonal)


  • 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.

Maligne Canyon Jasper

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, broad-reaching valleys. Included this evening is a wonderful 40-minute sleigh ride that takes place beside the lake. (Please note this activity is seasonal)

Overnight stay in Lake Louise at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise 

Jasper →  Lake Louise
Lake Louise Sleigh Ride | Credit: Mike Seehagel

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 

Lake Louise → Banff
Banff | Credit: Paul Zizka

Day 6 Banff

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

Overnight stay in Banff at Banff Caribou Lodge 

Freedom of Choice Options

  • Discover Banff & Its Wildlife Tour + Gondola:

    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. Then soar up to the summit of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola for 360-degree views over Banff.


  • Snowshoeing at Paint Pots Tour:

    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-coloured mineral pools.


  • 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.

Bow Lake | Credit: Whitney Arnott

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
Downtown Calgary | Credit: Jordan Dahl


VIA Rail Canadian Train - Cabin for 2

VIA Rail

Sleeper Plus offers the added comfort of amenities, great service and your choice of a cosy cabin. The show continues inside the train with wine tastings, presentations, musical acts on certain departures, access to lounges and cars with glass ceilings. Inside the dining car, enjoy freshly cooked meals, regional specialties, Canadian wines and stunning views.

Forest Park Hotel

Set amidst the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, the Forest Park Hotel (formerly 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

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

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.

Optional Extras

VIA Rail Prestige Class upgrade

This is train-travel at its best. Experience the country from first class with your personal concierge and refined comfort that lives up to its name. Take advantage of the lounges, scenic cars, performances and your attentive concierge that will help to make your trip so memorable. Indulge your senses with an all-inclusive epicurean fare as the landscape unfolds before you.

This is the most luxurious class on The Canadian train. These sleeper cabins are equipped with a double bed, a power outlet, a television, and a private bathroom with a toilet, a shower and a wash basin. Spacious cabin, which is 50% larger than the cabin for two in Sleeper Plus class, with a wide viewing window that is 60% larger. Modular L-shaped leather couch by day and a Murphy bed for two by night. The Prestige cabin also includes a mini-fridge stocked with a selection of beverages.

Prestige Class onboard The Canadian | Credit: VIA Rail

Operates on Monday, Friday

Prices are dynamic based on travel dates. Please proceed to Book Now or Contact Us for details.

Additional information

Official language
French & English
Local currency
Canadian Dollars
  • Please note that some of the activities are seasonal and the price of the package reflects the reduction offered for activities which are non-operational.
  • The Lake Louise Sleigh Ride operates from the 15th December to the 10th April, therefore any package travelling outside of this season will not include the Sleigh Ride.
  • The Maligne Canyon Ice Walk in Jasper operates from the 15th December to the 31st March, therefore any package travelling outside of this season will include the Discover Jasper & It's Wildlife Tour.


  • 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


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Entire Travel Group is proudly Australian family owned and operated and as it stands today represents 50 years of experience, progress, and evolution. We proudly support the community with our long-term commitment to many important charity organisations. We were awarded the best operator in our class at the most recent National Travel Industry Awards.

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In some cases, we are the sole representative in Australia for the overseas travel operator. In other circumstances the product developed has been exclusively built for Entire Travel Group and can’t be found elsewhere.

What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?

  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
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  • Many packages include our “Freedom of Choice” options which allow you to tailor the holiday experience. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.
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Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

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What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

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

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

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On some Islands Holiday Packages (e.g. Fiji), it is practical to include flights, so where we have done this it is indicated by the plane icon.

However, on the majority of our Holiday Packages, we do not include international flights.

We found that many customers may prefer to:

  • Travel on a specific airline of their choice
  • Have the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points
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