Snow Train to the Rockies
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!
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. 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 traveling 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! 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.
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.
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 or visit the luxurious spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
Day 7 Banff to Calgary
This morning is free to explore Banff, before your scheduled coach to Calgary departs midday. Depart the Rocky Mountains to the Great Central Plains. This is ‘cattle ranching country’ and the breadbasket of Canada. Arrive at Calgary Airport in the afternoon.
When To Go:
December to March