Day 1 Vancouver to Jasper | Via RailThis afternoon, board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ train for the famous rail journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. 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 Jasper | Arrival VIA RailRise 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 - 4 Jasper Freedom of Choice | 2 of 4 ExcursionsPersonalize your stay in Jasper by choosing two of these excursionsOption 1. Maligne Canyon Ice WalkExperience 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. Option 2. Discover Jasper & its Wildlife TourTravel 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. Option 3. Jasper Dark Sky Planetarium & Telescope ExperienceJoin LIVE astronomy guides for a full evening of cosmic exploration, starting inside with a world-exclusive domed theatre experience, then outside with the largest telescope in the Rockies. In the climate-controlled 40-seat dome theatre, take a LIVE virtual tour Jasper’s 11,000 sq km Dark Sky Preserve.Option 4. Upgrade Option: Dog Sledding TourTravel 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 5 Jasper to Banff with Heli Snowshoe + Ice Bubbles AdventureTraveling along the Icefields Parkway today, witness glacier country's awe-inspiring sights like snow-covered mountains, frozen waterfalls and broad-reaching valleys. This unique winter experience includes a private helicopter flight to Abraham Lake to view an incredible natural phenomenon where methane gas bubbles freeze under the lake surface creating an incredible landscape of frozen bubbles. Continuing over the frozen winter wonderland, we'll whisk you away to a High Alpine Meadow to try snowshoeing to a frozen waterfall. Once you have enjoyed your Hot Chocolate with Irish Cream in the wilderness, climb back aboard your helicopter for the return flight to the base. (Gourmet picnic lunch included today)
Day 6 Banff | Freedom of Choice - Choose 1 of 3 Excursions Today you can personalize your day by choosing one of these excursionsOption 1. 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.Option 2. 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.Option 3. Johnston Canyon IcewalkThis morning Johnston Canyon Icewalk tour is an unforgettable experience that will introduce you to stunning frozen waterfalls and amazing views within the canyon.
Day 7 Banff to Lake Louise | Private Transfer | 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.
Day 8 Lake Louise to Jasper | Private TransferTravel 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 9 Jasper to Toronto | VIA Rail Spend the day relaxing in the mountain town of Jasper. This afternoon, board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ for the famous train journey across the prairies to Toronto. (dinner included today onboard VIA Rail)
Day 10 On-board | VIA RailWatch the scenery change as you travel through the prairies and great plains of Canada. Overnight onboard the train. (breakfast, lunch & dinner included today onboard VIA Rail)
Day 11 On-board | VIA Rail Today is spent crossing the scenic lake lands and forests of Ontario. Overnight onboard the train. (breakfast, lunch & dinner included today onboard VIA Rail)
Day 12 Toronto Arrival | VIA RailArrival in Toronto this afternoon. The rest of the day is yours to explore Canada’s largest and most diverse city. Suggested places to visit include the Eaton Centre, Chinatown, CN Tower, and Old and New City Halls with opportunity for pictures along the way. (continental breakfast & brunch included today onboard VIA Rail)
We are back again from a wonderful trip in the Rockies. Everything was great! The Fairmont hotels we loved it. We had wonderful rooms in each hotel, the bus transfers very good arranged. We enjoyed our trips - snowshoeing, ice canyon walk, sleigh-ride, is was all fantastic! I was happily surprised with the informative travel documents with the lonely planet guide that we received on arrival in the Banff Springs hotel. So we want to thank you and your colleagues very much for arranging this wonderful trip for us! When we go back in future to Canada we will contact you again. Will recommend your company!
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
Trans Canada Winter Rail Vacation | Vancouver to Toronto
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