Vancouver Harbor Breathtaking scenery and magical experiences sum up this Canadian Rockies winter vacation. Your tour begins in Vancouver and ends in Calgary with overnights along the way in some of the Canadian Rockies’ most beautiful resorts-Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff.
A tour highlight is an overnight journey on the VIA Rail� the Canadian, one of the world’s most renowned trains. Watch for wildlife, such as moose, as well as frozen lakes, snowcapped mountains, and beautiful blue skies! You’ll also overnight at the historic Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, a luxury lodge set in the beautiful wilderness; the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a luxury hotel surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, the gorgeous Victoria Glacier, and a beautiful frozen lake; and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, built in 1888 and known as the “Castle of the Rockies.”
Throughout this Canadian Rockies tour, we have arranged some out-of-the-ordinary experiences for you. For example, in Jasper National Park, choose between an ice walk through Maligne Canyon or a guided wilderness safari. In Lake Louise, enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride as you take in the fresh air and marvel at the incredible mountain scenery. In Banff, we have arranged a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for breathtaking views. You’ll also have time to explore these beautiful resorts on your own. In Jasper, perhaps snowshoe, browse the many shops, or relax in the hotel’s spa. Perhaps try ice-skating, enjoy a snowmobile tour, cross-country ski, or just relax surrounded by Lake Louise’s beauty. In Banff, you may want to enjoy Afternoon Tea at the hotel, visit one of the museums, or soak in the natural hot springs.
From its stunning scenery to its enchanting adventures, all of this and more await you on this marvelous Canadian Rockies winter tour.
Special Event – Ice Magic Festival
Experience Lake Louise at its finest during the Ice Magic Festival. At this world-class event you will experience the incredible talent of international ice carvers as they delicately balance grueling physical labor with precision artistry in a 34-hour international ice-carving competition. Ten two-person teams are invited to transform 15 blocks of ice into themed masterpieces. It is artistry at its finest at one of the world’s most amazing settings! Available on the January 2017 & 2018 departures.
DAY 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
DAY 2 – Vancouver-Via Rail� The Canadian
This morning, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. Free time to explore this vibrant city on your own before dinner at a local restaurant. Later this evening, transfer to the train station for your departure on the CANADIAN.(B,D)
DAY 3 – Via Rail The Canadian-Jasper
Wake up this morning to the beautiful scenery of the Canadian Rockies. See Canada’s pristine landscape of frozen lakes, snowcapped mountains, and beautiful blue skies. Keep your eyes open for wildlife such as moose, elk, and eagles. Spend the day in comfort on the Canadian train, with delicious meals and spectacular views from the dome car. Arrive in the late afternoon in Jasper, where you will spend the next two nights at the historic Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. (B,L)
DAY 4 – Jasper
A day to explore all the wonders of Jasper National Park. Enjoy your choice of activities this afternoon: take an ICE WALK through Maligne Canyon or a guided WILDLIFE SAFARI. During your free time, you may want to go cross-country skiing, try snowshoeing, or browse the shops in downtown Jasper. Indoors, you can choose from spa treatments, gourmet dining, or just relaxing by the fire with a warm drink. (B,D)
DAY 5 – Jasper-Lake Louise
Today, we travel to the beautiful shores of Lake Louise and the majestic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Enjoy this winter wonderland on a HORSE-DRAWN SLEIGH RIDE. Take in the fresh air and marvel at the incredible mountain scenery with blankets to keep you warm and comfortable. Other winter activities available include dogsledding, snowshoeing, snowmobile tours, or ice-skating. (B,D)
DAY 6 – Lake Louise-Banff
This morning, stroll back through time on a HERITAGE TOUR to learn more about the Chateau’s unique history, and to hear amazing stories of how this area has changed from a little lake to one of the most photographed scenes in Canada. Continue to Banff National Park, where sightseeing includes a visit to Bow Falls and the Hoodoos, along with a GONDOLA RIDE to the top of Sulphur Mountain for amazing views. The remainder of the day is yours to explore on your own. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining. Your home for the next two nights is the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. (B)
SPECIAL FEATURE: Built in 1888, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel was the largest hotel in the world at the time and also marked the beginning of tourism in the Canadian Rockies. Styled after a Scottish Baronial castle, the hotel is known as the “Castle of the Rockies.”
DAY 7 – Banff
A full free day to explore Banff on your own. You may wish to stroll Banff Avenue and the many shops and galleries found there, partake in Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, or spend the day skiing, snowboarding, or learning the truly Canadian sport of curling. Other options include visiting one of the town’s museums, taking a soak in the natural hot springs, enjoying a massage, or striking up a conversation with a local at one of the town’s coffee shops. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts drinks by the fire, followed by a festive farewell dinner, the perfect ending to your Canadian Rockies winter adventure. (B,D)
DAY 8 – Banff-Calgary
Your winter adventure in the Canadian Rockies comes to a close today as you arrive at Calgary International Airport for your flight home. Flights should be scheduled after 1 pm. (B)
When day tours or attractions are not operational in the off-season, the price will be adjusted or there will an alternative excursion/attraction made available.*
Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
1 night accommodation on board VIA Rail
Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 4 three-course dinners, including a farewell dinner in Banff
VANCOUVER – Sightseeing
VANCOUVER-JASPER – Private bedroom on VIA Rail�s the Canadian
JASPER – Choose between a guided ice walk in Maligne Canyon or a wildlife safari
LAKE LOUISE – Horse-drawn sleigh ride; heritage tour
BANFF – Sightseeing, including a ride on the Sulphur Mountain Gondola; special farewell dinner