Snow Train Winter Holiday in the Rockies

6 nights

Travel through Banff and Jasper National Parks to enjoy the Rockies revelling in their winter whites, then travel by VIA Rail, on the 'Canadian', to Vancouver. This holiday includes a Discover Banff and Wildlife tour, as well as an excursion to Capilano Canyon and Grouse Mountain.

You can extend the holiday if you wish with extra nights in Banff, Jasper or Vancouver. The train departs from Jasper twice a week in the winter on Tuesdays and Fridays, arriving in to Vancouver on the Wednesday and Saturday.

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The Breakdown

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Day 1


Arrive in Calgary Airport, pick up your car hire then drive to Banff.  You will have two days to explore this lively mountain town.  Be sure to visit the Whyte Museum, the Banff Hotsprings and the Cave & Basin.

2 nights in Banff.

Day 2

Calgary to Banff

Visit Banff's landmarks and historic places. Hear how the 11,000 year old human history of the Bow Valley changed when three railway workers rediscovered the Cave & Basin, now a National Historic Site. See and learn about wildlife behaviour, habitat, and their winter survival adaptations. Your time will be spent enjoying the sights, taking photos, and participating in short walks to view points, on the many stops of the tour. 

Day 3

Banff to Jasper

Time to drive up the amazing Icefields Parkway to Jasper. Sightseeing stops along this beautiful highway should include Athabasca Falls, Sunwapta Falls, the Weeping Wall, Bow Lake and the Crowfoot Glacier. You could also make a stop at the Columbia Icefields Centre.

1 night in Jasper.

Day 4


You will have a full day in Jasper to explore the town.  You might like to take a tour out to the wonderful Maligne Canyon before leaving your car and boarding the VIA Rail train at 14.30. Your accommodation will be a private bedroom and all meals will be included. You will have access to the famed dome car for the best viewing.

1 night on VIA Rail.

Day 5-7


Arrive in Vancouver at 09.42 which will allow you all day to explore the Pacific coastal city of Vancouver.  Be sure to visit Granville Island and Gastown, just two of the many joys of this city.  Trips to Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge are highlights.

2 nights in Vancouver.

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