Winter Escapades

Winter Escapades

8 Days / 7 Nights Vancouver to Calgary or Vice Versa

Price from$1,947

Begin with a memorable train journey onboard The Canadian. Then Snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes and blue skies make for a magical winter experience in the Canadian Rockies where you'll explore some of the country's most loved resorts!

Departing Vancouver

Day 1 Vancouver(overnight onboard VIA Rail) This evening (7.30 pm), check in at Pacific Central Station and board VIA Rail's 'Canadian' for the famous train journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies.

Exclusive to Sleeper Touring Class: By day, sit back in comfortable seating and enjoy the comfort of your very own accommodation. At night attendants will transform your quarters into cozy bunks or a bedroom. Guests have access to the Park Car, always at the tail end of the train whose tapered shape gives the car its distinctive look. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee or, in the evening, complimentary hors d'oeuvres before dinner. In the Dome you'll feel the true essence of travelling by train - where scene after memorable scene sweeps by. This evening retire to your Sleeping Car where a comfortable bed awaits you. Some of the amenities include thick towels, plump pillows, cozy down duvets and a shower kit.

Day 2 Arrive Jasper By the time you awake this morning the train will have just departed Kamloops to begin a day of travelling towards the Canadian Rockies and Jasper. Enjoy breakfast (included) while surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Around lunch time the 'Canadian' begins its passage into the Canadian Rockies with views of snow-capped peaks, Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields. Pass by Mount Robson, which at 3,954m is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Jasper at 4.00pm and transfer to your hotel. (Breakfast & lunch included today onboard VIA Rail)

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Sawridge Inn - Outside View with Balcony Room 4 Star - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room

Day 3 Jasper (Maligne Canyon Ice Walk) Experience the wonders of the Maligne Canyon from the ground up! The canyon has withstood 10,000 years of erosion and has created a 50m gorge. Certified guides will lead you 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.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Sawridge Inn - Outside View with Balcony Room 4 Star - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room

Day 4 Jasper > Lake Louise (Evening Sleigh Ride) Travel southward along the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise. This spectacular drive through glacier country will be highlighted by 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.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Deer Lodge - Heritage Double Room 4 Star - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Lakeview Room

Day 5 Lake Louise Today is free for you to enjoy the winter activities surrounding Lake Louise.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Deer Lodge - Heritage Double Room 4 Star - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Lakeview Room

Day 6 Lake Louise > Banff Depart Lake Louise mid-morning for a short drive to Banff via the scenic Bow Valley.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Banff Caribou Lodge - Standard Room 4 Star - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Fairmont Room

Day 7 Banff (Snowshoeing to Marble Canyon) Marble Canyon is a great introduction to snowshoeing that provides insight into the fur trade and its impact on Western Canada. Along the way hear stories of Banff's indigenous people, explorers and fur traders who lived in and traveled through the Rockies. Snowshoe on an easy trail through the Vermilion River Valley to Marble Canyon, a cultural treasure within our National Parks. This trip is on mostly flat terrain and you will have a chance to search for snowshoe hare, moose, and wolf tracks while exploring. Finally, near Marble Canyon you'll be rewarded with a unique Canadian treat - hot maple taffy!

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Banff Caribou Lodge - Standard Room 4 Star - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Fairmont Room

Day 8 Banff > Calgary This morning is free to explore Banff, before your scheduled coach to Calgary departs midday.

Departing Calgary

Day 1 Calgary > Banff Leave the Stampede City of Calgary on the express service to Banff where you will have ample opportunity to take in the sights.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Banff Caribou Lodge - Standard Room 4 Star - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Fairmont Room

Day 2 Banff (Snowshoeing to Marble Canyon) Marble Canyon is a great introduction to snowshoeing that provides insight into the fur trade and its impact on Western Canada. Along the way hear stories of Banff's indigenous people, explorers and fur traders who lived in and traveled through the Rockies. Snowshoe on an easy trail through the Vermilion River Valley to Marble Canyon, a cultural treasure within our National Parks. This trip is on mostly flat terrain and you will have a chance to search for snowshoe hare, moose, and wolf tracks while exploring. Finally, near Marble Canyon you'll be rewarded with a unique Canadian treat - hot maple taffy!

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Banff Caribou Lodge - Standard Room 4 Star - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Fairmont Room

Day 3 Banff > Lake Louise (Evening Sleigh Ride) Depart Banff early afternoon for a short drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Lake Louise. Included this evening is a wonderful 40 minute Sleigh Ride that takes place beside the lake.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Deer Lodge - Heritage Double Room 4 Star - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Lakeview Room

Day 4 Lake Louise Today is free for you to enjoy the winter activities surrounding Lake Louise.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Deer Lodge - Heritage Double Room 4 Star - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Lakeview Room

Day 5 Lake Louise > Jasper Travel northward along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper today. This spectacular drive through glacier country will be highlighted by massive snow covered mountains, frozen waterfalls and broad reaching valleys.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Sawridge Inn - Outside View with Balcony Room 4 Star - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room

Day 6 Jasper (Maligne Canyon Ice Walk) Experience the wonders of the Maligne Canyon from the ground up! The canyon has withstood 10,000 years of erosion and has created a 50m gorge. Certified guides will lead you 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.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Sawridge Inn - Outside View with Balcony Room 4 Star - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room

Day 7 Jasper evening departure to Vancouver Mid afternoon, board VIA Rail Sleeper Touring Class to Vancouver. Leaving Jasper National Park, travel the 'Yellowhead' route past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson, then following the mighty Thompson River all the way to the Fraser Valley and the coastal city of Vancouver. Exclusive to Sleeper Touring Class: By day, sit back in comfortable seating and enjoy the stretch out comfort of your very own accommodation. At night attendants will transform your quarters into cozy bunks or bedroom. Guests have access to the Park Car, always at the tail end of the train whose tapered shape gives the car its distinctive look. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee or, in the evening, complimentary hors d'oeuvres before dinner. In the Dome you'll feel the true essence of traveling by train - where scene after memorable scene sweeps by. This evening retire to your Sleeping Car where a comfortable bed awaits you. Some of the amenities include thick towels, plump pillows, cozy down duvets and a shower kit. (dinner is included today)

Day 8 Arrive Vancouver Tour ends upon arrival in Vancouver at 9.45 am.

• 6 nights hotel accommodation • 1 night sleeping accommodation onboard VIA Rail - Private Bedroom • Transfers between rail depot and hotel in Jasper • Maligne Canyon Ice Walk (15 Dec - 30 Mar) replaced with Maligne Wildlife Tour on days when not operating) • Scheduled express coach between Jasper & Lake Louise • Sleigh ride at Lake Louise (10 Dec - 15 Apr) • Scheduled express coach between Lake Louise & Banff • Snowshoeing to Marble Canyon (16 Nov - 15 Apr) • Scheduled express coach between Banff & Calgary • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch onboard VIA Rail (departures from Vancouver) • 1 dinner, 1 breakfast onboard VIA Rail (departures from Calgary)

Pricing (per person) $AUD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2017

3 1/2 Star

28 Nov - 13 Dec

29 Dec - 30 Dec

4 Star

28 Nov - 16 Dec

19 Dec - 30 Dec

-

-

$1,947

$2,042

-

$2,211

$3,429

-

-

$2,617

$2,669

-

$3,078

$5,544

2018

3 1/2 Star

2 Jan - 24 Mar

27 Mar - 21 Apr

4 Star

2 Jan - 27 Jan

30 Jan - 7 Apr

8 Apr - 21 Apr

-

-

$2,042

$2,176

-

$2,415

$2,610

$2,535

-

-

$2,669

$2,794

-

$3,344

$3,734

$3,436

Departs

2017 Departure Dates from Vancouver Tuesday and Friday
Nov 28
Dec 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 2017 Departure Dates from Calgary Wednesday and Saturday
Nov 29
Dec 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 2018 Departure Dates from Vancouver Tuesday and Friday
Jan 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
Feb 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27
Mar 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
Apr 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20 2018 Departure Dates from Calgary Wednesday and Saturday
Jan 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
Feb 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
Mar 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
Apr 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21

Booking conditions

• Ask your Travel Agent or World Journeys for Triple and Child rates.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• Hotel Early Check In/Late Check Out