This itinerary offers some of the best places and experiences that the Canadian Rockies have to offer in the winter. Beginning in Vancouver, you can explore the city at leisure before boarding the train to Jasper. Relax in your cabin, or visit the domed-roof observation car to take in the views. In Jasper, spot wildlife on a winter wildlife tour, as well as experiencing snowshoeing in the silence of back-country trails with your guide. A coach journey along the Icefields Parkway, one of the most beautiful roads on Earth, will bring you to Lake Louise, where you can ice skate on the frozen lake or enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride. The last stop is Banff, where you’ll embark on a snowmobiling trip and discover the frozen waterfalls and deep, ancient walls of Johnston Canyon on a guided ice walk.
Travel from Vancouver to Jasper by overnight train.
Embark on a snowshoe hike in Jasper National Park with your guide.
Look out for elk, wolves, coyotes and moose on a winter wildlife tour.
Climb up a frozen waterfall in Jasper National Park.
Experience Lake Louise and Banff in all their winter glory.
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Day 1 Vancouver
International outbound flight , Vancouver
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Vancouver. Having arrived in Vancouver, you will be transferred to your hotel in the centre of the city. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing after your flight or taking in some sights of this lovely water-front city.
Day 2 Vancouver
Spend a day at leisure in Vancouver. There's plenty to see in this cosmopolitan city. Some of our suggestions include cycling around Stanley Park, which has a collection of replica totem poles, an aquarium and views over English Bay and Vancouver Harbour; soaking up the atmosphere in Chinatown with its quirky shops and markets; or taking a guided walk around historic Gastown to learn more about the city's past. Alternatively you may wish to head to Grouse Mountain for a spot of winter ziplining or ice skating.
Head to Pacific Central Station this morning to board The Canadian train for a scenic rail journey to Jasper. Your cabin allows access to the train’s glass-domed observation car for a unique perspective as you journey towards the dense, snowy forests and jagged cliffs of the Rocky Mountains. When the sun goes down, you can retire for the night in your own private cabin.
Day 4 Jasper
Wake up and enjoy breakfast, served in the train’s dining car, before arriving in Jasper. After making your way to your hotel, enjoy an afternoon at leisure in this little town at the heart of Jasper National Park. You may wish to take a guided food tour around Jasper, which showcases the town's historical highlights, while sampling local Canadian cuisine and wine.
Day 5 Jasper
Join two guided small-group tours to explore the vast landscapes of Jasper National Park. Your guide will begin by taking you to explore the park’s mountain wilderness by snowshoe, sharing their knowledge of the ecology, geology and history of the area. After breaking for lunch, your guide will take you to the Athabasca Valley in search of wildlife from the comfort of a heated minibus. Keep an eye out for elk, coyotes, moose, red fox and even the elusive grey wolf. You could also be treated with the song of a chickadee, or the call of a white-breasted nuthatch.
Day 6 Lake Louise
This morning take a coach transfer to Lake Louise. You will travel along Icefields Parkway, renowned for being one of Canada’s most scenic drives; the route being surrounded by a marching column of immense mountains. A few hours later you’ll arrive at Lake Louise, where you may wish indulge in afternoon tea at your hotel, try ice skating on the lake or go for a horse-drawn sleigh ride.
Day 7 Banff
Day 8 Banff
Join a small-group walking tour in spectacular Johnston Canyon. You’ll be given a pair of crampons before trekking across steel walkways built into the canyon walls. Look down at the pillars of ice that decorate the gorge below, as your knowledgeable guide explains the canyon’s geological history. You’ll also see frozen waterfalls framed by gigantic ice towers, which you can observe while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and a few homemade cookies.
Day 9 Banff
Today you’ll travel across the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies on an exciting snowmobile tour. The tour, led by an experienced guide, will provide knowledge of the surrounding area and includes stops for snacks and hot drinks. The highlight of the tour is to traverse trails up to 7,000 feet high for spectacular views over the surrounding wintry landscape. Here you will also be served a delicious mountainside barbecue lunch by a warming fire before embarking on your descent.
Day 10 International return flight
Banff , International return flight
Day 11 International return flight
International return flight
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