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Winter in the Rockies

Make your way through the twists and turns of Canada's Rocky Mountains

From $ per person


Experience the very best of Canada in winter, including an overnight rail journey on The Canadian. Explore cosmopolitan Vancouver and the mountain towns of Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff, all decked with holiday lights and a fresh blanket of snow.

The itinerary for your journey

What’s included

Day 1 – London and Vancouver

Fly from London to Vancouver and make your own way to your hotel, The Fairmont, where you spend the night. Vancouver is one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world, and the perfect place to begin your Canadian adventure.

Day 2 - The Canadian

After some time to grab breakfast, take a taxi to the train station where you board The Canadian for your overnight rail journey to Jasper. This is the perfect way to take in the stunning scenery Canada has to offer and you admire the views in style, with Sleeper Plus accommodation that transforms from a sitting room during the day to a comfortable bedroom at night. Enjoy all meals included while on board, as well as access to the train's lounges and domes for spectacular views across the Canadian landscapes. If you're lucky, you might just spot some of the fascinating wildlife that calls this part of the world home, including deer, bald eagles and even black and grizzly bears.

Day 3 - Jasper

Wake up on board The Canadian to breathtaking views of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends as you glide into Jasper, a mountain resort town in the heart of Jasper National Park. You transfer to your hotel for two nights, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. This lodge epitomises wilderness luxury at its finest, made up of a 'village' of charming log cabins set amidst picturesque surroundings.

Day 4 - Jasper

Enjoy a free day to explore Jasper at your own pace, or to relax in the picture-perfect surroundings of your lodge. If you choose to venture out, there's plenty of options for things to see and do. You could skate on Lac Beauvert, go dog sledding, or admire the sight of rivers frozen in time on a guided tour of Maligne Canyon. The Rockies are transformed by snow and ice in winter and take on a truly magical beauty. One of the most awe-inspiring sights in winter is the National Park's frozen waterfalls, including Angel Falls and Queen of Maligne Canyon. A visit to these natural wonders promises to be unforgettable, as the changing seasons turns their cascades into delicate icy sculptures beyond any human artisan's skill.

Day 5 - Lake Louise

Today takes you from Jasper to Lake Louise, through a spectacular winter landscapes, hushed and remote. Arrive at the Fairmont Château Lake Louise, a shimmering winter palace surrounded by snow-laden trees, and your home for the night. This is an incredible place to stay in winter, boasting dramatic views of the frozen lake and the Victoria Glacier. Each year, the lake in front of the hotel is transformed into an impressive ice rink, the gem in the crown of which is an ice castle built from huge blocks of ice - a magnificent sight. If you'd prefer something a little different to ice skating, horse-drawn sleigh rides along the lake can also be arranged by the hotel.

Day 6 - Banff

Make the short journey from Lake Louise to Banff, passing through the town of Banff itself before arriving at the nearby historic Fairmont Banff Springs. Known as the 'Castle in the Rockies', this luxurious hotel sits amongst a sea of lush pine trees and stands as a landmark in its own right. Built in 1888, it's a National Historic Site, with architecture inspired by both Scottish Baronial castles and the French châteaux of the Loire Valley. You stay here for two nights.

Day 7 - Banff

Spend a day getting to know Banff, the largest town in Banff National Park - the oldest National Park in Canada. There's plenty to do here, with delightful shops, boutiques and restaurants to satisfy every taste and budget. One great option is a visit to the hot springs, where you can spend a relaxed afternoon in the bubbling pools, enjoying the mineral waters that have made Banff a popular destination for years.

Day 8 – Banff, Calgary and London

You bid farewell to the beautiful Canadian Rockies, leaving your hotel and transferring to Calgary airport for your evening flight back to London Heathrow.

Please Note
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All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
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Trains
The Canadian Train
Canadian

The Canadian was the last Trans-Continental train to be built for the famed Canadian Pacific Railway. Consequently, it is a true classic. The original Streamliner coaches, built from stainless steel, have been fully restored to their 1950s splendour, and today The Canadian can be found traversing the rugged landscape between the cities of Vancouver and Toronto. On board The Canadian you will stay in Sleeper Plus Class curtained berths with shared bathroom facilities. 

Hotels
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff

A hugely impressive, castle style hotel whose turrets and crenulations peek through a canopy of pine forests in Banff national Park, the 4-Star Fairmont Springs Hotel lies within the heart of UNESCO-listed Banff National Park, making its natural splendour easy to explore. Sophisticated guest rooms include flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi (charges apply), woodland views, air-conditioning and tea & coffee making facilities. There are also 7 restaurants on site, as well as 2 bars, a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, a golf course and a fitness centre.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper

Nestled on the shores of Beauvert Lake in Jasper National Park, this 4-Star hotel dates back to 1922 and has been wooing visitors with its scenic charm ever since. A high-end lode style establishment, amenities include an Italian bistro and sumptuous spa as well as an outdoor pool, a golf course and a 24-hour gym. Each of the quaint rooms feature cable television, ceiling fans and views across the lake or hotel gardens. Some also come with a patio area or balcony. Free Wi-Fi is included throughout.

Fairmont Château Lake Louise, Lake Louise

Right on the edge of Lake Louise's turquoise waters, the 5-Star Fairmont Château is a high-class hotel in the heart of UNESCO-listed Banff National Park. Dining at this hotel is a real treat, with multiple restaurants to choose from including an Alpine-style eatery, a 24-hour deli and an à la carte restaurant serving a modern twist on traditional Canadian fare. After indulging, you may wish to visit the hotel's gym or indoor pool and there's a spa on site too offering a range of exclusive treatments (payable locally). Plush bedrooms come with Wi-Fi (charges may apply), flat-screen televisions, coffeemakers and views overlooking either the lake or surrounding mountains.

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

A stone's throw from the Vancouver Art Gallery and a short walk to the train station, the 4-Star Fairmont Hotel is in the downtown area of the city and boasts a sophisticated restaurant and a bar serving food and drinks from around the world. There's a spa to relax in as well as a fitness centre and indoor pool. Elegantly and traditionally furnished, guest rooms include flat-screen televisions, tea & coffee making facilities, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and bathrobes. 

Upgrades

We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

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