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

8 days From £2,095 per person
This is an independent non-escorted holiday

2022 Tour code: QWR22

About the tour

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.

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Itinerary

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.

Additional information

Please Note
  • Taxes are not included on rail portions and are subject to change.
  • During certain dates additional nights may be required at Lake Louise and Banff.
  • Private transfers are available at an additional cost for flights that do not fit the schedule listed.
  • Single pricing reflects Cabin for One. For upgrade options, ask your rail specialist for details.
Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff

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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper

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Fairmont Château Lake Louise, Lake Louise

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Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

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Winter in the Rockies

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

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