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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 the trendy, cosmopolitan city of 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 to Vancouver

Fly from London Heathrow to Vancouver and make your own way to your hotel, The Fairmont, where you spend the night. If you're tired from your journey, the hotel spa and pool provides a perfect relaxation opportunity ahead of dinner.

If you have the time and energy after your flight, however, you may like to explore the historic Gastown District, where historic buildings house well-heeled restaurants and stylish boutique shopping options. Alternatively, head to Stanley Park to see the city's famous collection of intricately carved First Nations totem poles.

Day 2 - The Canadian

Transfer to the train station where you board The Canadian for your overnight journey to Jasper. A journey aboard this iconic train is the perfect way to take in the wilderness in style, with a Sleeper Plus cabin that functions as a cosy living room by day and comfortable bedroom at night.

On board, enjoy inclusive meals and access to panoramic lounges and domes for spectacular views as you ascend into the mountains. If you keep your eyes peeled, you might also spot some of Canada's iconic wildlife, including deer, bald eagles and even black and grizzly bears.

Day 3 - Jasper

Wake up on board The Canadian and enjoy breakfast 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.

Here, you transfer to your hotel for two nights, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - a 'village' of charming log cabins that epitomises wilderness luxury. You have the rest of the day free to explore your magnificent surroundings further, or to take in views over snow-capped mountains from the comfort of the hotel pool.

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.

Those venturing out could discover the Rockies' majestic winter scenery by dog sled or snowshoe hike, or admire the frozen rivers of the Maligne Canyon on a guided tour. One of the most awe-inspiring sights in winter is the National Park's frozen waterfalls, including Angel Falls and Queen of Maligne Canyon.

You could also take the resort's Sky Tram up to Whistler Mountain for stunning views over the surrounding area.

Day 5 - Lake Louise

Travel from Jasper through remote winter landscapes to Lake Louise. Arrive at the Fairmont Château Hotel, your home for the night. This is an incredible place to stay in winter, boasting dramatic views of the Victoria Glacier.

Each year, Lake Louise is transformed into an ice rink, with a specially carved ice castle glistening at its heart. Skating through this magnificent winter wonderland, admiring the crystal-clear reflections of the distant mountains on the lake's frozen surface, is a truly once in a lifetime experience. Horse-drawn sleigh rides can also be arranged by the hotel as an alternative.

Day 6 - Lake Louise to Banff

Make the short journey from Lake Louise to Banff, passing through the resort 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, the hotel is 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 as you explore the local area.

Day 7 - Banff

Spend a day getting to know Banff, the flagship town in Canada's oldest national park. A range of boutique shops, bars and restaurants offers something for every taste and budget, and provides plenty of browsing opportunities.

Another 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.Those keen to explore their surroundings further could embark on a winter wildlife tour of the National Park for the chance to see moose, coyotes, mountain goats, bighorn sheep and more.

Day 8 – Banff to London

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

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