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This trip combines our most popular winter package from Vancouver to the Rockies, with a lodge-based Northern Lights experience.
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Ten nights hotel accommodation, one night onboard the VIA Rail train, meals as per itinerary, transportation by deluxe motorcoach in the Rockies, Maligne Canyon Ice Walk, Lake Louise sleigh ride, flight Calgary/Whitehorse and National Park fees
Mondays and Thursdays, 23 Nov 17 – 02 Apr 18
The magic and tranquillity of the Canadian winter will captivate you. There is nothing like seeing the natural beauty of the snow-dusted woods in all their splendour. Journey from Vancouver to the Rockies before flying to the Yukon Territory, where the lodges located in the Whitehorse area offer some of the best locations in the world to see the elusive Northern Lights.
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Enjoy a spectacular ice walk along the frozen canyon floor and ice-clad limestone walls of Maligne Canyon.
Opportunities to see the Northern Lights from your lodge in the Yukon, where the open area allows for unobscured views.
Discover the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies in winter, with snowcapped mountains and snow-dusted woods.
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Arrive in Vancouver and enjoy a free day to explore this modern metropolis situated on the shores of the Pacific Coast.
The days are free to enjoy optional sightseeing. Experience one of the many exciting winter activities on offer in the Yukon. You may wish to explore the winter landscapes, from frozen alpine lakes to snowy mountain ranges, on an exhilarating dogsledding or snowmobiling tour. For a more relaxing option, take a dip in the natural hot springs at Takhini Hot Springs and rejuvenate in the breathtaking winter mountain setting, or visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve for close up views of local wildlife including elk, moose, caribou, mountain goats and bison. In the evenings, relax in sheltered comfort or under the starry sky beside a warm fire at the Aurora Centre, as you keep watch for the spectacular Aurora Borealis.
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Transfer to the airport where your journey ends.
Spend the day at leisure in Vancouver before boarding VIA Rail's 'Canadian' train in the evening for the overnight journey to Jasper.
Enjoy the spectacular winter scenery as your rail journey continues through the Monashee and Cariboo mountain ranges, before arriving in Jasper (B)(L)
Experience the wonders of Maligne Canyon on a guided Ice Walk excursion. Walk along the frozen canyon floor and alongside ice-clad limestone walls as you explore this wonderland of rock and ice.
Enjoy awe-inspiring scenery, from beautiful snow-capped mountains to forested valleys and glaciers, as you travel along the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic highways in Canada, before arriving at Lake Louise, where you'll enjoy an evening sleigh ride beside the lake.
Depart Lake Louise mid-morning for a short drive along the scenic Bow Valley to Banff.
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the picturesque mountain village of Banff, Canada's premier winter resort.
Spend the morning exploring Banff before leaving the Rocky Mountains behind as you follow the Trans-Canada Highway towards the Great Central Plains and Calgary. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in Calgary.
Fly from Calgary to Whitehorse and transfer to your hotel. The afternoon is free to explore downtown Whitehorse. The historic paddlewater SS Klondike, the Log Cabin Skyscraper and the MacBride Museum of the Yukon are a number of sights you may wish to take in. This evening head away from the city lights, to the Aurora Centre, to seek out views of the Aurora Borealis.
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