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Combine a scenic rail journey into the Rockies, with a range of uniquely winter experiences on this incredible itinerary.
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Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 dinners
Accommodation: 10 nights hotel, 3 nights lodge, 1 night cabin onboard VIA Rail
Transportation: Via Rail Sleeper Plus Class from Vancouver to Jasper, private airport to hotel and hotel to rail station transfers in Vancouver, shared transfers from Jasper to Lake Louise, Lake Louise to Banff, and Banff to Calgary, scheduled flight from Calgary to Whitehorse, shared transfer from Whitehorse to Tagish and return.
Sightseeing: FlyOver Canada admission, Vancouver City Tour, Jasper Planetarium & Telescope experience, Wildlife Discovery Tour, Downtown Foodie Tour, Night Rise at Banff Gondola, Johnston Canyon IceWalk, Sleigh Ride, Wildlife & Hot Springs Tour, guided evening Aurora viewing tour, snowshoeing tour, dogsledding tour, 3 nights unguided Aurora viewing.
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Wednesdays & Saturdays, Dec - Mar
Watch the snow-capped mountains pass by from your private train cabin, learn to snowshoe and mush a dog team, and cap it off with some sky gazing to see the spectacular Aurora Borealis light up the nights.
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Witness the incredible natural phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis dancing in the sky
Meet a team of eager canine athletes and learn to mush with them across the snowy landscape
Relax and enjoy the winter scenery as you travel by train into the snow topped Rocky Mountains
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Welcome to Vancouver, a city surrounded by mountains, rainforests and coastlines. Today is at leisure to settle in and explore.
We have included admission to FlyOver Canada, where you’ll be whisked away on an exhilarating multi-sensory journey over Canada’s most spectacular scenery.
Today is a travelling day, as you farewell Calgary & The Rockies and fly north to Whitehorse, capitol of the Yukon Territory.
Surrounded by scenic wilderness, the Yukon’s capital is a small city with a big backyard. Settle into your hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring at leisure.
This morning, visit the Yukon Wildlife Preserve where you’ll have the opportunity to view and photograph wildlife in its natural habitat. Dall sheep, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mule deer, wapiti (elk), woodland caribou, wood bison, musk-ox, moose and even lynx can all be seen on this small group tour.
Then, travel to the nearby Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs for a rejuvenating experience. The outdoor hot springs pool provides a warm sanctuary amid the cold weather. Geological evidence suggests the hot springs have been running for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
Late this evening, travel with your local guides to the Aurora Centre. Located far from the lights of the city, the expert guides on site will help with camera settings and photography advice to ensure you are ready to capture the incredible sight of the Aurora Borealis dancing in the sky above.
Departing from Whitehorse this morning, transfer to your remote wilderness lodge and check into your private cabin nestled near the lakeside. The lodge is home for the next 3 nights.
This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner prepared with Yukon flair. Later, look to the sky for the incredible Northern Lights as cascading emerald greens mix with vibrant pinks and blues in a dazzling display. Viewing at the lodge is unguided, but each night you’ll be able to utilize the tips and knowledge from the guides at the Aurora Centre last night to enhance your viewing experience. (D)
Follow the fresh tracks of a lynx through the boreal forest, hear the harsh snow crunch under your snowshoes and climb a hill to enjoy fantastic views over the vast frozen landscape! A slow and peaceful activity, snowshoeing brings you up close with life in the far north, walking through the bush as the pioneers did more than 100 years ago. Learn about plants and animals and how they survive the deep winter. (B)(D)
All aboard, the dog team has pulled up! How amazing would it be to hop on the dogsled right in front of your cabin? Well, it’s possible – our mushers live right next door, and their happy and well-trained dogs can’t wait to take you on a tour. Learn from experienced mushers who have raced in multiple Iditarod & Yukon Quest races, as you mush through the incredible winter scenery.
Tonight offers a final opportunity to witness the majesty of the Aurora Borealis as it lights up the night sky. (B)(L)(D)
A final hearty Yukon breakfast at the lodge this morning, before travelling back to Whitehorse for your onward flight. (B)
Today’s locally guided small group tour is the perfect blend of city and nature in Vancouver. Explore the urban elements of downtown Vancouver and immerse yourself in the wilderness of Vancouver’s rugged North Shore. Learn the legends surrounding the ancient Indigenous Peoples’ Story Poles in Stanley Park. Visit Granville Island to wander through the stores and cafes for a snack or a local keepsake and enjoy the performances by local buskers.
Enjoy a morning at leisure to experience more of Vancouver’s highlights.
This afternoon, board Via Rail’s ‘Canadian’ Train for the overnight journey to the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains. Feel like you’ve taken a trip back in time to the era of classic rail travel as you enjoy the comfort of your cabin onboard. Wander through the train and enjoy the dome viewing carriages, and the delicious cuisine in the dining car. At night, onboard attendants will transform your quarters into cozy beds, ready for the rhythm of the rails to rock you to sleep. (D)
By the time you awake this morning the train will be heading into the Canadian Rockies and the town of Jasper. Enjoy breakfast while surrounded by dramatic scenery as the ‘Canadian’ begins its passage into the Rockies with views of snow-capped peaks, Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields. Pass by Mount Robson, which at 3,954 m is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.
Jasper National Park is the world’s largest, easily accessible Dark Sky Preserve. Jasper is also one of the smallest towns in North America to have its own planetarium! This evening, join local astronomy guides in the dome planetarium as they share Aboriginal constellation stories, Northern Lights insights, tips on how to photograph the Milky Way and then head outside with the largest telescopes in the Rockies. (B)
Big or small, there are lots of animals to see in Jasper! Elk, deer, sheep, goats, coyotes, wolves, and moose are just a sample of Jasper’s wild mountain fauna. Learn all about the ways these animals contribute to the rich diversity of Jasper National Park and how they survive the mountain winters. Today’s local guide is well versed in the history, geology, and ecology of the area. As you travel through the Athabasca Valley, have your camera ready to capture some of the park’s most beautiful scenery. This small group tour is the perfect way to spend a morning and your best opportunity to see the wildlife of Jasper.
On this afternoon’s downtown guided walk, you'll be visiting four local restaurants and tasting four carefully handpicked dishes paired with boozy treats while listening to Jasper's top tales along the way. What's on the menu? Not telling. It's all part of the adventure. (L)
Travel south along the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise this morning. This spectacular drive through glacier country features massive snow-covered mountains, frozen waterfalls and broad-reaching valleys.
In the colder months, Lake Louise transforms into a magical winter wonderland. The iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is the only property located right at the lake and offers stunning winter views and experiences. Perhaps rent some ice skates to try skating on the frozen lake this afternoon?
Enjoy the morning at leisure in Lake Louise, before a scheduled transfer to the larger town of Banff.
Flanked on all sides by mountains, Banff is alive with adventure and opportunities to experience wonder. The vibrant streets of downtown are lined with restaurants, bars and shops, as well as a number of art galleries and museums.
As the sun sets, make your way to Sulphur Mountain to experience Nightrise.
Nightrise at Banff Gondola honours the magic of sacred mountains — a place of gathering since time immemorial for many, including for the Stoney Nakoda People.
At Nightrise, Sulphur Mountain’s summit is transformed after dark through four digital art installations. Vibrant lighting, multimedia effects, video projections and music bring the mountaintop to life in new and unexpected ways.
Johnston Canyon is one of Banff National Park’s most beloved attractions, and the wintertime Icewalk is an expedition that all visitors must experience at least once. This guided Johnston Canyon hike takes you along steel catwalks built into the canyon walls all the way to the iconic frozen Johnston Canyon Upper Falls where you’ll have stunning views of the gorge below.
Later, take in the breathtaking views and sparkling winter air of the Rocky Mountains on a scenic winter sleigh ride. Step aboard and relax as your cowboy guide takes you on a sleigh ride through Banff’s snowy mountain meadows.
Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife such as deer and elk as you enjoy views of Banff’s iconic mountain peaks such as Cascade Mountain and Mount Rundle.
This morning is free for some final explorations in Banff, before joining a scheduled shuttle transfer along the Trans-Canada Highway to Calgary.
The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore the city. We recommend a visit to Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre, or perhaps a visit to WinSport, Calgary’s Olympic Park.
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