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Cross Canada Rockies Winter Circle Tour

Also see: Summer Version
Cross Canada Rockies Winter Circle Tour

11 days / 10 nights
Independent Holiday Package

Nov-Dec 2018 & Jan–Apr 2019
Begins Saturdays

From Toronto, Ontario

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Travel aboard VIA Rail’s classic train, The Canadian, from Toronto to Jasper and return, plus spend four nights in the Canadian Rockies.

  • Choose between Sleeper Plus Class and Prestige Class aboard VIA Rail
  • Visit the magnificent Jasper National Park
  • Prestige Class is available on this tour. See details below.

Day 1 — Toronto / VIA Rail


Transfer from airport or downtown Toronto to VIA Rail’s Union Rail Station for departure aboard VIA Rail’s train, The Canadian, in Sleeper Plus Class this evening.   Relax in the private waiting area and enjoy priority boarding. Choose from semi-private or private accommodations within VIA Rail’s Sleeper Plus Class accommodations or large cabin in Prestige Class. Your cozy accommodations are prepared for your nights rest with your friendly car attendant just steps away.

Overnight VIA Rail.

Day 2 — VIA Rail


Wake up to picturesque views of the Southern Ontario region. Travel through towns and settlements, thick forests and over rugged Precambrian rock as you wind your way through the Canadian Shield. Follow along with our milepost information to receive a knowledgeable historical enhanced view of the places you are passing through. Bridges and viaducts abound, lakes and rivers are plentiful. Relax in your private room or visit the Park Car dome seating for a 360-degree view of the passing scenery.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner served in the dining car. Overnight VIA Rail.

Day 3 — VIA Rail


Early morning has you arriving into Western Canada’s oldest city, Winnipeg. There is time today to step off the train and visit the local area. Winnipeg’s VIA Rail station is known for having good shopping and delicious local foods available close by in the kiosks located right by the rail station. It is also possible to take a tour of the Winnipeg area which can be arranged by request. Afternoon has you continuing west and heading into the rolling prairies.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner served in the dining car. Overnight VIA Rail.

Day 4 — VIA Rail / Jasper


This morning has a brief stopover in Edmonton as you begin your journey into the Canadian Rockies. The geography changes from flat lands back into forest and hills.  Begin your climb into the cozy nestled town of Jasper. Arrival into Jasper late afternoon today with transfer service to your accommodation. This afternoon has free time to relax and get a feel for this quaint town considered the gateway to Jasper National Park and the Canadian Rockies.

Breakfast and lunch served in the dining car aboard VIA Rail. Overnight Jasper.

Day 5 — Jasper


One of Jaspers most popular winter adventures! Visit Maligne Canyon and enjoy a walk along the frozen river to frozen waterfalls. Visit an ice cave and witness spectacular ice formations. This is a soft adventure tour and includes ice cleats for your safety. A great treat for photographers both amateur and professional!

Overnight Jasper.

Day 6 — Jasper


Discover Jasper today with a half day tour of Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Experienced tour guides show you the best Jasper has to offer. Travel through the Athabasca Valley and witness some of the most beautiful winter countryside in the Canadian Rockies.  Keep your camera ready for an assortment of wildlife including elk, moose, black bear, mountain goat and more.

Overnight Jasper.


Jasper National Park was established in 1907 and is the largest at 10,878 sq km (4200 sq. mi) and most northerly of the Rocky Mountain National Parks. Jasper National Park became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, along with the neighbouring parks, Banff, Yoho and Kootenay. In 1990 these four national parks – combined with the three adjoining British Columbia Provincial Parks of Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber – became the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tallest peak in Jasper National Park is Mount Edith Cavell at 3363 meters (11,000 feet).

Winter Fun

Day 7 — Jasper


A day at leisure to explore Jasper. Shopping, restaurants, and museums are available to explore. Visit the Yellowhead or Wildlife Museum to get a more in depth comprehension of history and geology of this enchanting township located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy the wintry outdoors or spend time inside with a hot beverage by the fire at your hotel.

Overnight Jasper.

Day 8 — Jasper / VIA Rail


Your return trip to Toronto begins this morning with departure aboard VIA Rail’s train, The Canadian, in Sleeper Plus Class or Prestige Class accommodations. Relax and spend time visiting the Skyline or Park car for great views of the passing scenery. Enjoy freshly prepared meals and the company of fellow travelers as you are whisked away into the night.

Lunch & dinner served in the dining car aboard VIA Rail. Overnight VIA Rail.

Day 9 — VIA Rail


Look out your Sleeper Plus Class or Prestige Class accommodation window and see the panoramic views of the province of Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan covers 651,900 square kilometers, more than a quarter million square miles. Contrary to popular belief, fully one half the province is covered by forest, one-third is farmland and one-eighth is fresh water with nearly 100,000 lakes!

Breakfast, lunch & dinner served aboard VIA Rail. Overnight VIA Rail.

Day 10 — VIA Rail


Relax today as you take in the winding twists and turns of the train as you travel over bridges and through tunnels. The land suddenly changes from marshy flatlands and sugar beet fields to rock and scrub bush. The Prairies have been left behind and we are entering the rugged and rocky Canadian Shield. Endless lakes and rivers populate the areas passed through. Watch for mink, otter, beaver, lynx, moose, bear and wildfowl.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner served aboard VIA Rail. Overnight VIA Rail.

Day 11 — VIA Rail / Toronto


Continue to view the changing scenery as you enter into the heart of Ontario, the cosmopolitan city of Toronto. Your tour provides private transfer service to airport or hotel.

Breakfast served aboard VIA Rail.

Would you like to spend more/less time in the Canadian Rockies? Our professional Tour Consultants can work with you to provide a more comprehensive visit to the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Price Includes

  • 4 nights accommodation in hotel
  • 6 nights accommodation in VIA Rail’s Sleeper Plus Class or Prestige Class
  • 17 meals – 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinner
  • Transportation and transfers as described
  • Select sightseeing, activities, and admissions as described (Seasonal Availability)
  • Not included — any items not listed such as but not limited to Goods & Service Tax and/or Harmonized Sales Tax; meals (other than listed); baggage handling; gratuities; travel insurance; personal expenses; custom tour add-ons.

2018 Canadian dollar prices — per guest, double occupancy in hotels • Senior = 60 years and better.

2018/2019 Season
Nov–Dec & Jan-Apr
NOV-DEC $3399 $3049
JAN-MAR $3899 $3559
APR $4499 $3999
NOV-DEC $6899
JAN-MAR $7899
APR $8499
Pricing for accommodation and rail travel varies considerably throughout the year, please call for further details.

Prestige Class

VIA Rail has unveiled their new exciting class of service, Prestige Class, offering stylish cabins and modern décor and available on this JSRT tour.

Prestige Class cabin

During the daytime, your Prestige Class accommodation provides a relaxing atmosphere with comfortable seating on leather-clad furniture, private fully stocked refrigerator, and unprecedented views of the passing varied landscapes. Prestige Class travellers also enjoy 24hr personalized concierge service.

By night, continue your odyssey from the comfort of your Murphy bed for two, facing the large window and ensuring the best views of the night skies.

Enjoy private washroom & shower facilities, priority baggage handling and priority reservations in the dining car. Delicious meals are freshly prepared by skilled chefs and include regional specialties, a selection of Canadian wines.

Your peace of mind is at the heart of this high-end design.

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