ROCKIES WINTER PREMIUM
The Canadian Rocky Mountains are stunning at any time of the year, but there’s something magical about visiting in the winter, when the mountains are covered in a blanket of glistening snow. The entire region becomes a true winter wonderland surrounded with snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes, and dense, snowy landscapes. It’s the perfect setting for an array of authentically Canadian winter experiences!
This special 5-day tour includes 2-nights in the town of Banff, the heart of the Rockies. You will travel with a smaller-sized group of maximum 34 passengers and visit many spectacular sites on the journey to the Rocky Mountains, enjoy an authentic Indigenous experience, and have ample free time to try an exciting winter activity.
Looking for an unforgettable Christmas experience in Canada? Jump on our special Christmas departure of this tour!
Please note that this is a sample itinerary and it is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, such as weather or road closures.
Vancouver to Kamloops
- Depart Vancouver from Canada Place (please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure)
- The fun begins! Your friendly tour guide will start off the tour with introductions and games so you can meet the other passengers. Hear interesting facts about Vancouver as you make your way out of the city and into the mountains
- Enjoy a number of sights along the way, including the scenic Coquihalla Highway and Canada’s only desert
- Stop in Kamloops for lunch
- Experience wine tasting at a local winery
- Check-in to your beautiful riverside accommodations
- Enjoy a group dinner here
- Experience a First Nations Cultural Talk led by the Okanagan Indian Band. An Indigenous Cultural Host will greet the group and tell entertaining stories and legends around a campfire
Kamloops to Banff
- Have breakfast at your hotel (included)
- Depart in the morning and drive through the beautiful snow-capped peaks of Mount Revelstoke National Park & Glacier National Park
- Visit Roger’s Pass National Historic Site
- Visit Emerald Lake
- Explore Lake Louise with the option to go ice skating (seasonal)
- Continue your drive to Banff and check into your hotel upon arrival
- Enjoy free time to go shopping on Banff Avenue and try one of the many restaurants
- After breakfast in your hotel, enjoy a driving tour of Banff townsite, including Bow Falls, HooDoos, Banff Springs Hotel and more
- Today, you will enjoy a free day in Banff to explore at your own pace or book an exciting winter optional activity (additional cost). These include:
– Taking a scenic sleigh ride through a winter wonderland (included in the Christmas departure)
– Riding the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
– Ice walking in Johnston Canyon
– Skiing/snowboarding for 1 or 2 days at Lake Louise Ski Resort
Banff to Golden
- Enjoy breakfast (included)
- Option to go skiing or snowboarding for the day, participate in another exciting winter activity, or enjoy the day at leisure in Banff
- Depart Banff in the afternoon for Golden
- Check into your hotel in Golden and have free time for dinner and to enjoy the hotel amenities
- Option to join your guide for a campfire and marshmallow roast to learn how to make s’mores
*Photo courtesy of ©Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Reuben Krabbe
Golden to Vancouver
- Enjoy breakfast in the hotel
- Depart Golden in the morning
- Stop at Craigellachie, the Last Spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway
- Enjoy onboard entertainment on your way back to Vancouver
- Return to downtown Vancouver at approximately 7:30pm
Am I going to see the lakes frozen?
Usually, lakes in the Rocky Mountains freeze during late November, and they stay frozen until the end of winter. While these timings may slightly vary each year depending on weather conditions, you will most likely enjoy the view of completely frozen lakes on this tour.
The itinerary includes stops at Emerald Lake and Lake Louise, where you can witness these beautiful lakes covered in glistening snow and ice. This stunning winter landscape creates the perfect conditions to enjoy many exciting winter activities, such as ice skating or ice hockey games!
What is the weather like in the Rockies in winter?
The weather in the Canadian Rockies during winter can be quite cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing. You can expect to encounter snow and ice, so it is important to dress warmly with appropriate winter clothing. This includes layers, thermal and waterproof wear, a good winter jacket, sturdy boots and accessories like hats and gloves to stay comfortable during your Canadian winter adventure.
What is the luggage allowance on this tour?
In order to accommodate all guests, the current luggage allowance per person on all of our tours is one (1) piece of luggage, preferrably a small suitcase, and one personal item, such as a small backpack or handbag. We recommend bringing bags and suitcases that can be easily managed to facilitate checking in and out of hotels every night.
If you have any excess luggage, please contact us for storage options while on tour and assistance.
Is it possible to ski or snowboard on this tour?
Yes, you can add 1 or 2 full-day lift tickets and equipment rentals to ski or snowboard at Lake Louise Ski Resort to your experience (additional cost). While these activities are not included in this tour package, the itinerary stops in Banff for 2 nights, allowing plenty of time to join optional activities at our special reduced rates.
If you’re a beginner at skiing/snowboarding, we strongly recommend you book the lesson package on Day 4, as your tour guide will be able to assist with logistics. For intermediate and advanced skiers/snowboarders, 1 or 2-day lift tickets are available, starting at CA$125/day (adult price).
Additionally, you can enjoy other exciting winter activities like ice walking! Please see our Optional Add-ons section below for more information.
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- Take a scenic roadtrip through the Coquihalla Highway and on the way to the Rockies
- Travel through Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks
- Enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery in the Okanagan
- Experience an authentic First Nations Cultural Talk and campfire storytelling
- Stop at Roger’s Pass National Historic Site and Emerald Lake
- Take part in exciting winter activities in Banff and Lake Louise
- Get special rates on optional activities when you book in advance
What to Bring:
- Warm winter clothing, including layers, thermal wear, and a good winter jacket
- Comfortable waterproof boots or sturdy shoes suitable for snow and cold weather
- Hat, gloves, and a scarf
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Camera (recommended)
- Swimsuit for hotel’s amenities
- 2 pieces of ID