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    Maligne Lake in winter

  • VIA Rail at Jasper station

  • West Edmonton Mall

  • Winter in the Rockies aboard VIA Rail

Winter Snow Train and West Edmonton Mall – 7 Days / 6 Nights

 

Travel from Vancouver to Jasper on VIA Rail.  Stay two nights in Jasper, nestled in the snow-capped Canadian Rockies.  Continue to Edmonton on the Winter Snow Train and end your stay in Edmonton. The West Edmonton Mall has everything under one roof:  shopping, dining, and entertainment.  Let VIA Rail’s deluxe Snow Train from Vancouver to Jasper pamper you with comfortable sleeping accommodations, delicious meals, and stunning views from the dome cars.

Independent Tour

Vancouver, Jasper, Edmonton – Vancouver to Jasper, VIA Rail Sleeper Plus class
Departs Monday and Thursday

 

Day 1 – Arrive Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver! Your package provides a voucher for the airport shuttle bus. The bus stops right at your hotel. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is one of Vancouver’s most beautiful hotels. Hotel staff at this deluxe property will pamper you with delightful accommodations and exceptional service.
Overnight – Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Day 2 – VIA Rail/Vancouver to Jasper
Before departing Vancouver, you have a full day to enjoy the city today! Your sightseeing tour allows you to get on and off at all the major attractions throughout Vancouver.  The train departs at 8:30pm this evening and a transfer is included from your hotel to the rail station. Nothing shows you Canada like a trip on the train! VIA Rail’s accommodation has your sitting room by day converting to upper and lower berths at night. Once aboard, the rail staff will see you settled into your room. As a Sleeper Plus passenger, your fare includes all meals, use of any of the lounges and access to the Skyline dome car for spectacular viewing.
Overnight –  VIA Rail Sleeper Car

Day 3 – VIA Rail/En route to Jasper
Awake this morning to the beauty of the Canadian Rockies, as you continue your rail journey to Jasper. Breakfast and lunch will be served prior to your afternoon arrival into Jasper. The staff of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge will meet you at the train station and transfer you to the Lodge where you will experience wilderness luxury at its finest.
Overnight – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Day 4 – Jasper at Leisure
You are at leisure to enjoy the Fairmont Park Lodge, or venture out and skate on Lac Beauvert, cross country ski, go dog sledding, or see rivers frozen in time should you choose a guided tour of Maligne Canyon. One of the most awe-inspiring sights of winter is the frozen beauty of waterfalls such as Angel Falls and Queen of Maligne Canyon; winter turns their cascades into delicate sculptures beyond any human artisan’s skill.
Overnight – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Day 5 – Jasper/Edmonton
Today you leave the Rockies and travel to Edmonton. Your destination is the West Edmonton Mall and the Fantasyland Hotel. This is the largest indoor mall in Canada with shops and entertainment for everyone’s taste.
Overnight – Fantasyland Hotel

Day 6 – Edmonton
You have the entire day, and you will need it, to explore the West Edmonton Mall. With over 800 shops, 100+ restaurants, and 9 world class attractions, it is the world’s largest entertainment and shopping center and Alberta’s number one attraction. You will be amazed at the sheer size of this complex that was built in four phases beginning in 1981 and completed in 1998! We have included a special discount booklet, which offers special discounts at various places throughout the mall.
Overnight – Fantasyland Hotel

Day 7 – Edmonton/Home
Transportation from the hotel to the Edmonton Airport is included. We hope you enjoyed your tour to British Columbia and Alberta! Please come back and visit these places during a different season for a totally different perspective.

Tour Highlights:

  • Transfer – Vancouver Airport to hotel
  • 1 night – Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
  • 2 nights – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
  • 2 nights – Fantasyland Hotel – Edmonton
  • Vancouver sightseeing tour
  • Transfer – Vancouver hotel to VIA Rail station
  • One overnight aboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian, Sleeper Plus class
  • Private bedroom accommodations between Vancouver and Jasper, including meals while aboard the train in the dining car, access to the dome cars and lounges
  • Transfer – Jasper rail station to hotel
  • Transfer – Jasper to Edmonton
  • Transfer – Fantasyland Hotel to Edmonton Airport
  • Maps and destination information
  • Hotel taxes and GST where applicable

Dates & Rates – 7 Days / 6 Nights

  • Package begins on  Mondays and Thursdays throughout seasonal date range
  • Departure dates on or within the seasons shown will determine the price
  • Rates are land only and in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
Season Land Only
November 2 – 13, 2017 on request
November 16 – December 14, 2017 on request
December 18 – 28, 2017    on request**
January 1, 2018 on request
January 4 – April 19, 2018 on request

Included in the rates above is a mandatory baggage & housekeeping fee for the hotel in Jasper.

**The rate for December 18-28 reflects a 3-night minimum stay at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

Tour is not offered December 26.

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Nestled between the majestic coastal mountains and the tides of the Pacific Ocean, on Canada’s west coast, lies Vancouver, a city that attracts travelers from around the world who are drawn to its breathtaking scenery and energetic lifestyle. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is the landmark hotel in downtown Vancouver. Known as the ’Castle in the City’, it reflects the timeless luxury of Canada’s iconic hotels. Just steps from the shopping and entertainment district, it is the perfect place to start exploring Vancouver.

VIA Rail Sleeper Plus Class

The Sleeper Plus class offers cozy accommodations, cuisine prepared on board by our chef and impeccable service. Let yourself be gently rocked by the peaceful rhythm of the train in a cabin for one to four people or a suite.  Enjoy all the essential conveniences and little extras.

A cabin for two is designed for two people.

  • Room size: 7 ft. 2¾ in. X 4 ft. 11⅝ in. (220 cm x 151 cm), excluding 2 ft. 9 in. x 2 ft. 1 in. (84 cm x 64 cm) for private washroom
  • Mattress size: approximately 71 in. x 31 in. (180 cm x 79 cm) on Chateau and Manor cars
  • Private washroom available inside each double bedroom
  • Mirror over sink with electrical razor outlet (110 VAC)
  • Individual control for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system
  • Storage for one piece of carry-on baggage
  • Daytime: two folding chairs
  • Night-time: upper and lower beds replace chairs
  • Large window with blind
  • Exclusive access to a shower room (one shower room per car)
  • Shower towels and amenity bag for body care articles
  • Door locks on the inside only (no individual key)
  • Other amenities: small closet, drinking water, paper and towels, pillows, sheets and blankets supplied, exclusive access to the departure lounge (Panorama Lounge) and priority boarding in Toronto and Vancouver.

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The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Experience the natural beauty of Jasper along with all the amenities you come to expect from a Fairmont Hotel with your stay at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks and glistening lakes, the views around the resort are spectacular. Rustic elegance, friendly staff and wildlife abounds here in the Canadian Rockies, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

CUSTOMS/IMMIGRATION – PLEASE NOTE: ALL U.S. CITIZENS MUST HAVE A VALID U.S. PASSPORT FOR TRAVEL TO OR FROM CANADA AS OF JANUARY 08, 2007.
You clear Canadian Customs and immigration at your first point of entry into Canada. Customs and Immigration clearance is generally a quick and simple process. Please note that Non-citizens should carry a valid passport and check with their local Canadian Council for visa requirements.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS
If transfers are included in your tour package, vouchers have been provided. Present your vouchers to the bus driver.

GENERAL DRESS
Be casual and comfortable. Comfortable shoes are a must. We suggest flat shoes with rubber soles on the train, as this makes getting around easier and safer.

BEDDING REQUESTS
We are pleased to pass your requests to our hotels, but we cannot guarantee that the hotels will be able to accommodate these requests. Please keep in mind, that often hotels are filled to capacity.

VOLTAGE
Electricity is on the same current in Canada as in the states – 110 volts. If you are traveling on VIA Rail, bedrooms have a small sink and outlet for small appliance use like razors.

HOTEL CHECK-IN TIMES
When planning your daily activities, please keep in mind that your hotels are generally not available for check in until mid afternoon. If you arrive and cannot check in, we suggest you leave your bags with the hotel bell desk and go off to explore the city!

UNUSED SERVICES
Based on your tour service selections, Cartan has reserved and paid for these tour services. Services, which you elect not to use, are not refundable. In the event a service cannot be used for reasons beyond your control, a refund will be issued provided the service supplier has agreed that they will refund or credit Cartan Tours. Based on the service suppliers’ refund to Cartan Tours, requests for qualifying refunds must be made in writing and will be processed less a $35.00 handling fee.

INCIDENTALS
Incidental charges such as valet, telephone calls, beverages, and room service must be cleared before leaving the hotel. If you have made calls with a credit card or called collect, you may still have charges to clear. The hotels will appreciate your clearing them before you leave.

CHANGING MONEY
Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Canada. To avoid carrying large amounts of cash, we suggest you use your credit cards. Change the amount of money you feel you will need for general day-to-day activities. We find you get the best rate of exchange when you exchange money at a bank. Most people find it convenient to change money at the airport bank when they arrive.

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX
Cartan Tours pays GST on all taxable inclusions; however, we are not required to pay GST on hotel stays for non-Canadian visitors. Thus, there is no GST rebate due on hotel rooms reserved and paid by Cartan Tours.

TIPPING 
Tipping percentages and policies are as in the States. A very acceptable tip for a meal is 15%. When dining, always check to ensure the service charge has not been added to your bill. You will see a tax charge that averages 12 – 17%. Service, if charged, should also be listed. Although menus frequently specify their policy on tipping, if unsure, feel free to ask.

It is customary in Canada to leave a small tip for the chambermaid. We suggest $1.00 per room per night. Baggage handling we suggest $1.00 – $2.00 per bag.