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Luxury

Enchanting Christmas

Vancouver to Calgary
15 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: UTWCB15
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Trip Highlights

Christmas in Victoria

See the Twelve Days of Christmas depicted in lights at The Butchart Garden' Magic of Christmas lights display

A Real White Christmas

Festive activities abound at Fairmont Banff Springs. Enjoy a Christmas day banquet with all the trimmings

Dash Through the Snow

Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride along the lakeside trail at Lake Louise, a magical way to take in the winter scenery

Your Vacation Includes

  • The services of a dedicated Canadian APT Tour Director
  • Relax aboard an overnight VIA Rail journey from Vancouver to Jasper
  • A range of traditional winter activities and Christmas celebrations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in five locations
  • Finest dining - a total of 23 meals

Map & Itinerary

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Vancouver to Calgary

Designed Exclusively for APT guests
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

CHRISTMAS DAY

Celebrate the most wonderful day of the year with stunning landscapes blanketed in snow

On arrival in Vancouver, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, this evening you’ll enjoy the opportunity to meet your fellow guests and APT Tour Director at a Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Two Nights: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

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  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Head for the iconic Capilano Suspension Bridge Park to see the magical festive Canyon Lights display. More than just a platform for stunning views above the treetops and canyons, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is an attraction in its own right. The park’s original hemp rope and cedar plank bridge was constructed across the canyon in 1889, but has undergone many restorations since. Today, you’ll see more than 250,000 lights attached to the bridge, making it an absolutely spellbinding sight.


You won’t find it difficult to make good use of your morning at leisure in downtown Vancouver. Why not warm up with a coffee at one of the city’s excellent cafes - the locals are known to be quite the coffee connoisseurs - then head out for a pleasant stroll through the old cobblestone streets of Gastown, the birthplace of Vancouver. Or, visit the shopping mecca of Robson Street. You’ll then set out to explore the city sights and Christmas attractions with your APT Tour Director. Visit Stanley Park and head to Granville Island, the bustling heart of Vancouver’s cultural scene. Here, wander amid the colourful public market, where stalls adorned with cheerful Christmas lights showcase a range of home-made art and crafts. Enjoy a free evening back in the city.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit The Butchart Gardens to marvel at the incredible Magic of Christmas lights display. This world-famous floral exhibit attracts over a million visitors each year. Embrace the magic of Christmas as you walk through the fairytale gardens with each of the Twelve Days of Christmas set out in lights. As you wander through the twinkling displays, see if you can spot the Partridge in a Pear Tree, Two Turtle Doves and more. While a ride on the carousel rouses nostalgic Christmas feelings.


Board a ferry for the journey to Vancouver Island. Later, gather together and enjoy a delicious dinner in the original Butchart family residence, feasting on a medley of satisfying seasonal dishes.

Stay: Two Nights: Delta Hotels Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps take an enchanting tour of the city in a horse-drawn carriage, taking in beautiful waterfront views and the gardens of Beacon Hill Park and Totem Park. Those who appreciate the finer things in life may prefer one of Victoria’s most indulgent traditions, a sumptuous afternoon tea at the elegant Fairmont Empress. Alternatively, delve into British Columbia’s rich history at the Royal BC Museum, which houses more than seven million objects. History aficionados may prefer an enthralling visit to Craigdarroch Castle where you can learn about the Dunsmuir family.


Shape your day with a choice of activities.

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Board a ferry across Georgia Strait, then travel along one of the most spectacular drives in the world, the Sea to Sky Highway, to Whistler.

Stay: Two Nights: The Westin Whistler Resort and Spa

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  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps view the mountains from a bird’s-eye perspective on a thrilling helicopter ride, or explore Whistler’s ancient forest on a tree trek or zip trek tour. If it’s speed you’re seeking, then why not jump on a snowmobile, or enjoy an exciting dog sled ride. Alternatively, admire spectacular views aboard the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. For those who prefer a more easygoing activity, simply relaxing in Scandinave Spa’s peaceful baths will provide the right kind of pace. In Whistler, the choice is all yours.


Spend a magical morning exploring Whistler on your chosen activity. With the rest of the day free to spend as you please, you may like to rug up and head into Whistler’s charming pedestrian village in which you’ll no doubt feel the spirit of the season. Revel in the glow of fairy lights and decorations, whilst roaring open fires in cosy cafes will tempt you to curl up in an armchair admiring the snow fall through frosted windows.

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  • Breakfast
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

The heritage of Canada’s indigenous people comes to light at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Enjoy breakfast and tour the museum, then discover your First Nations ‘animal spirit’ with the help of your guide.


Return to Vancouver for dinner in the city and then transfer to Pacific Central Station for your special overnight VIA Rail journey into the heart of Jasper National Park. Along the way, be treated to gourmet dining experiences, with all meals included and served in the elegant dining car. Also enjoy access to the glass-dome observation deck, which provides panoramic views of the dramatic winter scenery as you glide along on the ‘Snow Train’ through Canada’s untouched wilderness. Tonight, you’ll experience all the comforts of premium Sleeper Plus Class, a haven of comfort which is transformed from a welcoming lounge by day to a comfortable bedroom by night. Spend the evening in your private retreat and be lulled to sleep by the gentle swaying of carriage - a genuinely unique experience of travel and adventure.

Stay: VIA Rail in Sleeper Plus Class

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Wake up to admire the breathtaking snow-covered Canadian Rockies passing by as you continue your VIA Rail journey today. After a relaxing day on board, you will arrive in the charming alpine town of Jasper this afternoon. Here, enjoy the grand Canadian lodge experience with the next two nights spent in a village of chalets at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, ideally positioned to offer sprawling views across nearby Lac Beauvert and the surrounding landscapes. This evening, you’ll head out for a bonfire on the shores of the lake and make your own s’mores - a Canadian camping tradition where marshmallows are roasted over the open fire and sandwiched with chocolate between layers of sweet biscuit. There’s nothing quite like it. Later, sample creative regional cuisine during dinner at your lodge.

Stay: Two Nights: Jasper National Park, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps you might like to discover the abundant wildlife of the region in its natural habitat during a fascinating tour; or don some snowshoes for an inspiring trek through the impressive alpine scenery. Alternatively, you may like to visit the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park to view the spectacular icefalls that can only be seen at this time of year during a Maligne Canyon Ice Walk. There’s a more relaxed option for those who prefer a little pampering time, with the chance to visit the Fairmont Spa and take advantage of the luxurious treatments that are on offer there.


Established in 1930, Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, and was awarded World Heritage status in 1984. After a free morning to explore as you please, you will enjoy an in-depth look at the picturesque landscapes on your chosen sightseeing activity. Back from your adventure, look forward to some free time in the evening.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

You’ll have some time to settle in to your room before a Freedom of Choice Dining evening.


Journey through the snow-dusted scenery of Canada’s Rocky Mountains as you travel along the Icefields Parkway, one of the country’s most scenic stretches of road (weather permitting). Arrive at your iconic hotel on Lake Louise, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Stay: Two Nights: Banff National Park, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in a Lakeview Room

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

The highlight of today is sure to be a fairytale horse-drawn sleigh ride along the lakeside trail. Bundled in blankets, you’ll dash through the serene landscapes.


Enjoy a full day to relax amid the winter wonderland of Lake Louise. With Victoria Glacier as the perfect backdrop, you may like to spend some of your day ice skating on the frozen lake. The more adventurous might prefer to explore the winter terrain surrounding your hotel.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Meet a Mountie and hear the exciting tales of the iconic Royal Canadian Mounted Police.


Enjoy the luxury of a free morning at Lake Louise, before travelling to Banff. Established in 1884 and named after Banffshire in Scotland, Banff quickly became the location of choice for a number of grand hotels. It is also considered one of the most popular wilderness destinations in Canada. Here, tour Banff and ride the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. During a free evening, perhaps rug up and wander into the village for dinner.

Stay: Three Nights: Banff National Park, Fairmont Banff Springs, in a Mountain View Room

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Take an ice walk in Johnston Canyon; enjoy a dog sled ride; learn what it takes to be a Canadian ice hockey player as you spend time with an elite team; or embark on a unique wilderness experience. Perhaps indulge in some time out with a soak in the mineral pool at the Willow Stream Spa, while the indulgent afternoon tea at Fairmont Banff Springs is equally tempting.


Explore Banff during your chosen activity. End your day with a special Christmas Eve dinner and a festive drink.

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Christmas in Banff

Awake today to a magical Christmas Day in Banff! Festive cheer and Christmas merriment abounds, and we’ve left the day free for you to be as active or relaxed as you wish. With its quaint village atmosphere and dramatic alpine location, Banff is the perfect place to indulge in a true North American-style White Christmas. Twinkling lights, snow-dusted trees, jingling sleigh bells and roaring fireplaces are all part of the enchanting ambience. Come evening, meet with fellow guests to enjoy a festive drink before sitting down to a memorable Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Sample all the traditional dishes that represent a North American Christmas and savour the moment as, with a bit of luck, the snowflakes gently fall outside.


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Your journey comes to an end today. Farewell your fellow travellers and head to Calgary from where you’ll meet your onward flight.

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Travel & Accommodation

Breathtaking Winter Views

We've reserved coveted Lakeview Rooms for you at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Ride the Snow Train

Absorb the dramatic winter scenery, gliding along on VIA Rail's ‘Snow Train’ on an overnight journey through the Rockies

Iconic Hotels

Stay in iconic hotels which exude a regional charm, and are perfectly positioned in central or unique locations.

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