See the Twelve Days of Christmas depicted in lights at The Butchart Garden' Magic of Christmas lights display
Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride along the lakeside trail at Lake Louise, a magical way to take in the winter scenery
A magical celebration awaits you in this alpine resort
These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises
Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories
Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest
Get ready to delve into a world of glistening snowy landscapes, frozen lakes and icefalls, twinkling Christmas lights and festive cheer on a Winter Wonderland journey. On arrival in Vancouver, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After settling in to your room, this evening you’ll enjoy the opportunity to meet your fellow guests and APT Tour Director at a Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Vancouver, Fairmont Waterfront HotelDaily :
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. A ride on the hand-painted 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 ResortDaily :
Perhaps you’ll choose to 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, with the rhythmic beat of the horse’s hooves along the pavement adding to the experience. 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 and see some of North America’s most incredible displays of stained glass windows.
Today you have the opportunity to shape your day with an array of Freedom of Choice Sightseeing activities.Daily :
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. Marvel at unparalleled scenery as you follow the curving cliff-side road past soaring peaks, cascading waterfalls and emerald forests scaling the surrounding mountains. This evening, meet with your fellow guests to enjoy a festive drink and a lavish Christmas Eve dinner.
Stay: Two Nights, The Westin Whistler Resort and SpaDaily :
Awake today to a magical Christmas Day in Whistler! Festive cheer and Christmas merriment abound, enjoy the day as you wish while you celebrate in one of the world’s most picturesque settings. In the evening, meet for an included festive drink and then indulge in a special Christmas dinner with all the trimmings that warm the soul.Daily :
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.
With a choice of included activities, how will you spend this magical day in Whistler? Later, return to Vancouver.
Stay: Vancouver, Fairmont Waterfront HotelDaily :
Head for the iconic Capilano Suspension Bridge Park to see the magical festive Canyon Lights display. Today, you’ll see more than 250,000 lights attached to the bridge, making it an absolutely spellbinding sight.
Enjoy the morning at leisure. You’ll then set out to explore the city sights. Visit Stanley Park and head to Granville Island, the bustling heart of Vancouver’s cultural scene. Enjoy dinner in the city before transferring to Pacific Central Station for your overnight VIA Rail journey into the heart of Jasper National Park. Along the way, be treated to delightful dining experiences, with all meals included and served in the dining car. Also enjoy access to the glass-dome observation deck, which provides panoramic views of the dramatic winter scenery. Tonight, you’ll experience all the convenience of premium Sleeper Plus Class, which is transformed from a seated lounge by day to a cosy bedroom by night. As night descends upon the Rockies, your train continues its journey across the vast, snowy terrain towards Jasper.
Stay: VIA Rail in Sleeper Plus ClassDaily :
After a relaxing day on board your VIA Rail journey, you will arrive in the charming alpine town of Jasper late in the afternoon. Here, enjoy the grand Canadian lodge experience with the next two nights spent in a village of chalets at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, offering views across nearby Lac Beauvert and the surrounding landscapes.
Stay: Two Nights, Jasper National Park, Fairmont Jasper Park LodgeDaily :
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. Inspired by the natural elements of Jasper National Park, you have the opportunity to slow your pace down and take advantage of the luxurious spa treatments that are on offer here while taking in the grandeur of your surroundings.
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, embark on your chosen sightseeing activity. This evening, you’ll head out for a bonfire on the shores of Lac Beauvert 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.Daily :
Choose from a selection of restaurants at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
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 RoomDaily :
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. Tonight, welcome in the New Year with a sumptuous dinner.Daily :
Meet a Mountie and hear the exciting tales of the iconic Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
This evening, choose from a selection of restaurants from which to dine.
Enjoy the luxury of a free morning at Lake Louise, before travelling to Banff. Banff is considered one of the most popular wilderness destinations in Canada. Here, tour Banff and ride the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain.
Stay: Three Nights, Banff National Park, Fairmont Banff Springs in a Mountain View RoomDaily :
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 the elegant Fairmont Banff Springs is equally tempting.
Explore Banff during your chosen activity.Daily :
Enjoy a day to explore your surrounds at leisure. This evening, gather with your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director for a memorable Farewell Dinner.Daily :
Your journey comes to an end today. Farewell your fellow travellers and head to Calgary from where you’ll meet your onward flight.Daily :
We've reserved coveted Lakeview Rooms for you at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Absorb the dramatic winter scenery, gliding along on VIA Rail's ‘Snow Train’ on an overnight journey through the Rockies
Stay in iconic hotels which exude a regional charm, and are perfectly positioned in central or unique locations.
It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.