Explore the wilds of Western Canada aboard the Snow Train with Bon Voyage

Book a New Year escape with a difference aboard Western Canada's Snow Train

Monday 16 December 2019

Tired of the same old New Year routine of too many drinks and a January 1st hangover? Then break with tradition and plan an escape to Western Canada's winter wonderland. Snow-capped peaks, frozen lakes and forests of pine in a dusting of white set the scene in the Rocky Mountains at this time of year.

See it all from the comfort of VIA Rail's luxurious Canadian train, whose vintage 1950s railcars transformed into concierge-serviced Prestige Class cabins reinvent rail travel's golden age here in the Canadian wilderness.  

Better known simply as the Snow Train, Canadian is perfectly suited to wintery sightseeing. Its Dome Car offers panoramic views of the surrounding scenery, while the bar and lounge provide a convivial space for mingling with other passengers.

En-suite cabins equipped with double beds ensure that nights spent onboard are elegant and comfortable. Better still, the experience is complemented with overnights at legendary Fairmont hotels in such prestigious spots as Jasper, Banff and gorgeous Lake Louise.  

The journey begins in Vancouver before crossing the border into Alberta and on to the wilds of Jasper and Banff National Parks. En route, passengers can take advantage of exceptional excursions such as an "ice walk" into Maligne Canyon on New Year's Eve, one of Jasper's most impressive winter attractions (and a very memorable way to welcome the start of 2020).

Other highlights include a birds-eye view of Banff National Park from a helicopter and a scenic drive on the Icefields Parkway via glaciers and frozen waterfalls. In Banff, enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride along the shores of Lake Louise, then ride a gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for jaw-dropping views. Finally, warm up in the naturally balmy mineral waters of Banff Upper Hot Springs before continuing to journey's end in the cowboy town of Calgary.  

Bon Voyage, the North America travel specialist, can package one-night on the Snow Train (including dinner and breakfast) with a Vancouver city break to create an eight-night holiday costing from £6,575 per person (departing 29 December, 2019).

Cost includes flights from either London, Manchester or Glasgow, private transfers throughout and activities as stated. For more information and to book, call 0800 316 0194 or visit bon-voyage.co.uk