Three operators promote Snow Train to Jasper plans

VANCOUVER -- Snow Train to Jasper packages are being offered by three North American tour operators. The programs include the VIA Rail train ride, with all meals on board and accommodations in Jasper at a choice of five hotels -- the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and the Jasper Inn, both in Jasper National Park; the Amethyst Lodge in downtown Jasper; the Lobstick Lodge, and the Marmot Lodge.

Some packages include downhill skiing and snowboarding at the Ski Marmot Basin resort or a visit to Edmonton, Alberta, and the West Edmonton Mall. Rates vary, depending on the duration of each package and the category of hotel.

John Steele Railtours, Gibson, British Columbia, offers a two-night Jasper plan departing from Edmonton, priced at $275 per person, double, and a five-night Rockies Winter Wonderland out of Vancouver, from $1,219. The rates are valid through April 30.

Cartan Tours, Lisle, Ill., has a six-night Vancouver, Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff rail tour, including sleeping car accommodations, through April 5, priced from $789 to $899 per person, double. The trip departs Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Brewster Tours, Banff, Alberta, offers a seven-night Winter Wonderland program, which starts with VIA Rail's service from Vancouver to Jasper, and includes overnight accommodations and meals.

The rail trek is followed by a motorcoach tour that visits Jasper and the Icefields Parkway with overnights in Lake Louise. The itinerary stays two nights in Banff, Alberta, and then takes the Dream Catcher tour through the mountains of Alberta's Kananaskis County to conclude in Calgary.

The cost for the moderate program is $907 per person, double, from Dec. 25 to Jan. 1; $873, Jan. 4 to March 29, and $793, April 2 to April 26.

For more information on the Snow Train to Jasper, visit the Web site, at www.snowtraintojasper.com. For package information, call John Steel, (800) 988-5778, or view www.johnsteel.com; Cartan, (800) 422-7826 or view www.cartantours.com, or Brewster, (800) 661-1152 or view www.brewster.ca.

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