First Passage to the West
Journey through the Clouds
Rainforest to Gold Rush
2 Day Rail Trips
This tour is no longer offered. A variety of other Rocky Mountaineer vacations are available.
Call 877-929-7245 for fares and schedules from your city to and from Vancouver.
Truly the best of Canada's West. Vancouver, Victoria, Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary. The names evoke images of beautiful cities, blue oceans, pristine lakes and towering mountains. This journey truly highlights the best of Canada's West.
- 2 days onboard the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer® in your choice of RedLeaf Service or GoldLeaf Service.
- 2 breakfasts, 4 lunches
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- Exclusive Attractions Pass
- Vancouver to Victoria Tour, including BC Ferries and Butchart Gardens
- Whale watching tour
- Coach and ferry transfer to Vancouver
- Banff to Lake Louise Tour, including Glacier Helicopter Tour and ranch visit
- Lake Louise to Calgary Tour, including ranch visit
- Taxi transfers in Vancouver and Victoria for use between hotel and bus depot
- Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Banff
- Luggage handling and National Park Pass
Day 1 Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 2 Vancouver to Victoria
Today a full-day tour takes you to Victoria. Among the highlights are a BC Ferries trip through the picturesque Gulf Islands, a visit to world-renowned Butchart Gardens, a scenic ocean drive and a visit to Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Overnight in Victoria.
Day 3 Victoria to Vancouver
This morning you will enjoy a three-hour whale watching tour off the coast of Victoria. Afterwards, return to Vancouver by motorcoach and ferry. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 4 Vancouver to Kamloops
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser River valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountains, to the desert-like environment of the interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake and into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops. (B, L)
Day 5 Kamloops to Baff
Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends in the resort town of Banff this evening. Overnight in Banff. (B, L)
Day 6 Banff to Lake Louise with Helicopter Tour
A full-day tour takes you through the magnificent Canadian Rockies, with commentary provided along the way. The highlight of your tour is a 25-minute helicopter flight above the six glaciers of Mount Resolute, Mount Cline and the Whitegoat Peaks. You will also view a 270-metre (900-foot) waterfall, see some spectacular aqua-green high-alpine lakes and cross over a 2,700-metre (9,000-foot) mountain pass. A visit to a local ranch will provide ample time to discover the walking trails on-site and enjoy lunch at your leisure. Your tour ends on arrival in Lake Louise early this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. (L)
Day 7 Lake Louise to Calgary with Summit Helicopter
Today you will enjoy a full-day tour concluding in Calgary. Begin the morning with a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Continue on to Kananaskis for the highlight of today’s adventure, a 15-minute Summit Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Enjoy lunch at a local ranch and spend time exploring Kananaskis at your leisure before your afternoon transfer to Calgary. Overnight in Calgary. (L)
Day 8 Calgary
Your vacation ends with check-out from your Calgary hotel.
Also available in reverse.