First Passage to the West
Journey through the Clouds
Rainforest to Gold Rush
2 Day Rail Trips
This scenic 11 day journey starts in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. After taking in the sights, you'll board a ferry that will take you to Vancouver. After a night's stay all will head north to Whistler and Quesnel. Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary are also included on this journey of a lifetime.
- 2 days onboard the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer® in your choice of RedLeaf Service or GoldLeaf Service.
- Rocky Mountaineer Whistler Sea to Sky Climb
- 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches (Westbound: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 light meal)
- 10 nights hotel accommodation
- Vancouver Lookout
- Jasper Highlights Tour
- Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Jasper to Lake Louise
- Yoho Park Tour, Lake Louise to Banff
- Banff to Calgary Tour, including Banff Gondola
- Summit Helicopter Flightseeing
- Calgary Tower
- Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel and Jasper
- Luggage handling and National Park Pass
Day 1 Vancouver Arrival
Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 2 Vancouver to Whistler
Travel onboard the Whistler Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to the resort town of Whistler, renowned for outstanding skiing and year-round outdoor activities. Following your motorcoach transfer from downtown Vancouver, the Rocky Mountaineer takes you on a breathtaking rail journey through the stunning scenery of this Sea to Sky corridor. Highlights of the trip include spectacular views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains, Shannon Falls, Mount Garibaldi and the impressive Cheakamus Canyon. On arrival at the Whistler train station, you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Whistler. (B)
Day 3 Whistler to Quesnel
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley to the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon to rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau. Highlights include the shorelines of Anderson Lake and glacial-fed Seton Lake, sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon and the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer follows the banks of the Fraser River into Quesnel. Overnight in Quesnel. (B, L)
Day 4 Quesnel to Jasper
Your journey continues eastwards today to the majestic Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park. From Quesnel the Rocky Mountaineer follows the Fraser River north to the town of Prince George, then travels east through the forests of northern British Columbia, home to plentiful wildlife, including a large population of moose. Entering the Rocky Mountain Trench you are surrounded to the north by the steeply rising Rocky Mountains and to the south by the Cariboo Mountains. Continue climbing past Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and through the Yellowhead Pass into the province of Alberta. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in Jasper. Overnight in Jasper. (B, L)
Day 5 Jasper Sightseeing
Jasper National Park is a World Heritage Site and Canada's largest National Park. Your short scenic tour includes the area's many natural attractions and rugged peaks. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the area on your own. Overnight in Jasper.
Day 6 Jasper to Lake Louise
Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. A stop will be made at Athabasca Falls before arriving at the Columbia Icefield. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out some interesting geological features. Time will be available for lunch (not included). Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Day 7 Free Day in Lake Louise
Enjoy a free day in Lake Louise, where you can partake in local activities including canoeing, hiking in the mountains or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views. Overnight in Lake Louise at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Day 8 Lake Louise to Banff
This morning you're free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. This afternoon, a half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Banff. Overnight in Banff.
Please note: While departure from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 2:25 p.m., scheduled check-out time is normally 11:00 a.m. Your luggage will be stored upon check-out and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs.
Day 9 Free Day in Banff
Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include soaking in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visiting Banff's historic museums, cruising on Lake Minnewanka or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight in Banff.
Day 10 Banff to Calgary with Summit Helicopter Tour
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 12-minute Summit Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Roc kies. Overnight in Calgary. (L)
Day 11 Calgary Departure
Your vacation ends with check-out from your Calgary hotel.
Also available in reverse.
Prices are in USD.
Call 877-929-7245 to book your Northern Rockies at Leisure Vacation today!
Meals (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and do not include 6% HST. Prices for singles, triples and children, and additional pre-purchased meals are available on request. All prices are based on a conversion effective 4/1/12 and are subject to change.