Royal Canadian Rockies Experience
Explore Canada's West in the comfort of the World's Finest Luxury Train.
With snow capped mountains, lush green valleys, sparkling rivers and endless forests.the Canadian Rockies are known world wide for their spectacular scenery and pristine wilderness. Since 1885 Canadian Pacific Railway has been bringing visitors from all over the world to experience this exceptional destination.
"If we can't export the scenery, we'll import the tourists", W.C. Van Horne, 1886.
In a timeless tradition, Royal Canadian Pacific continues to share the experience of the Canadian Rockies with our guests in the spirit of our Royal Canadian Rockies Experience. Recognized as a "Tour of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler in 2008, this luxury rail excursion is truly a testament to the beauty, heritage and culture of the Rocky Mountains. Our signature excursion, the Royal Canadian Rockies Experience, is the perfect pairing of rugged beauty and regal elegance. Travel in royal luxury through majestic, inaccessible and spectacular terrain in the comfort of the Royal Canadian Pacific's fully restored vintage rail cars. Your experience is enhanced by the inclusion of select off-train activities designed to accent the heritage, ecology and culture of the areas through which we travel.
Named "The Tour of a Lifetime" by National Geographic's Traveler magazine in 2008, the Royal Canadian Rockies Adventure combines luxury train travel with the natural wonders of the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Watch the rugged, snow-capped peaks pass before you along the historic Canadian Pacific Rail as you enjoy the elegance of Royal Pacific's majestically-restored rail cars.
Breathe in the fresh mountain air and reach for your camera as you spot an abundance of wildlife. Off-train, you'll visit bountiful national parks, fascinating museums and quaint mountain towns, many recognized as United Nations World Heritage Sites. Experience spectacular mountain scenery and pristine wilderness as the Canadian Rockies unfold before you in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!
Royal Canadian Pacific has earned the reputation as the finest luxury rail tour in the world. From comfortable accommodations to world-class cuisine to impeccable onboard service, you'll be whisked away to a world where rail travel continues to be the pinnacle of sophistication and elegance.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Luxury rail travel aboard the Royal Canadian Pacific
- Train accommodations for 4 nights aboard the Royal Canadian Pacific
- Hotel accommodations for two nights at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel in Calgary
- All meals and beverages onboard the train
- Off-train activities and transportation (except where otherwise noted)
- Chauffeur transfer from the train in Calgary to the airport (or equivalent)
- Off-train gratuities
Scenic highlights include:
- Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
- Historic Crowsnest Pass
- Canadian Museum of Rail Travel
- Lake Louise and Banff National Park
- Kicking Horse Pass & the Spiral Tunnels
Day 1 - Calgary
Welcome to Calgary, the "Heart of the New West." When you arrive at the Calgary International Airport your private chauffeur will be waiting to greet you and transfer you to the Fairmont Palliser Hotel for your overnight stay. Take time to explore downtown Calgary. This evening you may wish to dine at one of the many unique restaurants and bistros on Stephen Avenue, located just one block from the hotel. Overnight Fairmont Palliser Hotel.
Day 2 - Board the Royal Canadian Pacific
Early this morning, your luxury rail tour will begin with the Royal Canadian Pacific's departure from the Canadian Pacific Railway Pavilion. Meet your traveling companions as you enjoy a leisurely breakfast onboard the train as you travel toward Fort McLeod, Alberta, where you will visit Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a tour. Later today, mingle with your traveling companions over cocktails in the lounge car and enjoy a splendid dinner as the sun sets over the Alberta prairie. Overnight train.
Day 3 - Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park / Crowsnest Pass
Enjoy a short excursion by motorcoach to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The rare wild flowers, unusual geology, and pure beauty of this mountain park recognized as the "crown of the continent" will leave you awestruck. After some free time to explore, board a private boat for a cruise of the scenic Waterton Lakes, traveling from Waterton, Canada to Goat Haunt, Montana, U.S.A. and back. This is sure to be the most exclusive border crossing you will ever experience. Returning to the train, travel through the Crowsnest Pass to the town of Cranbrook, British Columbia. Overnight train.
Day 4 - Canadian Museum of Rail Travel / Columbia Valley / Golden
This morning brings a historical off-train excursion with a visit the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook. Telling the story of rail travel in Canada from the vantage point of its historical rail cars, this museum focuses on the changes in décor, finish, and service over the years since the Canadian Pacific Railway was first established in Canada in 1885. Continuing north through the Columbia Valley, arrive in Golden. (July departure only: Enjoy a sunset dinner at 7,700 feet in the Kicking Horse Resort's Eagle Eye Restaurant, overlooking the Rocky and Purcell mountain ranges.) Overnight train.
Day 5 - Spiral Tunnels / Lake Louise
(August departure only: Breakfast will be waiting for you this morning at 7,700 feet in the Kicking Horse Resort's Eagle Eye Restaurant overlooking the Rocky and Purcell mountain ranges. After breakfast, your train journey continues.) Enjoy the views from an open-air vestibule as the train climbs through Kicking Horse Pass. This pass was one of the biggest challenges to the building of the transcontinental railroad, now demonstrating the ingenious engineering feat known as the "Spiral Tunnels" which have allowed safe rail movement through the pass since 1908. On arrival in Lake Louise, interpretive guides will meet you and take you on a special walking tour at the lake, after which you have an opportunity for some sightseeing on your own. After time to freshen up and enjoy a cocktail with your fellow passengers, a gala dinner awaits for your final night on the train. Overnight train.
Day 6 - Banff
Today, it's all about you on our special options day. You have the choice of a sightseeing tour of Banff by motorcoach or a gondola tour. After your activities, it's back to the train for some time to pack and change for dinner, as the train heads back to Calgary for your final night. Overnight Fairmont Palliser Hotel.
Day 7 - Calgary
After breakfast and checkout, return to the Calgary International Airport by chauffeur, marking the end of your Royal Canadian Pacific rail journey.
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