Rail Through the Canadian Rockies
Discover the magic of the Canadian Rockies on this 10-day escorted rail tour to Western Canada's must-see destinations and most popular attractions.
Discover the magic of the Canadian Rockies on this 10-day escorted rail tour to Western Canada's must-see destinations and most popular attractions. Your tour begins in the coastal city of Vancouver, where you will meet your tour manager and fellow travelers. Your adventure starts when you board the renowned Rocky Mountaineer for the all-daylight rail journey into the Canadian Rockies, overnighting in the city of Kamloops in British Columbia's interior before continuing another full day of scenic rail travel en route to Banff National Park, located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
Prepare to be dazzled as you uncover Banff's breathtaking natural attractions, journey to the nearby hamlet of Lake Louise with its startlingly green lake and the massive Victoria Glacier looming behind it, travel along the Icefields Parkway straddling the Continental Divide alongside enormous icefields filled with glaciers, and experience the beauty of Jasper, Western Canada's largest National Park.
Prepare for a classic rail experience as you board VIA Rail's Canadian for your overnight return journey to Vancouver. Settle into your cozy onboard accommodations and admire the passing scenery like the peak of Mt. Robson and lovely Pyramid Falls as you make the westbound train journey. Take time to explore the train, enjoying access to the Lounge and Observation Cars. Upon arrival in Vancouver, you'll understand why it is one of Canada's most popular destinations as you get a lay of the land on a comprehensive sightseeing tour—the perfect way to end your Rockies rail adventure.
Scenic Highlights and Inclusions
- 2-day rail journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff
- One-way rail transportation aboard VIA Rail's Canadian between Jasper and Vancouver (1 night on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
- 17 meals (9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners)
- Sightseeing and scenic excursions per itinerary
- Rail station transfers
- Services of a professional tour manager
- National Parks fees
- Baggage handling
- Taxes and service charges
Scenic Highlights include:
- Fraser River Valley
- Spiral Tunnels
- Bow Falls
- Lake Louise
- Columbia Icefield
- Pyramid Falls
- Capilano Suspension Bridge
- Grouse Mountain
Day 1 - Welcome to Vancouver
Arrive in the coastal city of Vancouver and transfer by coach to your hotel. If time allows, take a stroll along the harbor and through the bustling downtown. This evening, meet your tour manager and fellow travelers over a welcome dinner at a local downtown restaurant. Overnight Vancouver. (D).
Day 2 - All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer: Vancouver to Kamloops
Rise and shine early this morning for your transfer to the Vancouver Rocky Mountaineer station, where you will board your rail coach for a full day of travel into British Columbia's interior. Scenic highlights of today's journey include the lush fields of the Fraser River Valley, the towering peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, and the rushing waters of Hell's Gate. We'll arrive in Kamloops early this evening where we'll transfer to our hotel with the remainder of the evening at leisure. Overnight Kamloops. (B, L)
Day 3 - Kamloops to Banff Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer
Today brings another full day of scenic rail travel. Sit back and relax in your comfortable onboard accommodations as the train heads eastward into Alberta with the breathtaking scenery of the Canadian Rockies as the backdrop for our travels. Scenic highlights of today's journey include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, Kicking Horse Canyon, and the Spiral Tunnels. Our rail journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer ends this evening in Banff. We'll transfer from the railway station to our hotel with the evening at leisure. Overnight Banff. (B, L)
Day 4 - Banff Sightseeing
Banff is Canada's first National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and known around the world as a protected paradise for 4,126 square miles of mountains, forests, lakes, and wildlife. Today's sightseeing shows off the best of Banff including Bow Falls, the Hoodoo Lookout, Lake Minnewanka and Surprise Corner. A highlight of the day is a ride on the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a panoramic 360 degree view of the six surrounding mountains. This evening we'll enjoy dinner at a downtown Banff restaurant. Overnight Banff. (B, D)
Day 5 - Yoho National Park / Lake Louise
After breakfast, board a motorcoach for a half-day sightseeing tour of Lake Louise and Yoho National Park. With The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise proudly standing at one end and the Victoria Glacier reflecting off the other, Lake Louise is one of the sights most often photographed by visitors from around the world. From Lake Louise, your tour continues on to Moraine Lake, located in the dramatic Valley of the Ten Peaks. After visiting the Lake Louise area, your tour will take you across the Great Divide for a stop at the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint, where three lines of railway are laid at different elevations to cross the Kicking Horse River on four bridges. Discover the Natural Rock Bridge and marvel at Emerald Lake and Takkakaw Falls before heading back to Lake Louise. Dinner this evening will be at your hotel. Overnight Lake Louise. (B, D)
Day 6 - Icefields Parkway
Highway 93, known as the Icefields Parkway, qualifies as one of the most scenic drives in the world. Stretching more than 140 miles from Lake Louise to Jasper, it traverses an unspoiled wilderness of more than 100 glaciers, pristine lakes, and some of the highest peaks of the Rockies. On today's journey along the Icefields Parkway, a spectacular excursion awaits with an adventure to the Columbia Icefield! We'll arrive at the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre and shuttle to the Athabasca Glacier, where we will board the specially-designed Ice Explorer for a guided tour onto the surface of the Glacier—a true Ice Age adventure! We end our day with our arrival in Jasper. Overnight Jasper. (B)
Day 7 - Jasper at Leisure
The day is yours to explore Jasper National Park as you like. Browse charming boutiques, visit galleries showcasing local talent, take a stroll through town, or hike through the woodlands. Dinner tonight will be at a local downtown restaurant. Overnight Jasper. (B, D)
Day 8 - Jasper / Train to Vancouver
After breakfast, the morning is yours to enjoy the peace and tranquility of Jasper before transferring to the rail station where we will board VIA Rail's Canadian for the 2:30 pm departure bound for Vancouver. As the train departs the stations, settle into your comfortable accommodations. Admire the passing scenery from the Lounge and Observation Cars and enjoy a delicious dinner in the Dining Car. Overnight train. (B, D)
Day 9 - Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver this morning, where a day of sightseeing awaits. Our city tour encompasses some of Vancouver's top attractions like Stanley Park with 1,000 acres of majestic evergreens and a scenic seawall; the city's West Coast Native Totem Poles; Gastown with its unique steam clock; Chinatown; Lions Gate Bridge; English Bay; and, the meticulously manicured Queen Elizabeth Park. Our tour continues this afternoon with a stop at the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, one of the world's longest suspension bridges at 450 feet across and 230 feet above the Capilano Canyon! Next, travel to Grouse Mountain and board the Skyride—North America's largest aerial tramway—for the one-mile journey up the mountainside to the majestic nature of the Peak of Vancouver. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight. Overnight Vancouver. (B, D)
Day 10 - Tour Conclusion
Your Rockies rail adventure ends after breakfast today. (B)
Dates & Prices
Select from the packages below to view prices for this tour.
included for the Rocky Mountaineer portion of this vacation. Taxes can be up to
5% on the rail portion only.Prices are correct at the time this web page is
published; however, are subject to change.