Canadian Rockies with Vacations By Rail®
on the west by the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains, Alberta is a magnet for
intrepid travelers. Well known as a winter playground, it is in the summer months
that Alberta truly comes to life with
enough activities and sights to fill any vacation itinerary. A Unesco World
Heritage site, The Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks include glaciers, hot springs,
rivers and yes, majestic, incredible mountains. Grab your sunscreen, camera and
hiking books and prepare to be awed. The picturesque meadows, waterfalls, and stunning
wildlife of Canada’s oldest park, Banff National Park, are known to do just that.
Have a wish to fish? Banff National Park’s crystal clear alpine lakes are just waiting
for you to cast a line. Hop on the Banff Gondola for a bird’s eye view of six mountain
ranges, which may be more mountains
in a moment than most see in a lifetime.
clean mountain air. Spectacular, turquoise lakes. Breathtaking natural scenery.
And of course, incredible rail journeys. Yup, Alberta, Canada is all that. It’s
also one of the most beautiful places on earth and as vast as its landscapes,
experiences and seasons. Known for the most comfortable overall weather in Canada,
Alberta is the same size as Texas and twice the size of Japan. It’s home to 600
lakes, 245 rivers, lush boreal forests, fertile prairies, desert badlands and
the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains.
quaint European-style village of Banff, discover a cosmopolitan collection of galleries,
boutiques and cafés. A town that makes you feel at home, and exhilarated with
wonder at the same time, celebrates its heritage and never takes its backyard for
granted. Vacationers will prize Banff’s authentic hospitality, mountain culture
and relaxation. With more dining options than you’ll have time for, taste hot rock-style
fondue, or authentic Canadian bison, maybe even two-step at Wild Bill’s
Legendary Saloon. And if your full day of sightseeing earns some ‘me’ time, end
the day luxuriating in the hot springs of a historic Banff spa.
of Banff, rests the beautiful Lake Louise, a protected mountain hamlet. Set in
a small glacial valley, this ‘Jewel of the Rockies’ is surrounded by ice-capped
peaks and presided over by the world famous luxury resort, The Fairmont Chateau
Lake Louise. Summer means canoeing on the same lake where ice skating rules in
the winter. Along with horse drawn sleigh rides, each January sees an
international ice-carving competition called Ice Magic. But warmer months bring
their own brand of amazement. Leisurely walks around the lake, horseback
riding, hiking mountain trails, rock climbing, relaxing paddle boating and
unforgettable trips on the Lake Louise Gondola are all on the itinerary. Never
seen a grizzly bear? You just might be treated to this rare and awesome
spectacle. And if your trip brings you to Lake Louise in July, you’ll celebrate
Canada Day’s polar bear dip and fireworks with the locals.
quieter version of Banff, Jasper National Park is the largest in the Canadian
Rockies boasting superb vistas, limestone caves, beautiful gorges and all the
wildlife you can imagine. Get your thrill on with white water rafting, mountain
biking or from a seat in a sightseeing helicopter. Explore the small mountain
hamlet and soak in Jasper’s rustic, eclectic charm. From world-class festivals to
world-renowned fishing, the Canadian Rockies have something for everyone. The
best way to travel to—and through—the Canadian Rockies is by train. From the
comfort of your train car, you’re taken into the heart of unspoiled natural
beauty. Scenic vistas encompass verdant river valleys, dramatic rock sheds,
lush forests and deep canyons with the peaks of the Canadian Rockies looming
high above. From rugged snow covered peaks, emerald green lakes and glittering
waterfalls to glimpses of moose, elk and bear, traveling by train to the
Canadian Rockies surrounds you with some of the most spectacular scenery on the
Vacations By Rail offers a comprehensive selection of rail vacations to the Canadian Rockies. Choose from all-daylight rail journeys into the heart of
the Rockies or their classic overnight vacations that include rail and hotel
accommodations in the most popular destinations.
aboard the acclaimed Rocky Mountaineer for an all-daylight rail adventure
along historically rich rail routes into the heart of the Canadian
Rockies. Travelers can select from three classes of service
including the elegant GoldLeaf Service aboard a bi-level coach featuring panoramic views on the upper level and an elegant private dining
room serving gourmet meals on the lower level. One of Vacation By
Rail’s most popular vacations aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is
their Canadian Rockies Rail Journey. This
7-day rail journey from Vancouver to Banff includes 2 days onboard the Rocky
Mountaineer, sightseeing in Vancouver, a ride on the Banff Gondola to
the top of Sulphur Mountain, an overnight stay in Lake Louise — and more.
classic rail journey across Canada and into the Rockies can be found aboard VIA
Rail’s premier long-distance sleeper train, the Canadian. Choose
Sleeper Plus Class with your choice of semi-private berths and private cabins.
In contrast to all-daylight rail vacations where travelers are focused on a
scenic daylight experience, an overnight rail journey encourages the nostalgia
for long-distance train travel. Travelers can relax in their onboard accommodation,
take in spectacular evolving scenery in the lounge cars or visit the dining car
for savory meals. Vacations By Rail’s Trans Canada by Rail with Jasper trip includes overnight rail travel aboard VIA Rail's Canadian from
Toronto to Jasper and from Jasper to Vancouver, hotel accommodations in
Toronto, Jasper and Vancouver, hop on/hop off tours in Toronto and Vancouver,
and sightseeing in Jasper National Park including Maligne Canyon and Medicine
travelers interested in experiencing both types of train journeys, combination trips
like the Canadian Rail Adventure offer a taste of each. Highlights
include a 2-day rail journey into Alberta aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, a
ride aboard the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for panoramic
views of Banff National Park and the surrounding area, a Lake Louise and Yoho
Valley tour, an overnight rail journey from Jasper to Toronto aboard VIA
Rail’s Canadian, and sightseeing in Toronto and Niagara Falls.
By Rail offers a comprehensive selection of independent rail vacations,
escorted rail tours, and luxury rail journeys around the world. They also
provide virtually every European rail pass and train ticket to meet customers’
European travel needs. Vacations By Rail also offers some of the most exciting
trips in North America including U.S. routes, cross-Canada rail vacations, rail-cruise
combination packages, and Canadian Rockies-centric getaways.
Vacations By Rail at 877-929-7245 or visit www.vacationsbyrail.com to
see all Canadian Rockies vacations!
This article was previously published in AARP's "Great Deals to Great Destinations" Spring issue