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Banff National Park

The story of Banff National Park begins with its bubbling hot springs and the railroad. In 1883, Canadian Pacific Railway laborers building Canada's transcontinental railroad discovered natural hot springs on the side of Sulphur Mountain. This discovery eventually led to the establishment of Banff as Canada's first national park, and, shortly after, that same railroad helped fuel Banff tourism. Travelers came from across the country for alpine adventures. Today, vacationers can experience that same excitement on a train trip to Banff.

Banff tours from Vancouver feature some of the country's great rail journeys: The all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer train into Alberta or an overnight trip on VIA Rail's Canadian train. Once in the lush Canadian Rockies, things to do in Banff are limitless, from hiking in the summer to dog sledding in the winter. Many Banff tours include a ride on the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. From the summit's observation deck, visitors enjoy panoramic views of the Bow Valley and Banff town site below. Popular guided sightseeing tours include visits to Lake Minnewanka with its many outdoor activities; Cave and Basin Historic Site, where the first hot springs were discovered; and Lake Louise, the scenic hamlet with its eponymous turquoise lake and the massive Victoria Glacier looming behind it. Banff holiday packages showcase the best of the Canadian Rockies and are nothing short of memorable.

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Moraine Lake in Banff
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4.4 stars(106 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
7 days from
$1,886 pp
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Cabin Emerald at Lake Yoho National Park
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4.7 stars(43 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
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Moraine Lake Banff National Park
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4.5 stars(45 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
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Iconic View of Morants Curve
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4.7 stars(12 reviews)
2023AprMayJunJulAug...
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Elk In Jasper National Park
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4.3 stars(23 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
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Maligne Lake
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2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
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Colorful Sky Over Bow Falls
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2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
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Peyto Lake Winter Banff National Park
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2022Dec
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Rocky Mountaineer through Canadian Rockies
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4.4 stars(5 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
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11 days from
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2023JunJulAugSep
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Our customers love our Banff National Park tours
Canadian Rockies Featuring Banff & Lake Louise
21/Sep
Thomas Knoll
5 stars
“Exciting and wonderful
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Best of the Rockies Circle Journey
8/Sep
STEPHEN GRAY
5 stars
“Train and Hotel staff service was excellent, luggage always arrived in our room at every stop. Food service and quality was also excellent!
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Calgary Stampede, Canadian Rockies & Glacier
25/Jul
CARLA DE TOMASO
5 stars
“You’re trips are always wonderful
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Canada's Rockies & Alaska Cruise
14 Aug 2019
DONALD
5 stars
“Excellent services. Very professional
Collected by Vacations By Rail
Journey Through the Clouds at Leisure
10 May 2019
Linda
5 stars
“this has been my third inquiry regarding my wonderful trip, I am done
Collected by Vacations By Rail
Getaway to the Canadian Rockies
23 Feb 2019
Fiona H, Raleigh, NC
5 stars
“Before taking the vacation, I was doubtful that it would be value for money as it was by far the most expensive vacation I have ever taken, or am likely to take. Now I think it was worth every penny. From the booking process to the final departure for home, it was a truly phenomenal experience.
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Best of the Rockies
30/Sep
WILLIAM SHERMAN
4 stars
“It was a well organized trip. Very pleasant. I have two suggestions regarding the Via Canada Rail train ride from Jasper to Vancouver. There was no mention in the itinerary of the time the train was schuled to depart the station and no mention of a time the traveler should arrive at the station. Also, berths are very small on the train and large bags must be checked, They are not allowed in the berths. It should be noted that travelers should carry a very small additional bag containing medications, toilitries, and a change of clothing.
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Beautiful Banff Rail & Drive
29/Sep
KATHLEEN TATAREK-VANPEURSEM
4 stars
“The train is quite comfortable, the staff is fantastic and Rocky Mountaineer is very generous with food (which was quite good) and drink. But this is a very loooong train ride. The trip from Vancouver to Kamloops was really nothing all that special. And although the second day scenery was much better we were delayed 3 hours, putting us into Banff at 11:30 p.m. So we saw none of the stunning scenery around Lake Louise and Banff from the train. We did meet many wonderful people and enjoyed the company and camaraderie; especially during the long delay. Once we picked up our car in Banff, we were able to explore on our own and that was much more enjoyable - the area is just stunning and we were treated to perfect weather. The hotels arranged for us were good, The Post in Lake Louise was outstanding! The Westin in Calgary was not, a tiny room in a generic corporate hotel with some very rude staff. But we enjoyed the city of Calgary quite a bit. All in all, we enjoyed the trip and we're glad we did it. Although I hope to return to some of the areas we explored in Western Canada, I don't think I'll be using Vacations by Rail anytime in the future. They were not particularly helpful or communicative. When I asked them to help arrange a few extra nights throughout the tour, there was initially no response to my request - you'll never get anyone to answer their phone, it's all email - and when I followed up a week later, I was simply told that nothing was available. I called the various hotels myself and made my own arrangements for the additional nights. I could have easily done that for the entire trip rather than dealing with VBR.
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Canadian Rockies by Rail
18/Sep
DEBORAH ENNIS
4 stars
“overall very acceptable with exception of rail
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