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3 of Canada’s Most Famous Train Trips Featuring Rocky Mountaineer

18 August 2021

A train trip through the Canadian Rockies with luxury rail line Rocky Mountaineer is a remarkable scenic journey unlike any other. It's one of those unbelievable, unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences that's top of mind whenever you recall the places you have been.

Rocky Mountaineer offers an unparalleled onboard experience, with attentive hosts skilled at immersive storytelling, brilliant glass-domed rail coaches and open-air viewing platforms, seasoned chefs and thoughtful menus of only the freshest seasonal ingredients all coming together to underscore that the journey really is the adventure.

Rocky Mountaineer has three impressive Canadian rail routes: First Passage to the West, Journey Through the Clouds and Rainforest to Gold Rush. These routes present travelers with some of the most spectacular views of the Canadian Rockies and make stops in destinations like Vancouver, Kamloops, Whistler, Quesnel, Banff and Jasper National Park.

Explore some of our most popular itineraries in the Canadian Rockies and learn about 3 of Canada's most famous train trips featuring Rocky Mountaineer:

Banff Gondola

1. Canadian Rockies Featuring Banff & Lake Louise

Canadian Rockies featuring Banff & Lake Louise is one of our most popular trips to the Canadian Rockies. It pairs two days of luxurious scenic travel on Rocky Mountaineer's First Passage to the West route with adventures and exploration at Banff National Park. Enjoy scenic highlights like the Thompson River, Fraser Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railroad was driven, while dining, drinking cocktails and reveling in the company of fellow travelers onboard Rocky Mountaineer. Other highlights include riding the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, a sightseeing tour of Banff National Park that takes you through towering mountains, hoodoos and Cave & Basin National Historic Site, a visit to Lake Louise as well as leisure time to visit the hot springs or explore trails and scenic overlooks at Canada's first National Park.

Rocky Mountaineer Travelling On Journey Through The Clouds

2. Journey Through the Clouds at Leisure

Climb through the Canadian Rockies and cross the continental divide with amazing views of the tallest mountain peaks on Rocky Mountaineer before exploring Jasper, Banff and Yoho National Park on our Journey Through the Clouds at Leisure itinerary. Scenic highlights traveling onboard Rocky Mountaineer include Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon, rock sheds along the Thompson River, the shores of Kamloops Lake, Pyramid Falls, the climb over Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park and Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3,954 meters (12,972 feet). Other highlights include a Yoho National Park Tour, riding the Banff gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, a Columbia Icefield excursion featuring the Ice Explorer and leisure time to explore Jasper and Banff National Park your way. 

Rocky Mountaineer Rainforest To Gold Rush Sea To Sky Corridor

3. Northern Adventure Rail & Drive

Northern Adventure Rail & Drive is the best way to explore Canada's national parks and glorious scenery at your own pace. Watch as the lush rainforests of Canada's West Coast transform into wide-open stretches of wilderness and rugged mountain ranges with three days of scenic travel on Rocky Mountaineer's Rainforest to Gold Rush route. Enjoy scenic highlights like Howe Sound, the Coast Mountains, Mount Garibaldi, Cheakamus Canyon, Anderson Lake, Seton Lake, Fraser Canyon, the Rocky Mountain Trench, Mount Robson, Yellowhead Pass and the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world. Immerse yourself in the splendor of Banff and Jasper national parks with opportunities to take relaxing hikes, search for wildlife and stop at popular natural attractions and scenic overlooks between them, including Athabasca Falls, Bow Summit, Peyto Lake, Lake Louise and Crowfoot Canyon.

We are Vacations By Rail and we offer the largest selection of independent rail vacations, escorted rail tours and luxury rail journeys to destinations in North America, Europe and beyond. Explore more of our itineraries featuring Rocky Mountaineer.