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The storied beauty of the Rocky Mountains awaits your exploration on this 10-day journey, which features excursions to three of the four national parks that make up the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as Glacier National Park in Montana, and concludes with a memorable trip to the one and only Calgary Stampede.

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2025 Tour code: CSP25

About the tour

Ten days of mountains, glaciers, pristine lakes, national parks and unforgettable experiences beckon on this rail tour to Canada. The excitement begins with an overnight journey aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder until arrival in Whitefish, MT. We spend a full day taking in the awe-inspiring scenes of Glacier National Park in Montana before crossing the border into Canada. A brief stop in Cranbrook allows us to see one of the largest collections of vintage train cars in North America, and we are also treated to the insurmountable beauty of Kootenay National Park before arriving in Banff. Our time in Banff brings visits to Lake Louise, and the Columbia Icefield, as well as a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain aboard the Banff Gondola. As if the adventures in the Rockies were not enough, the tour wraps up with even more thrills in Calgary at the Calgary Stampede. Whether it is the serenity of nature or tradition and urban culture you seek, this rail vacation is your ticket to the best of both worlds.

Reminder: A valid passport is required to cross the U.S./Canada border.

Unforgettable Experiences

Attend the Calgary Stampede
Attend the Calgary Stampede
With a two-day pass to the world-renowned Calgary Stampede, experience quintessential stampede experiences such as the Chuckwagon Races, the Grandstand Show, and the Stampede Rodeo
Visit Glacier National Park
Visit Glacier National Park
Spend a full day immersed in the breathtaking beauty of “Big Sky Country” while exploring the Crown of the Continent, Glacier National Park.
Traverse Going-to-the-Sun Road by Red Jammer Bus
Traverse Going-to-the-Sun Road by Red Jammer Bus
Aboard a vintage Red Jammer bus, set out onto Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road and admire the glacier, mountain, and valley scenery as you cross the Continental Divide.
Explore Banff National Park
Explore Banff National Park
While sightseeing independently and riding the Banff Gondola high above the surrounding peaks, marvel at the immensity of Canada’s First National Park.
Admire Beautiful Lake Louise
Admire Beautiful Lake Louise
Marvel at vistas composed of snow-covered mountain peaks, Victoria Glacier, and turquoise-hued water while visiting Lake Louise, one of Banff National Park’s most beloved bodies of water.
Visit Columbia Icefield
Visit Columbia Icefield
Venture onto the surface of Athabasca Glacier aboard an Ice Explorer vehicle while visiting Columbia Icefield.
Ride Aboard the Empire Builder
Ride Aboard the Empire Builder
Enjoy a classic overnight rail experience, including onboard accommodations, while riding from Chicago to Montana aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder.

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart Chicago aboard the Empire Builder

Arrive at Chicago Union Station and board the  Empire Builder. Settle into your onboard accommodations and prepare for your overnight rail journey. Travelers may elect to travel from Seattle or points in-between and meet the group in Whitefish, MT. Overnight train.

Day 2 – En Route to Whitefish, MT

Your time aboard the Empire Builder is spent admiring the picturesque scenery. Sights of mountains, plains and brilliant blue skies leave the lights of the city in the background. Take time to admire the changing scenery from the Sightseer Lounge Car. Large panoramic windows provide the perfect lookout over the natural undulations in the land. Upon arrival in Whitefish, transfer to your hotel. Overnight Whitefish, MT.

Day 3 – Glacier National Park

One of the most iconic ways to enjoy the lush landscape of Glacier National Park is from vintage Red Jammer buses. These "Rubies of the Rockies" were built in the 1930s and feature iconic red paint that was inspired by ripe mountain ash berries in Glacier National Park, as well as roll-back convertible tops that allow for unobstructed views from all angles. With the top back and the windows down, we make our way along the gorgeous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Learn about the wildlife, geology and history of the park from your Jammer, the quirky name for Glacier's tour bus drivers, which originated from the "jamming" of the gears up Going-to-the-Sun Road before the bus transmissions were switched to automatic. Lean your head back and gaze up at the imposing mountain peaks and big blue skies. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance that overtakes you when there is not a building in sight, just vast meadows, plunging valleys and rugged mountain scenes. Highlights along the way include the Crown of the Continent at Logan's Pass, Lake McDonald Valley, St. Mary Valley and Swiftcurrent Valley. Overnight Whitefish, MT. 

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  • Breakfast
Day 4 – Cranbrook/Kootenay National Park/Banff

We make our way across the Canadian border en route to Banff in the heart of the Canadian Rockies this morning. The journey is taken by deluxe motorcoach, and from our comfortable seats, we gaze upon the beautiful Kootenay and Purcell Mountains. The first stop of the day is in Cranbrook, BC. Here we learn about the history of Cranbrook and the surrounding area through the collections at the Cranbrook History Centre and get acquainted with the region's railway history at the museum's Canadian Museum of Rail Travel. In fact, this museum houses 28 historic rail cars - one of the largest collections in North America! The cars are in a constant state of restoration, allowing visitors to experience the various stages of caring for vintage trains as a docent tells their stories. We also enjoy lunch at the museum in the 1906 Royal Alexandra Hall, which was saved from demolition in Winnipeg. Back on the road, we continue north through Radium Hot Springs and Kootenay National Park before arriving in Banff this afternoon. Check in at the hotel, with the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight Banff, AB. 

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  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 – Banff Sightseeing

Spend the day enjoying the undeniable splendor of downtown Banff and Banff National Park at your own pace. Surrounded by views of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, downtown Banff is brimming with stunning views and laid-back ambiance. You may spend some time meandering through the shops, restaurants and galleries, or take a dip in Banff Upper Hot Springs. The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is a favorite with visitors, as is Banff Park Museum. If you desire adventure, there are over 1,000 miles of well-maintained hiking trails throughout the park, as well as ziplining courses, mountain bike trails, waterways for whitewater rafting, wildlife tours and so much more. Later this afternoon, head to the Banff Gondola for a ride above the treetops to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. The ride to the top takes less than 10 minutes, and upon arrival, you have time to explore the Banff Interpretive Center, to soak in views of six mountain ranges from the rooftop deck, to watch a film in the Banff Theater and to explore on foot by crossing the Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk to reach Sanson's Peak. Enjoy dinner in Banff this evening before spending the remainder of the evening at leisure. Overnight Banff, AB.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 – Lake Louise/Columbia Icefield

The day's sightseeing begins with a visit to Lake Louise, where the surrounding  mountain vistas are complemented by the turquoise-colored waters of the glacier-fed lake. Next, we travel along the Icefields  Parkway to the Columbia Icefield, where we board an Ice Explorer for an unforgettable  experience atop an expansive glacier.  Overnight Banff, AB.

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  • Breakfast
Day 7 – En Route to Calgary

Watch as the dramatic scenery of Alberta changes from mountains to city as we drive towards Calgary today. Our drive takes us out of the front range of the Rockies and through unique little hills known as drumlins. Past the hills, we cross over Scott Lake Hill before arriving on flatter land, where the cities come into view and small rock formations signify the last remnants of the Canadian Rockies. Entering into Calgary city limits, we head to Heritage Park, Canada's largest living history museum. Immerse yourself in yesteryear by speaking with costumed interpreters and visiting interactive displays that showcase the development of Western Canada. Following our visit, our motorcoach takes us to our downtown Calgary hotel, where we have the evening at leisure to get acquainted with the city. Overnight Calgary, AB.

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  • Breakfast
Day 8 – Calgary Stampede

Today enjoy a free morning and afternoon in Calgary. Work your way through the landmarks and hotspots of the city or use your included admission tickets to visit the Calgary Stampede. A favorite of visitors is the Glenbow Museum, where local arts and history are presented through interesting displays. Seeing the architecture of the city and the surrounding scenery from the Calgary Tower is an experience not to miss. If you are in the mood for nature, Prince's Island Park and the Riverwalk are gorgeous. Of course, there are numerous museums, galleries and shops to explore, as well. Tonight, we meet at Stampede Park for a special dinner in the Clubhouse, located on the fourth level of the Grandstand, before the main event, the Chuckwagon Races and Grandstand Show. The Chuckwagon Races are an event to remember, as 36 wagon drivers compete for over $1 million in prize money. Feel the excitement build over each of the nine heats, as sounds of horse hooves pounding the earth fill the air. When the winner crosses the finish line, the Grandstand Show begins. Acrobats, musicians, dancers and other talented performers entertain us all night before the evening concludes with a colorful fireworks display. Overnight Calgary, AB.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 – Calgary Stampede

The morning is yours to continue your explorations of Calgary. This afternoon, we make our way to the Stampede Grounds for the world-renowned Stampede Rodeo. Take in the sights and sounds of the rodeo, shop at the many vendors, sample the food and experience the amazing events. Traditional rodeo events, such as bareback bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing, saddle bronc, steer wrestling and tie-down roping, keep the excitement going all throughout the day and into the evening. Overnight Calgary, AB. 

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 10 – Tour Conclusion

Your Calgary Stampede adventure concludes after breakfast this morning. A group transfer to Calgary International Airport will accommodate flights departing after 1:00 p.m.

Includes
  • Breakfast

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Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Mount Royal Hotel, Banff

Mount Royal Hotel, Banff

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Caribou Lodge, Banff

Caribou Lodge, Banff

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Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Downtown

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Grouse Mountain Lodge, Whitefish

Grouse Mountain Lodge, Whitefish

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Amtrak's Empire Builder

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Michael Leveskas

5 stars

Submitted 11 Jul 2024

This trip was a special experience for my wife and me! First overnight train trip in the US for both of us. It was a good experience and we enjoyed it. Our guide Beth was outstanding and was a great mother hen for all of us chicks during the entire time! With almost 40 of us, she had her hands full as she “herded the cats!” She probably felt she was herding turtles sometimes! Our motor coach driver, Adriaan, was also very fun and talented. We’ve shared his YouTube music/photos with our family & friends. The sites of the Canadian Rockies were tremendous. The Calgary Stampede was a fun time as well although very hot. Only low of the trip was the visit to the Canbrook History Center. It could be deleted from the tour. There must be a better train museum and lunch spot around that area. Overall well worth the trip!

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Michael Erwin

5 stars

Submitted 11 Jul 2024

good choices

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Linda Bigger

4 stars

Submitted 11 Jul 2024

Unfortunately the 32 hours on Amtrak was very rough. The roomette was very small. We didn’t sleep at all. Rest room was inadequate. We started out 11 your exhausted!

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