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Canadian Rockies by Rail

4.4 stars(125 reviews)

Take in the beauty of the Canadian Rockies on this 7 day journey through the majestic scenery and sights spanning two provinces.

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7 days From $2,325 per person
Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2023 Tour code: PP-CRRE-23

About the tour

The majestic Canadian Rockies span nearly 69,500 square miles across two provinces. Along this great expanse are quiet alpine towns and breathtaking scenery. When combined with private, first-class accommodation aboard VIA Rail's Canadian, it makes for the perfect romantic getaway.

Start with a day at leisure to discover the iconic city of Vancouver. You will then board the renowned Canadian bound for your next destination, Jasper. Along your journey, you will be witness to the awe-inspiring sights of the Canadian Rockies, a truly spectacular vision.

Once in Jasper, you will have time to explore the beautiful town before taking a day excursion to the Columbia Icefield enroute to Lake Louise. Amidst scenery of majestic cascading mountains, you will spend the night at Lake Louise before continuing to your next destination, Banff, home to hot springs and the spectacular Banff National Park. With your two days of sightseeing, you will witness sights like the Surprise Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive, and a unique gondola ride to the top of the Sulphur Mountains. Your exciting rail journey ends after your stay in Banff as you transfer to Calgary to make your way home. Well-planned sightseeing and ample time at your leisure complete this itinerary to create a truly memorable vacation by rail.

Itinerary is also available from Calgary to Vancouver based on your travel preference.


What’s included


Day 1 - Vancouver

Arrive in the coastal city of Vancouver today and check-in to your hotel. Located in the heart of the city, you're centrally located to many of Vancouver's attractions, shops, and restaurants. Spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. You have the option to add a multisensory experience with the Flyover Canada Admission or admission to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and park.

There is so much to see and do in this iconic city. Speak to your rail specialist about adding additional nights and sightseeing experiences in Vancouver. Some highlights include a city or food tours, a day trip out to Victoria, or whale watching. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 2 - Depart for Jasper

Spend the day exploring Vancouver before you transfer on your own from your hotel to Vancouver's Pacific Central station this afternoon. Settle in to your Sleeper Plus accommodations on VIA Rail's Canadian, and prepare for your trip to the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Overnight train. 

  • Dinner
Day 3 - En Route to Jasper

As you awake this morning, you are met with awe-inspiring views of the Canadian Rockies. Spend time enjoying panoramic views from the observation dome of the Skyline Car, or admire the passing scenery from one of the salons in the Park Car. Arrive in Jasper and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the town on your own. Jasper is full of things to see and do! You have the option to take in panoramic views of Jasper by adding admission to the Jasper Skytrain with shuttle. Overnight Jasper.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Jasper to Lake Louise

Today enjoy a scenic transfer by coach to Lake Louise. Your transfer doubles as a sightseeing excursion, as you'll pass some of the most stunning vistas during the ride. Travel along the Icefield Parkway and stop at the Columbia Icefield, where you'll venture by Ice Explorer onto the impressive Athabasca Glacier. After your excursion, continue the beautiful drive by coach to pristine Lake Louise. This area outside of Banff is picture-perfect; majestic mountains surround the eponymous lake and famous Chateau. Take time before dinner to snap pictures and get acquainted with the area. Overnight Lake Louise.

  • Lunch
Day 5 - Lake Louise to Banff

Take an included scenic transfer to Banff that allows for a leisurely start to your day. Upon arrival begin to explore the town, stopping in some of the shops or enjoying some regional cuisine at a local restaurant. Top off your day with an optional visit to the Banff Hot Springs offering panoramic views of the scenic mountain ranges or an evening wildlife safari. Overnight Banff.

Day 6 - Banff

Today embark on a 3-hour tour of Banff and its most impressive sights. Highlights include the hoodoos, Surprise Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive, the Bow River Valley, a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain, and the Cave and Basin. You have the option to replace with an excursion focusing on Banff's wildlife and also includes the gondola ride.

After your earlier activity, you have the rest of the day at leisure. Explore more on your own or add one of the following optional:

Banff Upper Hot Springs Admission

Evening Wildlife Safari

Overnight Banff.

Day 7 - Transfer to Calgary

Your journey through the Canadian Rockies ends today with your transfer to the Calgary Airport for your flight home. Flights must be scheduled for after 1:00 PM. Or, if you are not ready for your Rockies adventure to end, opt to add additional nights in Banff or Calgary to explore this western town.

Additional information

Pricing Plans

Moderate Accommodations
Hotels include the Delta Vancouver, Whistler's Inn, Lake Louise Inn, and Banff Ptarmigan Inn. VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus Class in a semi-private berth. Meals are included onboard the train along with access to the Park Car with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views.

Superior Accommodations
Hotels include Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Sawridge Inn & Conference Center Jasper, Post Hotel, and Rimrock Resort Banff. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus Class in a private cabin. Meals are included onboard the train along with access to the Park Car with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views.

Deluxe Accommodations
Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Fairmont Banff Springs. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus Class in a private cabin. Meals are included onboard the train along with access to the Park Car with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views.

Please note

Taxes are not included on rail portions and are subject to change.

Private transfers are available at an additional cost if your flights do not fit with the schedules listed.

Cabins purchased on VIA rail for a single traveler are Cabins for 1. For upgrade options, ask your rail specialist for details.

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.


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5 stars

Submitted 30/May

Great trip! The Rockies were beautiful and the train was fun. The one night on the train was a challenge, but it was a train. And the food was great and everyone who worked on the train were so accommodating and nice. They seemed to love what they do. I would recommend this trip to everyone.

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3 stars

Submitted 28/May

Highly anticipated trip. While it was good, there were a number of areas that could be improved, particularly the quality of the accommodations in various towns, the ability to contact the tour operator, and the written instructions received for various aspects of the tour.

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5 stars

Submitted 24/May

We had a wonderful time on this trip from Vancouver to the Canadian Rockies. Everything went smoothly. The only disappointment is the booking of the Canadian Rail Sleeper class, the agent informed us 3 months after we placed our deposits that the lower berth Sleeper bed was all booked up and wanted us to upgrade. Even if we settled for all upper berth Sleeper bed which is cheaper, we were still charged the same price.

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Joan M

5 stars

Submitted 21/May

I found that this trip was a wonderful adventure. We did run late due to all the traffic on the rail lines, but after that the rest of the trip occurred on time and was excellent.

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5 stars

Submitted 21/May

We took the 7-day train and motorcoach trip. The travel was well organized. Food on the train was excellent. All of the hotel accommodations were good. They arranged sightseeing excursions that took us to spectacular sights.

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4 stars

Submitted 19/May

This would've been 5 plus except for the train portion. We were delayed by 4 hours with no compensation by via rail and they knew when we left we would be delayed. Perfectly awful customer service. The rest of the trip was excellent, great accommodations, food and the guides and transportation were first class. I am disappointed in via rail but I'm glad the worst part of my honeymoon trip came first. Thanks for the great ending.

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