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Take in the beauty of the Canadian Rockies, where majestic sights and stunning alpine scenery span two provinces on this week-long journey.

Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2024 Tour code: PP-CRRE-24

About the tour

Over 69,500 square miles of jagged peaks, emerald forests, and alpine lakes spread over two provinces await in the Canadian Rockies. Venture into the jaw-dropping scenery of Jasper National Park aboard VIA Rail's premier overnight train, the Canadian. On arrival, well-planned sightseeing in iconic Rocky Mountain locales, including Jasper and Banff National Parks and stunning Lake Louise, pairs with ample leisure time to make this a truly memorable vacation. 

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

Unforgettable Experiences

Lake Louise
Lake Louise
Enjoy stays in Canadian Rockies resort town, including one night in beautiful Lake Louise.
Ice Explorer
Ice Explorer
Visit the Columbia Icefield and take a ride on an Ice Explorer.
Banff Sightseeing
Banff Sightseeing
Explore Banff's popular sites on a sightseeing tour, including a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola.

What’s included

Itinerary

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. 

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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

Get a taste of the sites and history that make Banff such an impressive destination during this morning's guided tour. Join a vintage-inspired drop-top vehicle in cruising through the mountain town, passing attractions like Surprise Corner, Tunnel Mountain, Mount Norquay Viewpoint, and more during the 90-minute outing. If you would like a more in-depth look at Banff, you can instead upgrade to a seven-hour Explore Banff Tour featuring a ride on the Banff Gondola and a lake cruise (lake cruise begins operating May 17). After your activity, you have the rest of the day at leisure. Explore more on your own or add an optional additional excursion, such as to Banff Upper Hot Springs or an Evening Wildlife Safari. Overnight Banff.

*Please note the open top touring doesn't begin until May 18th. The earlier departures will include a 3-hour Discover Banff & Its Wildlife Tour that includes Bow Falls, Surprise Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive, and Bow River Valley. These departures can also upgrade to the 7 hour Explore Banff tour. 

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 
• Hotels include Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, Whistler's Inn, Lake Louise Inn, Banff Ptarmigan Inn or similar; subject to availability at the time of confirmation.
• VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus Class in a semi-private berth featuring a wide couch-style seat during the day that folds out into a bed at night with heavy curtains for privacy, public washroom including shower facilities in the same car.
• Meals are included onboard the Canadian in the dining car and you will have evening access to the Park Car.

Superior
• Hotels include Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center, The Crimson, Post Hotel, Rimrock Resort or similar; subject to availability at the time of confirmation.
• VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus Class in a private cabin featuring two comfortable sofa chairs during the day that are replaced by an upper and lower bed at night, with en suite washroom and access to shower facilities.
• Meals are included onboard the Canadian in the dining car and you will have evening access to the Park Car.

Deluxe 
• Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs, or similar; subject to availability at the time of confirmation.
• VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus Class in a private cabin featuring two comfortable sofa chairs during the day that are replaced by an upper and lower bed at night, with en suite washroom and access to shower facilities.
• Meals are included onboard the Canadian in the dining car and you will have evening access to the Park Car.

Prestige
• Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs, or similar; subject to availability at the time of confirmation.
• VIA Rail accommodations on the Canadian are in Prestige Class in a private cabin featuring a large, comfortable leather couch, fold-down double bed, private washroom with shower, flat-screen TV with video selection, fully stocked minibar, and personalized service by the Prestige Concierge.
• Meals are included onboard the Canadian in the dining car with priority access to dining car reservations. You will have access to the Park Car.

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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JANE WALKER

3 stars

Submitted 26 May 2024

For the most part the trip was great!! We had some administrative issues early on, and once those were cleared up, everything was fine! We really enjoyed Jasper.. beautiful town with less crowds ..

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KP

5 stars

Submitted 22 May 2024

It was an amazing trip!!! The Icefields excursion was amazing and Brewster Brad, the driver & host, was great! I read reviews before leaving & we had no issues reaching Brewster for confirming reservations. The lakes & waterfall excursion was no worth our time or money though and that may be due to the weather in May. I would definitely do another trip through Vacations by Rail!!

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LORI FORDHAM

4 stars

Submitted 19 May 2024

Everything was great just wish water bottles were provided .

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SHELDON TAUBEN

5 stars

Submitted 15 May 2024

This s a well planned, well executed trip. You are busy with just enough time to explore and enjoy. We had time to squeeze in a wildlife tour as well. The staff on the entire tour were so informative and interesting. Everyone along the trip could not have been more accommodating!

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PATRICIA NEEL

5 stars

Submitted 16 Oct 2023

Would like advance advice on sleeper car luggage size and what to check.

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DIANA THOMAS

3 stars

Submitted 05 Oct 2023

The locations we visited were beautiful. A few things happened that were frustrating - like having to call the night before to confirm pick up and no one answered.

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