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Experience two train routes that carry you off on a sightseeing sojourn from alpine-inspired Whistler to the wildlife-rich stomping grounds of Jasper.

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20212022
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2021 Tour code: RV-CRCR-21

About the tour

 The dramatic and diverse scenery of Western Canada will be exposed when you take part in this ultimate all-rail journey. This epic circuit links the sigh-triggering sights of the Canadian Rockies with two nights to explore Vancouver plus Whistler, Canada's premier resort town.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2 - Vancouver

Enjoy a six-hour sightseeing tour of Vancouver's spectacular North Shore. Travel across the Lions Gate Bridge and into the Coast Mountains. Experience the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Treetops Adventure, discovering the coastal temperate rainforest and British Columbia's First Nations heritage. Next, visit Grouse Mountain (gondola admission included), the Peak of Vancouver, and take in breathtaking views of the city, ocean, and surrounding mountains. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 3 - Vancouver To Whistler

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to the resort town of Whistler, renowned for outstanding skiing and year-round outdoor activities. Following your motorcoach transfer from downtown Vancouver, the Rocky Mountaineer takes you on a breathtaking rail journey through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include spectacular views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains, Brandywine Falls, Mount Garibaldi, and the impressive Cheakamus Canyon. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Whistler.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Whistler to Quesnel

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley, through the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, to rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau. Highlights include the shorelines of Anderson Lake and glacier-fed Seton Lake, sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, and the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer follows the banks of the Fraser River into Quesnel. Overnight in Quesnel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 - Quesnel to Jasper

Your journey continues eastwards today to the majestic Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park. From Quesnel, the Rocky Mountaineer follows the Fraser River north to the town of Prince George, then travels east through the forests of northern British Columbia, home to plentiful wildlife, including a large population of moose. Entering the Rocky Mountain Trench you are surrounded by the steeply rising Rocky Mountains to the north and the Cariboo Mountains to the south. Continue climbing past Mount Robson, at 3,954 meters (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, through Yellowhead Pass into the province of Alberta. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in Jasper.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 - Jasper

Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies' largest national park. Today you will enjoy a scenic full-day tour of some of the park's natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this region home. Highlights include lunch and a lake cruise at historic Maligne Lake. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently. Overnight in Jasper.

Note: In the event the lake cruise is not operating , interpretive experiences will be offered on First Nations history, foods and culture.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 7 - Jasper

Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Jasper National Park on your own. A wealth of optional activities (not included) abound: taking the Jasper Skytram to the high alpine of Whistlers Mountain, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, cruising on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island, or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Overnight in Jasper. 

Day 8 - Jasper to Kamloops

Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops. You will be surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo mountains. Highlights include Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls, Yellowhead Pass, and the journey along the North Thompson River. Overnight in Kamloops.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 - Kamloops to Vancouver

Your journey continues towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. You will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 - Vancouver

Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel. 

Additional information

Pricing Plans

SilverLeaf Service & Hotel
Hotels include Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Vancouver, and Lobstick Lodge, Jasper.  Take in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies through the panoramic windows of your custom-designed single-level dome coach.

GoldLeaf Service & Hotel
Hotels include the Pan Pacific Vancouver and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Travel first-class aboard Rocky Mountaineer's GoldLeaf Service. A custom-designed bi-level dome coach puts travelers right in the middle of the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies as they enjoy gourmet meals prepared by onboard chefs.

GoldLeaf Service & Hotel Upgrade
Hotels include the Deluxe Harbour Room at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver and the Deluxe Room at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Spoil yourself by making your Rocky MountaineerGoldLeaf rail journey through the Canadian Rockies a deluxe one. Enjoy all of the same luxurious onboard amenities in GoldLeaf Service plus deluxe hotel accommodation.

Please note

Please note all accommodations in Quesnel and Kamloops are of moderate standard. Taxes are not included for the Rocky Mountaineer portion of this vacation. Taxes can be up to 5% on the rail portion only.

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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Ralph S, Sun Prairie, WI

5 stars

Submitted 18 Oct 2018

We had just a great trip with gorgeous scenery. The mountains are breathtaking. The service provided was outstanding with superb individuals in all phases of the trip. Food outstanding and as a gluten intolerant person I was given special meals. Thank you for a great trip.

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Dorothy F, Sun City, AZ

4 stars

Submitted 17 Oct 2018

The way to see Canada is by rail and Rocky Mountaineer is the way to go. The hosts on the train made learning about Canada and all its beauty most interesting. We traveled by day, stayed at wonderful hotels at night, saw nature at it's finest and learned a lot. Not to mention the really good food in the gold leaf level. We highly recommend Rocky Mountaineer and the service from Vacations By Rail. We thank you for your help in our most wonderful experience.

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Jerry H, Ogdensburg, WI

5 stars

Submitted 08 Jan 2018

The scenery was beautiful. The itinerary was set up perfectly.

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