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Experience the ultimate rail journey through the Canadian Rockies.

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20212022
12 days From $6,122 per person

2021 Tour code: RV-GCIR-21

About the tour

Surround yourself with the soaring peaks of the Canadian Rockies on this 12-day journey. The contrast between the bustling excitement of the city and the quiet scenery of the countryside is apparent immediately as you board the Rocky Mountaineer in Vancouver. We spend time in the resort city of Whistler and enjoy the tranquility of Quesnel before arriving in Jasper National Park.

From the snow-capped mountains to the abundant wildlife, this UNESCO World Heritage Site takes exploration to a whole new level. Embark on guided tours and independent sightseeing within the park before moving onto Lake Louise via Icefields Parkway - a renowned destination for glacier gazing. Once in Lake Louise, take some time to see the area on your own terms.

With Yoho National Park, Banff and Kamloops rounding out the scenic offerings on the tour, there is plenty to see and do for everyone. Our luxury motorcoach takes us back to the booming metropolis of Vancouver, and we enjoy one last night of independent adventure and comfortable hotel accommodations before the tour comes to a close.

Highlights

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 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 3 - Whistler to Quesnel

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Enjoy the 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 4 - 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. Overnight in Jasper.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 - Jasper

Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies' largest national park. Today you will enjoy a scenic half-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. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently. Overnight in Jasper.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 6 - Jasper to Lake Louise

Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Lunch is included at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Center. Afterward, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 7 - Free Day in Lake Louise

Enjoy a free day in Lake Louise. Local activities include canoeing, hiking in the mountains or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 8 - Lake Louise to Banff

This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. After lunch, a half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to Banff. Overnight in Banff.

Please note: While departure from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 2:00 p.m., scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout, and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs.

Day 9 - Free Day in Banff

The day is free for you to spend at your leisure in Banff. Optional activities include soaking in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visiting Banff's historic museums, cruising on Lake Minnewanka or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight in Banff.

Day 10 - Banff to Kamloops

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of the British Columbia Interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the Interior. Today's highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Overnight in Kamloops.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 - Kamloops to Vancouver

Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today's journey, 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 this evening. Overnight in Vancouver.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12 - Vancouver Departure

Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel.

Additional information

Pricing Plans

SilverLeaf Service & Hotel
SilverLeaf Service Hotels include the Hampton Inn, Sawridge Inn, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and Banff Caribou Lodge. Enjoy the thrill of the Canadian Rockies in classic style as you embark on a stunning all-daylight rail adventure in SilverLeaf Service. Settle back in your roomy, reclining seat and enjoy commentary and service provided by your Rocky Mountaineer Host.

GoldLeaf Service & Hotel
Hotels include the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and Fairmont Banff Springs. Travel first-class aboard Rocky Mountaineer's GoldLeaf Service from Seattle to Vancouver and from Vancouver into the heart of the Canadian Rockies. 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 Rooms at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and the Deluxe Lakeview Room at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Spoil yourself by making your Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf rail journey through America's Pacific Northwest and the Canadian Rockies a deluxe one. Enjoy all of the same luxurious onboard amenities in GoldLeaf Service plus deluxe hotel accommodations.

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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Marcia F, Scottsdale, AZ

4 stars

Submitted 15 Oct 2018

The very best part of the trip was on Rocky Mountaineer. I would highly recommend this railway.

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Rena H, Des Moines, IA

5 stars

Submitted 09 Oct 2018

My friend and I had a most wonderful experience on this round trip across the Canadian Rockies. All our arrangements were perfect and trouble less. We were glad that we were updated to the 'gold leaf' status as we were treated like queens. The new rail passenger cars with the domes and an outdoor observation deck and each with its kitchen and dining room (on the Rocky Mountaineer) were superb.

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Anita V, Adel, IA

5 stars

Submitted 08 Aug 2018

The service was excellent, meals were good, and we enjoyed the history & commentary given about our surroundings by the Rocky Mountaineer staff

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Anita

5 stars

Submitted 03 Nov 2017

This was a great trip and an excellent value. We have strongly recommended it to our friends.

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