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Travel through the heart of the Canadian Rockies on this trip that leads you through National Parks, stunning lakes, and deep canyons with views from rail, foot, and air.

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10 days From $3,292 per person
Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2023 Tour code: RV-JCLE-23

About the tour

This trip blends breathtaking adventure with plenty of time to relax and take in the Canadian Rockies on your own. Kick-off your journey with a beautiful train ride on Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to the interior of British Columbia. After an overnight in Kamloops, your rail adventure continues as the train climbs through the Rockies and crosses the Continental Divide en route to Jasper. With amazing views of the tallest peaks in the area, you can relax onboard as the scenery unfolds outside your window. 

Your time in the Canadian Rockies and its delightful resort towns includes time at leisure to explore Jasper, Banff, and Lake Louise as well as immersive sightseeing opportunities. Highlights include a scenic drive along the Icefields Parkway; visits to the Columbia Icefield, Athabasca Falls, and Yoho National Park; and touring to Banff's top scenic attractions, including a ride on the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for breathtaking views overlooking Banff townsite. Your Canadian Rockies adventure concludes with an overnight stay in cosmopolitan Calgary.

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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 To Kamloops

Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia's interior. On today's journey, you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and the Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 - Kamloops To Jasper

Your journey continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Today's highlights include Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Your rail journey ends this evening on arrival in the resort town of Jasper. Overnight in Jasper.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 - Jasper

Enjoy the day with free time to relax or book your own activities at your leisure. The resort town of Jasper and the surrounding national park offer various activities from relaxation to adventure. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 5 - Jasper To Banff

Travel from Jasper to Banff via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway*. Lake Louise, Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk, and Athabasca Falls are among the day's highlights. 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 about its geological features. Lunch is provided at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Banff this afternoon. Overnight in Banff.

*Jasper to Banff sightseeing is available from May 10-October 6.

 

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 6 - Banff

Enjoy the day with free time to relax or book your own activities at your leisure. Banff has activities for all, from taking the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, relaxing in the Banff hot springs, exploring the bustling town, to outdoor wildlife adventures. Overnight in Banff.

Day 7 - Banff to Lake Louise

A morning 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 spanning the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise, where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy this awe-inspiring location. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 8 - Lake Louise

Enjoy the day with free time to relax or book your own activities at your leisure. With its unique history and picturesque scenery, Lake Louise will not disappoint. Learn about the local wildlife, paddle the lake by canoe, or simply relax amongst the beauty. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 9 - Lake Louise to Calgary

Today you will enjoy a full-day tour concluding in Calgary. Begin the morning with a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 10 - Calgary

Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Calgary hotel.

Additional information

Pricing Plans

SilverLeaf Service & Hotel
Hotels include the Georgian Court Hotel, Marmot Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Banff Ptarmigan Inn, and Delta Calgary Downtown. 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 Fairmont Vancouver Hotel, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge, and Hyatt Regency Calgary. 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 Signature Harbour View Room at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, the Deluxe Room at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and the Fairmont Banff Springs, the Deluxe Lakeview Room at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and the Junior Suite at the Fairmont Palliser. Spoil yourself by making your Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service rail journey through the Canadian Rockies a deluxe one. Enjoy all of the same luxurious onboard amenities in GoldLeaf Service plus deluxe hotel accommodations.

 

Please note

Taxes are not included on rail portions and are subject to change. Taxes can be up to 5% on the rail portion only. 

Please note all accommodations in Kamloops are of moderate standard. Hotels are subject to change.

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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WADE LAWRENCE

3 stars

Submitted 13 Sep 2022

The trip was wonderful...hard to mess up the beauty of the Canadian Rockies! But the communication leading up to the vacation was awful. It took multiple phone calls to get information that should have been provided without prompting. We had an assigned agent that was MIA. And while there were optional activities at each of the stops, because they weren't reserved in advance by the tour company, they were often already booked up by the time we got there.

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Linda

5 stars

Submitted 10 May 2019

this has been my third inquiry regarding my wonderful trip, I am done

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Leslye E, Portland, OR

5 stars

Submitted 20 Dec 2018

Loved the trip- I feel like we really saw the highlights of the Canadian Rockies and all the places we stayed were wonderful

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Nancy S, Sylvania, OH

5 stars

Submitted 06 Dec 2018

Wonderful experience all around--beautiful scenery, friendly people, great food, comfortable accomodations.

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Kathy C, Austin, TX

5 stars

Submitted 13 Nov 2018

Suzanne --- a quick note to thank you for helping me make the decision to make the trip on the Rocky Mountaineer. Jimmy and I had a wonderful time. The scenery was gorgeous even if Lake Louise was still mostly frozen. The wildlife was spectacular --- a dozen bears! Eagles, ospreys, magpies, bighorn sheep, a single elk. It was stupendous. The other travelers were delightful, and we made friends from Australia, England, Ontario, and Tennessee. We truly had a life experience, and I wanted to thank you again for all of your efforts, time, patience, and expertise. Have a delightful summer. We are in the oven down here! Regards, Kathy

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Ted

5 stars

Submitted 17 Oct 2018

Beautiful scenery, luxury hotel stays, top rate service on and off the train. Highly recommend!

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