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The landscape between Vancouver and Calgary is vast and diverse. You'll rise up into the Canadian Rockies by train, then explore its national parks and gorgeous scenery at your own pace.

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2023 Tour code: PP-NADE-23

About the tour

Discover the Canadian Rockies by rail and car on this scenic vacation alongside the lakes, through the mountains, and across the ranchlands of Western Canada. Relax during long stretches of the trip through British Columbia and Alberta aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, soaking up the scenery along two all-daylight treks. Discover charming towns and national parks at your own pace by car. Kick off this vacation in Vancouver, then visit Jasper National Park, the Columbia Icefields, Lake Louise, and Banff National Park.

This itinerary is also available from Calgary to Vancouver, based on your travel preference.

Cruises are available from Vancouver to add to this vacation.


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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 Vancouver to the resort town of Whistler through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky region. Highlights include Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains, Mount Garibaldi, and the Cheakamus Canyon. On arrival in Whistler, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight Whistler.

  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Whistler To Quesnel

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer to Quesnel. Highlights include the shorelines of Anderson Lake and glacial-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. Overnight Quesnel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 - Quesnel To Jasper

Your journey continues to the majestic Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park. Highlights include the Fraser River, the Rocky Mountain Trench, Mount Robson, at 3,954 meters (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and Yellowhead Pass. Overnight Jasper. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 - Jasper at Leisure

After picking up your rental car, enjoy a day touring Jasper National Park on your own. This 10,878 square kilometer treasure is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. You can choose from a leisurely drive or relaxing hike, or a more adventurous canoe ride or rafting excursion. The park is also home to a wide range of wildlife. Overnight Jasper.

Day 6 - Jasper To Lake Louise

Drive south to Lake Louise via the spectacular Icefields Parkway. Allow time to stop at popular natural attractions along the way, including Athabasca Falls, Bow Summit, Peyto Lake and Crowfoot Glacier. With sightseeing stops, allowing at least eight hours for today's drive is recommended. Overnight Lake Louise.

Day 7 - Lake Louise To Banff

Today you have two options to travel from Lake Louise to Banff. You can make a direct one-hour journey and watch for deer and elk crossing the wildlife bridges over the highway. Or if you want to slow down, you can choose the more leisurely drive along the Bow Valley Parkway for views of Castle Mountain and Johnston Canyon (requires a short walk). Overnight Banff.

Day 8 - Banff To Calgary

Travel through Kananaskis Country and the ranching regions of Alberta before arriving in Calgary. Enjoy admission to the Calgary Tower, which rises above the heart of downtown 525 feet in the air and offers a 360-degree view of this bustling city. Overnight Calgary.

Day 9 - Calgary

Drop off your rental car in downtown Calgary or at Calgary International Airport, where your vacation ends.

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Pricing Plans

Take in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies through the panoramic windows of the custom-designed single-level dome coach in the SilverLeaf Service. Hotels include the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre, Lake Louise Inn, Banff Caribou Lodge, Delta Calgary Downtown.

Discover why travelers rave about Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service. A custom-designed bi-level dome coach puts you right in the middle of the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies as you enjoy gourmet meals prepared by talented onboard chefs. Hotels include the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Four Seasons Whistler, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Fairmont Palliser.

Deluxe Plus
Spoil yourself by making your Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf rail journey through the Canadian Rockies a deluxe one. Enjoy all of the same luxurious onboard amenities in GoldLeaf Service plus deluxe hotel accommodations. Hotels include the Pan Pacific Vancouver, Four Seasons Whistler, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, and Fairmont Palliser. 

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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