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Rainforest to Gold Rush at Leisure

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Enjoy diverse landscapes on this northern adventure aboard two Rocky Mountaineer rail routes and stays in Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff.

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2022 Tour code: RV-RGLW-22

About the tour

Embark on an 11-day vacation through the Canadian Rockies aboard two scenic Rocky Mountaineer train routes. Highlights of your journey include traveling the route from Calgary to Vancouver including stays in Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Quesnel, and the beautiful mountain resort town of Whistler.

This tour is also available in reverse from Vancouver to Calgary. Ask your Rail Specialist for more details.


What’s included


Day 1 - Calgary

Arrive in Calgary and spend the rest of the day sightseeing in "The Heart of the New West" independently. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 2 - Calgary to Banff

Depart Calgary this morning for a full-day tour concluding in Banff. Journey to Banff where you will enjoy a spectacular boat cruise on Lake Minnewanka. Continue on to a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Overnight in Banff.

Day 3 - Banff

Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff National Park on your own. 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 4 - Banff to Lake Louise

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 spanning the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy this magnificent location. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Please note: While arrival at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 1:00 p.m., scheduled check-in time is not until 4:00 p.m. In the event that your room is not ready, your luggage will be stored and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.

Day 5 - 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 6 - Lake Louise to Jasper

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper national parks via 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 Centre. Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Overnight in Jasper.

  • Lunch
Day 7 - Jasper

Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and 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.

  • Lunch
Day 8 - Jasper to Quesnel

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain resort of Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Pass through the Rocky Mountain Trench, with the steep Rocky and Cariboo Mountains on either side and on to the rolling hills and vast forests of British Columbia's Northern Interior. Highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass, and Moose Lake. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer passes through the town of Prince George and follows the Fraser River into Quesnel. Overnight in Quesnel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 - Quesnel to Whistler

Your journey continues south today to the four-season resort of Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games alpine events. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, through the rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau, to the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley. Highlights include sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world, and the shorelines of glacial-fed Seton Lake and Anderson Lake. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in the resort town of Whistler. Overnight in Whistler.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 - Whistler to Vancouver

The morning is free to explore Whistler Village at your leisure. This afternoon return to Vancouver onboard the Rocky Mountaineer through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include the Cheakamus Canyon, the dome peak of Mount Garibaldi, Brandywine Falls, and breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. An afternoon meal is served canapé style. On arrival at the North Vancouver train platform, you will be transferred to your accommodation in downtown Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 11 - Vancouver

Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel.

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Pricing Plans

SilverLeaf Service & Hotel
Hotels include the Delta Calgary Downtown, Banff Caribou Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Sawridge Inn, and Georgian Court Hotel Downtown. Take in the beauty of the Canadian Rockies in classic style as you embark on a spectacular all-daylight rail adventure in SilverLeaf Service. Relax in your cozy, reclining seat beside a large picture window and enjoy service provided by your Rocky Mountaineer Host.

GoldLeaf Service & Hotel
Hotels include the Fairmont Palliser, Rimrock Resort, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, and Jasper Waterfront Hotel. 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 Junior Suite at the Fairmont Palliser, the Deluxe Room at the Fairmont Banff Springs and the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, the Deluxe Lakeview Room at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and the Deluxe Partial Harbour View Room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. 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.

Please note

Prices are in USD based on a given exchange rate from 3/17/20. Taxes are not included on the Rocky Mountaineer portion of this vacation 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.

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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Russell, P, Clayton, IN

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Submitted 19 Feb 2018

Very enjoyable trip. Excellent personal attention in hotels, on bus tours and on the train. Exceeded our expectations in every way!

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