The Canadian Rockies are known to many as a must-do vacation thanks to their awe-inspiring vistas that showcase sparkling lakes, snowy mountains and local wildlife at every turn. Rocky Mountaineer, the luxury tourist train operating in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest, is the best way to see all this part of the world has to offer.
From Vancouver and Seattle to the mountain towns of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, Rocky Mountaineer weaves through a mix of cosmopolitan cities, small towns, and vast landscapes. The train travels only by daylight, so you don’t miss a moment of the passing scenery. In the evenings, you stay in a selection of high-quality hotels and can explore a bit of the destination before boarding the train the following day.
Four extraordinary routes, each with its own distinctive highlights, let you create a journey to suit your interests, including unique excursions.
1. JOURNEY THROUGH THE CLOUDS:
Vancouver > Kamloops > Jasper
Travelling between Vancouver, Kamloops and Jasper, this route lives up to its romantic name. Weaving alongside the Fraser River and through craggy mountains, you’ll view the vast white expance of the Albreda Glacier, the rushing waters of Pyramid Falls and towering Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.
2. FIRST PASSAGE TO THE WEST:
Vancouver > Kamloops > Lake Louise and Banff
History comes alive as you travel the rail route that united Canada as a nation more than 130 years ago. You'll travel through lush rainforests and semi-arid desert, alongside the power Kicking Horse River, and into the Rocky Mountain towns of Lake Louise and Banff.
3. RAINFOREST TO GOLD RUSH:
Vancouver > Whistler > Quesnel > Jasper
Recapture the romance of the Gold Rush era as you ascend through the rugged mountain terrain of Whistler, moving towards the old mining trail known as the Cariboo Wagon Road and the historic Quesnel, the Gold Pan City, then onto Jasper, the quaint mountain town nestled in the Canadian Rockies.
4. COASTAL PASSAGE:
Seattle > Vancouver > Canadian Rockies
Travel from coastal rainforests to the peaks of the Canadian Rockies. This unique rail experience connects the cosmopolitan cities of Seattle and Vancouver to the ever-changing landscapes of British Columbia and Alberta, serving up the crème de la crème of Western Canada with a bit of America on top.
5. CIRCLE JOURNEY
Combine routes to experience it all
Experience all the highlights Rocky Mountaineer has to offer with a circle journey. Starting and ending in the same destination, Circle Journeys combine two routes to give you more time on board the train, and more opportunities to experience the vast untouched beauty of the Canadian Rockies.
Popular Rocky Mountaineer excursions include navigating Vancouver’s Howe Sound in a Zodiac boat to find seals, eagles and maybe even orca whales during a sea safari.
You can also take a guided drive through Jasper National Park and the Columbia Icefields, where you can walk on the Athabasca Glacier and marvel at the expansive Rockies at every angle.
You can also combine two must-do vacations into one amazing journey by pairing your Rocky Mountaineer rail journey with an Alaska Cruise. With this vacation package, the scenery will continue to impress with glaciers, wildlife, and ocean views from on board a spectacular ship.