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  • Address: 1st St W & Philip Ave
  • Hours: May - September
  • Admission: One-way fares: $169 - $309

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The Rocky Mountaineer Train

To take in some of the most spectacular scenery in the Vancouver area, climb aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train for a one-day rail trip to Whistler, home of North America’s largest ski resort. The “Whistler Sea to Sky Climb” train travels 74 miles (120 kilometers) along the shore overlooking Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains, as you eat breakfast, enjoy entertainment on board, and soak up the views. You’ll pull into Whistler three-and-a-half hours later, just in time to have lunch and briefly explore the village. The return train departs from Whistler mid-afternoon. Alternatively, you can stay overnight in Whistler, so you have more time to experience the mountain town, and catch the return train the next afternoon.

If you have more time, head for the Rocky Mountains. In two days, you can make the scenic journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer to Banff, Lake Louise, or Jasper. You’ll travel from Vancouver through the Fraser Canyon before stopping overnight at a hotel in Kamloops. The next morning, back on the train, you’ll continue into the snow-capped Rockies. Heading for Banff or Lake Louise, you’ll have views of Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, and the Spiral Tunnels, while en route to Jasper, you’ll glimpse the 12,972-foot (3,954-meter) Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

In five days, you can take in all the highlights of the Rockies, starting from Vancouver and traveling round-trip to Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff. You’ll take the overnight Via Rail train from Vancouver to Jasper, where you’ll have time for a quick area tour. The next morning, you’ll travel beneath the mountain peaks on the Icefields Parkway, stopping to walk on the dramatic Athabasca Glacier. That afternoon, you’ll explore Lake Louise before arriving in Banff for the night. You’ll return to Vancouver aboard the deluxe Rocky Mountaineer train.

The ultimate Rocky Mountaineer adventure is a nine-day round-trip excursion from Vancouver to Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff. This longer tour starts with an overnight in Vancouver and gives you more time to explore in each destination. You’ll board the Rocky Mountaineer train in Vancouver on Day 2, spend the night in Kamloops, and continue to Jasper the next day. After an overnight in Jasper, you’ll explore the Columbia Icefields, the Athabasca Glacier, and Lake Louise, where you’ll spend the following night. You’ll take a side trip into Yoho National Park and then travel to Banff, which will be your base for two nights. A highlight of the trip is a scenic helicopter tour over the Canadian Rockies. From Banff, the Rocky Mountaineer will take you back to Vancouver.

Practical Info

The Rocky Mountaineer’s Whistler train runs daily, except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from mid-May through late September. The train departs at 8 am from a North Vancouver depot (located at the corner of Philip Ave. and W. 1st St.), and the ticket price includes bus transportation to and from a number of downtown Vancouver hotels. Pick-up times vary depending on your hotel but are generally between 6:45 and 7:15 am. The train arrives in Whistler at 11:30 am. The Whistler station is located at the Nita Lake Lodge (2131 Lake Placid Dr.) in the Creekside area; transportation to and from Whistler Village is provided. The return train leaves Whistler at 3:30 pm, arriving in North Vancouver at 7.

The Rocky Mountaineer trains travel to the Canadian Rockies from May through September or October. The two-day trip aboard the Rocky Mountaineer to Banff departs from Vancouver’s Rocky Mountaineer Rail Station on Mondays and Fridays; departures for Jasper are on Tuesdays and Fridays. Lake Louise trips depart on Fridays only. Note that these two-day tours are one-way.

The five-day tour to Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff departs from Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station on Sunday evenings; you’ll return to Vancouver on Friday.

The nine-day Rocky Mountain adventure begins in Vancouver on Mondays or Thursdays, with your departure from Rocky Mountaineer Rail Station the following morning.

Tours & Tickets

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2-Day Rocky Mountaineer Train Journey from Vancouver to Banff

Hop aboard the luxury Rocky Mountaineer train for a scenic journey through the majestic Canadian Rockies! This 2-day journey from Vancouver to Banff takes you ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $1,187.19

2-Day Rocky Mountaineer Train Journey from Jasper to Vancouver

Experience the majestic Canadian Rockies in comfort and style aboard a luxury Rocky Mountaineer train. This 2-day journey from Jasper to Vancouver takes you ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $1,187.19

2-Day Rocky Mountaineer Train Journey from Banff to Vancouver

Hop aboard the luxury Rocky Mountaineer train for a scenic journey through the majestic Canadian Rockies! This 2-day journey from Banff to Vancouver takes you ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $1,187.19

5-Day Rail Tour of the Canadian Rockies: Vancouver to Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise and Kamloops Aboard the ‘Rocky Mountaineer’

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Hop aboard the luxury Rocky Mountaineer train for an incredible 5-day, round-trip journey from Vancouver with two days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, giving you ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $2,355.75

2-Day Rocky Mountaineer Train Journey from Vancouver to Jasper

Experience the stunning Canadian Rockies in comfort and style on this 2-day luxury Rocky Mountaineer train journey. Traveling from Vancouver to Jasper, enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $1,187.19

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