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  • Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • Duration:  5 days (approx.)
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 an in-depth look at Canada’s renowned beauty. Starting in British Columbia, relax on the scenic journey to Alberta, stopping in Jasper and Banff. Enjoy a glacier adventure with your guide at the Columbia Icefield and then visit pristine Lake Louise. Head to Kamloops and travel across the Continental Divide and pass Craigellachie, where the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed in 1885, before returning to Vancouver.

Highlights

  • 5-day Canadian Rockies journey from Vancouver with two days aboard the luxury Rocky Mountaineer train
  • Admire the beautiful Canadian scenery of British Columbia and Alberta
  • Visit pristine Lake Louise and enjoy a unique glacier adventure at the Columbia Icefield with your guide
  • Travel across the Continental Divide and pass Craigellachie, where the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed in 1885
  • Head along the Thompson River and through the Pacific Coast Mountains
  • Spend time in the towns of Jasper, Banff and Kamloops
  • Choose from several accommodation options to suit your budget

What You Can Expect

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

Rocky Mountains from Vancouver

Meet at Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station and board the VIA train. Enjoy a cozy night’s sleep aboard the luxury train and travel between the Monashee and Cariboo mountain ranges before arriving in Jasper, a resort town.

The next day, travel along the Icefields Parkway, one of the most spectacular highways in North America, to the Columbia Icefield. Here, enjoy a unique adventure on the Athabasca Glacier, where your guide will point out interesting geological features and give you the chance to step out onto the ice!

Continue to Banff in Alberta for an overnight stay and then board the Rocky Mountaineer train for a 2-day journey through the Canadian Rockies. Journey across the Continental Divide and pass Craigellachie, where the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed in 1885, before arriving in Kamloops.

The next day, take the train along the Thompson River and through the Pacific Coast Mountains before returning to Vancouver.

Choose from several accommodation options to suit your budget, from best-value to deluxe hotels.

For details on each day, see the Itinerary section below.

Itinerary

Please note: All Rocky Mountaineer travel is enjoyed in the Red Leaf service class. Best-value, moderate, and deluxe accommodations ONLY apply to overnight accommodations.

Day 1: Vancouver – Jasper

Board the VIA Rail train in the evening at Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station and begin your journey to Jasper. Aboard the luxury train, you’ll pass Suicide Rapids in the North Thompson Canyon and the Cisco Tunnels above the Fraser River.

You may purchase dinner on board and then settle in to your cozy cabin for the night.

Overnight: Standard or deluxe cabin aboard the VIA Rail

Day 2: Jasper (B, L)

Have breakfast and lunch on the train while traveling between the Monashee and Cariboo mountain ranges before arriving in the resort town of Jasper. You'll be picked up by a coach or taxi for a transfer to your hotel.

Overnight: Hotel in Jasper

Day 3: Jasper -- Banff
Today’s journey will take you south along the famous Icefields Parkway, one of the most spectacular highways in North America. Travel through Banff National Park in Alberta and stop at the Columbia Icefield for a glacier adventure.

Continue onto the slopes of the Athabasca Glacier aboard a specially designed vehicle. Your guide will explain how glaciers are formed and will point out interesting geological features of this 1,200-foot thick (365-meter) formation – that’s almost the height of the Empire State Building!

At the icefall below the glacial headwall, you have the option of stepping out onto the ice, formed by snow that fell more than 400 years ago.

After this unique ice adventure, you’ll have time to relax at the Columbia Icefield Centre and enjoy lunch (own expense). In the afternoon, continue to Lake Louise, known by some as the ‘Jewel of the Rockies.’ Stop to take some great photos and then drive to your hotel in Banff, a resort town.

Overnight: Hotel in Banff

Day 4: Banff -- Kamloops (B, L)

After breakfast, you’ll be driven to the Banff train station to board the Rocky Mountaineer train for a 2-day journey through the Rockies. Breakfast and lunch are served at your seat, and complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are also provided.

Travel across the Continental Divide and through Yoho National Park and the famous Spiral Tunnels. Pass Craigellachie, where the ‘last spike’ was driven, completing the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. Upon arrival in Kamloops, you will be delivered to your hotel.

Overnight: Hotel in Kamloops

Day 5: Kamloops -- Vancouver (B, L)

After early morning breakfast on your fifth day, you’ll be dropped off at the Kamloops train station to re-board the Rocky Mountaineer train for the journey to Vancouver. Breakfast and lunch are once again served at your seat.

Follow the Thompson River through the stark landscape of British Columbia. Pass the raging turbulence of Hell’s Gate, where millions of gallons of water rush through the narrowest point of the Fraser Canyon.

Before reaching Vancouver, travel through the final range of mountains, the Pacific Coast Mountains, and into the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley. Upon arrival at the Vancouver train station, transfer via taxi to your selected hotel, where your amazing 5-day tour will end.

Overnight: Hotel in Vancouver

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Dear friends! Thank you so much for so excellent tour. It was unforgettable! The Nature of British Columbia really impress. The Rocky Mountain Train is the great train and the trip on this train is the great! The service is on the highest level! Thank’s a lot to all our guides and drivers! The towns and the hotels are very pleasant. All the time we remember our trip with great pleasure and some sadness that it had been finished. Thank’s once and once more. Sorry but one negative feature. You proclaim that you worry about all of you passengers and therefore it’s not possible to smoke. But sorry you’re cunning because you don’t worry about all of you passengers, you don’t worry about some passengers at all. If you worry about all of you passengers you create smoking areas. I had lost some months of my life during this trip due to dysfunction of nervous system due to impossibility to smoke. It was the great kick on my health. By the way do you know that smoking has some essential benefit to our health, such as the prophylaxis of demention, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s diseases and so on. Smoking increase the efficiency of thrombolysis in stroke and infarction patients and so on. By the way you can smoke everywhere in Japan. The Japanese is the most smoking nation and in spite of this the Japanese has the most long length of life. I’m telling about this as a Professor of Medicine (I’m Professor of Neurology). Therefore if you proclaim the care about all of you passengers, realize please this proclamation honestly. Sorry for this verbose opus but it’s cry of my soul. We wish very much to participate in your tours once and once again but this discrimination will stop us for sure. Thank’s a lot! Kind regards, Irina and Vitaly.

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2013

First, no one at Viatour told us there were 3 levels of railcar, so we were relegated to the lowest level. Then, we paid for the deluxe accommodations, 4-5 star hotels. We had them, except in Kamloops, where we had to stay in a tiny no-star hotel with a room so small that even with a double bed it could only fit one night table. And, the bathroom was TINY!! Barely enough room in the shower for an adult. I feel we were gypped on that hotel. Surely the other 2 hotels in Kamloops had to be better. The train was great, the scenery gorgeous, but it did get boring sometimes traveling on the train with nothing but trees on both sides.

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