With four separate rail routes running through British Columbia and Alberta, the Rocky Mountaineer offers easy access to some of western Canada’s wildest and most spectacular scenery. From the window of this luxury train, passengers are treated to views of turquoise lakes, snowy mountain peaks, and rushing rivers.
The Rocky Mountaineer runs along four different routes. The Coastal Passage route runs from Seattle in the US to Vancouver in British Columbia, and on to the Canadian Rockies. The Rainforest to Gold Rush route runs from Vancouver through Whistler, Quesnel, and on to Jasper. The Journey Through the Clouds route departs from Vancouver and travels through the Coast Mountains and Fraser Canyon, passing through Kamloops en route to Jasper. The final route, First Passage to the West, connects Vancouver to Banff and Lake Louise, passing through Kamloops on the way.
More than 60 different package options are available along these four routes, ranging from short 2-day trips to several-weeks-long train and cruise combination packages.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Rocky Mountaineer trains carry passengers into the heart of the Rocky Mountains to areas of natural beauty.
- The Rocky Mountaineer travels only by day, with guests spending their nights in hotels.
- Opt for SilverLeaf service or upgrade to GoldLeaf Service, which provides access to bilevel dome coaches and an exclusive dining room.
- Most 2-day tours are one-way only and do not include return transportation.
- Rocky Mountaineer trains are wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Rocky Mountaineer trains depart from Rocky Mountaineer Station on Cottrell Street, about a 15-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. Alternatively, take Bus 22 from downtown Vancouver to Clark Drive and East First Avenue; the station is a 10-minute walk from there.
When to Get There
Rocky Mountaineer trains operate between April and October. During April and May, a dusting of snow can often be seen on the upper levels of the mountain peaks. July and August are best for hikers as most trails are accessible, while the salmon run in September attracts bears and bald eagles, making it prime wildlife-viewing season.
Highlights of the Rocky Mountaineer Routes
The four routes of the Rocky Mountaineer are studded with scenic landscapes. Among the most photogenic sights is the Howe Sound, a fjord stretching from West Vancouver to Squamish; the milky emerald waters of Green Lake; 12,972-foot (3,954-meter) Mount Robson, the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies; and the Cisco Bridges, a pair of truss arch bridges that span the Fraser River.