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Climb aboard the steel rails on this 5-hour combination railroad and van trip traversing the beautiful wilderness of Alberta and British Columbia. Start your trip by train, weaving your way through Yellowhead Pass and along the Fraser River, passing Mount Robson, the Canadian Rockies' tallest peak, before arriving in Dunster, British Columbia. Then climb into comfortable van for the return drive, making stops along the way at the Mt. Robson Information Centre and to spot creatures like deer, bears, coyotes, eagles, moose, elk, salmon and more. Your combination wilderness train trip and van ride includes round-trip transport from your hotel and a guide.


  • Railway trip from Jasper over the Alberta/British Columbia border
  • Ride over Yellowhead Pass on this scenic train journey
  • Travel past Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies
  • Watch for wildlife like bears, moose, eagles, salmon, deer, elk and coyotes
  • Visit the Dunster General Store
  • Pickup and drop-off from Jasper hotels is available; return journey is by van

What You Can Expect

Ride the Steel Rails

Ride the Steel Rails

Get a taste for the stunning scenery of Alberta and British Columbia on this 6-hour journey from Jasper, combining a train trip and scenic van ride back. Along the way you'll experience incredible mountain scenery and a chance to possibly spot wildlife like bears, elk and more. It's a great way to enjoy a quick train trip without needing the time to travel across all of Canada.

Start your journey with a pickup from your Jasper hotel at 12:30pm, continuing to the train station for your ride to British Columbia. Then it's "all aboard" for your scenic 2.5-hour train journey, first traveling through Yellowhead Pass, then skirting the edge of the Fraser River and enjoying incredible views of the Canadian Rockies' highest mountain, Mount Robson, along the way.

Soon you'll arrive in Dunster, British Columbia, where you can take a peek inside the Dunster General Store, the city's answer to Walmart. This intriguing shop seems to carry everything you could possibly need, from chicken feed to mail service. Then hop in your van for the 85 mile (138km) ride back to Jasper (approximately 2 hours). As you drive, your guide will periodically stop so you can check out various points of interest, spot local wildlife and stretch your legs. Finish your trip with a drop-off at your Jasper hotel

Customer Reviews

Tanya M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Loved the tour. Bit confusing in the beginning as the tour leader didn't really explain the process of how to get on the train, tickets, etc. Because we were so late getting to the train station, we didn't have very good seats on the train. But overall the tour was beautiful and well worth it.

Sheli M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Lovely trip by train with spectacular scenery. Well worth doing. The trip back in the mini bus was -fantastic as we had a guide call Jean-Marie who was very knowledge, showed us bears and a lot of both area knowledge and nature info.

Elizabeth C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Loved the view from the dome ,very enjoyable trip1

Patricia W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Ride the Steel Rails was a fun trip. Lots of beautiful scenery on the train trip. The van ride back to Jaspar was full of side trips and good conversation. Would highly recommend this activity for anyone visiting the Jaspar area.

Wendy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great trip, from pick up to drop off every thing was as advertised.

Neil H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Scenery from train and van excellent providing two different views for the same scenery.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

absolutely stunning views


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The train ride was wonderful. When we were on our way back our driver, Dieter, took us on a great tour, stopping and pointing out numerous points. Also took us down to Rearguard Falls which was fantastic. All in all I really think it's well worth going.

Yoichi C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2011

It was really wonderful. We waited at our hotel and the company car arrived on time. The ride on the train and beautiful scenery were great.
We enjoyed the later car ride with good talking of car driver. We recommend this tour.

Graham S United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2008

This trip is not just for the train enthusiasts but anyone who likes to travel through fantastic scenery in comfort. To see the Rockies from a seat in the "Dome car" has to be one of life's more memorable experiences. Money well spent.

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