Rocky Mountaineer - Canada rail

Ultimate Canadian Rockies Rail Journey

8

days

starting from US $4,475per person

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Itinerary

Please note, like most of our Canada rail packages & tours, this railway vacation can be customized to your needs just ask one of our local experts when you call.

Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver – Your Journey Begins
Arrive in the coastal city of Vancouver and take a breath of fresh mountain and ocean air as you are taken from the airport to the train station. Board VIA Rail’s “Canadian Train” in the evening, and settle into your cozy private cabin for your overnight journey.

Day 2 – VIA Rail Canadian Rockies Train to Jasper
You will be lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of the train. When you wake up, be mesmerized by the snowcapped mountain peaks right outside your window. As the train weaves through the rocky peaks watch for bears, deer, elk or moose - you never know when you might spot one.

Arrive in the welcoming town of Jasper, filled with adorable cafes and gift shops run by smiling locals who will be happy to tell you about life in the mountains.

Day 3 – In the Canadian Rockies – Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise
The Icefields Parkway is known as one of the most scenic alpine roads in the world. It takes you along the rugged spine of the majestic Rocky Mountains, past huge glaciers and snowcapped ridges.

You have
2 options from which to choose today to enjoy this area to its fullest.

• Option 1: Small Group Sightseeing Tour
Stop at the Athabasca Glacier and walk on this incredible sheet of ice while listening to your tour guide explain how it was formed millions of years ago. Stand in awe as you marvel at the scenery on the Glacier Skywalk.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience
Spend the day with a private driver-guide, to explore the Icefields at your own pace. Then, step away from the crowds and take a helicopter tour abundant in natural beauty, glaciers and waterfalls. Leave from an exclusive Icefields base and soar over Cline Pass and over Cline, Lion and Lioness Glaciers. You’ll also view a spectacular 900ft waterfall flowing from two aqua green lakes!
Activity rating: Easy

Upon arrival in the Lake Louise area, you can either choose to stay at the iconic Chateau Lake Louise, or at the intimate Moraine Lake Lodge.

Feature Dinner
After a day of touring, enjoy a prearranged dinner at Lake Louise or Moraine Lake! Relax and unwind with 5 star cuisine and attentive service. Take a moment to soak in the incredible lake views.

Day 4 – Exploring the Canadian Rockies – Lake Louise to Banff
Take your time to enjoy the beauty of Lake Louise while you eat breakfast, then take an interpretive tour through the stunning Rocky Mountains to Banff. This lively and welcoming mountain town is known for its quirky shops, charming art galleries, award-winning restaurants and beautiful natural surroundings. Go shopping on Banff Avenue or enjoy an outdoor adventure such as canoeing or hiking.

Insider tip: Ask us about our Lake Louise activity menu to make the most of your morning in this iconic place!

Day 5 – Explore Banff
There’s nothing more invigorating than breathing in the fresh mountain air on a bright and clear Rocky Mountain morning.

You have
3 options to choose from today to make the most of your time in this mountain town:

• Option 1: Banff Sightseeing Tour
Today your guide will take you on a small group tour so that you can discover some of the most beautiful spots in the region around Banff. Admire bright blue alpine lakes, see majestic elk, deer, moose and bears.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Sunrise Photography Tour
Wake up early to experience the magical wilderness of Banff National Park at sunrise. Explore with a private guide and learn how to take great photos. Ideal for the amateur photographer wanting to increase their skills with a manual camera. This is a sure way to make friends and family at home jealous!
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3:
Banff Heli-Hike and Picnic
Soar above majestic peaks and get away from the crowds of Banff on a guided heli-hike and picnic. Marvel at pristine and breathtaking vistas that will leave you speechless.
Activity rating: Moderate

Insider tip:
We’ve included admission to the Banff Gondola today. We recommend an evening gondola ride, once the crowds have dispersed for the day. Climb to the peak of Sulphur Mountain on a scenic gondola ride and gaze at a panoramic vista of the incredible mountain valley and the town of Banff below.

Day 6 – On the Rocky Mountaineer Train – Banff to Kamloops
Leave Banff in the early morning while you enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast on the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train. Sit back in your comfortable seat and admire the passing scenery. To get a better look, visit the outdoor viewing platform. Savour the scent of pine and spruce forests and feel the crisp alpine breezes in your hair. Spend the night in the welcoming city of Kamloops.

Day 7 – Rocky Mountaineer Train – Kamloops to Vancouver
As the train makes its way across the interior of British Columbia you will see the landscape start to shift and change. See the powerful cascade of Hell’s Gate, a huge waterfall in Fraser Canyon. Arrive in Vancouver in the late afternoon and spend the rest of the day sightseeing and exploring this funky and creative city. Stay overnight in Vancouver.

Day 8 – Your Canadian Train Vacation Ends – Depart from Vancouver
Say goodbye to the fresh air, mountain views and colorful vibe of Vancouver as you catch your flight home today. You will have plenty of stories to tell when you return about your experiences in the beautiful Canadian Rockies.

What Clients Say

 Each and every part of our holiday was special

Each and every part of our holiday was special

Star Rating 5

We arrived home on Sunday Morning after an amazing month in Canada. We met some lovely people and had lots of treasured experiences. Our time on the Fresh Tracks tour was great and we thank you for this. Our train transfer was on time and friendly. Jasper was quite different from what I expected... read more

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What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Sleep in a private cabin on the train - Sleep in a private cabin on the train
Sleep in a private cabin on the train
Gourmet meals aboard the trains - Gourmet meals aboard the trains
Gourmet meals aboard the trains
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer - Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain - Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
Accommodations and rail service:
• 6 nights of hotel accommodation
• 1 night onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian Train, in a private cabin from Vancouver to Jasper
• 2 spectacular days on the Rocky Mountaineer train, between Banff and Vancouver


Sightseeing & activities:
• Your choice of hand-picked activities in Banff, and along the Icefields Parkway*
• Interpretive transfer between Lake Louise and Banff
• Banff Gondola Ride

* Price of your trip may vary depending on activity choices.
* Some activities may not be available on all trip start dates, due to seasonal weather conditions. Your Vacation Advisor can provide further details.

Dining experiences:
• 3 delicious breakfasts and lunches onboard the trains
• 3 course dinner at beautiful Lake Louise OR Moraine Lake Lodge

Transfers:
• A personalized pick up from your arrival airport
• All train station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, and Jasper and Banff
• A personalized departure transfer, in time for your flight home

Additional inclusions:
• Gratuities for most ‘private’ transfers and tours (unless otherwise indicated)
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

 

Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian Sales Taxes

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Renting a car and exploring the area
Renting a car and exploring the area
Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Whalewatching in the Salish Sea
Whalewatching in the Salish Sea
• Add a cruise along Alaska’s Inside Passage .
• Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies for such activities as guided hiking, a round of golf, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax.
• Ask us to arrange a car rental, and drive through the Rockies at your leisure.
• Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia - Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens.
• Add on a self-drive trip to the Sunshine Coast and spend a few days exploring the beaches, kayaking or taking in the spectacular ocean views from your private tent-house suite.
• Visit the Olympic city of Whistler, and take in the sights and activities by spending a night or two there.

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Georgian Court Hotel - Relax in the whirlpool spa or the steam room.Georgian Court Hotel - Enjoy dining on the patio on a nice summer day.Georgian Court Hotel - Sleep in a comfortable bed after a day of fun activities.

Georgian Court Hotel

An example of our Comfort accommodations

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, this elegant 12-story brick building offers 180 stylishly decorated guestrooms. The seasonal patio offers the option for al fresco meals and the complimentary wi-fi keeps you connected.

Rimrock Resort - Rimrock Resort overlooking the Bow ValleyRimrock Resort - Resort interior with an upscale feelRimrock Resort - Spectacular setting in every season

Rimrock Resort

An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

The stunning 4.5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, offering gorgeous panoramic views over the Bow Valley from the large windows in the main lobby. The hotel is a fantastic example of Rocky Mountain luxury, with an upscale atmosphere and warm, welcoming service.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Spectacular setting near Lake LouiseFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Skating on Lake Louise in winterFairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Lake view from the hotel lounge

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

An example of our Comfort, Superior, and Deluxe accommodations

This top notch 5 star hotel has an amazing location – overlooking the mirror-like waters of Lake Louise. Its timeless elegance will make you feel pampered and there are plenty of activities to enjoy, from horseback riding to canoeing to skating, skiing and hiking.

Fairmont Banff Springs - Hotel surrounded by lush forest overlooking the Bow ValleyFairmont Banff Springs - Stylish interior designed as Scottish Baronial CastleFairmont Banff Springs - Enjoy relaxing spa treatments and other activities

Fairmont Banff Springs

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

Perched above the town of Banff and surrounded by lush forests and the rushing Bow River, the Banff Springs is a stately, beautiful hotel designed in the style of a Scottish Baronial Castle. From the expansive dining hall to the outdoor swimming pool to the fully equipped gym and the terrace with mountain views, staying at this hotel will make you feel like royalty. At the Banff Springs you can also enjoy many activities, including skiing, golf, spa treatments and much more.

 

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Prices & Dates

2017 Vancouver Start Dates
April 25, 28
May 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
June 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
July 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
August 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
September 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
October 3, 6, 10

2018 Vancouver Start Dates
April 24, 27
May 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
June 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
July 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 29
August 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
September 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
October 2, 5, 9

Below you’ll find the prices for this trip, and some helpful hints. Make sure to give us a call to chat about your options.
• Prices are per person, and double means two people sharing a room. Please give us a call for triple or child rates.
• Comfort, Superior, Deluxe, and Deluxe Plus refer to the hotel accommodation types.
• SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf refer to the type of train service on the Rocky Mountaineer leg of your journey, from Banff to Vancouver

Comfort Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $4,475to US $5,890per person

Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

Superior Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $4,999to US $6,406per person

Our Superior Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.

Fresh Tracks Favorite
Deluxe Level Hotels
GoldLeaf Train Service
from US $6,390to US $7,984per person

On our Deluxe Level vacation, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.

What we love about this trip

Enjoy the luxurious facilities of the VIA Rail train, from gourmet meals to your comfortable private cabin

Take the famous two-day rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer

See the glaciers and mountains of the Icefields Parkway

Stay at elegant and stylish Chateau Lake Louise

Discover superb photo opportunities while viewing the best of Banff and Jasper National Parks

Take the stress out of planning your trip to Canada with:

  • Every detail and arrangement taken care of for a seamless trip.
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Take an 8-day voyage through the most impressive scenery of Western Canada on this unforgettable train journey. Sleep in comfort in your private train cabin as you head into the Canadian Rockies. Watch the enormous mountains come into view in the early morning light and see if you can spot wildlife such as bald eagles, bears and elk. Spend four days enjoying the best scenery that the Rockies have to offer, from Lake Louise to Banff to Jasper. Board the elegant Rocky Mountaineer train and travel through the mountains in style as you return to Vancouver.

Trip Outline

Arrive Vancouver 1 night VIA Rail 1 night Jasper 1 night Lake Louise 2 nights Banff 1 night Kamloops 1 night Vancouver Depart Vancouver

Ultimate Canadian Rockies Rail Journey – Map VIA Rail's overnight Canadian Train travels to Jasper from Vancouver through mountain ranges and valleys At the Athabasca Glacier in the Columbia Icefields, an Ice Explorer bus stands parked in the snow The Fairmont Banff Springs sits at the base of the Rocky Mountains What the media say about journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer View of Moraine Lake in the summertime The Rocky Mountaineer train travels around a mountain past a river enroute to Vancouver View of downtown Vancouver and Coal Harbor
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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

Each and every part of our holiday was special

Star Rating 5
June 1, 2015

We arrived home on Sunday Morning after an amazing month in Canada. We met some lovely people and had lots of treasured experiences. Our time on the Fresh Tracks tour was great and we thank you for this. Our train transfer was... read more on time and friendly. Jasper was quite different from what I expected being such a small town, and so much drier than Vancouver and Whistler. The hotel was lovely and we slept well there. At the Skywalk I saw a mountain goat and as this was the only mountain goat we saw I was quite pleased. Our bus driver took all those not staying near Lake Louise to the lake then dropped the others off and came back to pick us up. We really appreciated this as otherwise we would not have got to see the Lake. The transfer to Banff was wonderful, along the journey we were so lucky to see so much of the wildlife, we saw a couple of black bears and mountain sheep near the road. We enjoyed all our tours in Banff especially the helicopter over the three sisters. We really appreciated our room at the hotel, I could wake up to that amazing view every morning and I would be happy. An absolute highlight was The Rocky Mountaineer journey back to Vancouver. Such perfect and superb service.  I have nothing but praise for SilverLeaf Service and the hosts in our carriage. The first part of our holiday we spent part in Vancouver and in Whistler and the end of our journey on Vancouver Island.  Each and every part of our holiday was special. Thank you so much.

Thanks for helping us visit Canada again!

Star Rating 5
January 3, 2015

Many thanks for thinking of us with champagne and chocolates at the hotel in Quebec - very thoughtful! Since we don't drink, we each got chocolates which we enjoyed immensely! Both hotels were well located and met our needs; the... read more train trip was outstanding and transports timely. Trip details worked well and folks were lovely, we especially loved the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal! Thanks for helping us visit Canada again!

Everything went off like clockwork

Star Rating 5
October 18, 2014

It was an incredible trip! Beautiful scenery! Great food and nice people! Everything went off like clockwork, no delays or problems. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would consider another trip with Fresh Tracks Canada. The Rocky... read more Mountaineer is a fantastic way to travel. People were great, lots to listen to, great food and no lack of entertainment. Can't say enough about everyone on that train.

We couldn't be happier

Star Rating 5
September 30, 2013

The whole experience was flawless and luxurious. Plus, we saw eagles, ospreys, and elk from the train. On our rental car drive from Baker Creek Chalets (our favorite place, by far), we saw four gray wolves, a grizzly bear, and a... read more deer. What a thrill; we've never seen wolves or grizzlies in the wild before. The Maligne Lake cruise and the drive down the Icefields Parkway were dazzling. We couldn't be happier.

I felt confident that Fresh Tracks and I had touched on all of the details necessary for success

Star Rating 5
September 13, 2013

Many thanks to you and your team with our vacation. With much anticipation we embarked on our 25th anniversary trip through the Rockies. I felt confident that Fresh Tracks and I had touched on all of the details necessary for success.... read more Sarah had not ridden trains before and there were so many places where difficulties might arise - we hoped all would go well. From the moment we set foot on VIA Rail to baggage handling, hotel accommodations, bus tours, and activities, every detail was in place, every service provider pleasant, and every scene at every turn - spectacular.

I very much appreciated the help and support you provided

Star Rating 5
June 18, 2013

Although disappointed in not visiting Lake Moraine, Lake Louise and the Icefields – I believe Jasper's beauty compensated. I very, very much appreciated the help and support you provided Marlene and I as we adapted to our... read more new reality due to the floods. Others we met who booked their travel through other companies were extremely upset due their lack of organization and support. So again thanks for all.

Everyone looked after me so well

Star Rating 5
July 28, 2011

I had a wonderful trip, in fact it was the trip of a lifetime. Everyone looked after me so well and your planning and organization was faultless.

I would not hesitate to use your company again

Star Rating 5
June 17, 2010

I wanted to let you know what a wonderful time my dad and I had on our Fresh Tracks Canada trip. It was amazing and you guys had everything lined up. It went so smoothly, I couldn't believe it. You guys are great! I have recommended... read more your company to several people here in town and given them some information. I would not hesitate to use your company again. The scenery was beautiful and we enjoyed every aspect of the trip! Just wanted to say thanks and keep up the good work.

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