Rockies by Rail Mountain Adventure
starting from US $5,690per person
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Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
Vancouver is considered to be one of the most desirable places to live in the world - it is rich with culture, art, cuisine and diversity while being surrounded by wild mountains, oceans and forests. Walk out of the airport and right into your own personal private vehicle. Your driver will help orient you to our hometown.
Feature Dinner in Vancouver
Did you know Vancouver is one of the top culinary destinations in the world? We want to make sure you don’t eat at the tourist trap restaurant across the street from your hotel, rather have the best dining experience in a beautiful setting. Included is a meal at a scenic waterfront location - one of our favorite dining spots!
Day 2 – Explore Vancouver
Today you have 3 options to choose from to help you enjoy Vancouver.
• Option 1: Granville Island Kayaking Tour
Discover Vancouver on a small group kayak tour of False Creek leaving from Granville Island. Watch out for herons, seals and eagles as you explore Vancouver’s unique inner harbor area.
Activity rating: Moderate
• Option 2: Vancouver Bicycle Tour
The bike is a Vancouverites favourite mode of transport! Travel along the extensive cycle lane network in Vancouver and discover the city like a local. Explore the best of Vancouver food, history, and culture. Visit the Stanley Park seawall, grab a snack at Granville Island Public Market and see historic Gastown and Chinatown.
Activity rating: Moderate
• Option 3: Vancouver by Land, Sea, and Air
Get a taste of the West Coast. Start from downtown Vancouver on a shuttle to Horseshoe Bay. Then, get a thrill on a scenic zodiac tour – watch for seals, eagles and other marine wildlife as you zip along the water. Later, enjoy a delicious meal on charming Bowen Island. Finally, have your camera ready for a scenic seaplane flight back to downtown Vancouver.
Activity rating: Moderate
Day 3 – On the Rocky Mountaineer – Vancouver to Kamloops
The smell of freshly roasted coffee and the crisp morning air rejuvenates you as the Rocky Mountaineer train pulls out of Vancouver. The train whistle sounds and your amazing Canadian train journey begins.
On the first leg of your trip, you will travel through the interior of British Columbia and marvel at the steep walls of Fraser Canyon and the thundering water of Hell’s Gate. Relax in the laidback and luxurious atmosphere of the train and watch the views go by. The train will arrive in the small and welcoming town of Kamloops where you will stay overnight.
Insider tip: For those looking for a classic sleeper train experience, ask us to substitute in the ‘Canadian Train’ from Vancouver to Jasper.
Day 4 – On the Rocky Mountaineer – Kamloops to Jasper
On your second day aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, the scenery gets even more spectacular as you approach the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy another day of great food, service, and amazing scenery. The train pulls into the station in Jasper this afternoon. Upon arrival, pick up your rental car and begin an exciting self-drive through the Rockies. Overnight in Jasper.
Day 5 – In the Canadian Wilderness – Jasper Adventure
Spend the day exploring all the exciting opportunities of Jasper National Park.
You have 3 options to choose from today to help you explore Jasper.
• Option 1: Private Nature Walk or Hike
Explore Jasper National Park on a professionally guided interpretive walk or hike that can be suited to your fitness level. Enjoy plenty of time for photos and discussion. See wildlife, get close to rare alpine wildflowers, and stunning valley views.
Activity rating: Moderate to Challenging (suited to your level)
• Option 2: Evening Canoe Paddle
Breathe deeply as you glide gently along a beautiful Rocky Mountain lake in a traditional canoe as the sun begins to drop behind the mountains. Watch for fish breaking the surface of the still water, the call of a loon, the sighting of beaver, or perhaps a moose grazing, as your guide steers the way. What a peaceful way to end your day.
Activity rating: Moderate
• Option 3: Guided Rock Climbing Experience
Whether you’re an avid climber or a first timer, Jasper has the perfect limestone wall for rock climbing, only a short distance from Jasper along the Athabasca River. Receive expert coaching and challenge yourself as you learn how to rappel on a small group tour. No experience is necessary.
Activity rating: Moderate (Can you climb a ladder or go for a short run or hike?)
Day 6 – The Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Emerald Lake
Drive along what is surely one of the most scenic mountain roads in the world - the Icefields Parkway.
You have 2 options to choose from to help you discover the Icefields today.
• Option 1: Guided Walk on the Athabasca Glacier
Walk along the Columbia Icefields - the largest mass of ice in the Rocky Mountains. The most accessible part of the Icefields is the Athabasca Glacier, where you can venture by foot. Join a guide and small group of travellers on a hike along the glacier – experience a place few people get to see firsthand.
Activity rating: Moderate
• Option 2: Icefields Heli-Hike Experience (additional cost)
Step away from the crowds and with a helicopter tour and guided heli-walk, 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.
Activity rating: Moderate
Your drive concludes at the Emerald Lake Lodge where you will spend the next two nights.
Feature Dinner at Emerald Lake
This evening you’ll relax and refresh with a gourmet dining experience. Enjoy the lake views and attentive service as you indulge in a 3-course meal.
Day 7 – Explore Yoho National Park
The day is free to explore at your leisure. Emerald Lake is a top destination in Yoho National Park, with an unparalleled diversity of activities and landscapes. Choose from activities like hiking, canoeing or wildlife viewing. The hike around the lake is one of the least strenuous but most rewarding.
Insider Tip: Add on a Rafting Tour on the Kicking Horse River
Get a thrill on the Kicking Horse River with a rafting tour. Work with fellow paddlers to get past up to class 4+ rapids. After building up an appetite, enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch.
Activity rating: Moderate
Day 8 – Yoho National Park to Banff
Today you head along the scenic road to Banff - we recommend stopping in for a visit at the famous Lake Louise on your way. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lake Louise is known as Canada’s emerald of the Rockies. Ask us for our Lake Louise activity menu - choose activities such as a scenic ride up the Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola and visit the Wildlife Interpretive Centre, a guided hike, canoe on Lake Louise or Afternoon Tea at the iconic Chateau.
After soaking in the mountain views, continue your drive to Banff. A lively mountain town with great restaurants, Banff is a welcome change of pace. Overnight in Banff.
Day 9 – Explore Banff
Head out for a day of exploration in Banff. Enjoy the views from the Banff Gondola as it glides to the top of Sulphur Mountain.
You also have 3 options today to help you explore Banff today.
• Option 1: Hike in Sunshine Meadows
Head to the top of the world and away from the crowds at Sunshine Meadows, one of the most stunning alpine settings in the Canadian Rockies. Join a guide along the network of trails that wind their way around the meadows on the mountain top.
Activity rating: Moderate
• Option 2: Via Ferrata Tour
Test your limits today with a climb up Mt. Norquay! You tour begins with a lesson on the equipment, before heading up into the mountains. This 4-hour tour is a great introduction to the world of Via Ferrata. An experienced guide leads you along a 1.4km route - reaching a height of 2300 metres above sea level.
Activity rating: Challenging
• Option 3: Cave Tour
Your hike will introduce you and your family to the amazing world of caves, spending approximately 2 hours underground crawling, sliding, and wiggling past prehistoric bones and investigating ancient cave formations. This activity takes place 30 minute from Banff and involves a 30 to 40 minute hike uphill to the cave entrance. This won’t be an experience you soon forget!
Activity rating: Moderate–Challenging
Day 10 – Depart from Calgary
Much too soon you leave the fresh air and colorful sights of the Canadian Rockies behind as your Fresh Tracks Canada vacation comes to an end.
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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.
An example of our Superior accommodations
Jasper's Sawridge Inn is a favourite among travellers looking for understated luxury at affordable prices. Unwind in newly renovated rooms with marble bathrooms and take a dip in the large indoor pool.
Emerald Lake Lodge
An example of our Mountain Lodge accommodations
An exclusive year-round destination, the historic Emerald Lake lodge is located in Yoho National Park, just 25 miles west of Lake Louise. Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, the Lodge includes a formal dining room, quiet reading and sitting rooms, and a games room. The lounge is enhanced by an oak bar salvaged from an 1890's Yukon saloon. The lodge features an outdoor hot tub which offers dazzling views of Emerald Lake, or gather around the firepit in the evening to appreciate the beauty and serenity of the area.
An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations
The 4.5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, when you enter the main lobby, you are actually on the 7th floor, and the views from the pamorama of windows over the Bow Valley are simply stunning. The hotel has an upscale yet understated feel, and the service is impeccable.
The Loden Hotel
An example of our Boutique accommodations
With personal touches and luxury amenities, the Loden Hotel is the ideal boutique accommodation centrally located in the city of Vancouver. Drawing its inspiration from the natural setting of Vancouver and its coastal environment, the Loden features an interior rich in colour and detail. Ideally located just minutes from downtown Vancouver and the Coal Harbour seawall.
Trip Start Dates2018 Calgary Start Dates
June 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
July 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
September 3, 7
2018 Vancouver Start Dates
June 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
July 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
August 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
September 2, 5, 9, 12
2019 Calgary Start Dates
June 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
July 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
August 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
September 2, 6
2019 Vancouver Start Dates
June 12, 16, 19, 23 ,26, 30
July 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
August 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
September 1, 4, 8, 11
Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.
Boutique hotels and mountain lodges
from US $5,690to US $6,145per person
Our Boutique Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Boutique Level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Private drivers and unique tours complete your itinerary.
What you'll love about
The spectacular two-day rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer
Exploring the stunning glaciers of the Icefields Parkway on foot or by air!
Unique mountain lodge accommodation in Yoho National Park
Choice of handpicked tour options to explore the Canadian Rockies
Superb photo opportunities in Banff and Jasper National Parks
Where am I staying on this trip?
You'll be staying at various local three to five start hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.
What is included in the price?
Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.
Can I customize this trip?
Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can request your free trip plan to decide what you'd like to see and do.
If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.
What is the train experience like?
Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in the US or Europe), the two main rail providers here are driven by tourism. You'll experience the romance of true trans-continental rail travel, with a wide selection of services, accommodation types, and great food.
Featured train experiences:
- Rocky Mountaineer operates daylight touring trains, which travel along three of the most spectacular routes in Western Canada. You'll enjoy onboard commentary, award winning service, and incredible food.
Is it safe to drive in Canada?
New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.
When is the best time to see wildlife?
That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.
Is this an escorted tour?
With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.
Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?
The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).
How much does my trip cost?
All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.
This journey through the Canadian Rockies is designed for the adventurous spirit! Discover the active lifestyle of Vancouver before traveling by rail to explore the pristine beauty of Jasper, Banff, and Yoho national parks. This trip includes time to explore at your own pace with a car rental, combined with guided activity choices such as hiking, paddling, wildlife viewing, and even rock climbing.
Arrive Vancouver → 2 nights Vancouver → 1 night Kamloops → 2 nights Jasper → 2 nights Emerald Lake → 2 nights Banff → Depart Calgary → *Can be done in reverse
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