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Exploring the Canadian Rockies by Train

7

days

starting fromUS $3,350per person

  • Choose your own activities and experiences to make the most of your trip.
  • Have all the details of your trip organized and arranged for you.

Banff to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer Train

Discover Western Canada on a week-long journey through Banff, the Canadian Rockies and Victoria. Spend 3 nights in Banff National Park – you’ll be able to unpack and enjoy the time to get up close and personal with the National Parks of the Rockies. Then embark on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train for a 2-day journey of sightseeing and relaxation. Later you'll travel by boat or plane from the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver to the charming capital city of BC - Victoria.

Trip Outline

7 Days / 6 Nights

Arrive Calgary 3 nights Banff 1 night Kamloops 1 night Vancouver 1 night Victoria Depart Victoria

Exploring the Canadian Rockies by Train - Map

Availability

AprMayJunJulAugSepOct

Places Visited

CalgaryBanffKamloopsVancouverVictoria

Accommodation Style

Hotel

Your Train Experience

Rocky Mountaineer

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

  • Spending 3 nights in Banff National Park

  • Great choice of activities catered to your interests

  • Seeing glaciers, emerald lakes, forest and wildlife

  • Scenic rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer train

  • Visiting Vancouver Island and BC's capital city

Common Questions

  • Is this an escorted tour?

    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.

  • Can this trip be made shorter or longer?

    Absolutely! We personalize all our clients' trips to fit their exact tastes and needs. You can add days at locations that you'd like to explore and spend more time at. Or leave out certain areas that don't interest you as much. Discuss your travel goals with our Canadian Insiders who make sure that your trip fits your needs and budget.

  • 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 get your FREE personalized trip plan and 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.

  • Am I on the train the whole time?

    All of our trips include stops to get off the train to explore Canada's beautiful locations, national parks and unique cities. However, if you're keen to maximize your time onboard, we'll pair you up with the perfect train experience.

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    You'll be staying at various local three to five star 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 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.

  • How much does my trip cost?

    All our trips are personalized to fit our clients' schedule and budget. The price of your trip generally depends on the travel season, train service, accommodations, and the sightseeing tours you take. Please request your personalized quote which will provide you with the detailed information you need.

  • 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 your detailed digital travel documents, and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal throughout your trip to answer any questions.

  • What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

    Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

  • 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.

  • Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

    The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. 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). The interior of British Columbia, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer.

This Trip in Pictures

Explore the Canadian Rockies followed by a once in a lifetime train experience.

Explore the Canadian Rockies followed by a once in a lifetime train experience.

Your home as you explore the Canadian Rockies is the charming town of Banff.

Your home as you explore the Canadian Rockies is the charming town of Banff.

Explore the Rockies with a journey along the Icefields Parkway and stop at the Athabasca Glacier.

Explore the Rockies with a journey along the Icefields Parkway and stop at the Athabasca Glacier.

With your choice of tours you can cross off all your bucket list experiences, like a visit to Lake Louise.

With your choice of tours you can cross off all your bucket list experiences, like a visit to Lake Louise.

Board the Rocky Mountaineer for an unforgettable journey to the mountains.

Board the Rocky Mountaineer for an unforgettable journey to the mountains.

Travel through regions only accessible by train.

Travel through regions only accessible by train.

Arrive in the beautiful city of Vancouver

Arrive in the beautiful city of Vancouver

Travel by boat or seaplane to the charming city of Victoria - your final stop

Travel by boat or seaplane to the charming city of Victoria - your final stop

Your vacation ends with with a short transfer in time to connect with your flight.

Your vacation ends with with a short transfer in time to connect with your flight.

Recommended Itinerary

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized trip plan for you that matches your travel style, schedule and budget.

Day 1 – Calgary Arrival and Transfer to Banff
After setting down in Calgary you will connect with a bus transfer to your hotel in Banff. Banff is a unique destination – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with all the charm of a small mountain community. Breathe in the fresh Canadian Rockies air – you’ve arrived!

Overnight in Banff.

 

Day 2 – Explore Banff National Park and the Icefields Parkway
Today is an all-day tour along the spine of the Canadian Rockies – on one of the most spectacular roads in the world with lots to see along the way.

 

Small Group Sightseeing Tour (includes picnic lunch)
Today is a full day sightseeing tour that travels through a landscape carved by glaciers and opened by pioneers. The Icefields Parkway is rated as one of the most scenic highways in the world! Marvel at glaciers remaining from the last ice age while you hear stories of early explorers. Join an Ice Explorer and travel onto the glacier, walk the glass floor of the Glacier Skywalk over the Sunwapta Valley and explore the interpretive centre.
Activity rating: Easy

Overnight in Banff.

 

Day 3 – Explore Banff National Park
Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration. Today your activity options are all about exploring some of the most beautiful places in Banff National Park.


Choose 1 of 3 options today:


• Option 1:
Guided Hike 
Based on the day of the week you will get to enjoy a guided hike in the Canadian Rockies led by a professional guide. Hikes will vary in difficulty and length and include a packed lunch.
Activity rating: Easy to Moderate

 

• Option 2: Deluxe Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Tour
On this afternoon sightseeing small-bus tour visit the jewel of the Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise, and the world-renowned Moraine Lake, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This journey gives you plenty of time to take photos and explore their shorelines. An early dinner is included.
Activity rating: Easy

 

• Option 3: Three Sisters Peaks Helicopter Tour
The most action-packed twenty minutes of your life! Get up close and personal with the world-famous Three Sisters. You will want to reach out and touch them as you whisk by them before escaping into the Spray Valley where you will explore the extraordinary hues of the Spray Lakes. Your return flight travels along the Goat Range before following the pristine Bow River back to Canmore.
Activity rating: Easy

 

Insider tip: While in Banff, be sure to spend time at Whyte Museum, a wonderful place to learn about Banff’s rich artistic and pioneering heritage. Or take the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for panoramic views of the town of Banff.

Overnight in Banff.

 

Day 4Rocky Mountaineer – Banff to Kamloops
Your journey onboard the Rocky Mountaineer begins as you head westward to the province of British Columbia. See a spectacular array of scenery as you travel through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies, over high mountain passes, along rocky lakeshores and across ranchlands.

This evening, your train arrives in the small town of Kamloops where you are free to enjoy a dinner on your own and a night in a standard hotel.

Overnight in Kamloops.

 

Day 5 – Rocky Mountaineer – Kamloops to Vancouver
Continue your Canadian Rockies rail journey today. On today’s itinerary you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the the desert-like environment of the interior, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountains to the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Relax, chat, read, or stretch your legs while taking in the unique scenery of British Columbia.

This evening, your train pulls into Vancouver, one of the most beautiful cities in the world surrounded by towering mountains and sparkling ocean.

Overnight in Vancouver.

 

Day 6 – Tour and Transfer to Victoria
Cruise or fly across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island and British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria.

 

You have 3 options to choose from today:

Option 1: Victoria and Butchart Gardens One-Way Trip
Travel from Vancouver to Victoria by motorcoach and ferry. Enjoy a scenic 90-minute sailing through the Gulf Islands, before arriving on Vancouver Island to visit the spectacular Butchart Gardens. Afterwards, you’ll be transferred to Victoria’s inner harbour.

 

Option 2: Whale Watching Tour to Victoria
There’s no better way to spice up your journey from Vancouver to Victoria than by combining it with a little whale watching. As you travel through the protected waters of Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Victoria, search for the majestic wildlife that floods the local waters!
Activity rating: Easy

 

Option 3: Floatplane Transfer and Tour to Butchart Gardens
Enjoy a 35 minute spectacular scenic flight from Vancouver’s Coal Harbour to Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Next hop on a bus and spend the day exploring Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site.
Activity rating: Easy

 

Feature Dinner in Victoria
Enjoy a delicious dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Victoria.

Overnight in Victoria.

 

Day 7 – Depart Victoria
Much too soon you leave the fresh air and colourful sights of western Canada as your Canadian Rockies train trip comes to an end. A transfer brings you to Victoria Airport in time for your flight.

Start Dates

2021 Calgary Start Dates
April 25, 29
May 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 27, 30
June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
July 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
August 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30
September 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 26, 30
October 3

 

2021 Victoria Start Dates
May 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 26
June 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 22, 25, 29
September 1, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 29
October 2

 

Pricing

Prices of this trip vary by departure date, hotel class and the choice of activities. Request your quote to check availability or to book this trip.

  • Train Experience

    Train Experience

    Learn more about the onboard service and look inside the trains you will be traveling on during this trip.

    Read about the Rocky Mountaineer train

    The Rocky Mountaineer

    The Rocky Mountaineer is a uniquely daylight-only train service to the Canadian Rockies, meaning you don't miss a minute of the view! Glass-domed cars, first-class service and exquisite food, make it world-famous.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodations

    Below are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.

    Banff Caribou Lodge

    Banff Caribou Lodge

    After a full day of hiking or sightseeing in the mountains it is wonderful to retreat to this quiet mountain lodge and relax in your comfortable room. Soak your muscles in the jetted whirlpool or get a massage at the Red Earth Spa. The hotel is also home to one of the most popular steakhouses in Canada, so treat yourself to a special meal while you watch the sunset over the mountains.

    Magnolia Hotel & Spa

    Magnolia Hotel & Spa

    This stylish boutique hotel in Victoria’s inner harbor goes above and beyond to make your visit special, with unique touches such as fresh flowers and fruit in the lobby, gourmet coffee, tea, and spring water.

  • What's Included

    What's Included

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    Accommodations:
    • 6 hotel nights


    Train Experiences:

    • 2 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train in SilverLeaf Service


    Banff Activity Options:

    Day 1 – Included:
    • Icefields Parkway Tour


    Day 2 – Choose 1 of 3:

    1. Daily Guided Hike with package lunch (be sure to speak with your vacation advisor to see what hikes are available)
    2. Deluxe Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Tour with dinner
    3. Helicopter Tour (20 minutes) with round-trip transfers from Banff

     

    Vancouver to Victoria Tour & Transfer Activity Options:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. One-Way Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour
    2. Whale Watching Tour from Vancouver to Victoria
    3. Scheduled Floatplane Transfer and Tour to Butchart Gardens (additional costs)

     

    Meal Inclusions:
    • 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches onboard Rocky Mountaineer train
    • Feature dinner in Victoria

     

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Scheduled bus transfer between Calgary Airport and Banff
    • Train station transfers in Banff, Kamloops and Vancouver
    • Personalized and private transfer service to Victoria airport

     

    Other Inclusions:
    • Digital Travel Documents
    • Gratuities for private transfers (unless otherwise noted)
    • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support – from the time you book, you will be assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator with whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.


    Important Schedule and Trip Notes:

    • Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur
    • Some activities/tours might not be available early or late in the season. Please check with your Vacation Advisor for more details.


    Not Included

    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Airfare
    • Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff (unless otherwise indicated)
    • Trip Cancellation & Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended – ask us for your personalized quote)
    • Canadian Sales Taxes

    Ideas to customize your trip

    Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

    Discover mountain perfection by adding a few nights in the Rockies with a Heli-access only remote lodge, suitable for all ability levels.
    Be exhilarated as you watch grizzly bears feast on salmon at one of our partner lodges.
    Add on a few days in Vancouver to explore this beautiful city
    Visit Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics and take in the sights and activities by spending a night or two.

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