Rail to the Rockies

7 Days / 6 Nights

Explore the best of the Canadian Rockies on this 7 day self drive & rail tour. Stay in Rocky Mountain resorts of Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper and travel by train in a sleeper berth on-board VIA Rail train between Vancouver & Jasper.

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The below itinerary is only a suggestion, we offer tailor-made personal service and solutions to help you plan your perfect vacation. This itinerary is also available in the reverse direction.

Day 1 Vancouver to Jasper (Rail) This evening (7.30pm), check in at Pacific Central Station and board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ for the famous train journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Travel back in time to the days of classic rail travel. The original stainless steel ‘streamliner’ railcars (made famous by the ‘Canadian’ in the 1950) are totally refurbished with air conditioning, a café car, lounge car, and access to the dome car.

Exclusive to Sleeper Touring Class: In the evening attendants transform your quarters into cozy bunks or a bedroom. Visit the Dome Car where you will experience the true essence of travelling by train as a panoramic scene sweeps by. In Sleeper Touring Class some of the amenities include thick towels, plump pillows, cozy down duvets and a shower kit.

Day 2 Canadian Rockies by daylight onboard VIA Rail, arrive Jasper late afternoon By the time you awake this morning the train will have just departed Kamloops to begin a day of travelling towards the Canadian Rockies and Jasper. Enjoy breakfast while surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Around lunch time the ‘Canadian’ begins its passage into the Canadian Rockies with views of snow-capped peaks, Pyramid Falls and the glaciers of the Albreda Icefields. Pass by Mount Robson, which at 3954 metres is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Jasper and transfer to your hotel. (Breakfast & Lunch included onboard VIA Rail)

Day 3 Jasper Exploring Explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights. Take a tram ride up Whistlers Mountain, or visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world, and enjoy a 90-minute cruise heading toward the south end of this postcard setting (Maligne Lake cruise not included). You will marvel at the magnificent shoreline with dense forest and glacial peaks rising abruptly from the water’s edge. Stopping at Spirit Island, you will have the opportunity to take your own version of the world famous photograph of the lake.

Day 4 Jasper to Lake Louise (208 km/129 mi) This morning depart on the Icefields Parkway that takes you through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. You will view a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald coloured lakes. Along the way see such sights as the Columbia Icefield and take an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier (included). Also watch for the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival into Lake Louise. (Please note: Mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June).

Day 5 Lake Louise to Banff (62 km/38 mi) Take the short drive from Lake Louise to Banff. Choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Banff.

Day 6 Banff Exploring A full day to explore Banff. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff Gondola (included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley, and take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs (included).

Day 7 Banff to Calgary (115 km/72 mi) Drive to Calgary today, along the 1A Highway. En-route, you may wish to stop at the historic Cochrane Ranch (not included) before dropping off your rental car at the Calgary International Airport or downtown.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodation including provincial taxes for 5 nights
  • Sleeping berth onboard VIA Rail Sleeper Touring Class for 1 night
  • Rental Car
  • Admission to either Banff Upper Hot Springs or Miette Hot Springs Jasper
  • Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Sulphur Mountain Gondola
  • Total # of meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch (Vancouver departures)
  • Total # of meals: 1 dinner, 1 breakfast (Jasper departures)
  • Taxi transfer between Jasper hotel and rail station
  • Travel Documentation

Not included:

  • Road Tolls

Hotel Information (Moderate Grade)

  • VIA Rail (Semi Private Berth)
  • Jasper – Lobstick Lodge (Standard Room)
  • Lake Louise – Lake Louise Inn (Deluxe Two Queen Room)
  • Banff – Irwin’s Mountain Inn (Standard Room)

Hotel Information (Superior Grade)

  • VIA Rail (Cabin)
  • Jasper – Sawridge Inn (Outside Room with Balcony)
  • Lake Louise – Deer Lodge (Heritage Room)
  • Banff – Banff Caribou Lodge (Standard Room)

Hotel Information (Deluxe Grade)

  • VIA Rail (Cabin)
  • Jasper – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Fairmont Room)
  • Lake Louise – Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Lakeview Room)
  • Banff – Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (Fairmont Room)

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