Adventure through the Canadian Rockies by Road and Rail

Rockies by Rail Mountain Adventure

10

days

starting from US $5,796per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

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.

Rockies by Rail Mountain Adventure  – Map Canoeing on Emerald lake Vancouver, British Columbia Floatplane tour over vancouver What the media say about journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer The Rocky Mountaineer train travels through stunning scenery enroute to the Canadian Rockies Dinner service onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train Downtown Jasper in the Canadian Rockies Enjoy a serene Japer canoe tour The Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic mountain roads in the world. Tour group on the Columbia Icefields An unforgettable helicopter tour over the Icefields Parkway Peyto Lake, the Canadian Rockies River rafting in the cnadian Rockies The mountain town of Banff in the Canadian Rockies Alpine hiking The journey ends as you depart from Calgary
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Trip at a glance

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

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.

Eastbound itinerary is shown. A westbound itinerary is also available.

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: Kayaking Tour from Granville Island
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 Tour by Bicycle
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. Spend an additional day at your leisure in Vancouver before boarding the train in the evening and settling into your cozy private cabin.

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
3 options to choose from to help you discover the Icefields today.

• Option 1: Guided Icewalk along 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 Helicopter Experience
Get away from the crowds and take a helicopter tour for an amazing view. Leave from the Icefields base and soar over Cline Pass - over glaciers and waterfalls, including a spectacular 900ft waterfall flowing from aqua green lakes!
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 3: Icefields Heli-Hike Experience
Discover the Icefields from a different vantage point on a helicopter tour and guided heli-walk. Leave from an exclusive Icefields base and soar over stunning glaciers and waterfalls. Your pilot will land in an area few have access to and lead you on a guided alpine walk.
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 canoe paddle, Lake Louise gondola, a guided hike, or Afternoon Tea.

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: Guided 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
Venture into an underground world in this introduction to caving. Spend approximately two hours underground, discovering prehistoric bones and investigating ancient cave formations. This will be an unforgettable experience.
Activity rating: Moderate

Insider tip: We recommend taking an evening gondola ride, once the crowds have dispersed for the day.

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.

What we love about this trip

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

View the stunning glaciers of the Icefields Parkway by foot or air!

Unique mountain lodge accommodation in Yoho National Park

Choice of handpicked tour options to explore the Rockies

Superb photo opportunities of Banff and Jasper National Parks

What's Included

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

Feature Dinner at Emerald Lake Lodge - Feature Dinner at Emerald Lake Lodge
Feature Dinner at Emerald Lake Lodge
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain - Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
Feature dinner in Vancouver selected by Fresh Tracks Canada - Feature dinner in Vancouver selected by Fresh Tracks Canada
Feature dinner in Vancouver selected by Fresh Tracks Canada
Gourmet meals and stunning views onboard the train - Gourmet meals and stunning views onboard the train
Gourmet meals and stunning views onboard the train
Accommodation and rail service:
• 8 nights accommodation in 4 to 5 star hotels
• 2 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train between Vancouver and Jasper in SilverLeaf service

Sightseeing and activities:
• Your choice of hand-picked activities in Vancouver, Jasper, Banff, and along the Icefields Parkway*
• Banff Gondola admission

* 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 course Feature Dinner in Vancouver or Banff depending on departure city
• 3 course Feature Dinner at Emerald Lake Lodge
• 2 delicious breakfasts and lunches onboard the train

Transportation:
• Personalized airport pickup per your arrival time
• Transfers between hotels and train stations in Vancouver and Kamloops
• 6-day intermediate car rental
• Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental, airport surcharges, unlimited kilometers, Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million), fee for 1 additional driver, and vehicle licensing fee

Additional Inclusions:
• Parks Canada Pass (Complimentary for Canada’s 150th Anniversary)
• Gratuities for private transfer and tours (unless otherwise noted)

• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

 

Not Included

• Fuel and refueling fees
• Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)
• Personal Effects Coverage (PEC)
• GPS
• One-way drop fee on car rental (approximately $40 - $50)
• LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type
• Fee for drivers under the age of 25
• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, scheduled tour and 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...

Whale watching in the Salish Sea
Whale watching in the Salish Sea
Renting a car and driving back through British Columbia
Renting a car and driving back through British Columbia
Visit the Olympic city of Whistler
Visit the Olympic city of Whistler
Visit the surf town of Tofino on the west coast
Visit the surf town of Tofino on the west coast
Extend your stay on the west coast of Canada with a self-drive trip to the unique surf town of Tofino on Vancouver Island.
• Upgrade to GoldLeaf service on the train, or switch to a sleeper train service.
• Complete your trip through the Rockies by adding on a return train trip to Vancouver, or opt to drive back through the diverse scenery of British Columbia.
• Spend more time hiking in the Rockies with a stay at a fly-in mountain lodge.
• Board a floatplane and fly to the charming capital of British Columbia – Victoria. Return to Vancouver on an exciting whale watching tour.
• 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 a private tent-house suite.
• Visit the Olympic city of Whistler, and add on one of the many adventure activities available in this mountain town, from zip lining, to hiking, to bungee jumping.

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.

Sawridge Inn - Exterior of hotelSawridge Inn - Restaurant at hotelSawridge Inn - Hotel in winter

Sawridge Inn

An example of our Comfort 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 - Exterior of Emerald Lake LodgeEmerald Lake Lodge - Emerald Lake Lodge LobbyEmerald Lake Lodge - Emerald Lake Lodge RoomEmerald Lake Lodge - Emerald Lake Lodge Hot Tub

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.

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Rimrock Resort

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.

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The Loden Hotel

An example of our Boutique accommodations

Nestled between the majestic coastal mountains and the tides of the Pacific Ocean lies the city of Vancouver, and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Located within the hotel you will find a luxurious day spa, health club, award-winning restaurants and an array of designer shops in downtown Vancouver.

 

Prices & Dates

2017 Start Dates:

Westbound:
June 9, 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

Eastbound:
June 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
July 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
August 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
Sept 3, 6, 10

Boutique hotels and mountain lodges
from US $5,796to US $6,260per 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.

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