Circle the Canadian Rockies by Train

Circle the Canadian Rockies by Train

12

days

starting from US $5,799per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

This tour allows you to not only experience the different rail journeys onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train but also see all of the Canadian Rockies and the British Columbia’s beautiful interior. Experience the best of the Rocky Mountaineer as you travel by rail through Whistler and Jasper, then back from Banff to Vancouver, with plenty of time in between to explore the Canadian Rockies. The scenery is different in each direction, with some of the most magnificent views Canada has to offer.

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Trip at a glance

Arrive Vancouver
1 night Vancouver
1 night Whistler
1 night Quesnel
2 nights Jasper
2 night Lake Louise
2 nights Banff
1 night Kamloops
1 night Vancouver
Depart Vancouver

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 – Begin your Canadian Train Trip – Arrive in Vancouver
You can’t help but begin to unwind as your vacation in Canada begins in the west coast city of Vancouver. Surrounded by mountains and ocean, the air is fresh, the ambiance cool, and the locals are friendly. Explore Vancouver at your own pace, stopping at a sidewalk café to watch the world go by. Ask us to arrange one of the city tours available; or if you prefer independent travel, explore the city on bicycle or foot.

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 meal in the best setting that ensures you make memories over a great meal!

Day 2 – Whistler Sea to Sky Climb
You feel right at home onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train to Whistler. You start the day off with the aroma of fresh breakfast as you relax in your modern train coach and wind along Canada’s west coast. Wander out to the open-air observation car for your first taste of the fresh mountain air and breathtaking sights that await you on your Canadian Rockies train adventure.

This afternoon, discover a broader view of Whistler’s stunning scenery with your Peak to Peak Gondola pass, where you can take a stroll through alpine meadows, full of wildflowers framed by vast mountain ranges. Overnight in Whistler.

Day 3 – Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer – Whistler to Quesnel
Today your Canadian train vacation continues as you hear a lonesome wail sound from the train’s whistle. Over coffee you chat with old friends, and get caught up staring out the window at winding lake shores and the desert-like Fraser canyon. As you unwind that evening, you can’t help but wonder what new adventures you will find tomorrow during your holiday in the Canadian Rockies.

Day 4 – Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer – Quesnel to Jasper
This is the day you’ve been waiting for – the day you reach the breathtaking Canadian Rockies. Your first sight of the towering peaks is indescribable. Step off the train in Jasper and feel the serenity of Canada’s legendary mountains. Far from the stresses of home, step into the calm embrace of the Canadian Rockies.

Day 5 – Jasper Tour
You have 3 options to choose from today in Jasper:

• Option 1:
Maligne Lake Sightseeing Tour
Set out on a scenic tour of Jasper, in the heart of the Rockies. Discover the Maligne Valley with your guide - home to all kinds of wildlife, geological formations, mysterious waterways and pristine lakes. A cruise on Maligne Lake will finish off this great tour.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Nature Walk
See wildlife, rare alpine wildflowers, and magnificent valley views with one of the best, hand-picked mountain guides in Jasper. Enjoy a leisurely pace, and plenty of time for photos and discussion.
Activity rating: Moderate (approx 4 miles | 6.5 k
m) more challenging hikes available on request.

• Option 3: Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
With a professional driver, soar along Jasper’s beautiful mountain roads on a thrilling motorcycle tour (for 1 or 2 passengers).
Activity rating: Easy

Day 6 – Jasper to Lake Louise
You have 2 options from which to choose along the Icefields Parkway:

• Option 1: Small Group Sightseeing Tour
Travel with a small group and guide along the spine of the Rockies on what is surely one of the most beautiful roads in the world - the Icefields Parkway. Stop to walk on the Athabasca Glacier and learn about its geology - and have your breath taken away on the stunning 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 gourmet dinner pre-arranged 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 7 – Discover Lake Louise
You have 3 options from which to choose from today to help you enjoy Lake Louise to the fullest.

• Option 1: Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Yoho National Park
A tour for those who really want to see all the Rockies has to offer; your first stop is at Johnston Canyon where you have sufficient time to take a short nature walk to the lower falls before continuing on to Moraine Lake. Cross the Great Divide, separating the flow of mountain rivers as well as defining the border between Alberta and British Columbia. Enter Yoho National Park and visit Takakkaw Falls, Kicking Horse Pass, Emerald Lake and the Natural Rock Bridge that spans across the Kicking Horse River. Tour includes lunch.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Half Day Hike at Lake Louise
Lake Louise truly is a summer paradise, and there are so many hidden gems located right on your doorstep! All guides at Lake Louise are accredited Naturalists and part of a rich historical tradition – spanning back to the early 20
th Century, when the chateau employed Swiss guides to introduce guests to the wonders of the Canadian Rockies. Hikes visit a range of locations including the Lake Agnes Tea House, Consolation Lakes and Saddleback Pass.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Afternoon Tea in Fairview Lounge
Enjoy a Traditional English Tea overlooking the picturesque shores of Lake Louise, surrounded by the opulence of the Fairview Dining Room. This option is a definite memory maker for those who prefer to just ‘be’ in their surroundings and take it all in!

Day 8 – Lake Louise to Banff
After enjoying Lake Louise, wind your way along scenic mountain roads on an interpretive transfer to Banff. Banff is a lively mountain town, so stroll the main street and join in the fun. Overnight in Banff.

Insider tip: Ask about our Lake Louise activity menu to fill your day with memorable activities.

Day 9 – Discover Banff
You have 3 options from which to choose today.

• Option 1:
Small Group Sightseeing Tour of Banff
Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air! Today enjoy a change of pace on your Rocky Mountain train trip. Explore the sleepy mountain town of Banff on a small group guided tour.
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

All travelers will take a thrilling gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, where you can admire the amazing panoramic views of Banff, the Bow Valley, the shimmering Bow River and the gigantic Rocky Mountains. When you feast your eyes on these amazing landscapes you will understand why the Rocky Mountains are such a famous nature destination all over the world.

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

Day 10 – Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer – Banff to Kamloops
Your second journey onboard the Rocky Mountaineer begins today. There’s a gentle pull as the train leaves Banff and the smell of breakfast wafts from the galley. The passing scenery is breathtaking; step out onto the outdoor viewing platform and feel the cool wind against your cheeks.

Day 11 – Canadian Rockies Train Adventure Continues – Kamloops to Vancouver
Back in your familiar seat on the Rocky Mountaineer train, you move from the arid interior of British Columbia to the coastal city of Vancouver and marvel at the diversity of the scenery you’ve seen during your Canadian train trip. Vancouver’s personality is just the kind of last stop you need on your holidays in Canada.

Day 12 – With Fond Memories Made – Depart Vancouver
Much too soon, you leave the clean air and colorful sights of Canada behind as your Canadian Rockies train vacation comes to an end.

What we love about this trip

Seeing Vancouver, Whistler, Banff and Jasper

5 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer

Exploring Banff and Jasper National Parks

The views from the Whistler Peak 2 Peak and Banff Gondola

Sightseeing along the Icefields Parkway

Wide range of hand-picked activities and tours to choose from

What's Included

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

Travel on the famous Rocky Mountaineer train - Travel on the famous Rocky Mountaineer train
Travel on the famous Rocky Mountaineer train
Breakfasts and lunches aboard the train - Breakfasts and lunches aboard the train
Breakfasts and lunches aboard the train
Whistler Peak to Peak gondola ride - Whistler Peak to Peak gondola ride
Whistler Peak to Peak gondola ride
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer - Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Accommodations & rail service:
• 11 nights of hotel accommodation
• 4.5 spectacular days on the Rocky Mountaineer train, between Vancouver-Whistler-Jasper-Banff-Vancouver

Sightseeing & activities:
• Whistler Peak 2 Peak Gondola ride
• Your choice of hand-picked activities in Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, and along the Icefields Parkway*
• Interpretive transfer between Lake Louise and Banff
• 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
3 course Feature Dinner at Lake Louise OR Moraine Lake Lodge
• 9 delicious meals onboard the train

Transfers:
• A private arrival transfer - Vancouver airport to hotel
• Train station transfers in Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel, Jasper and Banff
• A personalized departure transfer, in time for your flight home

Additional:
• Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
• 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 (unless otherwise mentioned)
• 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
Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Visiting charming Victoria on Vancouver Island
Visiting charming Victoria on Vancouver Island
Exploring the beautiful Sunshine Coast
Exploring the beautiful Sunshine Coast
• Add a cruise to your trip, along Alaska’s Inside Passage.
• Add a car rental and take some time for independent exploration.
• Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies to explore, golf on world famous golf courses, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax.
• 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.
• Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia - Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens.

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.

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The Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa

An example of our Comfort accommodations

Enjoy the ambiance of a beautiful Banff mountain lodge. After a day of skiing, the Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa is an oasis of relaxation. Comfortable rooms with mountain inspired décor beckon. Relax your tired muscles in the jetted whirlpool or for the ultimate treat, visit the Red Earth Spa for an après-ski massage. One of Canada's most popular steak houses is located on site; visit for lunch, dinner or an evening appetizer and cocktail. Located just 10 minutes from downtown Banff, the lodge is perfectly located near the mountains and the village.

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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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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

An example of our Comfort, Superior, and Deluxe accommodations

The 5 star Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is undoubtedly a beautiful and impressive hotel. Its amazing location overlooking beautiful Lake Louise and the distant mountains can not be compared. There are a variety of restaurant types, so you can do casual or fine dining as you choose. Strolling around the lake, renting a canoe, riding horses, or hiking up to the tea house are all great summer activities. In winter choose from snow shoeing, skating, skiing or taking a sleigh ride around the lake.

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Fairmont Banff Springs

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs is located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy one of the many activities that the hotel has to offer from tennis, horseback riding, a round of golf, skiing, relaxing at the the Willow Stream Spa (charge), or enjoying a great meal at one of 12 restaurants, lounges or pubs.

 

Prices & Dates

2017 Dates Starting in Vancouver
May 5, 12, 19, 26
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
October 6

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

The prices listed below are based on travel service and hotel class for this journey:
• Prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single, triple and child rates can be provided on request.
• Pricing is based on departure date, travel service and hotel class for this journey and may vary from your personalized itinerary.

Comfort Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $5,799to US $7,072per 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 $6,500to US $7,727per 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 $8,194to US $10,151per 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.

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