Rocky Mountaineer

Considered by many to be the trip of a lifetime, a rail journey aboard Rocky Mountaineer promises to be a magical experience. With the spectacular scenery of British Columbia and Alberta as a backdrop, every corner turned brings into view another picture-perfect landscape. Following the historic train route constructed over 100 years ago.

Imagine being able to scale the sides of mountains or weave alongside steep canyons — all without having to worry if you brought the right shoes. With Rocky Mountaineer, they’ve got you covered (in luxury that is). Rocky Mountaineer offers three distinct routes each showcasing the diverse beauty of Canada’s West. You now have the unenviable task of choosing between wonderful, fabulous, amazing, and fantastic.

1. First Passage to the West

Named for the pass over which it crosses, the train commences its journey in Vancouver where you will travel through the legendary Spiral Tunnels and pass by Craigellachie, the spot where the last spike on the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Your adventure through the Canadian Rocky Mountains includes an overnight stop in Kamloops before reaching its final destination of Lake Louise of Banff.

This route also operates in the opposite direction. Passengers enjoying this two-day route will see one of many highlights, one being the Cisco Crossings, where the CP and CN rail tracks overlap. The orange truss arch bridge, one of two bridges, is the largest single-span bridge on the CN line at 247 metres (812 feet) long.

Route Highlights: Hell’s Gate – Cisco Crossing – Spiral Tunnels – Avalanche Alley – Jaws of Death Gorge – Black Canyon – Hoodoos – Stoney Creak Bridge – Rogers Pass – Kicking Horse River – Castle Mountain – Mount Rundle

THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING. WILL YOU ANSWER?

Operates: April to October.

2. Journey Through the Clouds

Witness the unparalleled beauty of the highest peaks in the Canadian Rockies and the remote vistas of Canada’s West. Your adventure starts in Vancouver and follows the same legendary journey to Kamloops where an overnight stop is taken, then takes the higher route through the scenic valleys and the Canadian Rocky Mountains to a final destination of Jasper.

This route also operates in the opposite direction. Known for the abundance of wildlife, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for one of Canada’s favourite animals at Moose Lake! As the name of this lake suggests, there is a good chance you may spot a moose on the lake’s shore. This two-day route also includes a visit to Hells Gate where every minute 750-million litres of water crashes through a narrow 33-metre (108-foot) wide gorge – double that of Niagara Falls.

Route Highlights: Fort Langley – Hells Gate – Cisco Crossing – Rainbow Canyon – Avalanche Alley – Jaws of Death Gorge – Black Canyon – Pyramid Falls – Albreda Glacier – Moose Lake – Yellowhead Lake – Mount Robson

ENCOUNTER WILDERNESS IN THE MOST CIVILIZED WAY

Operates: April to October.

3. Rainforest to Gold Rush

Carve through extreme landscapes like BC’s coastal rainforest, the rugged Fraser Canyon, and the historic Cariboo gold rush region. The Rainforest to Gold Rush route is a three day journey, commencing in Vancouver. Day one follows the Sea to Sky Corridor to Whistler, where an overnight stay is enjoyed. Day two follows the mighty Fraser River to Quesnel where a second overnight stay is taken. On day three the train climbs through the Rocky Mountain Trench and Cariboo Mountains to its ultimate destination of Jasper.

This route also operates in the opposite direction. The historic Caribou Gold Rush region and the lush forests of northern British Columbia are highlights of this route. One of our favourites is Mount Robson. Look up, look waaaaay up and you will see what is also known as “The Great White Fright”, Mount Robson claims the title of the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at a staggering 3,954 meters (12,972 feet).

Route Highlights: Cheakamus Canyon – Brandywine Falls – Green Lake – Fraser River Bridge – Pavilion – Painted Chasm – Deep Creek Bridge – Cottonwood River Bridge – Moose Lake – Yellowhead Lake – Mount Robson

FIND THE WORLD’S MOST NATURAL TREASURES

Operates: April to October.

4. Coastal Passage

The Coastal Passage route hugs the Pacific Coast shoreline between Seattle and Vancouver, before travelling east into the Canadian Rockies. The awe-inspiring journey hugs the Pacific Coast and has numerous scenic highlights including Fraser River, White Rock, Bellingham Bay, and the Cascade Mountains. 

Operates: May to September (please note that this route will terminate following the 2019 season).

World-Class Service. All About You

Whether you choose SilverLeaf Service or GoldLeaf Service, the one word that comes to mind is impeccable. Aboard Rocky Mountaineer, everything is carefully choreographed to make your journey feel special, effortless and unforgettable.

Exceptional service is embodied by exquisite onboard cuisine, where culinary magic with be created by your very own Executive Chefs. The meals you will enjoy onboard are inspired by Western Canada’s diverse culinary landscape, the rich tapestry of culture, and bountiful regions you will travel through. Bon Appetit!

SilverLeaf Service

Recline inside a luxury SilverLeaf Service coach and enjoy delicious hot meals, served at your seat, as you take your voyage through the Canadian Rockies. Your journey also includes tempting snacks and complimentary beverages including wine, beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic drinks. The landscape is spectacular, and in SilverLeaf Service you’ll enjoy boundless panoramic views in the single-level glass-domed coaches with a captivating storyteller.

It’s like your front-row seat to an endlessly entertaining show.

GoldLeaf Service

The custom-designed GoldLeaf Service coach puts you right in the centre of Western Canada’s awe-inspiring scenery and provides both excellent commentary and superb personal service. Guests are welcomed on board and shown to their rotating and reclining dome-level seats, where complimentary snacks and beverages are served. The gourmet breakfasts and lunches included are served in the lower-level dining room, where executive chefs have designed an a la carte menu using fresh, seasonal ingredients.

  • Exclusive Dining Room
  • Bi-Level Glass Dome Coach
  • Storytelling Hosts
  • Outdoor Viewing Platform

When we create your holiday package, we can include any of these rail journeys, or multiple should you wish! Our tailored holidays include flights from the UK, accommodation for whatever duration you have available and ground transportation (for example, car rental, motorcoach, ferry, floatplane, helicopter etc.). We also have two pre-planned holiday itineraries which include a Rocky Mountaineer Rail Journey. These can be taken as shown, or modified to suit your plans. One option includes car rental and the second offers ground transportation without the need for driving.

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Rocky Mountain Explorer

This popular 13 night fly drive gives you the opportunity to enjoy the scenic ‘Journey Through the Clouds’ route, between Vancouver and Jasper, onboard Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf Service. It also includes three nights in Vancouver prior to your rail journey, and two nights in Jasper, two in Banff, two in Lake Louise and two in Calgary following disembarkation.  

Western Canada Discovery

If your idea for a perfect holiday is to sit back and relax, without the hassle of driving, then this itinerary is for you. This 14 night package includes two days onboard Rocky Mountaineer, enjoying the ‘First Passage to the West’ route between Vancouver and Banff in SilverLeaf Service. Following two nights in Vancouver and a mini coach tour along the Sea to Sky Highway, you’ll enjoy three nights in Whistler. A seaplane takes you across the water to Vancouver Island for a further three night stay in Victoria before taking the ferry back to Vancouver. Following your Rocky Mountaineer journey, you’ll enjoy two nights in Banff and two nights in Calgary before flying home. 

Special Offers

Get 3 FREE PERKS* worth up to £500 per couple (one hotel night, one transfer and one dinner per person) when you book a qualifying 2020 package of 8 days or more. Offer expires October 25th 2019. Guests who book a 5-7 day package will receive 2 FREE PERKS* including one free hotel night and one free transfer.

* 3 Free Perks offer applies only to new 2020 bookings made by October 25, 2019, for qualifying Rocky Mountaineer itineraries booked in GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service for travel on selected dates. Offer is per booking and applies to single, double, triple or quad occupancy bookings of 8 days/7 nights or more, must be requested at the time of booking and will not be automatically allocated or retroactively added. Free Perks are: (a) one additional hotel night in Vancouver, Calgary, Victoria, Banff, Jasper or Lake Louise. Additional hotel night must match the accommodation grade and occupancy level of package booked and must be booked as a consecutive night at the same hotel that you begin or end package; (b) one private standard airport transfer in Vancouver or Calgary; and (c) one set-menu dinner at a selected package hotel (not available on rail days). Transfer and dinner are for number of persons on corresponding booking. Guests booking 5–7 day itineraries may take advantage of the 2 Free Perks offer with the same terms, conditions and restrictions as set out above. All free perks are subject to availability. All bookings are subject to the full booking terms and conditions.

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