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Outside the carriage window, Mt. Robson’s impossibly high peak rakes the cobalt sky as the train trundles through the Canadian Rockies. It’s but one piece of nature’s eye candy that tempts travellers during this classic rail journey between Vancouver and Jasper National Park.

More spectacular alpine scenery awaits after you disembark the train to explore Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff on this eight-day trip with Fresh Tracks, a Vancouver-based travel company that specializes in planning personalized tours of Canada.

The Rocky Mountaineer train passing by the Canadian Rockies

With the Complete Canadian Rockies by Rail trip, you get to see all the top spots in the Canadian Rockies. After two days on the Rocky Mountaineer train, you have six days to journey down the spine of the Continental Divide, including the trip between Jasper and Lake Louise on the Icefields Parkway, one of Canada’s most stunning drives.

After two days on the Rocky Mountaineer train, you have six days to journey down the spine of the Continental Divide, including the trip between Jasper and Lake Louise on the Icefields Parkway, one of Canada’s most stunning drives.

What’s more, our team of Canadian Insiders has the inside track on what to do and where to stay, and works with you to personalize your train service, hotels and activities, so you end up with a personalized itinerary. Read on for more reasons to book this bucket list trip with Fresh Tracks.

We're train experts

Onboard Host speaks about the scenery from GoldLeaf dome on the Rocky Mountaineer Train

Fresh Tracks has planned more than 30,000 vacations across Canada in the past three decades. In fact, we book nearly 2,000 train tours every year, including the best-selling trip to the Canadian Rockies. This two-day rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer is arguably Canada’s most scenic, and provides the perfect kick-off to your holiday.

“Your staff is absolutely outstanding; informative, organized and patient. This was probably the best organized tour we have ever taken,” said Anne and Michael Peruscini, clients from Nevada, USA. “The Rocky Mountaineer train portion was one of the best… seats, service and meals, and commentary.”

We personalize your Rocky Mountain highs

Two people driving through the Rockies on a motorcycle and sidecar

Fresh Tracks trips aren’t one-size-fits-all group tours. Instead, they are custom, independent vacations. Our dream team collaborates with you to find out your travel needs and unique interests, and curate your itinerary with hotels that fit your budget and experiences that are the right activity level for you.

“Fresh Tracks set up the best vacation for us,” confirmed Gina and Pete Davis, an American couple from California. “The hotels were perfect and the activities matched us nicely.”

You get to pick your preferred excursions, from a guided nature hike in Jasper to a sidecar motorcycle tour down the Icefields Parkway, and more. You can even opt out of organized activities if you’d rather strike out on your own.

Fresh Tracks set up the best vacation for us. The hotels were perfect and the activities matched us nicely.

We partner with the best hotels

Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park with a large mountain behind

Fresh Tracks’ portfolio of hotels and lodges will give you the best views, like a waterfront panorama at the Chateau Lake Louise. We can also recommend cozy off-the-beaten path inns, such as Tekarra Lodge in Jasper, or Emerald Lake Lodge in nearby Yoho National Park.

“Our room on the Gold Level 5th floor (of the Banff Springs Hotel), had the best view of the Bow River, the falls and valley of any room on that floor,” said Californians, Jerry and Janet Barton.

We use our Insider connections to level up your trip

Couple approaching their helicopter before their tour with Alpine Helicopters

If you have the time and inclination, let us use our vast knowledge of the Canadian Rockies to turn a regular holiday into a dream vacation. We can upgrade your train service to GoldLeaf or extend your trip by tacking on a stay in Whistler, Victoria or most of the stops on the route.

Now more than ever, bubble culture is really appealing, so we can even arrange private transfers and tours for your group, including a bubble group helicopter flight over the Canadian Rockies.

We can arrange private transfers and tours for your group, like a bubble group helicopter flight over the Canadian Rockies.

Help is just a phone call away

Senior couple walking together on public transport station, with rolling suitcases and bag

We offer on-the-ground support seven days a week through a dedicated helpline that will connect you to a Canadian Insider who can sort out missed connections, reschedule tours or rebook hotels due to delays.

Something to look forward to

Couple enjoys the view from the GoldLeaf service outdoor viewing platform.

Need more incentive? A recent study found that booking travel increases happiness and can alleviate stress and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, 97 percent of those surveyed said that having a trip to look forward to makes them happier.

Lisa Kadane
Lisa Kadane
Lisa Kadane is a travel journalist based in Kelowna, BC.
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