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National Park Train Tours

Admire untamed natural beauty from your comfortable seat

Thundering waterfalls. Dramatic limestone cliffs. Rain-soaked old-growth forests. Canada boasts more than 40 national parks and reserves - huge tracts of wilderness that are protected from development and untouched by civilization.

In Banff and Jasper National Parks, the train will stop right in the heart of the park where you can explore at your own pace. You'll also get to travel through other parks (without stopping) such as Yoho National Park, so that you can admire the spectacular scenery from the train window.

Contact us about adding on side-trips to other national parks as part of your Canadian rail vacation. Our friendly Canadian Insiders are local experts and they will help you put together a nature-lover's dream trip.

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Quick facts about National Parks

  • The first park in Canada was Banff Hot Springs, discovered by CPR surveyors and made public property in 1885. This began the movement in Canada towards setting land aside as national parks.
  • There are 39 national parks and 8 national park reserves in Canada, covering a total of approximately 328,198 square kilometres (126,718 square miles).
  • When the exploring the Mountain Parks, your entire journey will take place in daylight, which means you won't miss a moment of the spectacular scenery. You'll spend the night in towns or cities along the route.

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Rocky Mountaineer

Daylight Train

The Rocky Mountaineer connects British Columbia and Alberta, with stops in Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel and Kamloops. The train runs from mid-April until mid-October. The Rocky Mountaineer is a daylight only train designed so that passengers can experience the most spectacular views and optimal photo opportunities.

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Banff National Park

Where mountaintops scrape the sky

It's only fitting to travel to the spectacular mountain vistas of Banff National Park by train, as the railway had such an integral role in this park's development (it was even named by CPR director Lord Steven in 1884, after his birthplace of Banffshire, Scotland).

The train weaves its way into Banff National Park, hugging the steep cliff sides and following the banks of the Bow River. As you travel to the heart of this mountain landscape, with the towering peaks leaning in on all sides around you, you'll get the same sense of awe the early railway pioneers must have felt when they first set eyes on the spectacular Rockies.

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Jasper National Park

Where rivers carve through rock

The train enters Jasper National Park via the historic Athabasca and Yellowhead passes, which were first braved two hundred years ago by explorer David Thompson on his journey to reach the Pacific Ocean.

You'll arrive at the heritage Arts and Crafts railway station in Jasper - which is served by VIA Rail's The Canadian Train and The Rocky Mountaineer and is the eastern terminus of The Skeena Train.

As the train passes through alpine meadows, keep your eyes peeled for black bears dining on berries or the majestic silhouette of an elk's antlers. You can even take a driving detour to the Icefields Parkway - a route that carves through a larger-than-life landscape of rocky peaks, expansive valleys and glittering glaciers.

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These are examples of the National Parks you can visit on a train journey through Canada.
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Banff National Park

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The first national park in Canada, Banff continues to dazzle visitors with its jewel-like lakes, abundant wildlife and craggy mountain peaks.

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