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Canadian Rockies Voyage by Train

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30 reviews

Length

6 days / 5 nights

Time on train

1 day / 1 night

Train type

Where it goes

When to go

April – October

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  • Choose your own activities and experiences
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Experience the Rocky Mountain vacation by train

From the mountain towns of Jasper and Banff to the laid-back West Coast city of Vancouver and the adventure of an overnight rail trip through the Canadian Rockies – this trip packs it all into six days.

Highlights of your trip

Overnight train ride from Jasper to Vancouver

Discover the best of Banff and Jasper National Parks in under a week

Tour along the Icefields Parkway

Savour the spectacular vistas of the Canadian Rockies

Top experiences and features

Window view in VIA train

Ride the VIA Rail train to the Rockies

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the changing scenery as you make your way through the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

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What’s Included

Hotel accommodation
Sleeper train experience in a private cabin
Meals whilst onboard the train
Choice of unique guided activities
Transportation to and from airports, timed with your flights
Train station transfers
Feature dining experience at one of our favorite local restaurants
Electronic travel documentation package
Personalized Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support

Frequently Asked Questions

Our vacations are not typically ‘escorted.’ You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary but rather have the freedom of ‘independent’ travel.

This allows you, with the help of our Canadian Insiders, to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, timeframe and budget. We’ll guide you through the process and provide the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities tailored to your taste.

Your trip can be as rich as you’d like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can customize your trip and decide what you’d like to see and do.

If your trip is a special occasion, we’ll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you’re traveling with a group, we’ll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

Absolutely! We personalize all our clients’ trips to fit their exact tastes and needs. You can add days at locations that you’d like to explore and spend more time at. Or leave out certain areas that don’t interest you as much. Discuss your travel goals with our Vacation Advisors who make sure that your trip fits your needs and budget.

We partner with many hotels across the country that offer a variety of service levels and unique experiences. Choosing a hotel is based on local availability and personal preference, and our Insiders will help you find the perfect place to rest your head so that you can have the best experience possible.

On some of our trips, you’ll see that we categorize our hotel rooms by Comfort, Superior and Deluxe class, which generally translates into the traditional 3-, 4- or 5-star designation (equivalent to Best Western, Sheraton and Fairmont). However, sometimes we use the same hotel for more than one category and distinguish the room by size, floor level or view.

Our Comfort Level hotels include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations and with excellent service.

Our Superior Level hotels provide 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.

In Deluxe Level hotels, 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.

All our trips are personalized to fit our clients’ schedule and budget. The price of your trip generally depends on the travel season, train service, accommodations, and the sightseeing tours you take. When you request a quote you’ll be provided with the detailed information you need

Most of our trips include stops to get off the train to explore Canada’s beautiful locations, national parks and unique cities. However, if you’re keen to maximize your time onboard, we’ll pair you up with the perfect train experience.

This trip itinerary features a private cabin in Sleeper Plus Class on VIA Rail's The Canadian train. Each cabin features comfortable seating that converts to a bed. Cabins include a sink and toilet and access to a shared shower.

In Sleeper Plus Class, you’ll also enjoy gourmet meals in the dining car and access to the train's viewing cars, where you can watch the passing scenery and meet fellow travellers. Complimentary tea, coffee and snacks are available throughout your journey. Alcoholic beverages are not included but are available for purchase.

A range of activities and excursions are available in Banff, so you can choose how you spend your day there. You could ride the Banff Gondola, visit Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, or explore the town on an e-bike tour.

You can customize your trip to your interests. If there’s something specific you’d like to see or do in Banff, please let us know. For more details on activity options, take a look through the trip itinerary or speak to one of our Vacation Advisors.

Trip Itinerary

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Calgary to the Canadian Rockies
Day 01

Calgary to the Canadian Rockies

Travel from Calgary to the Canadian Rockies. From the very beginning, we take care to ensure that your vacation gets off to the best start. We’ve planned every detail — from your excursions to the best dining experiences. Start to explore Banff, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the charm of a small mountain community.

  • Transfer from Calgary Airport to Banff
  • Feature Dinner in Banff

    Enjoy a delicious three-course dinner at one of Banff's great restaurants.

Explore Banff
Day 02

Explore Banff

Fill your lungs with fresh Rocky Mountain air and head out for a day of exploration in Banff National Park.

    You have 3 options to choose from today:
  • Banff Sightseeing Tour and Gondola Ride

    Discover Banff’s folklore and natural history on a small group tour, then ride the gondola up to the summit of Sulphur Mountain.  

  • Banff Townsite Explorer E-Bike Tour
  • Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour

    On a guided sightseeing tour, stroll the Lake Louise shoreline and snap photos of the Valley Of The Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake.

Icefields Parkway – Banff to Jasper
Day 03

Icefields Parkway – Banff to Jasper

Travel along the spine of the Rockies on one of the most beautiful routes in the world — the Icefields Parkway. 

    You have 2 options to choose from today:
  • Icefields Parkway Tour to Jasper

    On this full-day sightseeing tour, walk on the Athabasca Glacier, stop for lunch, and step bravely out onto the Columbia Icefield Skywalk.

  • Private Icefields Sightseeing with Heli-Tour (Extra Cost)

    Explore the Icefields Parkway at your own pace with a private guide. Soar above aqua-green lakes, glaciers, and waterfalls in a helicopter.  

VIA Rail - Depart Jasper
Day 04

VIA Rail - Depart Jasper

Board The Canadian train in Jasper and begin your westward journey to Vancouver. Leave Jasper National Park and travel through British Columbia's Cariboo Mountains. 

  • Transfer from Hotel to Train Station
  • The Canadian Train - Onboard Service

    Watch the changing scenery from the train's viewing cars and enjoy hot meals in the dining car. Ask your Vacation Advisor about the differences between Sleeper Plus Class and Prestige Class.

VIA Rail - Arrive in Vancouver
Day 05

VIA Rail - Arrive in Vancouver

After travelling through BC’s Fraser Valley, your journey on board The Canadian train comes to an end. Arrive in coastal Vancouver — a spectacular city surrounded by mountains and the ocean. 

  • Transfer from Train Station
  • FlyOver Canada Admission

    During your free time today, see Canada from coast to coast at FlyOver Canada. Take a seat in front of a 20-metre-wide spherical screen and enjoy a breathtaking flight simulation. 

Depart Vancouver
Day 06

Depart Vancouver

Much too soon, you journey home — leaving the fresh air and mountains of Canada behind. 

  • Private Transfer to Vancouver Airport

Prices

Get your personalized quote as prices vary by departure date, train-service level and hotel class. Prices shown are our lowest rates per person, based on double occupancy, and exclude taxes.
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Accommodations

These are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.
Elk and Avenue Hotel in Banff in the summer with mountains behind

Elk + Avenue Hotel

Example of a Comfort hotel in Banff

Conveniently located in downtown Banff, the Elk and Avenue Hotel combines Banff’s alpine history with a sleek modern design. After a day of exploring, unwind in the hotel’s jacuzzi or dry sauna, then enjoy fresh Canadian cuisine at the on-site restaurant.

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Upgrade to Prestige Class

Upgrade to Prestige Class

Prestige Class is Canada’s version of the Orient Express. Available on VIA Rail’s The Canadian Train between Vancouver and Toronto, this luxury double cabin includes a special concierge service throughout your journey. This is one of our most popular upgrade options.

What Our Customers Say

Excellent overall rating based on 30 reviews

The pace of the trip was just what we wanted

The pace of the trip was just what we wanted, not rushed, with lots of time to relax and enjoy the scenery.

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Nancy and Family

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Insider Tips

From the snow capped mountain peaks to the vibrant lakes, dense forest, and alpine meadows you will not find a more diverse landscape with so much to offer! Skiing and hiking are just a couple of my favorite things; there is no other place I would rather call home.

Ashley M

Ashley

Canadian Insider

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