Essential Rockies by Train
6 days / 5 nights
Time on train
Where it goes
When to go
April – October
Your itinerary is personalized to suit your dreams and needs:
- Decide your desired budget
- Choose your own activities and experiences
- Have all the details of your trip arranged for you
The perfect short Rocky Mountaineer train trip
Your chance to experience the best of the Canadian Rockies! Take the famous Rocky Mountaineer train, and have plenty of time to explore the town of Banff and the beauty of Lake Louise.
Rocky Mountaineer rail journey from Vancouver to Lake Louise
Unique small group tours in Banff National Park
See glaciers, waterfalls, forests, and wildlife
Stop over at beautiful Lake Louise
Top experiences and features
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train
Your Questions Answered
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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 Canadian Insiders 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.
Rocky Mountaineer operates daylight touring trains, which travel along three of the most spectacular routes in Western Canada. You’ll enjoy onboard commentary, award winning service, and incredible food.
Arrive in Vancouver
Welcome to our hometown — a famously lovely west coast city, surrounded by mountains and ocean.
- Private Transfer from Vancouver Airport
Bypass the crowds and start making the most of your vacation. A friendly driver welcomes you to the city.
- Dinner in Vancouver
Dine at one of our favourite harbourside restaurants. Watch seaplanes land and enjoy views of the North Shore Mountains.
Rocky Mountaineer Train - Vancouver to Kamloops
All aboard! Settle in while the smell of breakfast wafts from the galley. A small jolt announces you are on your way — look forward to a day of spectacular scenery.
- Motorcoach Transfer to Train Station
- Rocky Mountaineer Train Service
Rocky Mountaineer daylight trains feature glass-dome cars with oversized windows, gourmet meals, and friendly, attentive staff. Ask your Vacation Advisor about the differences between SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf.
Rocky Mountaineer Train - Kamloops to Lake Louise
Another day of your train journey begins as you re-board the Rocky Mountaineer. Soon you'll be traveling past the glittering lakes and glaciers of the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Lake Louise this evening.
- Motorcoach Transfer from Train Station to Hotel
Enjoying Lake Louise and Transfer to Banff
For a good vacation — as for a good story — a varied pace is important, and today you set the cadence. Relax, stroll around the lake, go to the spa — or ask us about getting out for an adventure like canoeing, horseback riding, hiking or climbing.
- Lake Louise to Banff Sightseeing Transfer
Explore Banff National Park
Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rocky Mountain air, and explore Banff National Park at your chosen pace.
- Sunshine Gondola and Guided Alpine Nature Walk
Begin your day with a mountain gondola ride to stroll through scenic Sunshine Meadows. Admire alpine wildflowers and views of endless mountain peaks as your guide teaches you about the fascinating ecosystem above the treeline. Walking duration is two hours.
- Lake Minnewanka Cruise
- Gondola Ride and Evening Nature Tour
Enjoy a scenic gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain and take in the spectacular views. Explore the areas outside of town on an evening nature tour.
Depart from Calgary
Today, your dream week in the Canadian Rockies comes to an end. The fresh air and colourful sights of the Rockies transform into the open skies of the Albertan plains as you travel to Calgary.
- Transfer to Calgary Airport
On this two-hour journey, watch the landscape change from towering mountains to rolling prairie.
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Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel
The Coast Coal Harbour Hotel is close to Vancouver Harbour and Stanley Park, with views of the North Shore mountains available from some floors. Amenities include a heated outdoor pool, whirlpool, spa services, fitness centre and on-site restaurant.
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Celebrate an occasion
Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or the fulfillment of a lifelong goal, our team is ready to make it a celebration to remember. From arranging a bottle of champagne to putting together a helicopter picnic for two on top of a mountain at sunset, we're ready to make your dreams a reality.
What Our Customers Say
It was a great trip
It was a great trip. All of the hotels arranged by Fresh Tracks were top notch and the dinner in Vancouver was wonderful. We also loved the gondola trip to Sulphur Mountain, the si...
Bill, Chantale and Wesley
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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.
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