Discover Whistler and the Canadian Rockies by Rail

Take the train to Whistler and the Rockies

Peaks, valleys, and emerald-green lakes will fill your camera's memory card as you travel by train to the Canadian Rockies. Explore Whistler, Lake Louise, Banff and Jasper.

Suggested length

9 days / 8 nights


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When to go

May – September

Time on train

3 days

Highlights of your trip

2.5 days on the Rocky Mountaineer 

Travel from Vancouver and Whistler to the Canadian Rockies

See the beautiful alpine village of Whistler 

Enjoy an Icefields Parkway scenic tour

Walk on glaciers, millions of years old

Unique choice of tours in Jasper and Banff National Parks

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Rocky Mountaineer route through Whistler

Journey on Rocky Mountaineer's northerly route for more time onboard the train.

Trip Itinerary

Speak to one of our Canadian Insiders about personalizing this trip. Some of our trips can be done in the reverse direction.
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Welcome to Vancouver
Day 01

Welcome to Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver, one of the world's most beautiful cities, surrounded by towering mountains and the sparkling ocean. From the very beginning, we ensure your vacation is off to the best start. We’ve taken care of every detail — from your excursions to the best dining experiences. 

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Vancouver to Whistler
Day 02

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Vancouver to Whistler

Step aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for the start of a three-day train journey to the Canadian Rockies. Today, travel from ‘sea to sky’ on your way to Whistler. 

  • Suggested Add-On: Whistler Dinner Tour (Extra Cost)

    If you are looking to treat yourself to Whistler's best fine dining, this is the tour for you! This four hour tour features four delicious courses at award winning Whistler restaurants. You will also visit an impressive 15,000-bottle wine cellar where guests learn to ‘saber’ champagne with a sword (and a steady hand)! 

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Whistler to Quesnel
Day 03

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Whistler to Quesnel

Another day of your train journey begins as you re-board the Rocky Mountaineer. Travel into the sprawling wilderness of British Columbia and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. Spend the night in the small town of Quesnel.

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Quesnel to Jasper
Day 04

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Quesnel to Jasper

Return to your home on the rails — the Rocky Mountaineer train. This is the day you’ve been waiting for, the day you travel through the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in the town of Jasper this evening.

Explore Jasper National Park
Day 05

Explore Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park — the largest park in the Canadian Rockies — is one of our favourite destinations. Spend the day exploring Canada’s most authentic mountain town where the wild never left the wilderness.

  • Jasper Motorcycle Sidecar Tour

    Catch stunning mountain views on a professionally guided, Harley Davidson motorcycle sidecar tour. Choose to explore raging Maligne Canyon, magnificent Athabasca and Sunwapta Falls, or iconic Mount Edith Cavell.  

  • Maligne Lake Tour with Cruise

    Watch for antlers peeking through the trees on this small-group mini-bus tour to Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake and – by boat – to picturesque Spirit Island.

  • Privately Guided Nature Walk

    Join one of Jasper's most knowledgeable mountain guides for a private nature walk. At your own pace, discover wildlife, wildflowers and magnificent views.

Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise
Day 06

Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise

Travel along the spine of the Rockies on one of the most beautiful routes in the world — the Icefields Parkway. Watch for cascading waterfalls, dramatic peaks and local wildlife, like mountain goats, elk and bears.

  • Icefields Parkway Tour to Lake Louise

    On today's full-day sightseeing tour, explore the Icefields Parkway in all its glory. Walk on the Athabasca Glacier, stop for lunch, and step bravely out onto the Columbia Icefield Skywalk (whether you look down or not is up to you)!  

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

    Spend the day exploring the Icefields Parkway at your own pace with a private guide. Along the way, you'll stop to soar over Cline Pass at 2900 m (9000 ft.) by helicopter. Enjoy a bird's eye view of remote valleys, glaciers, lakes and waterfalls. 

Morning in Lake Louise and Travel to Banff
Day 07

Morning in Lake Louise and Travel to Banff

Spend the morning in Lake Louise. Whether the sun is shining on the water or an ethereal mist hangs over the surrounding peaks and glaciers, the magic of this place is unmistakable. 

  • Suggested Add On: Lake Louise Gondola (Extra Cost)

    If you have additional time in Lake Louise, add on a 14-minute ride up the Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola. At an elevation of 2088 m / 6850 ft, see magnificent mountain views, wildflowers, and wildlife.

Explore Banff National Park
Day 08

Explore Banff National Park

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

  • Banff Sightseeing Tour and Gondola Ride

    Discover Banff’s enchanting folklore and natural history on this entertaining small group tour. Stop at some of the area's most scenic viewpoints before riding a gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. 

  • Lake Minnewanka Nature Cruise

    See the Canadian Rockies from a fresh perspective on a relaxing cruise on beautiful Lake Minnewanka.

  • Sunshine Village Walk with Scenic Gondola

    Begin your day with a scenic gondola ride up to a mountainside resort. Take in the spectacular views before a guided walk through Sunshine Meadows. Your guide will teach you all about the fascinating ecosystem above the treeline.

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3 to 3.5 Stars
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Airport Transfer Calgary <> Banff
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Fairmont main lodge in Jasper National Park with mountains, trees, and lake

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Example of a Deluxe hotel in Jasper

Nestled within Alberta’s magnificent Jasper National Park, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and plenty of wildlife. Amenities include a heated outdoor pool, world-class golf course, and award-winning spa.

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What’s Included

Hotel accommodation
Rocky Mountaineer daylight train journey
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
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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.

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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


Canadian Insider

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