Circle the Canadian Rockies by Train

Explore the Canadian Rockies on this roundtrip train tour

Combine two incredible Rocky Mountaineer train journeys. Travel by rail through Whistler, Jasper, Banff and Vancouver – the scenery is varied in each direction, with some of the most magnificent scenery in the world.

Suggested length

12 days / 11 nights


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When to go

May – September

Time on train

5 days

Highlights of your trip

See Vancouver, Whistler, Banff and Jasper

Two journeys onboard the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer train

Explore Banff and Jasper National Parks

Whistler Peak 2 Peak Gondola and Banff Gondola

Sightseeing along the Icefields Parkway

A great selection of activity choices

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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 most beautiful cities in the world, surrounded by towering mountains and the sparkling ocean. 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.

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Vancouver to Whistler
Day 02

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Vancouver to Whistler

Step aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for the start of a three-day train journey to the Canadian Rockies. Today you’ll 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 onboard the Rocky Mountaineer. You'll travel into the sprawling wilderness of British Columbia, so keep your eyes open 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

This morning, return to your home on the rails — the Rocky Mountaineer train. This is the day you’ve been waiting for, the day you travel into 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. You can look forward to spending 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. Along the way, watch for cascading waterfalls and dramatic peaks, mountain goats, elk, and even 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. 

Explore Lake Louise
Day 07

Explore Lake Louise

Spend your day in one of the most beautiful places on the planet — Lake Louise. It doesn't matter whether the sun is shimmering on the water or a mist hangs over the surrounding peaks and glaciers, the magic of this place is unmistakable.

  • Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Tour from Lake Louise

    This exciting tour takes you to the most treasured spots in Banff and Yoho national parks. Stop for Lunch at Emerald Lake, in the middle of a stunning glacial cirque, where you’ll have time to stroll and explore. 

Lake Louise to Banff
Day 08

Lake Louise to Banff

Spend a relaxing morning in Lake Louise before journeying to Banff this afternoon.

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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
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 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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This is far from your average holiday destination. No where else lets you sail in the morning and ski in the afternoon. I loved the beautiful scenery, and the culinary adventures are out of this world.

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