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Adventure by train through the Rockies

Rockies by Rail Mountain Adventure

10

days

starting fromUS $5,690per person

  • Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours
  • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget
Rockies by Rail Mountain Adventure  – Map
Sample trip map & photos – personalize your trip by adding extra nights and activities in each location
Canoeing on Emerald lake
Canoeing on Emerald lake
The perfect combination of adventure, discovery, and beautiful scenery in the Rockies.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
Your trip begins in the vibrant city of Vancouver, surrounded by ocean and mountains.
Floatplane tour over vancouver
Floatplane tour over vancouver
Get a taste of the West Coast on a combination tour with floatplane, wildlife zodiac and scenic dinner.
The Rocky Mountaineer train travels through stunning scenery enroute to the Canadian Rockies
The Rocky Mountaineer train travels through stunning scenery enroute to the Canadian Rockies
Take in stunning views of the Canadian Rockies on this one-of-a-kind railway experience.
Dinner service onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train
Dinner service onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train
Aboard the train you will be pampered with friendly, attentive service and fresh, tasty food.
Downtown Jasper in the Canadian Rockies
Downtown Jasper in the Canadian Rockies
Arrive in the charming mountain town of Jasper to begin your self-drive adventure.
Enjoy a serene Japer canoe tour
Enjoy a serene Japer canoe tour
Choose to bask in the serene atmosphere of the Rockies on a guided canoe tour in Jasper.
The Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic mountain roads in the world.
The Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic mountain roads in the world.
Drive along the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic mountain roads in the world.
Tour group on the Columbia Icefields
Tour group on the Columbia Icefields
Choose to stop for a walk along the largest mass of ice in the Rocky Mountains - the Columbia Icefields.
An unforgettable helicopter tour over the Icefields Parkway
An unforgettable helicopter tour over the Icefields Parkway
Alternatively, soar over the Icefields on an unforgettable helicopter tour.
Peyto Lake, the Canadian Rockies
Peyto Lake, the Canadian Rockies
Along the way we will provide information about all the best picturesque stops.
River rafting in the cnadian Rockies
River rafting in the cnadian Rockies
Add on a thrilling river rafting trip on the Kicking Horse River.
The mountain town of Banff in the Canadian Rockies
The mountain town of Banff in the Canadian Rockies
Arrive into the bustling mountain town of Banff at your leisure.
Alpine hiking
Alpine hiking
Join a guided hike at Sunshine Meadows, offering the best alpine walking trails in the Rockies.
The journey ends as you depart from Calgary
The journey ends as you depart from Calgary
Transfer through the Canadian Rocky Mountains to Calgary for your departure.
  • Quick Overview

    What we love about this trip

    • The spectacular two-day rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer

    • Exploring the stunning glaciers of the Icefields Parkway on foot or by air!

    • Unique mountain lodge accommodation in Yoho National Park

    • Choice of handpicked tour options to explore the Canadian Rockies

    • Superb photo opportunities in Banff and Jasper National Parks

    This journey through the Canadian Rockies is designed for the adventurous spirit! Discover the active lifestyle of Vancouver before traveling by rail to explore the pristine beauty of Jasper, Banff, and Yoho national parks. This trip includes time to explore at your own pace with a car rental, combined with guided activity choices such as hiking, paddling, wildlife viewing, and even rock climbing.

    Trip Outline

    Arrive Vancouver 2 nights Vancouver 1 night Kamloops 2 nights Jasper 2 nights Emerald Lake 2 nights Banff Depart Calgary *Can be done in reverse

  • Sample Itinerary
    Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

    Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
    Vancouver is considered to be one of the most desirable places to live in the world - it is rich with culture, art, cuisine and diversity while being surrounded by wild mountains, oceans and forests. Walk out of the airport and right into your own personal private vehicle. Your driver will help orient you to our hometown.

    Feature Dinner in Vancouver
    Did you know Vancouver is one of the top culinary destinations in the world? We want to make sure you don’t eat at the tourist trap restaurant across the street from your hotel, rather have the best dining experience in a beautiful setting. Included is a meal at a scenic waterfront location - one of our favorite dining spots!

    Day 2 – Explore Vancouver

    Today you have 3 options to choose from to help you enjoy Vancouver.

    • Option 1: Granville Island Kayaking Tour
    Discover Vancouver on a small group kayak tour of False Creek leaving from Granville Island. Watch out for herons, seals and eagles as you explore Vancouver’s unique inner harbor area.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 2: Vancouver Bicycle Tour
    The bike is a Vancouverites favourite mode of transport! Travel along the extensive cycle lane network in Vancouver and discover the city like a local. Explore the best of Vancouver food, history, and culture. Visit the Stanley Park seawall, grab a snack at Granville Island Public Market and see historic Gastown and Chinatown.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 3: Vancouver by Land, Sea, and Air
    Get a taste of the West Coast. Start from downtown Vancouver on a shuttle to Horseshoe Bay. Then, get a thrill on a scenic zodiac tour – watch for seals, eagles and other marine wildlife as you zip along the water. Later, enjoy a delicious meal on charming Bowen Island. Finally, have your camera ready for a scenic seaplane flight back to downtown Vancouver.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Day 3 – On the Rocky Mountaineer – Vancouver to Kamloops
    The smell of freshly roasted coffee and the crisp morning air rejuvenates you as the Rocky Mountaineer train pulls out of Vancouver. The train whistle sounds and your amazing Canadian train journey begins.

    On the first leg of your trip, you will travel through the interior of British Columbia and marvel at the steep walls of Fraser Canyon and the thundering water of Hell’s Gate. Relax in the laidback and luxurious atmosphere of the train and watch the views go by. The train will arrive in the small and welcoming town of Kamloops where you will stay overnight.

    Insider tip: For those looking for a classic sleeper train experience, ask us to substitute in the ‘Canadian Train’ from Vancouver to Jasper. Spend an additional day at your leisure in Vancouver before boarding the train in the evening and settling into your cozy private cabin.

    Day 4 – On the Rocky Mountaineer – Kamloops to Jasper
    On your second day aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, the scenery gets even more spectacular as you approach the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy another day of great food, service, and amazing scenery. The train pulls into the station in Jasper this afternoon. Upon arrival, pick up your rental car and begin an exciting self-drive through the Rockies. Overnight in Jasper.

    Day 5 – In the Canadian Wilderness – Jasper Adventure
    Spend the day exploring all the exciting opportunities of Jasper National Park.

    You have
    3 options to choose from today to help you explore Jasper.

    • Option 1: Private Nature Walk or Hike
    Explore Jasper National Park on a professionally guided interpretive walk or hike that can be suited to your fitness level. Enjoy plenty of time for photos and discussion. See wildlife, get close to rare alpine wildflowers, and stunning valley views.
    Activity rating: Moderate to Challenging (suited to your level)

    • Option 2: Evening Canoe Paddle
    Breathe deeply as you glide gently along a beautiful Rocky Mountain lake in a traditional canoe as the sun begins to drop behind the mountains. Watch for fish breaking the surface of the still water, the call of a loon, the sighting of beaver, or perhaps a moose grazing, as your guide steers the way. What a peaceful way to end your day.
    Activity rating:
    Moderate

    • Option 3: Guided Rock Climbing Experience
    Whether you’re an avid climber or a first timer, Jasper has the perfect limestone wall for rock climbing, only a short distance from Jasper along the Athabasca River. Receive expert coaching and challenge yourself as you learn how to rappel on a small group tour. No experience is necessary.
    Activity rating: Moderate (Can you climb a ladder or go for a short run or hike?)

    Day 6 – The Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Emerald Lake
    Drive along what is surely one of the most scenic mountain roads in the world - the Icefields Parkway.

    You have
    2 options to choose from to help you discover the Icefields today.

    • Option 1: Guided Walk on the Athabasca Glacier
    Walk along the Columbia Icefields - the largest mass of ice in the Rocky Mountains. The most accessible part of the Icefields is the Athabasca Glacier, where you can venture by foot. Join a guide and small group of travellers on a hike along the glacier – experience a place few people get to see firsthand.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 2:
    Icefields Heli-Hike Experience (additional cost)
    Step away from the crowds and with a helicopter tour and guided heli-walk, abundant in natural beauty, glaciers and waterfalls. Leave from an exclusive Icefields base and soar over Cline Pass and over Cline, Lion and Lioness Glaciers.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Your drive concludes at the Emerald Lake Lodge where you will spend the next two nights.

    Feature Dinner at Emerald Lake
    This evening you’ll relax and refresh with a gourmet dining experience. Enjoy the lake views and attentive service as you indulge in a 3-course meal.

    Day 7 – Explore Yoho National Park
    The day is free to explore at your leisure. Emerald Lake is a top destination in Yoho National Park, with an unparalleled diversity of activities and landscapes. Choose from activities like hiking, canoeing or wildlife viewing. The hike around the lake is one of the least strenuous but most rewarding.

    Insider Tip: Add on a Rafting Tour on the Kicking Horse River
    Get a thrill on the Kicking Horse River with a rafting tour. Work with fellow paddlers to get past up to class 4+ rapids. After building up an appetite, enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Day 8 – Yoho National Park to Banff
    Today you head along the scenic road to Banff - we recommend stopping in for a visit at the famous Lake Louise on your way. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lake Louise is known as Canada’s emerald of the Rockies. Ask us for our
    Lake Louise activity menu - choose activities such as a scenic ride up the Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola and visit the Wildlife Interpretive Centre, a guided hike, canoe on Lake Louise or Afternoon Tea at the iconic Chateau.

    After soaking in the mountain views, continue your drive to Banff. A lively mountain town with great restaurants, Banff is a welcome change of pace. Overnight in Banff.

    Day 9 – Explore Banff
    Head out for a day of exploration in Banff. Enjoy the views from the Banff Gondola as it glides to the top of Sulphur Mountain.

    You also have
    3 options today to help you explore Banff today.

    • Option 1: Hike in Sunshine Meadows
    Head to the top of the world and away from the crowds at Sunshine Meadows, one of the most stunning alpine settings in the Canadian Rockies. Join a guide along the network of trails that wind their way around the meadows on the mountain top.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 2: Via Ferrata Tour
    Test your limits today with a climb up Mt. Norquay! You tour begins with a lesson on the equipment, before heading up into the mountains. This 4-hour tour is a great introduction to the world of Via Ferrata. An experienced guide leads you along a 1.4km route - reaching a height of 2300 metres above sea level.
    Activity rating: Challenging

    • Option 3: Cave Tour
    Your hike will introduce you and your family to the amazing world of caves, spending approximately 2 hours underground crawling, sliding, and wiggling past prehistoric bones and investigating ancient cave formations. This activity takes place 30 minute from Banff and involves a 30 to 40 minute hike uphill to the cave entrance. This won’t be an experience you soon forget!
    Activity rating: Moderate–Challenging

    Day 10 – Depart from Calgary
    Much too soon you leave the fresh air and colorful sights of the Canadian Rockies behind as your Fresh Tracks Canada vacation comes to an end.
  • What's Included
    Accommodations:
    • 9 nights of hotel accommodation

    Train Experiences:
    • 2 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train between Vancouver and Jasper in SilverLeaf service

    Tour Inclusions:

    Vancouver Experiences:
    • Choose 1 of 3:
    1.
    Granville Island Kayaking Tour
    2.
    Vancouver Bicycle Tour
    3.
    Vancouver by Land, Sea, and Air (additional cost)

    Jasper Experiences:
    • Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Private Nature Walk or Hike
    2.
    Evening Canoe Paddle
    3.
    Guided Rock Climbing Experience

    Icefields Parkway Experiences (between Lake Louise and Jasper):
    • Choose 1 of 2:
    1. Guided Walk along the Athabasca Glacier
    2.
    Icefields Heli-HIke (additional cost)

    Yoho National Park Experiences:
    Option to add on an activity during your stay at Emerald Lake or spend day at leisure:
    1.
    Rafting Tour on the Kicking Horse River (additional cost)

    Banff Experiences:
    • Banff Gondola admission
    Plus
    • Choose 1 of 3 options:
    1. Hike in Sunshine Meadows
    2. Cave Tour
    3. Via Ferrata Tour (additional cost)

    Meal Inclusions:
    • Feature Dinner at the start of your trip
    • 2 delicious breakfasts and lunches onboard the train

    • Feature Dinner in Emerald Lake

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Personalized and private pick up from your arrival airport
    • Transfers between hotels and train stations in Vancouver and Kamloops

    Car Rental Inclusions:
    • 6-day intermediate size car rental
    • Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental and Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million) and vehicle licensing fee
    • Airport surcharges
    • Unlimited kilometers
    • Fee for 1 additional driver

    Other Inclusions:
    • Parks Canada Pass
    • Documentation package
    • Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
    • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service
    from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

    Inclusion Notes:
    • Price of your trip may vary depending on activity choices.

    Seasonal Restrictions:
    • The Granville Island Kayaking tour is available until the September 9 eastbound departure date (Westbound departures: until August 31).
    • Guided Rock Climbing Experience is available until the August 26 eastbound departure date (Westbound departures: until August 24).
    • Hike in Sunshine Meadows is available from the June 24 to August 26 eastbound departure dates (Westbound departures: June 29 to September 3).
    • Via Ferrata tour in Banff is available until the September 3rd westbound departure (available for all eastbound departures).

     

    Not Included

    • Fuel and refueling fees
    • Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)
    • Personal Effects Coverage (PEC)
    • One-way drop fee on car rental (approximately $40 - $50)
    • LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type
    • Fee for drivers under the age of 25
    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Airfare
    • Gratuities for rail, hotel, scheduled tour and transfer staff
    • Trip Cancellation and Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
    • Canadian Sales Taxes

    Get your personalized itinerary before availability is gone. Because we're now booking into 2019

    • Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
    • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.
  • Accommodations

    Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation choices. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

    Sawridge Inn

    An example of our Superior accommodations

    Jasper's Sawridge Inn is a favourite among travellers looking for understated luxury at affordable prices. Unwind in newly renovated rooms with marble bathrooms and take a dip in the large indoor pool.

    Emerald Lake Lodge

    An example of our Mountain Lodge accommodations

    An exclusive year-round destination, the historic Emerald Lake lodge is located in Yoho National Park, just 25 miles west of Lake Louise. Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, the Lodge includes a formal dining room, quiet reading and sitting rooms, and a games room. The lounge is enhanced by an oak bar salvaged from an 1890's Yukon saloon. The lodge features an outdoor hot tub which offers dazzling views of Emerald Lake, or gather around the firepit in the evening to appreciate the beauty and serenity of the area.

    Rimrock Resort

    An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

    The 4.5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, when you enter the main lobby, you are actually on the 7th floor, and the views from the pamorama of windows over the Bow Valley are simply stunning. The hotel has an upscale yet understated feel, and the service is impeccable.

    The Loden Hotel

    An example of our Boutique accommodations

    With personal touches and luxury amenities, the Loden Hotel is the ideal boutique accommodation centrally located in the city of Vancouver. Drawing its inspiration from the natural setting of Vancouver and its coastal environment, the Loden features an interior rich in colour and detail. Ideally located just minutes from downtown Vancouver and the Coal Harbour seawall.

     

  • Prices & Dates
    2018 Calgary Start Dates
    Mon, Fri
    June 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
    July 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
    August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
    September 3, 7


    2018 Vancouver Start Dates
    Sun, Wed
    June 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
    July 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
    August 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
    September 2, 5, 9, 12

    2019 Calgary Start Dates
    Mon, Fri
    June 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
    July 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
    August 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
    September 2, 6

    2019 Vancouver Start Dates
    Sun, Wed
    June 12, 16, 19, 23 ,26, 30
    July 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
    August 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
    September 1, 4, 8, 11

     

    Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

    Boutique hotels and mountain lodges
    from US $5,690to US $6,145per person

    Our Boutique Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Boutique Level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Private drivers and unique tours complete your itinerary.

  • Common Questions

    Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

    The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

    What are the best ways to travel around Canada on my vacation

    Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

    Is it safe to drive in the mountains?

    New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.

    When is the best time to see wildlife?

    That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

    Are your tours escorted?

    No, but you'll feel like it is with all your connections and experiences prearranged. Our clients love the freedom and flexibility it gives them. Some of our wildlife experiences are small group tours led by specialist guides.

  • Special Offers

Get your personalized itinerary before availability is gone. Because we're now booking into 2019

  • Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
  • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.