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Adventure by train through the Rockies

Rockies by Rail Mountain Adventure

10

days

starting fromUS $5,880per person

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  • Learn which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.

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 at a glance

10 Days / 9 Nights

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

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    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? Enjoy a great meal in the best setting while making memories with your loved ones – in one of our favorite restaurants!

    Overnight in Vancouver.

    Day 2 – Explore Vancouver


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

    • Option 1: Vancouver Bicycle Tour
    The bike is a Vancouverites favorite 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 2: Vancouver by Land, Sea, and Air (additional cost)
    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

    • Option 3: 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

    Overnight in Vancouver.

    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.

    This evening, your train arrives in the small town of Kamloops where you are free to enjoy a dinner on your own and a night in a standard hotel.

    Overnight in Kamloops.

    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?)

    Overnight in Jasper.

    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: Icefields Helicopter Experience
    Step away from the crowds and take a helicopter tour 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. You’ll also view a spectacular 900ft waterfall flowing from two aqua green lakes!
    Activity rating: Easy

    Insider tip: Experience the vast wilderness of the Canadian Rockies few people ever have the chance to see by adding on an hour-long Heli Hike Extension to your helicopter tour.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 2: 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 travelers on a hike along the glacier – experience a place few people get to see firsthand.
    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.

    Overnight at Emerald Lake.

    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.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    Overnight at Emerald Lake.

    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, 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.
    Included today is admission to the Banff Gondola.

    • Included: Banff Gondola Admission
    Soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a stunning bird's-eye view of six incredible mountain ranges. With breathtaking vistas in every direction, you'll understand why this is a Canadian Rockies must-see destination!
    Activity rating: Easy

    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: 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

    • Option 2: Scenic Ride to Sunshine Village + Standish Chairlift + Hosted Trail Walk
    Starting at the base (1,660m) take the Scenic Alpine Shuttle or Sightseeing Gondola (depending on the day of the week) up to the village at 2,164m, all while taking in the views of the valley. From the Village, ride the Standish Chairlift to over 2,400m and experience 360-degrees of breath-taking views. Once at the top, surrounded by the iconic peaks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, join a hosted trail walk. With your knowledgeable guide, visit the Standish Viewing Deck, then take the Rock Isle Road back to Sunshine Village, stopping by Rock Isle Lake viewpoint for the beautiful vistas.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 3: Via Ferrata Tour (additional cost)
    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

    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.
Rockies by Rail Mountain Adventure  – Map

Availability

JunJulAugSep

Places Visited

VancouverJasperIcefields ParkwayBanffCalgary

Accommodation Style

HotelLodge

Your Train Experience

Rocky Mountaineer

Activity Level

EasyModerate

What you'll 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

Common Questions

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    You'll be staying at various local three to five start hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

  • What is included in the price?

    Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

  • Can I customize this trip?

    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 request your free trip plan to 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.

  • What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

    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.

  • What is the train experience like?

    Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in the US or Europe), the two main rail providers here are driven by tourism. You'll experience the romance of true trans-continental rail travel, with a wide selection of services, accommodation types, and great food.

    Featured train experiences:

    • 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.
  • Is it safe to drive in Canada?

    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.

  • Is this an escorted tour?

    With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

  • 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).

  • How much does my trip cost?

    All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

  • What's Included

    What's Included in the Price

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    Accommodations:
    • 9 nights accommodation

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

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

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

    Icefields Parkway Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 2:
    1. Icefields Heli-Sightseeing Experience
    Optional Add-On:
    • Heli Hike Extension (additional cost)
    2. Guided Icewalk along the Athabasca Glacier

    Yoho National Park Experiences:
    • Day at Leisure
    Optional Add-On:
    • Rafting on the Kicking Horse River (additional cost)

    Banff Experiences:
    • Banff Gondola Admission
    Plus
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Cave Tour
    2. Sunshine Village Scenic Ride and Hosted Trail Walk
    3. Via Ferrata Experience (additional cost)

    Meal Inclusions:
    • Feature Dinner in Vancouver
    • 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches onboard Rocky Mountaineer train
    • Feature Dinner at Emerald Lake Lodge

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Personalized and private transfer from your arrival airport
    • Private train station transfer in Vancouver
    • Train station transfer in Kamloops

    • 6-day intermediate car rental
    • Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental, airport surcharges, unlimited kilometers, Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million), fee for 1 additional driver, and vehicle licensing fee

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

    Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
    • Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur
    • The Granville Island Kayaking tour is available from until the September 4, 2019 eastbound departure date.
    (Westbound departures: until August 30, 2019).
    • Guided Rock Climbing Experience is available until the September 8, 2019 eastbound departure date
    (Westbound departures: until September 9, 2019).
    • Guided walk in Sunshine Village is available from the June 19 to September 11, 2019 eastbound departure dates
    (Westbound departures: July 1 to September 20, 2019).
    • Via Ferrata tour in Banff is available until the August 28th eastbound departure (Westbound departures: June 14, 2019 onwards).
    Not Included
    • Fuel and refueling fees
    • Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)
    • Personal Effects Coverage (PEC)
    • GPS
    • One-way drop fee on car rental
    • LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type
    • Fee for drivers under the age of 25
    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Airfare (but do not hesitate to ask for help)
    • Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff

    • Trip Cancellation & Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
    • Canadian Sales Taxes

    Ideas to customize this trip

    Think of this trip as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

    Extend your stay on the west coast of Canada with a self-drive trip to the unique surf town of Tofino on Vancouver Island.
    • Upgrade to GoldLeaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer, or switch VIA Rail for those looking for a classic sleeper train experience.
    • Complete your trip through the Rockies by adding on a return train trip to Vancouver, or opt to drive back through the diverse scenery of British Columbia.
    • Spend more time hiking in the Rockies with a stay at a fly-in mountain lodge.
    • Board a floatplane and fly to the charming capital of British Columbia – Victoria. Return to Vancouver on an exciting whale watching tour.
    • Add on a self-drive trip to the Sunshine Coast and spend a few days exploring the beaches, kayaking or taking in the spectacular ocean views from a private tent-house suite.
    • Visit the Olympic city of Whistler, and add on one of the many adventure activities available in this mountain town, from zip lining, to hiking, to bungee jumping.
  • Prices & Dates

    Trip Start Dates

    2019 Calgary Start Dates
    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, 9

    2019 Vancouver Start Dates
    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

    Pricing For This Trip

    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 $5,880to US $6,350per 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.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodation Options

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

    Sawridge Inn - Exterior of hotel

    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 - Exterior of Emerald Lake Lodge

    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 - Exterior of resort

    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 - Exterior of the Loden

    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.

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This Trip in Pictures

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.

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