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Discover Whistler and the Canadian Rockies by Rail

9

days

starting fromUS $4,090per person

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See Vancouver, Whistler, Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff By Train

If you are day-dreaming about the gorgeous mountain landscapes of the Canadian Rockies, this trip is perfect for you. Start in the vibrant city of Vancouver and then travel by rail past majestic peaks to the town of Whistler – an alpine resort surrounded by natural beauty. Carry on to Alberta and breathe the fresh mountain air as you explore Banff and the Rocky Mountains. Your personable local guides will share fascinating insights about this area while you gaze at the awe-inspiring views.

Trip at a glance

9 Days / 8 Nights

Arrive Vancouver* 1 night Vancouver 1 night Whistler 1 night Quesnel 2 nights Jasper 1 night Lake Louise 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 – Begin your Canadian Rockies Train Vacation – Arrival in Vancouver
    One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by towering mountains and sparkling ocean. From the very beginning, we ensure your vacation is off to the best start! Walk out of the airport and right into a private vehicle. Your driver will help orient you to our hometown, Vancouver!

    Feature Dinner in Vancouver
    We've booked dinner tonight, so you’ll be sure to enjoy some of the best food Vancouver has to offer at one of our favourite restaurants.

    Overnight in Vancouver.

    Day 2 – 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 a half-day train journey from Vancouver to the Olympic village of Whistler. Along the way, the train winds along the shores of Howe Sound, a deep fjord surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Then slowly it glides into the mountains, besides the rushing waters of the Cheakamus River, with waterfalls cascading down from the glaciers above. Upon arrival in Whistler, enjoy a relaxing afternoon and overnight stay amid the beauty of BC’s Coastal Mountains.

    • Included: Whistler Peak to Peak Gondola Day Pass
    Included in your stay is a Peak to Peak Gondola pass, to whisk you up to the alpine. Stroll meadows full of wildflowers and admire vast mountain valleys as far as the eye can see.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Suggested Add-On: Whistler Tasting Tour (additional cost)
    In the charming mountain village of Whistler lie culinary delights waiting to be discovered. Take a walking tour, with a group and guide, of some of Whistler’s best fine dining establishments.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Overnight in Whistler.

    Day 3 – Rocky Mountaineer Train – Whistler to Quesnel
    The Rocky Mountaineer’s whistle sounds and the smell of a delicious breakfast wafts from the galley as you pull out of Whistler heading north. Over coffee you may chat with your fellow passengers or simply gaze out of the window at some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Your train vacation is just beginning, so relax and take it in.

    In a single day, you will travel through the majestic Fraser Canyon, by the winding shores of Anderson and Seton Lakes, and into the ‘cowboy country’ of the high-desert Cariboo Plateau. In the canyon, you may wonder – not for the last time – at the feat of engineering this railroad represents. As you gaze down from your window, thousands of feet to the rushing waters of the Fraser River below, spare a thought for the chutzpah of the 19th century railroad barons who conceived the project – and the skill and hard work of the engineers, surveyors and migrant workers who built it.

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

    Overnight in Quesnel.

    Day 4 – 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 through the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Moose, bald eagle & bear are plentiful up here, so keep your eyes peeled! Seeing the high peaks of the Canadian Rockies for the first time is a thrilling moment and as you step off the train in the quaint mountain town of Jasper the smell of pristine mountain air fills your lungs. Everyday cares are far behind as you look forward to more days exploring the wonderful Canadian Rockies.

    Overnight in Jasper.

    Day 5 – Explore Jasper
    Jasper’s wide-open valleys are enticing to a variety of wildlife and are incredibly breathtaking. Spend the day exploring Jasper National Park on your style of tour.

    You have
    3 options to choose from today in Jasper:

    • Option 1:
    Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
    A sightseeing tour unlike any other for 1 or 2 passengers. From the freedom of the sidecar of a powerful Harley Davidson touring motorcycle and a professional driver – view famous lakes, historical viewpoints and attractions of the Jasper area.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2:
    Privately Guided Nature Walk
    See wildlife, rare alpine wildflowers, and magnificent valley views with one of the best, hand-picked mountain guides in Jasper. Enjoy a leisurely pace, and plenty of time for photos and discussion.
    Activity rating: Moderate (approx 4 miles | 6.5km)

    • Option 3: Maligne Valley Tour with Lake Cruise
    Watch out for antlers peeking through the trees on this small group sightseeing tour by mini-coach to Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake. Enjoy a cruise to breathtaking Spirit Island.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Overnight in Jasper.

    Day 6 – Icefields Parkway Tour – Jasper to Lake Louise
    Travel along the spine of the Rockies, on what is surely one of the most beautiful roads in the world – the Icefields Parkway to picture perfect Lake Louise.

    You have
    2 options to choose from today along the Icefields Parkway:

    • Option 1:
    Small Group Sightseeing Tour
    Travel south with a small group and guide, on one of the most scenic roads in the world – the Icefields Parkway. The road runs south down the spine of the Canadian Rockies, and your driver-guide will give an expert commentary so you don’t miss a thing. Near the highest point of your journey, a highlight is the ‘Ice Explorer’ ride onto the Athabasca Glacier itself where you can walk a little and get a sense of the glacier’s movement and crevasses. You will also have a chance for a spectacular view on the Glacier Skywalk.
    Activity Rating: Easy

    • Option 2: Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience (additional cost)
    Spend the day with a private guide, to explore the Icefields at your own pace. Then, 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

    Overnight in Lake Louise.

    Day 7 – In the Canadian Rockies – Lake Louise to Banff
    This morning you wake up in the heart of the Rockies in what must surely be one of the most beautiful places on the planet – Lake Louise. 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. The water is often so turquoise that you almost want to jump right in despite its freezing temperature!

    • Suggested Add-on: Lake Louise Gondola (additional 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.

    Later on, a guided interpretive transfer brings you to Banff, with plenty of time for photo stops. A lively mountain town with great restaurants, Banff is a welcome change of pace. Enjoy strolling Banff Avenue or try one of the numerous outdoor adventures offered in this outdoor playground.

    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 8 – Explore Banff
    Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration.

    You have
    3 options to choose from today in Banff:

    • Option 1:
    Banff Sightseeing Tour and Gondola Ride
    Enjoy an entertaining small-group tour to discover Banff’s folklore and natural history. Stop at some of the area's most scenic viewpoints, before riding a gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain.
    Activity rating: Easy

    • Option 2:
    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.
    Activity rating: Moderate

    • Option 3:
    Lake Minnewanka Cruise
    See the Canadian Rockies from a fresh perspective on a Lake Minnewanka scenic cruise. Choose from daytime or dusk tours - or enhance your experience with an evening Craft Beer Voyage, pairing the beautiful scenery with a sampling of local brews.
    Activity rating: Easy

    Overnight in Banff.

    Day 9 – Depart from Calgary
    Much too soon, you leave the clean air and breathtaking beauty of Canada’s Rockies behind. Your vacation concludes as you travel through the foothills of the Canadian Rockies to Calgary Airport for your flight home. Yet you take with your memories to revisit and treasure for a lifetime.
Discover Whistler and the Canadian Rockies by Rail – Map

Availability

AprMayJunJulAugSepOct

Places Visited

VancouverWhistlerQuesnelJasperIcefields ParkwayLake LouiseBanffCalgary

Accommodation Style

Hotel

Your Train Experience

Rocky Mountaineer

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

  • Two and a half day Rocky Mountaineer rail journey, into remote Northern regions

  • Beautiful alpine village of Whistler

  • Icefields Parkway scenic transfer

  • Walk on glaciers, millions of years old

  • Spend time in Jasper and Banff National Parks

  • Unique choice of tours in the Rockies to suit your interests

Common Questions

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    You'll be staying at various local three to five star 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 your detailed digital travel documents, and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal throughout your trip to answer any 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 personalized 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.
  • 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 personalized trip plan and quote 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
    • 8 nights hotel accommodation

    Train Experiences:
    • 2.5 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train*

    Whistler Experiences:
    • Whistler Peak to Peak Gondola Day Pass
    Suggested Add-on: Whistler Fine Dining Food Tour (additional cost)

    Jasper Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
    2. Privately Guided Nature Walk
    3. Maligne Lake Tour with Cruise


    Icefields Parkway Experiences (between Jasper and Lake Louise):
    Choose 1 of 2:
    1. Small Group Sightseeing Tour (Includes picnic lunch, Ice Explorer, and the Glacier Skywalk)
    2. Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience (additional cost)

    Banff Experiences:
    Choose 1 of 3:
    1. Banff Sightseeing Tour and Gondola Ride

    2. Sunshine Village Walk with Scenic Gondola
    3. Lake Minnewanka Cruise

    Meal Inclusions:
    • Feature Dinner on your first night
    • 1 light meal, 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches onboard Rocky Mountaineer train

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Personalized and private transfer between Vancouver airport and hotel
    • Train station transfers in Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel and Jasper
    • Interpretive transfer between Lake Louise and Banff

    • Transfer between Banff and Calgary Airport*

    Other Inclusions:
    • Digital Travel Documents
    • Gratuities for private transfers (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.

    *Inclusion Notes:

    Comfort and Superior hotels are paired with SilverLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer train. Deluxe level is paired with GoldLeaf Service.
    Deluxe level includes a private transfer between Banff and Calgary. Superior and Comfort levels include a scheduled bus transfer.

    Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
    • Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur
    • Daily tour availability may vary based on the season and may not be available for all departures. For more information, please speak to your Vacation Advisor.

    Not Included
    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Airfare
    • 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.

    • Upgrade accommodations, include a stay at a luxurious mountain lodge, or add extra nights.
    • Add on a cruise along Alaska’s Inside Passage.
    • Ask us about adding a car rental to your trip, for more independent exploration off the train in the Canadian Rockies.
    • Let us arrange additional experiences, such as golf, spa, hiking, or specialty wildlife tours.
    • Add a trip to Victoria, British Columbia’s charming capital city on Vancouver Island and visit the world famous Butchart Gardens
    • Include a stay at a fly-in floating lodge - off the Coast of Vancouver Island, to fully immerse yourself in a bear watching experience.
  • Prices & Dates

    Trip Start Dates

    2020 Vancouver Start Dates
    April 24
    May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
    June 5, 12, 19, 26
    July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    August 7, 14, 21, 28
    September 4, 11, 18, 25
    October 2

    2020 Calgary Start Dates
    April 23, 30
    May 7, 14, 21, 28
    June 4, 11, 18, 25
    July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    August 6, 13, 20, 27
    September 3, 10, 17, 24
    October 1

    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.

    Comfort Level Hotels
    SilverLeaf Train Service
    from US $4,090 to US $6,005 per person

    Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

    Superior Level Hotels
    SilverLeaf Train Service
    from US $4,490 to US $6,631 per person

    Our Superior Level provides 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. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.

    Fresh Tracks Favorite
    Deluxe Level Hotels
    GoldLeaf Train Service
    from US $6,270 to US $9,169 per person

    On our Deluxe Level vacation, 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. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.

  • 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.

    Delta Whistler Village Suites - Exterior

    Delta Whistler Village Suites

    An example of our Comfort and Superior accommodations

    This elegant hotel is located in the heart of Whistler Village and it is surrounded by the exciting buzz of this lovely mountain resort town. The Delta Whistler Village Suites is a full-service hotel with friendly and attentive staff who strive to make their guests feel at home. Relax after a full day of outdoor exploration in the heated pool or dine on gourmet cuisine at one of the two restaurants. Ski enthusiasts will love the ski storage, ski rental shop and the convenient ski resort shuttle services.

    Rimrock Resort - Rimrock Resort overlooking the Bow Valley

    Rimrock Resort

    An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

    The stunning 4.5 star Rimrock Resort is built into the side of a mountain, offering gorgeous panoramic views over the Bow Valley from the large windows in the main lobby. The hotel is a fantastic example of Rocky Mountain luxury, with an upscale atmosphere and warm, welcoming service.

    Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Spectacular setting near Lake Louise

    Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

    An example of our Comfort, Superior, and Deluxe accommodations

    This top notch 5 star hotel has an amazing location – overlooking the mirror-like waters of Lake Louise. Its timeless elegance will make you feel pampered and there are plenty of activities to enjoy, from horseback riding to canoeing to skating, skiing and hiking.

    Fairmont Banff Springs - Hotel surrounded by lush forest overlooking the Bow Valley

    Fairmont Banff Springs

    An example of our Deluxe accommodations

    Perched above the town of Banff and surrounded by lush forests and the rushing Bow River, the Banff Springs is a stately, beautiful hotel designed in the style of a Scottish Baronial Castle. From the expansive dining hall to the outdoor swimming pool to the fully equipped gym and the terrace with mountain views, staying at this hotel will make you feel like royalty. At the Banff Springs you can also enjoy many activities, including skiing, golf, spa treatments and much more.

  • Customer Reviews  (4)

    The arrangement were flawless on your part

    Star Rating 5
    June 16, 2015

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    The trip was great, the arrangement were flawless on your part. The only negative things were that the Rocky Mountaineer misplaced one of our suitcases when we arrived in Whistler and United Airlines caused a major problem on our return flight. The Mountaineer folk found the missing luggage in a few hours and returned it. The United matter is under "discussion", but had nothing to do with the service you provided.   We will continue to recommend your firm to our friends. Your service is excellent.

    No other travellers we met had such a rich and thoughtful itinerary

    Star Rating 5
    August 28, 2014

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    Thank you, thank you - what a vacation! Canada is as dramatically beautiful as we had hoped but all the local detail work you put in really made it extra special. Living in the UK, we could never in a million years have sorted out the quality of hotels you put together let alone getting the rooms with the best views, great personal guides, the kayaks and our favourite the tickets for travelling by float plane. You must recommend the heli-hiking - the guide and the company you put us with made it a very special day. In the three weeks we were there, no other travellers we met had such a rich and thoughtful itinerary – they were all as impressed as we were with what you, as local travel specialists, had put together for us. Like it said on your website – every detail, every amazing day! So many, many thanks to you all especially Eva, Katherine and Louise for putting together such a perfect Canada experience.

    Working with your organization is the way to go

    Star Rating 5
    September 13, 2013

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    It was a truly amazing trip. The Canadian Rockies are certainly a 'must see' for everyone but working through your organization made the experience even better. The package with schedule and vouchers you put together for us was so thorough and everything followed through in the same way. Absolutely no hitches! We have recommended your organization to friends who are contemplating the trip and assured them that working with your organization is the way to go. We emailed Eva when we returned to thank her for organizing the trip for us originally. She truly did an amazing job taking care of us. As each event occurred, Neil and I enthusiastically commented on how well she took care of us. Thank you and your entire organization very much for everything.

    Everything was well planned and taken care of

    Star Rating 5
    June 7, 2010

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    THANK YOU! With your help we had an absolutely amazing honeymoon! Everything worked out perfectly and was as we expected it would be. BC is a beautiful place and we can't wait to get back up there to do some skiing sometime. The only part of the itinerary where there was a bit of confusion was after the sea plane ride from Victoria to Whistler we didn't know if there would be a car or if we should just grab a taxi, but we got a taxi and everything worked out fine. The room in Victoria was a highlight in terms of the hotels, we had a room on the top floor which was great. All the excursions were great as well except no whales on the whale watching tour… it was beautiful anyways. Having never had a vacation planned/booked for me in the past, working with you and Fresh Tracks was a fantastic experience. Knowing that everything was well planned and well taken care of made it very easy for me to enjoy every minute of the trip.

This Trip in Pictures

Views of Coal Harbour and downtown Vancouver and the seawall in Stanley Park
Views of Coal Harbour and downtown Vancouver and the seawall in Stanley Park
Start your journey in funky and laid-back Vancouver, a city with a youthful and energetic vibe.
Passengers onboard the Rocky Mountaineer to Whistler admire the passing landscape from the outside viewing car
Passengers onboard the Rocky Mountaineer to Whistler admire the passing landscape from the outside viewing car
The Rocky Mountaineer train climbs from sea to sky, offering you stunning views of the rugged West Coast.
A couple admire the views from the peak to peak gondola from Whistler to Blackcomb mountain
A couple admire the views from the peak to peak gondola from Whistler to Blackcomb mountain
Glide high above the forests and admire an amazing panorama of Whistler in the Peak to Peak Gondola.
The Rocky Mounatineer train winds through the Fraser Valley past mountains and rivers
The Rocky Mounatineer train winds through the Fraser Valley past mountains and rivers
Your train journey takes you further east through the majestic Fraser Canyon to the Rocky Mountains.
A small group tour enjoy views of the Canadian Rockies from a lookout point
A small group tour enjoy views of the Canadian Rockies from a lookout point
Your sightseeing groups are small, so you can enjoy a more personalized experience.
Moraine lake in the Rocky mountains is surrounded by forests and mountains
Moraine lake in the Rocky mountains is surrounded by forests and mountains
Admire the beauty of the Canadian Rockies as you glide past tranquil blue lakes and thick pine forests.
The Banff gondola station sits atop Sulphur mountain in the Canadian Rockies
The Banff gondola station sits atop Sulphur mountain in the Canadian Rockies
Banff will amaze you with its stunning alpine scenery.

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