British Columbia and Alberta
At a Glance
Enjoy stunning Rocky Mountain scenery from the comfort of an iconic train
New Silver Leaf class has at seat service and new larger dome style windows
Choose from 2 or 3 day trips with all travel in daylight and each night in a hotel, not on board
Start in Seattle, Vancouver, Banff, Lake Louise or Jasper
Gold Leaf class is the epitome of luxury Rocky Mountain travel with outside viewing platforms, dome cars and fine dining
To start planning your vacation to Rocky Mountaineer
The Rocky Mountaineer has long been an iconic and stunning rail journey, transporting guests in luxury between Vancouver and Jasper or Lake Louise in the Rocky Mountains. In recent years, this incredible train has grown and extended it's journeys, now offering a choice of 2 or 3 day experiences and 3 different routes to choose from. The train is not only confined to Canada; guests can now join or end in the exciting city of Seattle in America's Washington state.
First Passage to the West:
The Rocky Mountaineer's most popular route. The only passenger train on the historic Canadian Pacific track that has been uniting British Columbia to the rest of Canada for the last 125 years. Start your two-day journey in Vancouver, Lake Louise or Banff with a stop overnight in Kamloops en route.
Journey Through the Clouds:
This spectacular two-day journey takes guests up to or down from Jasper through the stunning landscapes of Canada's largest national park and mighty snow capped Mount Robson. Start your journey in Vancouver or Jasper with a stop overnight in Kamloops en route.
Rainforest to Gold Rush:
This exciting new journey takes three days and includes diverse scenery from the temperate rainforests to the desert-like Fraser Canyon and historic Cariboo gold country as well as the Rocky Mountains. This three day journey starts in either Vancouver or Jasper with an overnight stay in Whistler and Quesnel en route. The Whistler stop gives you time to explore this pretty alpine town.
Rocky Mountaineer's newest route begins or ends in Seattle, giving guests the opportunity to connect an extra city to the spectacular train journey. This option is based on 3 or 4 days with overnight stops in Vancouver and Kamloops or Vancouver, Whistler and Quesnel.
For guests who love to travel by train, this has got to be one of the most beautiful journeys in the world. Relax, sit back and enjoy fine dining, superb service and the best view in the house!
All guests on the Rocky Mountaineer stay overnight in designated hotels in their en route stopover towns. Silver Leaf guests stay in moderate 3-4 star hotels and Gold Leaf guests stay in the more luxurious 4-5 star hotels. Hotels are allocated on departure day and are based on double or twin rooms with en suite facilities on a room only basis.
All guests receive breakfast and lunch on board the train. Dinner is at guests own expense.
The Rocky Mountaineer is a fairly sedentry experience with long days sat on the train with limited opportunities to move around beyond walking in the carriage and out on to the outside balcony area, therefore, we do not recommend it for families with young children.
Silver Leaf guests are seated in custom-designed, single-level domed cars with oversize windows. Meals and snacks, alcoholic and soft drinks are included and are served at their seat by a dedicated culinary team member. There are 2 hosts per carriage who are there to look after guests and explain the beautiful scenery and tell stories of the inhabitants of the areas and the Rocky Mountains themselves. Outdoor viewing areas are found in between carriages.
Gold Leaf guests are seated in two level domed carriages which allow a relaxed viewing and seating area upstairs with full glass domes and a separate private dining car down below with panoramic windows. Guests enjoy gourmet a la carte meals in the dining car served by a full culinary team and including alcohol and BC wines with lunch and soft drinks. Each carriage has 3 to 4 hosts to look after the guests fully. A large exclusive open air vestibule is available for guests to enjoy at the rear of each carriage.
There are no off train activities included within most of the itineraries with the exception of an afternoon in Whistler on the Gold Rush itinerary, Northbound. Each day includes spending up to 10 hours on the train and there are no opportunities to disembark other than at the beginning and end stations on each day. Simply enjoy the stunning views as you pass leisurely by.
Location & Directions
British Columbia and Alberta
The Rocky Mountaineer departs from either Seattle, Vancouver, Jasper, Lake Louise or Banff and travels through the Rocky Mountains over a 2, 3 or 4 day period.
When to go
The Rocky Mountaineer normally operates on selected dates from May to October, although other dates may occasionally be available.