The Famous Rocky Mountaineer Train
Travelling aboard the privately owned Rocky Mountaineer is an unforgettable experience
The train journey takes place during daylight hours to ensure you enjoy every minute of the breath-taking scenery, retracing train routes constructed over 100 years ago through the Canadian Rockies and Canada West. Ferocious rivers, majestic mountain ranges, glacier-fed lakes, all from the comfort of a roomy carriage or observation dome.
GoldLeaf is the most luxurious option. GoldLeaf clients have a separate dining area with superior meals and their own observation deck.
SilverLeaf, Silverleaf’s single-level dome service is a unique way to experience the legendary Rocky Mountaineer. Delicious hot breakfasts and lunches are served at your seat.
Complimentary drinks, beverages and snacks are also served in both classes and your luggage is delivered to your overnight hotel en route.
Routes – there are several 2- and 3-day journeys are on offer taking in Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Whistler and Vancouver.
Journey through the Clouds – 2 Days Jasper to Vancouver via Kamloops (overnight hotel)
You will follow the route of the Fraser River, home of British Columbia’s largest salmon run, pass by the Albreda Glacier and magnificent Pyramid Falls. The highlight of this route is majestic Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.
First Passage to the West – 2 Days Banff to Vancouver via Kamloops (overnight hotel)
Travel through the legendary Spiral Tunnels and pass by Craigellachie, the spot where the last spike on the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. This is the only passenger rail service on this historic route, celebrated for connecting Canada from East to West.
Rainforest to Gold Rush – 3 Days Jasper to North Vancouver via Quesnel & Whistler
Enjoy some of the most breath-taking and varied rail scenery found anywhere in the world on this route. Visit the Gold Pan City of Quesnel, journey through the Rocky Mountain Trench, be awestruck by spectacular Mount Robson, and arrive in the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. Overnight at Quesnel & Whistler.
Coastal Passage – Connecting Service
This cross-border route connects the cosmopolitan cities of Seattle, WA, USA and Vancouver, BC, Canada with the breath-taking Canadian Rockies. Connect the Seattle-Vancouver route to the First Passage to the West, Journey through the Clouds, or the Rainforest to Gold Rush routes.
Return day trips Vancouver to Whistler are also on offer.
Other Train Journeys
Via Rail including the famous Canadian
Via Rail operate most of the passenger rail services within Canada. The trains are very comfortable and staff extremely attentive; it is worth considering paying the first class fare (called Via 1) which offers plenty of room and complimentary meals served to your seat.
The Canadian…VIA Rail’s flagship service
The Canadian is one of Canada’s most well-known trains travelling across the country on a 4-night itinerary Toronto – Winnipeg – Edmonton – Jasper – Vancouver or vice versa.
Crossing the Northern Ontario Lakelands, the wide-open prairies and the Rockies, it is one of the longest rail journeys in the world, taking four days to complete
The train has been fully restored to its 1950s glory – its stainless-steel coaches are solid and functional. Unlike the Rocky Mountaineer, you sleep on the train and enjoy all your meals served in the restaurant car – service levels are not as high as Rocky Mountaineer but adequate and the dress is casual. Please contact me for full details of accommodation available.
The trains have recently been refurbished and include the NEW Prestige Sleeper Class for ultimate luxury. All meals are included in Sleeper Classes.
You don’t have to do the full journey or complete it in one go. Break the trip in Winnipeg and see the Polar bears in Churchill; in Jasper or Edmonton and explore the Rockies. You can also use it as a one-way trip between Vancouver and Jasper, the journey from Kamloops is during the day and the scenery is stunning
The Ocean links Montreal and Halifax by night via the St Lawrence River and across New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Sleeping and seating accommodation is available. Shorter journeys can be made using this train in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Jasper to Prince Rupert formerly The Skeena
A 2 day daylight service running from Jasper to Prince Rupert on the North Pacific Coast along the Skeena River and Rocky Mountain Passes, stopping 1 night at Prince George. The 725 mile route takes you past Mount Robson.
The Corridor Region Trains
Via Rail is a convenient way of getting from city centre to city centre in this area. Typical journey times are: Toronto to Montreal – 5 hours; Montreal to Quebec City – 3 hours; Toronto to Ottawa – 4 hours plus; Ottawa to Montreal – 2 hours