National Parks of the Canadian Rockies by Rail

A Famous Train Journey is Just the Beginning

If you only have a week, this is the perfect way to experience Canada’s natural beauty at its most majestic. Your journey takes you from the Pacific through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, where iconic landscapes meet daring tales. We’ll help you plan every step of your adventure so you can make it your own.

  • Starting From

    $3,590 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    8 days

    7 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Vancouver, Kamloops, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, Calgary
LET’S PERSONALIZE THIS TRIP

Two Days on Rocky Mountaineer


All aboard! The smell of breakfast wafts from the galley, and you eagerly await the small jolt that says, ‘we’re on our way!’

Adventure and Rejuvenation in the Rockies


Hike into grizzly country? Or go to the spa? Our included daily options offer something for all. An expert guide when you need one – and helpful advice when you don’t – also helps you make the most of your time and money.

Evening of Relaxation and Fun


Return each evening to lovely hotels. Enjoy a hot-tub and fancy meal – or try two-stepping and a beer in a cowboy bar. Travel from cosmopolitan Vancouver to the mountain towns of Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise.

YOUR TRIP
DAY-BY-DAY

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.

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Day 01

Arrive in Vancouver

Welcome to our hometown – a famously lovely west coast city, surrounded by mountains and ocean.

Get out and walk the seawall – or let us arrange a bike tour.

Private Transfer from Vancouver Airport

(1 of 2 activities)

Bypass the crowds and start making the most of your vacation. A friendly driver orients you to the city as you drive in.

Dinner in Vancouver

(2 of 2 activities)

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

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Pan Pacific Vancouver. In Deluxe hotels, you'll be staying in some of Canada's most iconic hotels and resorts. Enjoy outstanding locations, attentive service, and world-class amenities.

Day 02

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Vancouver to Kamloops

All aboard! Settle in while the smell of breakfast wafts from the galley. A small jolt announces you are on your way – a day of spectacular scenery to look forward to. Overnight in a Kamloops hotel.

We recommend you bring warm layers, in case you choose to spend time on the fresh air platform.

GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer

(1 of 3 activities)

Onboard, enjoy assigned seats in a top-level dome car with panoramic views all around. Gourmet breakfasts and lunches are served in a separate dining room below. Enjoy Rocky Mountaineer’s legendary hospitality, as friendly and attentive staff entertain you along the way. Snap photos from an outdoor viewing platform and feel the cool wind on your cheeks, or relax in your seat with complimentary beverages and snacks.

Motorcoach Transfer to Train Station

(2 of 3 activities)

It’s nice to simply walk down to the lobby of your hotel in the morning and know everything is handled until you reach your hotel in the evening.

Rocky Mountaineer Journey – Vancouver to Kamloops

(3 of 3 activities)

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train from the coastal city of Vancouver to the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser River valley, through winding river canyons of the Coast and Cascade mountains, to the desert-like environment of the interior. 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.

Day 03

Rocky Mountaineer Train – Kamloops to Jasper

After your overnight stay in Kamloops, wake up refreshed and ready for another day of breath-taking beauty.

Rocky Mountaineer Train Journey – Kamloops to Jasper

(1 of 2 activities)

Your journey continues north and east to the Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again dramatic scenery will surround you as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. In the late afternoon, the train pulls into the station in Jasper. Breathe in the cool, fresh mountain air of the Rockies – you’ve arrived!

Motorcoach Transfer to Hotel

(2 of 2 activities)

On arrival in Jasper, you will be escorted from the train station to your hotel on a Rocky Mountaineer motorcoach.

Overnight in Jasper

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. In Deluxe hotels, you'll be staying in some of Canada's most iconic hotels and resorts. Enjoy outstanding locations, attentive service, and world-class amenities.

Day 04

Explore Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park, the biggest in the Canadian Rockies, is a magical place – and we have lots of ideas to help you enjoy it.

Jasper's Bear's Paw Bakery offers delicious homemade stuff – one of our favourite spots!

Jasper Motorcycle Sidecar Tour

(1 of 3 options)

Enjoy a privately guided tour of Jasper's alpine passes and winding mountain roads, on a professionally-driven Harley Davidson motorcycle and sidecar.

Maligne Lake Tour with Cruise

(2 of 3 options)

Watch for antlers peeking through the trees on this small-group mini-bus tour to Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake and – by boat – to picturesque Spirit Island.

Privately Guided Nature Walk

(3 of 3 options)

Join one of Jasper's most knowledgeable mountain guides for a private nature walk. At your own pace, discover wildlife, wildflowers and magnificent views.

Day 05

Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Lake Louise

Today is an all-day trip down the spine of the Canadian Rockies – on one of the most spectacular roads in the world, with lots to do along the way.

Sightseeing tours along the Icefields Parkway are typically a full day. If you'd prefer a more relaxed pace, ask us about other transportation options.

Icefields Parkway Tour to Lake Louise

(1 of 2 options)

On today's full day sightseeing tour, you’ll explore the Icefields Parkway in all its glory. You’ll walk on the Athabasca Glacier, stop for lunch, and step bravely out onto the Glacier Skywalk (whether you look down or not is up to you)!

Private Icefields Sightseeing with Heli-Tour (Extra Cost)

(2 of 2 options)

Spend the day exploring the Icefields Parkway at your own pace with a private guide. Along the way, you'll stop to soar over Cline Pass at 2900 m (9000 ft.) by helicopter. Enjoy a bird's eye view of remote valleys, glaciers, lakes and waterfalls.

Overnight at Lake Louise

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Fairmont Château Lake Louise. In Deluxe hotels, you'll be staying in some of Canada's most iconic hotels and resorts. Enjoy outstanding locations, attentive service, and world-class amenities.

Day 06

Enjoying Lake Louise and Transfer to Banff

For a good vacation – as for a good story – a varied pace is important, and today you set the cadence. Relax, stroll around the lake, go to the spa – or ask us about getting out for an adventure like canoeing, horseback riding, hiking or climbing.

To experience Lake Louise at its best, get out early and walk around the lake – magical!

Suggested Add On: Lake Louise Gondola (Extra Cost)

(1 of 2 activities)

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.

Sightseeing Transfer from Lake Louise to Banff

(2 of 2 activities)

Relax and enjoy the scenery as you make the short journey to Banff. Sightseeing stops and commentary are included along the way.

Overnight in Banff

Overnight in a Deluxe level hotel, such as the Fairmont Banff Springs. In Deluxe hotels, you'll be staying in some of Canada's most iconic hotels and resorts. Enjoy outstanding locations, attentive service, and world-class amenities.

Day 07

Explore Banff National Park

Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rocky Mountain air and head out to explore Banff National Park in your chosen way.

In Banff, be sure to visit Whyte Museum to learn about Banff’s rich artistic and pioneering heritage.

Banff Sightseeing Tour and Gondola Ride

(1 of 3 options)

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.

Sunshine Village Walk with Scenic Gondola

(2 of 3 options)

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.

Lake Minnewanka Cruise

(3 of 3 options)

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.

Day 08

Depart from Calgary

Too soon, your wonderful week in the Canadian Rockies is over – to be re-lived in memory over many years.

Ask us about adding a day to visit the Drumheller Badlands – one of the best places in the world for dinosaur fossils.

Private Transfer to Calgary Airport

(1 of 1 activities)

Meet a personal chauffeur at your hotel, then drive in comfort to the Calgary Airport.

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

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

Hotel room featuring king size bed, side tables, seating area with arm chair, desk space, and large window with view of Stanley Park and mountains.Hotel room featuring 2 double beds, a large flat screen TV, desk space, and large windows with views of the harbour and mountains.Hotel washroom featuring a single sink, extended counterspace, a large mirror, and separate room for the toilet.
Hotel room featuring two queen size beds and a large window.Hotel room featuring modern-style amenities including a desk, dresser, flat screen TV, mini fridge and Nespresso coffee machine.Hotel washroom featuring a single sink with extended countertops, a glass paneled shower, and a single toilet. Decorated in a clean, modern style.
Hotel room featuring 2 double beds, an armchair, desk area, , flat screen TV, and one large window.
Hotel room featuring 2 queen size beds, an armchair, desk area, dresser, flat screen TV, and one large window.
Hotel room featuring a bed with crisp, white linens, red accent pillows, and a side table with a small vase of white and yellow flowers.Hotel washroom featuring a single sink with counter space, a large mirror, toilet, and a tiled shower/bath combo.Hotel room featuring a single king size bed, a sitting area with armchair, desk space, and 2 large windows overlooking the mountains and lake.Hotel washroom featuring a single sink with counter space, a large mirror, toilet, and a tiled shower/bath combo.
Hotel room featuring a king size bed, sitting area with 2 armchairs, a dresser, flat screen TV and a large window with mountain views.
Hotel room featuring a king size bed, sitting area with 2 armchairs, desk space, and a large window with mountain views.Hotel bathroom featuring a single sink with extended counter top, a large mirror, toilet, a bath/shower combo, and white towels.
Hotel room featuring 2 king size beds, sitting area with single chair, flat screen TV on top of dresser attached to desk area. Ceiling fan above beds.Hotel room featuring a king size bed, sitting area with armchair, desk space, dresser, ceiling fan and large windows.Hotel washroom featuring a single sink, large mirror, toilet, and glass-panelled walk-in shower.
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HERE'S WHAT YOU GET

To make sure that your holiday is full of only good surprises, here's a comprehensive list of what is (and isn't) included in your package.


Accommodations:

  • 7 hotel nights

Train Experiences:

  • 2 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train*

Jasper Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
  2. Maligne Lake Tour with Cruise
  3. Privately Guided Nature Walk

Sightseeing Tour along the Icefields Parkway Options (between Jasper and Lake Louise):

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Sightseeing Tour from Jasper to Lake Louise (includes lunch and admissions to Ice Explorer and Glacier Skywalk)
  2. Private Sightseeing Tour with Helicopter Experience (extra cost)

Banff Activity Options:

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 in Vancouver
  • 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches onboard Rocky Mountaineer train

Transfer Inclusions:

  • Personalized and private transfer service from your arrival airport
  • Train station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Jasper
  • Transfer between Lake Louise and Banff
  • Transportation 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 hotels are paired with GoldLeaf Service.
  • Deluxe level includes a private transfer service 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
  • Some activities/tours might not be available early or late in the season. Please check with your Vacation Advisor for more details
  • Meals, other than those mentioned
  • Airfare
  • Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Trip Cancellation & Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended - ask us for your personalized quote)
  • Canadian Sales Taxes

SEASONAL RESTRICTIONS

  • Nature Tour with Cruise on Maligne Lake: Operates from late May to early October. Weather conditions may cause season delays on early and late season departures. A walking tour will be offered when the lake cruise is unavailable.
  • Privately Guided Nature Walk Jasper: Weather conditions may cause cancellation or unfavourable trail conditions on early and late season departures.
  • Icefield Parkway Tour to Lake Louise: Departures in April, early May and late October may be substituted with a scheduled motorcoach transfer as the Ice Explorer and Skywalk activities may not be operating due to snow and unforeseen weather conditions not allowing it to open.

PRICES & DATES

This trip is available for departures between April and October.

Starting From

$3,590 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, April 2020 departure and our base class.

We offer a range of packages across all four seasons. Please speak with one of our travel advisors about personalizing your trip and getting a comprehensive quote.

Get a personalized quote

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

39 reviews
John & Kathleen

John & Kathleen

NY, USA

08 Aug 2018

Kudos to all of you

The Cactus Club provided excellent service and started the experience nicely. I very much enjoyed the Rimrock and the Lake Louise hotel experience. Kudos to all of you.

Gina & Pete

Gina & Pete

CA, USA

28 Jul 2018

Fresh Tracks set up the best vacation for us

Fresh Tracks set up the best vacation for us. The hotels were perfect and the activities matched us nicely. We didn’t have any issues at all, everything worked smoothly. We loved the scenery and outdoor activities and the Fairmont hotels were truly an experience that we were glad we did.

Carl & Kathleen

Carl & Kathleen

VA, USA

18 Jul 2018

The co-ordination and the logistics of our trip was spot on!

The co-ordination and the logistics of our trip was spot on! The train, Rockies, motorcycle tour, restaurants, glacier, hotels, helicopter tour and Stampede were our highlights.

Anne & Michael

Anne & Michael

NV, USA

26 Jun 2018

This was probably the best organized tour we have ever taken

Your staff is absolutely outstanding; informative, organized, and patient. This was probably the best organized tour we have ever taken. The Rocky Mountaineer train portion was one of the best; ease from train to accommodations, seats, service/meals, and commentary. The sub contractors (tours) Sundog and Discover Banff were professional, informative and personable.

Bill & Kitty

Bill & Kitty

GA, USA

16 Oct 2017

Fresh Tracks did a great job and arranged just what we wanted

The train trip was great but we really like the day trips once we got into the national parks. Fresh Tracks did a great job and arranged just what we wanted.

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