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!’
This journey is the perfect way to explore the Canadian Rockies at your own pace and in your own way. We talk about ‘road trips re-imagined’ because we keep the best parts of a traditional road trip – the fun and the freedom – and we take away the hassle of figuring out where to stay each night and what’s best do in each place. And in the Canadian Rockies, at most times of the year, you need to do this amount of pre-planning because it is very busy. As usual, the itinerary shown is just a suggestion – we can personalize it to suit all your needs. So call our Canadian insiders today, so we can help you co-create your best Canadian Rockies story.
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.View Map List days
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.
Bypass the crowds and start making the most of your vacation. A friendly driver orients you to the city as you drive in.
We've included dinner tonight at one of our favourite restaurants in Vancouver.
Overnight at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver. The Pan Pacific Hotel is uniquely located atop Canada Place, in the heart of the downtown waterfront. Your luxury accomodations rise above the cruise ship terminal and the Convention Centre, with some rooms having sweeping views of the Coastal Mountains and the city skyline. During your stay, enjoy a variety of hotel amenities including a fitness centre, heated outdoor saltwater pool and hot tub, sauna, and spa.
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.
Dress comfortably for the Rocky Mountaineer, with something warm in case you go outside. You might also want to bring something to read or a game.
Goldleaf includes assigned seats at the top of a two-level dome car with spectacular views; complimentary drinks; gourmet breakfast and lunch served in a dining room below; an outdoor viewing platform; and room-to-room baggage handling.
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.
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 forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountains, to the desert-like environment of the interior.
After your overnight stay in Kamloops, wake up refreshed and ready for another day of breath-taking beauty.
Since your main luggage is collected and sent on ahead to your hotel while aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, we recommend bringing only what you need for the day of travel – camera, medications, layers and other essentials.
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. Breathe in the cool, fresh mountain air of the Rockies -- you’ve arrived!
On arrival in Jasper, you will be escorted from the train station to your hotel on a Rocky Mountaineer motorcoach. Your onboard host will provide transfer details prior to arrival.
Overnight at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Nestled in Alberta's magnificent Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iconic Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge resort is surrounded by stunning mountains and wildlife seven kilometres (4.3 miles) from the Jasper townsite. The main lodge accompanies 56 adjacent cedar chalets and luxury signature cabins, connected by picturesque paths. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge features a heated outdoor pool, a world-class golf course, health club and spa, as well as several gourmet restaurants.
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 favorite spots!
Enjoy a privately guided tour of Jasper's alpine passes and winding mountain roads, on a professionally-driven Harley Davidson motorcycle and sidecar.
Explore the wildlife, alpine meadows and magnificent views on a privately guided walk/hike - with one of Jasper’s most knowledgeable mountain guides.
Watch for antlers peeking through the trees on this small-group mini-bus tour to Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake and - by boat - to mystical Spirit Island.
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.
This evening you’ll relax and refresh with an indulgent dining experience. Surrounded by spectacular lake views, savor a 3-course meal at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
On today's sightseeing tour, you’ll explore the Icefields 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)!
Spend the day with your own private guide making stops to explore as you drive along the scenic Icefield Parkway at your own pace. Your tour today includes a private helicopter experience and picnic lunch.
Overnight at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel. The hotel is surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake. Enjoy the fully equipped Health Club, including an indoor heated pool, whirlpool, steam room, and fitness centre. Additional amenities include a spa & salon, on-site activity centre, boutique shops and several gourmet restaurants. Discover the year-round outdoor activities from canoeing, horseback riding and mountain biking to skiing, ice skating and more.
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!
Relax and enjoy the scenery as you make the short journey to Banff. Sightseeing stops and commentary are included along the way.
Overnight at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. This hotel stands as a landmark in the picturesque alpine town of Banff, Canada's ‘castle in the Rockies’. Just a short stroll from the town, the hotel features superbly appointed rooms and attentive personalized service. With a variety of on-site restaurants and bars, an indoor and outdoor pool, fitness centre, sauna, whirlpool, spa and salon, the resort offers year round activities from golf to unparalleled skiing.
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.
Enjoy a small-group tour to discover Banff’s unique folklore and natural history. You can take short walks along the way, and at the end, ride the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for spectacular views.
Explore Kananaskis and Spray valleys with an expert naturalist. These are outstandingly beautiful areas of jagged peaks, alpine meadows, lakes and glaciers – home to moose, grizzly bears and many other species.
See the Canadian Rockies from a fresh perspective on a relaxing cruise on beautiful Lake Minnewanka.
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 for dinosaur fossils in the world.
For couples and larger groups we think this is well worth it – saving both time and hassle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.