National Parks of the Canadian Rockies by Rail


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.

  • Starting From

    $3,590 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    8 days

    7 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Vancouver, Kamloops, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, Calgary


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


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.


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.


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
Day 1 View Map

Vancouver Arrival

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

Insider Tip

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

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 included dinner tonight at one of our favourite restaurants in Vancouver.

Overnight 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.

Day 2 View Map

Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer 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.

Insider Tip

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 Service on the Rocky Mountaineer

(1 of 3 activities)

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.

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 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 forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountains, to the desert-like environment of the interior.

Day 3 View Map

Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Kamloops to Jasper

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

Insider Tip

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.

Rocky Mountaineer Train Journey 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. 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. Your onboard host will provide transfer details prior to arrival.

Overnight in Jasper

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.

Day 4 View Map

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.

Insider Tip

Jasper's Bear's Paw Bakery offers delicious homemade stuff - one of our favorite 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.

Privately Guided Nature Walk

(2 of 3 options)

Explore the wildlife, alpine meadows and magnificent views on a privately guided walk/hike - with one of Jasper’s most knowledgeable mountain guides.

Nature Tour with Cruise on Maligne Lake

(3 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 mystical Spirit Island.

Day 5 View Map

Icefields Parkway

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.

Insider Tip

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.

Dinner at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

(1 of 1 activities)

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.

Icefields Parkway Tour to Lake Louise

(1 of 2 options)

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)!

Private Icefields Sightseeing with Heli-Tour (Extra Cost)

(2 of 2 options)

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 Lake Louise

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.

Day 6 View Map

Enjoying Lake Louise

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.

Insider Tip

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

Sightseeing Transfer to Banff

(1 of 1 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 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.

Day 7 View Map

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.

Insider Tip

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 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.

Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour

(2 of 3 options)

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.

Lake Minnewanka Nature Cruise

(3 of 3 options)

See the Canadian Rockies from a fresh perspective on a relaxing cruise on beautiful Lake Minnewanka.

Day 8 View Map

Depart from Calgary

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

Insider Tip

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

Private Transfer from Banff to Calgary Airport

(1 of 1 activities)

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.

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.
Modern hotel bathroom featuring a large glass-paneled shower and single sink with counter space.
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 washroom featuring a single sink with extended counter space, large mirror, toilet, and glass-panelled shower.
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.
Let's personalize this trip idea with your own flair so that it's unique to you.
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We're with you every step to help you plan and enjoy your trip, and get you home safely.


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.


  • 7 hotel nights

Train Experiences:

  • 2 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train

Jasper Activities:

Choose 1 of 3:

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

Sightseeing Tour along the Icefield Parkway Option (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 ($410 pp additional cost)*

Banff Activities:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Banff Sightseeing Tour + Banff Gondola Admission
  2. Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour
  3. Lake Minnewanka Cruise

Meal Inclusions:

  • Feature Dinner in Vancouver
  • 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches onboard Rocky Mountaineer train
  • Feature Dinner in Lake Louise

Transfer Inclusions:

  • Personal chauffeured transfer service from your arrival airport
  • Motorcoach transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Jasper
  • Scheduled small group transfer between Lake Louise and Banff
  • Scheduled bus transfer between Banff and Calgary Airport

Other Inclusions:

  • Documentation package
  • 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 personal chauffeured 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 out of our control
  • The Privately Guided Nature Walk route in Jasper may vary due to weather conditions at the time of travel. For best walking and hiking conditions we recommend trip departures between mid-June and mid-September.
  • Due to seasonal operating restrictions, The Small Group Sightseeing Tour along the Icefield Parkway will be substituted with a Scheduled Transfer (no attractions) for departures prior to April 29th and after October 10th.
  • Due to seasonal operating restrictions, the Maligne Lake Cruise will be substituted with a Nature Walk along Maligne Lake for April, May, and October trip departures.


  • Privately Guided Nature Walk: Operates from May 15 to Oct 15. Weather conditions may cause cancellation or unfavourable trail conditions on early and late season departures.
  • 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.
  • Icefields Parkway Sightseeing tour runs from early May to mid October. Motorcoach transfer will be subsituted in the early and late seasons.
  • Guided Wilderness and Nature Tour: Tour only operates Sunday, Tuesday, Friday from June 1 to October 15 as walking trails are not open in early or late season due to not having optimal trail conditions.
  • Meals, other than those mentioned
  • Airfare (but do not hesitate to ask for help)
  • Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Trip Cancellation & Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Canadian Sales Taxes


This trip is available for departures between April and October.

Starting From

$3,590 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, April 2019 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.

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39 reviews
John & Kathleen

John & Kathleen


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


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


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


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


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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