Rocky Mountaineer Holidays
A truly unforgettable experience
I found Rocky Mountaineer completely breath-taking. The views are enchanting, and the incredible hosts are the highlight. They put so much care into their storytelling (and into making sure you're well fed and watered!) If you want an extra special experience, go for gold in GoldLeaf Service.
Choose the route for you
Choose the route for you
Rocky Mountaineer has four spellbinding routes to choose from, and all of them offer stop-offs at Western Canada’s finest destinations. The First Passage to the West is the most historic route, taking you via Lake Louise and Banff. The Rainforest to Gold Rush climbs the spectacular Sea to Sky route from Vancouver to Whistler, while the Journey Through the Clouds soars up to Jasper. The Coastal Passage twins Vancouver with Seattle, taking in some of the USA’s coastline.
Kamloops and Banff
Travel the First Passage to the West on Rocky Mountaineer route and you’ll experience both Kamloops and Banff, while the Journey through the Clouds visits Jasper after Kamloops. On both routes, you’ll pass through the towering Fraser Canyon and see the mighty Hell’s Gate – a torrential flood of river passing through a narrow stone passage. Sun-kissed Kamloops lies on the river in BC’s interior, while the alpine town of Banff is home to spectacular lake and mountain scenery.
Jasper and Quesnel
On the Rainforest to Gold Rush route you’ll visit both Jasper and Quesnel, while the Journey through the Clouds route ends in Jasper. Quesnel boasts a rich cultural heritage at the confluence of the Fraser and Quesnel Rivers, which has been significant for centuries. Outside Jasper, you’ll be treated to stunning views of Mount Robson, the highest mountain in Canada. Once you reach the mountain town itself, you’ll be treated to stunning National Park scenery and a friendly centre.
Luxury from start to finish
Luxury from start to finish
When you travel with Rocky Mountaineer, you travel with style. The fantastic on-board service is all part of the experience. Welcoming hosts take care of everything, from complimentary drinks to storytelling. Huge picture windows in SilverLeaf Service and the 360° domed carriage in GoldLeaf Service provide the views. Whether lunch is served at your seat or in the luxury dining car, the menu will be world class. So sit back, sip a local wine and watch the unrivalled mountain views slide past.
On board Rocky Mountaineer, the team of award-winning chefs produce meals worthy of the finest restaurants, all in the carriage of a train. It’s a feat to behold. You’ll be kept well-fed throughout your journey with breakfast and lunch provided alongside tempting snacks throughout the day. The food is all locally sourced from the Pacific Northwest and the wine list is second to none. Expect deep pink salmon steaks, golden BC wines and sumptuously decadent desserts.
Wildlife and storytelling
Your charming hosts onboard not only keep you thoroughly entertained, they make sure you don’t miss a thing. Each new turn of the track brings a new story, whether it’s about local Gold Rush history or driving in the last spike of the 100-year-old track. The hosts know these routes and rails intimately. They also make sure you always have your camera ready when wildlife appears, as they pre-warn you of bears, eagles and ospreys spotted along the way.
Upgrade to GoldLeaf
An extra-special service
An extra special experience
Although every journey on board Rocky Mountaineer is magical, GoldLeaf Service offers something extra special. Upgrade to this service level and you’ll enjoy breath-taking panoramic views from glass-domed carriages on the top level of the train. The viewing platform outside is larger, with even more space get those camera snaps. 5-star breakfasts and lunches are served in the luxurious dining car downstairs. Plus, all your drinks and snacks are complimentary, too.
At your seat
GoldLeaf Service boasts full dome windows with panoramic views in the upper level of a bi-level carriage. This means the carriage is almost entirely glass, with a discreet lighting strip at the top of the domed windows. The oversize domed windows in SilverLeaf Service do not curve right overhead. Being in the top level also guarantees the best views as you are above the treeline. Your deluxe seat can swivel around, allowing you to sit in a group with your travel companions.
In the dining room
Whereas SilverLeaf Service serves delicious meals to your seat, GoldLeaf Service enjoys the use of a separate dining carriage on the lower level of the bi-level coach. The large picture windows here still offer great views as you dine, and the carriage creates the impression of dining in a first-rate restaurant. Choose your gourmet à la carte meals from the embossed menu, while a host offers you a choice of wine and appetisers and is on hand to refill your glass.
Add a cruise
Pair Canada with Alaska
Pair Canada with Alaska
It couldn’t be easier to add a once-in-a-lifetime cruise to your holiday. Most Rocky Mountaineer train journeys start or end in Vancouver, which has one of the best cruise terminals in the world. From here you can cruise up the Inside Passage, famous for its stunning glaciers, icebergs and snow-capped cliffs. By day, sail to the wilds of Alaska, where eagles soar overhead, bears roam the shores and whales breach the glassy sea. By night, stopover in remote towns only accessible by sea.
A seamless experience
While you’re onboard Rocky Mountaineer, your hosts take care of every little detail to make sure you can enjoy a smooth and fuss-free ride. You’ll find transfers between stations and hotels taken care of, not to mention a luggage porter service. When you add on a cruise, you’ll receive the same seamless experience. Hotel to cruise terminal transfers are provided in Vancouver and you’ll find every detail of your cruise cabin and itinerary carefully looked after.
Your cruise will take you to a host of Alaska destinations just waiting for you to discover their riches. The town of Juneau is home to the massive Mendenhall Glacier which begs for a port excursion, not to mention the Juneau Icefields on the town’s back doorstep. Skagway is bursting with Klondike-era boardwalks and saloons, while Ketchikan is characterised by the deep, lusciously green fjords which surround it. Don’t forget the highlight of Glacier Bay to see Alaska’s giants.
Extra itinerary ideas
Tailor-made for you
Tailor-made for you
Add a gourmet dining plan to your tour for a real foodie experience in the towns you visit. Or fancy seeing more of Canada? Let us tailor-make your holiday. Add extra days in the fantastic cities you visit at the start or end of your train journey. It’s a great way to explore more of Canada’s national parks or fit in some shopping. If you fancy a longer trip, why not combine your train journey with a cruise or a tour? Our open-jaw flight options make it even easier to discover more.
Extending your holiday
Vancouver is often the start or end of Rocky Mountaineer’s routes, and the vibrant city just begs for some extra time spent here. Add on a few days to explore the shopping, dining and parks that Vancouver has to offer. Alternatively, if you are starting or ending your journey in Banff National Park, you might enjoy some extra time to stay at the Banff Springs or Fairmont Lake Louise hotels, or visit famous sights like Moraine Lake, the Bow River Valley and the Hoodoos.
Tours and excursions
These extras add the cherry on top of your fabulous Rocky Mountaineer experience. Ride the Banff Gondola for some of the best views in the Rocky Mountains while you’re in the area. After you arrive in Jasper, enjoy a tour of the Icefields Parkway to the Athabasca Glacier. Or if you’re flying to or from Calgary, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a helicopter ride in the Rockies. Some excursions are included in our packages, but speak to us and add any in for you.
Choosing the perfect Rocky Mountaineer route
Rocky Mountaineer has four stunning rail journeys to choose from, all with views that you can’t see any other way.
See the journey for yourself
Get an insider's view of the decadent carriages, dining and panoramic views on Rocky Mountaineer
Rocky Mountaineer train holidays
The incredible Rocky Mountaineer train journey is legendary. The century-old route traverses stunning scenery, reaching places and seeing views you can’t get to any other way. The Canadian Rockies provide the backdrop to your trip, where glacier-fed lakes, old-growth forests and abundant wildlife await you. You can make any holiday to Western Canada extra special by adding in a Rocky Mountaineer train journey. Or you can opt for a Canada package holiday with added days, excursions and points of interest in beautiful Canadian mountain towns like Banff and Jasper, all with flights to Canada included.
Every detail on board this Canadian Rockies Train journey is meticulously planned, from the 5-star welcome to the gourmet meals and locally sourced wines served in the onboard dining room. You can choose from two excellent service levels to best suit your desired experience and budget. SilverLeaf Service lets you sit back, relax and enjoy the view from over-sized picture windows with meals served at your seat. If you want unparalleled comfort and 360° views from a glass-domed carriage, then GoldLeaf Service is for you. For breakfast and lunch, head to the restaurant of your bi-level carriage and enjoy gourmet meals created by the onboard executive chefs.
FAQs about Rocky Mountaineer
Everything you need to know before the ultimate train holiday.
What is Rocky Mountaineer?
Rocky Mountaineer is a privately owned, luxury rail service which runs on some exclusive routes through the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The aim of the train is for customers to sit back and relax while they see incredible scenery. The impeccable service keeps you wined and dined while hosts tell you about the history and wildlife of the Rockies.
When does the train run?
Between April and October with twice-weekly departures. Travel in summer to make the most of the daylight for sightseeing!
Can you hop on and off?
No, the train doesn't stop at every town like a normal train service. You'll spend a full day on the train and then stopover for the night.
What about bags and transfers?
Rocky Mountaineer's incredible rail tours service provides transfers from train to the hotel, and also handles your bags so they are waiting at your hotel when you arrive.
Do you sleep on board?
No. Rocky Mountaineer is a daylight service which means you don't travel overnight. Instead, you spend stopovers in a hotel, so you don't miss the views.
Is food provided onboard?
The sumptuous food onboard Rocky Mountaineer is one of its highlights! The freshly cooked, chef-created food focuses on local ingredients. You'll be served a delicious breakfast, lunch and snacks each day either at your seat or in the dining car, depending on your service level. Dishes include BC salmon, Alberta beef and local wines.