Explore the Canadian Rockies and more on Rocky Mountaineer

By Steven Wright

Travel the route that united East and West on Rocky Mountaineer, the only passenger service on the Canadian Pacific Railway. If you are a history buff this voyage from Banff to Vancouver is a must do. Traveling through legendary Spiral Tunnels and having endless views of the mountains and canyons along the way. There is opportunity to see lots of wildlife as the train travel is done all during the day. Breakfast and lunch are served on board stopping for dinner and lodging in the evening. There are guides on board to provide information to passengers about the sites they are seeing and their historic relevance. There is lots of opportunity to socialize and mingle with other passengers, most are couples 40+ and some with their families.

The First Passage to the West is the most popular route on Rocky Mountaineer the train portion is from Banff to Kamloops the first day and Kamloops to Vancouver on the second day, start the trip with a day and city tour in Calgary and an overnight in Lake Louise. Journey Through The Sky includes travel from Vancouver to Kamloops then to Jasper. Rainforest to Goldrush features Whistler, Quesnel and Jasper. There are also Circle Rail Packages to customize your experience with two or more of these trips, even include a cross Canada train trip. Or you can have the whole west coast experience finishing your Rocky Mountaineer journey with an Alaskan Cruise departing from Vancouver.

Rocky Mountaineer gives you the opportunity to customize your trip from 3 to 25 days including train travel with meals on board, hotels, and some transfers. There are tonnes of excursion activities to customize your trip, everything from helicopter tours, city tours, adventure excursions, additional meal plans, additional hotel nights and more. Rocky Mountaineer is partnered with a number of great hotel properties in all of the destination stops, giving you the opportunity to enjoy your trip and let Rocky Mountaineer do the rest. While you are on the train you will receive your nightly hotel keys allowing you to go directly to your suite, you are already checked in! Your luggage will be taken to your room and picked up the next morning.

There are 4 levels of service while on board Rocky Mountaineer, the level of service determines which type of rail car you will ride in during your trip, the breakfast and lunch options on the train, and the hotels you stay in at destinations.

The RedLeaf Service includes train travel on a traditional single level passenger rail car with picture windows and reclining seats, chilled breakfast and lunch are served at your seat, as well as complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. The SilverLeaf Service is on a custom dome roofed single level passenger car with over sized windows, the seats are roomier and can rotate if your in a group of 4. You have a choice of hot breakfast and lunch entrees served at your seat, as well as complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks and beer or wine with lunch. Overnight accommodation at for both RedLeaf and SilverLeaf Service is at popular hotels.

If you are looking for a first-class Rocky Mountaineer experience then look to GoldLeaf Service. GoldLeaf Service includes a 2 level glass domed passenger rail car. On the upper level relax in your large seats and enjoy your panoramic view of the trip, downstairs, grab a seat on the dining level for gourmet breakfast and lunch options prepared for you by a chef on board. Beverages and snacks are complimentary. If you are a photographer then you will love GoldService and the option to be outside on the covered vestibule to get your best shots, many photographers spend their entire trip out here. Overnight accommodation at 4 & 5 star hotel properties. Add GoldLeaf with Fairmont Deluxe for a deluxe room upgrade and stay at some of the most famous Fairmont properties.

I would suggest talking with a travel counselor like myself to help you plan the perfect Rocky Mountaineer experience and to arrange airfare for your trip.

Rocky Mountaineer Class of Service Video