Province/Territory: British Columbia

Rail journey through the Canadian Rockies

  • 594 miles (956 km) of scenic railway from Vancouver to Jasper
  • 05 Top Train Trips in the World - Conde Naste Traveler
  • 12 miles (19 km) through Spiral Tunnels

Ride pure mountain magic on the Rocky Mountaineer, a train that crosses Canada's mountain landscape in style. Whether you're a railway buff, a photographer or just someone who wants to sit back, relax and see the spectacular scenery change around every curve, this rail line is as an engineering marvel. Go places you can't by car - through the legendary Spiral Tunnels, blasted through two mountains at the Kicking Horse Pass, and alongside the mighty Fraser River as it thunders through Hell's Gate. Luxuriate in the dining car, enjoying regional specialties and fine Okanagan wines. Roll over high bridges and past brilliant blue mountain lakes. Listen to the powerful rush of water falling from granite cliffs and through narrow canyons. Spy grizzlies foraging on open slopes or golden eagles catching the updrafts. The completion of this spectacular stretch of mountain track more than a century ago changed Canada forever - it's a trip that might change your life, too.

Why you should visit
  • Board Canada’s most luxurious train for a two-day trip through some of the world’s most spectacular mountain terrain.
  • Taste local Canadian cuisine and learn about everything from the history of copper mining in the West to the life cycle of salmon as you travel this historic route.
  • Mingle in the glass-domed observation car, or smell the pine and spruce forest from open-air viewing cars.
  • Before boarding the train in Vancouver, explore the city's natural beauty, First Nations culture and fine dining scene.
  • Complete your journey in Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where Canada’s pristine wilderness meets posh accommodations and spa services.

Weather

Visitor information
  • The Rocky Mountaineer Train offers 45 Canadian vacation packages and 4 train journeys[] through British Columbia and Alberta.
  • Train travels 450 km (280 miles) per day, in daylight hours.
  • Rail trips range from one-day Sea to Sky climb to Whistler or four-day journeys across the Rockies, with a new Coastal Passage route connecting to Seattle.
  • Choose from Red Leaf, Silver Leaf or Gold Leaf service levels.
When to go
  • Mid-April to mid-October.
  • In springtime, there's snow on the mountain peaks, summer brings warm weather and flowers, and in enjoy autumn colours in September and October.
Need to know
  • Guests overnight in hotels in either Kamloops or Quesnel, BC and may need to pack an overnight bag.
  • Meals on board can be tailored to various diets.
  • All tours are fully guided with a tour director on board.
  • Wear flat shoes and comfortable, casual attire - bring a warm jacket for high altitudes.
  • Some Rocky Mountaineer coaches are wheelchair accessible.
Getting Here
  • The Rocky Mountaineer Station is located just 5 minutes from downtown Vancouver.
  • There are complimentary motorcoach transfers between downtown Vancouver hotels and the rail stations in North Vancouver and Whistler, on all Whistler Sea to Sky Climb trips.
  • Taxis are available to-and-from the stations.
  • There is limited parking at the Vancouver Station.