First Passage to the West – The Canadian Rockies

This train journey is simply outstanding! I wanted to begin like this for the sole purpose of getting the message across. The views you get and the experience of it all is truly ‘surreal’.

The journey is a 5-nighter which includes the sights and sounds of Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, Lake Louise and Calgary. I hand-picked this itinerary for everything it has to offer! From Vancouver which is very upbeat and international to Lake Louise, simply pristine, to Calgary, a marvel in itself! All of them have something in common, i.e. an experience!

If you prefer some fun facts, you kind of replicate the steps of 19th century explorers, travel through the legendary Spiral Tunnels and pass by the spot where the last spike on the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven.

This is the only passenger rail service on this historic route, and its construction is one of the most important in Canadian history as it united Canada from east to west. You’ll also transverse the Continental Divide and be inspired by spectacular mountains and dramatic canyons. So basically if you’re a history buff, this route is for you!

Itinerary

  • Day 1  

    Arrive in Vancouver and spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. Overnight in Vancouver

     
     
  • Day 2  

    Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Kamloops. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Overnight in Kamloops.

     
     
  • Day 3  

    Your journey continues eastwards to the Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon, and the Spiral Tunnels. On arrival in Banff, collect your rental car. Overnight in Banff.

     
     
  • Day 4  

    Retrace your route south to Lake Louise via the Icefields Parkway. Allow time to visit highlights along the way you may have missed traveling north, including Athabasca Falls, Bow Summit, Petyo Lake and Crowfoot Glacier.

    Overnight in Lake Louise.

     
     
  • Day 5  

    Travel through awesome Kananaskis Country and the ranching regions of Alberta before arriving in Calgary. Overnight in Calgary.

     
     
  • Day 6  

    Drop off your rental car in downtown Calgary or at Calgary International Airport, where your vacation ends.

     
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