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Canada Rocky Mountaineer

Tour train reveals the Canadian Rockies by rail

First Passage to the West tour train

Rocky Mountaineer rail tours offer packages through the Canadian Rockies from Vancouver, British Columbia and Seattle, Washington. Photo: 'First Passage to the West' tour train. © Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours.

The Rocky Mountaineer is the world's largest privately-owned luxury tourist train company for good reason. Its all-daylight journeys have dazzled guests with up-close views of nature's wonders since 1990. Soaring peaks, glacial flows, and pristine valleys line each route. Wildlife sightings and recreational opportunities abound. No wonder Canada's most famous rail adventure is on every travel writer's short list of world's best train rides.

Following Canada's oldest transcontinental railroad the Rocky Mountaineer's southern routes depart Vancouver, British Columbia. Guests travel east across rugged Fraser Canyon and pass Hells Gate's rushing waters before detraining to overnight at Kamloops. Routes diverge the next morning.

First Passage to the West guests cross mile-high Kicking Horse Pass and view the incredible Spiral Tunnels enroute to Banff National Park.

Jasper-bound guests head north past majestic Mount Robson — Canada's loftiest peak — on their Through the Clouds journey.

Rainforest to Gold Rush tours depart North Vancouver. Following Canada's Coast Range to Whistler, trains continue to the Gold Rush town of Quesnel where guests detrain for an overnight stay. Mount Robson comes into clear view along the way to Jasper National Park.

Coastal Passage packages enable U.S. residents and visitors to begin their journeys from Seattle, Washington. Coastal Passage journeys connect Seattle, via Vancouver, with all three Rocky Mountaineer daylight tours.

Rocky Mountaineer guests choose between two travel classes.

GoldLeaf Service guests travel in bi-level, glass-domed coaches with panoramic windows and enjoy regional cuisine in the exclusive GoldLeaf dining room. Premium or Deluxe hotel accommodations are included.

SilverLeaf Service guests travel in single-level glass domed-coaches with oversized windows with hot entrée options served seat-side. Overnight hotel accommodations are included.

Complimentary snacks and full beverage service including alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available to all guests. Onboard staffs provide at-seat service and interpretive commentary.

Travel notes

From April through October, the Rocky Mountaineer offers multi-day packages along three routes. Coastal Passage packages combine the same routes with Seattle, Washington departures. Circle Journeys combine multiple routes into single package. A number of Rocky Mountain rail/Alaskan cruise combination packages are available. Special meal requests should be made three days in advance. Wheelchair access is available for all trains and stations.

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