As a world-famous, five-star train experience that winds through the dramatic landscape of western Canada, Rocky Mountaineer ensures its passengers are impeccably well looked after. The service runs between April and October, with packages ranging from one to 14 nights in length and covering four different routes.
Beginning your Rocky Mountaineer experience
Your experience begins from the moment you walk into the station, with staff who are dedicated to ensuring your check-in is smooth. As FBI’s Travel Adviser Maria Wong describes: “We were made to feel truly welcome when we arrived, by a number of smiling staff members. From the musician gently tinkling the keys of a piano in the corner, to the Scotsman in the kilt with a set of bagpipes – the atmosphere was amazing and created a real sense of excitement”.
Inside the train, onboard hosts are on-hand to ensure everyone finds their seat and settles in quickly. Rocky Mountaineer take passenger satisfaction very seriously, and all travellers are able to adjust the temperature at their chair to their own preferences. Naturally, every seat comes with plenty of legroom and is perfectly positioned for taking in the beautiful views to come.
There are two levels of service to choose from when you book your Rocky Mountaineer adventure. SilverLeaf service offers refreshments at your seat, huge windows accessible to everyone and space to step outdoors. Meanwhile, GoldLeaf service coaches offer an extra dose of five-star elegance. Passengers benefit from glass-dome windows which provide magnificent 360-degree panoramas in all directions including up above. Guests sit in the upper level of the car for most of their journey, making use of a separate dining room in the lower section of the coach when meals are served.
Journeying to your first destination
Leaving Vancouver on day one, you’ll head to either Whistler or Kamloops. Travelling to Kamloops, you’ll witness a change of landscape throughout the day as you head inland through scenery that ranges from colourful fields and tall forests to river canyons surrounded by mountain peaks. Meanwhile, those heading north towards the renowned ski resort of Whistler follow the coast to take in the spectacular Howe Sound, Brandywine Falls and Cheakamus Canyon.
Throughout the journey, hosts are situated in every coach to tell you more about the environment around you and share fascinating historical information. “Our hosts were both passionate and knowledgeable wherever we were, however many questions we asked”, describes Maria. The train travels at a steady 45 kph, and hosts are on the lookout for wild animals such as bears, elks or wolves, signalling to the driver to slow down if they spot anything.
As the train pulls into its station stop for the night, guests are whisked away to their hotel accommodation. The gold-star level of service continues with luggage delivered directly to guest hotel rooms so you can get straight into exploring the local sights.
Day two on your Rocky Mountaineer adventure
Passengers departing Kamloops head to Lake Louise on their second day, via rocky lake and mountain views, making use of the remarkable Canadian Rockies train tunnels that connect the region’s railways. Top sights include Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon and the Spiral Tunnels. Snow-capped mountains add even more awe and wonder.
Between Whistler and Quesnel, the terrain morphs from coastal views to river canyons and glacial landscapes, with fantastic sweeping scenes ensuring a breathtaking journey. Look forward to Fraser Canyon and the height-defying Deep Creek Bridge crossing.
Both breakfast and lunch are served during the the course of each journey, as well as snacks and refreshments in between (the afternoon’s warm cookie comes highly recommended by Maria). There’s no chance you’ll go hungry, with SilverLeaf service passengers served at their seat, and GoldLeaf service travellers taken to the dining car in sittings – allowing remaining guests an opportunity to move around and take a few snaps from the other side of the coach.
Continuing your Rocky Mountaineer experience
No matter which way you’re travelling, you’ll have the opportunity to stop at some of Canada’s most famous destinations, including Lake Louise, Jasper and Banff. Rocky Mountaineer’s schedule allows plenty of time for excursions and your own exploring, making sure guests really do see the most of the region’s hot spots.
Those on their way from Quesnel to Jasper are rewarded with dramatic mountain vistas. Guests take in the Monashee and Cariboo mountains, before heading to the Canadian Rockies’ highest peak, Mount Robson, standing at 3,954 metres tall. You’ll pull into Jasper National Park via the historic Yellowhead Pass, known for its combination of dense forest and crystal clear river ways.
Between Jasper and Lake Louise, guests have an opportunity visit the Columbia Icefield. One of the largest outside of the Arctic Circle, take a ride on the ‘Ice Explorer’ and see the glacier up close while learning more about its geology and history. The journey also breaks briefly at the stunning Bow Lake – one of the largest in the area.
In the small settlement of Lake Louise, passengers are able to explore the famous sights at their leisure before embarking on a half-day sight-seeing tour of Yoho National Park. The tour includes Emerald Lake and the Spiral Tunnels to ensure you see as much of the lake’s surroundings as possible in the time you have.
On arrival in Banff, passengers travelling in either direction can partake in a half-day tour of the town’s highlights (including a fine art gallery) and the national park of the same name. The latter includes Bow Falls and Lake Minnewanka, as well as pre-paid admission to the Banff Gondola.
Booking Rocky Mountaineer with FBI Travel
Your holiday begins the day you book it, and at FBI Travel we’re here to make sure the level of service you expect begins before you’ve even packed your suitcase. We’ll help you select the right route combinations to ensure you get the most of your trip, whether you’re looking for few days in one direction or a full circle tour. Throughout your trip, we remain available by phone or by email should you need any assistance.
Talk to our team today and get your Rocky Mountaineer experience off to a great start.