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Rocky Mountaineer profile

By Lucas Iverson | May 18, 2023

| Last updated on September 1, 2023

The Rocky Mountaineer offers all-daylight journeys over four routes.

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Passenger train rounds curve with Rocky Mountains in background
The Rocky Mountaineer heads towards Banff, Alberta, near Revelstoke, British Columbia, in October 2018. This Canadian Pacific route once hosted the Canadian. Bob Johnston photo

This premier rail tour offers more than 65 rail experiences through the wild beauty of the Canadian Rockies, the Pacific Northwest, and the American Rockies.


Rocky Mountaineer offers all-daylight journeys over four routes. First Passage to the West follows the route of explorers over the Rockies from Vancouver to Banff or Lake Louise in Alberta. The Journey through the Clouds leads to the coastal mountains, Fraser Canyon, Hell’s Gate, Pyramid Falls, and Mount Robson on the journey from Vancouver to Jasper, Alberta. The Rainforest to Gold Rush route runs from Vancouver to Whistler through Gold Country to Quesnel then along the Fraser River to Jasper. Rockies to the Red Rocks traces a route through the American Rockies between Denver and Moab, Colorado via Glenwood Springs aboard SilverLeaf coaches, with connections possible to Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.

When to go

Service begins in April and runs to October.

Good to know

The Jasper and Banff/Lake Louise trains are combined between Vancouver and Kamloops. Trains operating on the former British Columbia Railway north of Greater Vancouver arrive and depart near the former BCR station in North Vancouver, at the corner of Phillip Avenue and West 1st Street.

Worth doing

Go for the gold and take advantage of the pampering with GoldLeaf service. It is a luxury train! GoldLeaf service features bi-level dome coaches with full-length windows above, and gourmet cuisine served in the dining room below. You can also try SilverLeaf service, which is featured in a single-level, glass-domed coach.

Don’t miss

All trips run both eastbound and westbound, and either direction offers spectacular scenery.

Getting there

Scheduled motor coach service connects Jasper, Banff, and Whistler to the outside world. VIA Rail Canada provides rail service to and from Jasper, Kamloops, and Vancouver. Commercial air, rail, and road transportation are available to and from Denver. Car rental agencies and shuttle services at Grand Junction Regional Airport provide transportation to Moab.

Phone: 1-877-460-3200
Website: rockymountaineer.com
E-mail: reservations@rockymountaineer.com

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