The Rocky Mountaineer

Deservedly named as one of the world’s great train journeys by everyone from National Geographic to Conde Nast Traveler, The Rocky Mountaineer belongs to North America’s largest private rail service, running 1000 km through seven mountain ranges and some of the world’s best scenery. Unlike VIA’s Canadian, which continues onto Toronto, the Rocky Mountaineer is designed to showcase the glorious Rockies in all their glory, with guests seated in two-level glass-domed panoramic dome cars, while interpreters point out wildlife and sites of interest.


Length of Trip : Rocky Mountaineer offers a variety of packages, ranging from 1 to 8 nights.

Cost : Packages range from $899 to over $4000 per person.

Best time to go : The trains operate from April to October, and do not operate in winter. According to the Rocky Mountaineer: “Every season offers unique advantages. For instance, June is 'Springtime in the Rockies' with snow on the mountaintops and flowers beginning to bloom. April, May and October offer savings and July and August give you the warm weather in the mountains.”

Wheelchair friendly : Yes

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat : Outstanding meals are served in the train’s dining car.

Official Site : Rocky Mountaineer Ph: 1-877-460-3200 Email:

Where to Stay : There are no sleeper carriages on the Rocky Mountaineer. Accommodation is provided at hotels in Kamloops and Quesnel. In Vancouver try the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Getting There : Trains depart from Vancouver, Calgary, Jasper and Banff.

Note from Robin : Some folks prefer Vancouver to Banff, others the reverse direction. It’s going to be spectacular, which ever direction you’re travelling in.



Photo: Courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer


Photo: Courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer


Photo: Courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer


Photo: Courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer


Photo: Courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer


Photo: Courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer


Photo: Courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer


Photo: Courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer


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