Northern Adventure Rail & Drive

The landscape between Vancouver and Calgary is vast and diverse. You'll rise up into the Canadian Rockies by train, then explore its national parks and gorgeous scenery at your own pace.

Tour Description

Discover the Canadian Rockies by rail and car on this scenic vacation alongside the lakes, through the mountains, and across the ranchlands of Western Canada. Relax during long stretches of the trip through British Columbia and Alberta aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, soaking up the scenery along two all-daylight treks. Discover charming towns and national parks at your own pace by car. Kick off this vacation in Vancouver, then visit Jasper National Park, the Columbia Icefields, Lake Louise, and Banff National Park.

This vacation is available from Calgary to Vancouver, based on your travel preference. Cruises are available from Vancouver to add to this vacation.

Features & Inclusions

  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • 3 days of scenic rail travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer
  • 5 meals
  • 5-day full-size car rental, including GPS, LDW and unlimited kilometers
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Calgary Tower
  • Select station and hotel transfers

Itinerary

Day 1 - Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver and enjoy a trip to the Vancouver Lookout on your own. You'll experience a 360-degree view of the city from 553 feet above ground. Your admission is valid for the entire day, so you can visit at any time you like. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2 - Vancouver To Whistler
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to the resort town of Whistler through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky region. Highlights include Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains, Mount Garibaldi, and the Cheakamus Canyon. On arrival in Whistler, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Whistler. (B)

Day 3 - Whistler To Quesnel
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer to Quesnel. Highlights include the shorelines of Anderson Lake and glacial-fed Seton Lake, sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon and the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world. Overnight in Quesnel. (B, L)

Day 4 - Quesnel To Jasper
Your journey continues to the majestic Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park. Highlights include the Fraser River, the Rocky Mountain Trench, Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and Yellowhead Pass. Overnight in Jasper. (B, L)

Day 5 - Jasper at Leisure
After picking up your rental car, enjoy a day touring Jasper National Park on your own. This 10,878 square kilometer treasure is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. You can choose from a leisurely drive or relaxing hike, or a more adventurous canoe ride or rafting excursion. The park is also home to a wide range of wildlife. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 6 - Jasper To Lake Louise
Drive south to Lake Louise via the spectacular Icefields Parkway. Allow time to stop at popular natural attractions along the way, including Athabasca Falls, Bow Summit, Peyto Lake and Crowfoot Glacier. With sightseeing stops, allowing at least eight hours for today's drive is recommended. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 7 - Lake Louise To Banff
Today you have two options to travel from Lake Louise to Banff. You can make a direct one-hour journey and watch for deer and elk crossing the wildlife bridges over the highway. Or if you want to slow down, you can choose the more leisurely drive along the Bow Valley Parkway for views of Castle Mountain and Johnston Canyon (requires a short walk). Overnight in Banff.

Day 8 - Banff To Calgary
Travel through Kananaskis Country and the ranching regions of Alberta before arriving in Calgary. Enjoy admission to the Calgary Tower, which rises above the heart of downtown 525 feet in the air and offers a 360-degree view of this bustling city. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 9 - Calgary
Drop off your rental car in downtown Calgary or at Calgary International Airport, where your vacation ends.

Add a Cruise

Many of our rail vacations begin and end in popular port cities. Spice up your vacation by adding an ocean or river cruise aboard your preferred cruise line to your itinerary and experience the best of both worlds. Popular cruises include Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Panama Canal, New England and Eastern Canada, and historic river towns along the Mississippi River.

Look for the Add a Cruise icon to identify those vacations that offer pre- or post-cruises. Ask your rail specialist how you can Add a Cruise!

Accommodation Options

SilverLeaf Service
Take in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies through the panoramic windows of the custom-designed single-level dome coach in the SilverLeaf Service. Hotels include the Georgian Court Hotel, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Lobstick Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Banff Caribou Lodge, Delta Calgary Downtown.

GoldLeaf Service
Discover why travelers rave about Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service. A custom-designed bi-level dome coach puts you right in the middle of the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies as you enjoy gourmet meals prepared by talented on-board chefs. Hotels include the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Four Seasons Whistler, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Fairmont Palliser.

GoldLeaf Deluxe Service
Spoil yourself by making your Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf rail journey through the Canadian Rockies a deluxe one. Enjoy all of the same luxurious on-board amenities in GoldLeaf Service plus deluxe hotel accommodations. Hotels include the Pan Pacific Vancouver, Four Seasons Whistler, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, and Fairmont Palliser. 

Dates & Prices

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Prices are correct at the time of publication, however are subject to change at time of booking. Prices are land-only, per person based on double occupancy.
Car rental drop charge is not included and will be charged at time vehicle is returned.
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