Rocky Mountaineer Rail Routes

Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours operate between late April and early October, exact timings differ depending on which of the five routes you choose, but all of them can be combined with other tours or experiences to create a unique holiday. Whether it’s a cruise, city sightseeing, helicopter tour or much more we’ll help you to tailor make the trip of a lifetime.

First Passage To The West

Rainforest_to_Gold_RushThis Rocky Mountaineer route retraces the steps of the early pioneers and passes places steeped in the history of Canada, such as the famous spiral tunnels and the Last Spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Along the way the Rocky Mountaineer travels through mixed terrain from rugged mountains and pine forests to desert canyons and wide river valleys, taking in the magnificent scenery of the Rocky, Columbia and Coast mountain ranges.

This journey operates in both directions, running between Vancouver and Lake Louise, Banff or Calgary, with an overnight stay in Kamloops. The First Passage to the West is Rocky Mountaineer’s premier route and remains its most popular with guests from all over the world.

Journey Through the Clouds

First_Passage_To_The_WestWhere First Passage to the West travels the old Canadian Pacific route through the national parks of western Canada, Journey Through the Clouds follows the former Canadian Northern and Grand Trunk Pacific railways northern route over the Yellowhead Pass with views of the striking Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. This Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tour takes guests in either direction between Vancouver and Jasper, Alberta, via Kamloops. For many travellers this route delivers the perfect combination of everything Canada has to offer, from cosmopolitan Vancouver through awe-inspiring landscapes to the World Heritage Site of Jasper.

Rainforest to Gold Rush

This Rocky Mountaineer route was first operated in 2006 and takes guests through untouched wilderness off the beaten track.

The journey between Whistler and Jasper, or vice versa, staying overnight in Quesnel, travels through some of the most varied and breathtaking surroundings, including the Cariboo Gold Rush Plateau ranchlands, the desert-like scrub of the Fraser Canyon, and the lush coastal rainforest.



Coastal Passage

A new Rocky Mountaineer rail route in 2013 added a connection to Seattle, the largest city in the USA’s Pacific Northwest, and also a very popular cruise port. The Coastal Passage route from Seattle to Vancouver, or the reverse, is added to either the First Passage to the West or the Journey Through the Clouds routes to make a 3 day rail journey and can be easily combined with an Alaskan cruise for a truly memorable holiday.

Whistler Sea-to-Sky Climb

This 3.5 hour Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tour between Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia, follows the Sea-to-Sky Corridor and gives guests a unique view of Howe Sound and the waterfalls, forests and mountains along the route.

The tour can be taken in either direction, or as a round trip, and a choice of services are on offer in either glass-domed two-level or single-level classic carriages.

All guests have access to the Heritage Observation Car and onboard storytelling to enhance this special experience.


For more details on all of the above routes, to discuss combined tours and tailor made itineraries or to make bookings please contact us at Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours.


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