There’s something romantic about traveling by train. You travel quickly, but not too quickly to miss out on the views. And for visitors to Western Canada — home to iconic sites like Banff National Park — views are important. For travelers who don’t want to miss a thing, there’s nothing better than a trip on Rocky Mountaineer’s GoldLeaf Service train carriages.
The GoldLeaf rail cars have full-dome windows so guests can see above them, a feature that’s particularly handy when traveling through Western Canada’s stunning mountain ranges. The cars also have a large outdoor viewing platform so travelers can enjoy fresh mountain air and get unobstructed photos. Guests who book GoldLeaf Service will enjoy hot, chef-prepared breakfast and lunch, and afternoon wine and cheese service.
Offering a holiday experience where the journey is the attraction, the Rocky Mountaineer train is the ultimate ride for nature and wildlife addicts.
You won’t find standard carriages on the Rocky Mountaineer either and, unlike the Orient Express, it’s not about transporting you back to the glamour of the Golden Age of travel with opulent interiors. The Rocky Mountaineer train highlights Canada’s captivating scenery – and its impressive glass-domed rail carriages are why it’s one of the greatest railway journeys in the world. With a selection of all-daylight routes that can be combined with Alaska cruises, a Rocky Mountaineer journey is a must-do experience. Ready to be amazed?
FOUR NEW ROCKIES DESTINATIONS TO DISCOVER
Rocky Mountaineer added four new packages featuring new destinations for guests to discover. With these packages guests can explore the unparalleled beauty of the Canadian Rockies with activities ranging from a relaxing day in a Nordic Spa, to guided heli-hiking tours, making them ideal for every type of traveller. The 10-day Journey through the Clouds Mountain Adventures package features two-and-a-half days of guided heli-hiking, three nights’ accommodation in the British Columbian backcountry at CMH Cariboos Lodge, a panoramic helicopter tour, and two days onboard Rocky Mountaineer. Three self-drive packages provide guests with two days onboard Rocky Mountaineer, combined with independence to explore quaint mountain towns at their own pace. With overnights in Sunshine Village, renowned for its hiking routes; Canmore, with its stunning views and laid-back atmosphere; or Kananaskis, an ideal place to mountain bike, gold and relax in the Nordic Spa, these packages have something for everyone.
THE ULTIMATE REJUVENATION VACATION
Train travel isn’t typically associated with health and wellness- but then again, Rocky Mountaineer isn’t a typical rail experience. The luxurious multi-day journeys are the perfect choice for a wellness reset, combining healing rest with inspirational landscapes, outdoor excursions and nourishing meals. Start your journey in Vancouver, a city known for healthy, active lifestyles, where you can take a scenic job around the picture-perfect seawall; explore the leafy trails in Stanley Park; or soak up the majestic views and fresh mountain air from Grouse Mountain.
Once onboard the train, sit back and relax in your comfortable, reclining seat while you enjoy panoramic views as the train pulls out of the city. Don’t forget to switch off your cell phone notifications- everything you need for the trip is provided by Rocky Mountaineer. Aboard the train, you’ll feed your soul with breathtaking scenery at every stretch, and fuel your body with wholesome meals inspired by Western Canada’s diverse culinary landscapes. In the evenings, you will relax into the comfort of your hotel room. Select from a roster of good-foryou destination activities, such as canoeing on the iconic Lake Louise; mindfulness, yoga and meditation workshops in Banff; and stargazing in Jasper at one of the world’s biggest dark sky preserves. Let the healing begin!Mountaineer adventure: how will you possibly top this year’s journey for the next retreat?
REDEFINING LUXURY ADVENTURE
Calling all outdoor adventurers! Rocky Mountaineer’s adventure inspired travel packages combine luxury train travel with outdoor activities to explore the Canadian Rockies.
Guests eager to explore Canada’s lush wilderness, sparkling waterways and soaring peaks will delight at Journey through the Clouds Outdoor Adventures, an 11-day package that offers a deep dive into the awe-inspiring outdoors. Highlights include an exhilarating rafting trip on Bow River in Banff; voyageur canoeing
on Lake Louise; a guided hike in Jasper; a high-speed zodiac excursion or guided cycling tour in Vancouver; and more.
Make sure cameras are at the ready: the journey also features a panoramic helicopter flightseeing tour, a thrilling ascent up the Banff Gondola, and stunning 360-degree views atop the Vancouver Lookout. The package includes accommodation, select meals, transportation, and activities.
RAIL AND SAIL TO COMBINE TWO EPIC EXPERIENCES INTO ONE JOURNEY
Indulging in an iconic train journey across British Columbia and Alberta’s stunning landscapes is sure to leave you inspired, reinvigorated, and thirsty for more travel. Thanks to Rocky Mountaineer and its cruise partners, combining two must-do journeys is a breeze with dozens of packages that feature the renowned rail routes and awe-inspiring Alaska cruises.
Rocky Mountaineer’s rail and sail journeys include a range of decadent packages, such as the Grand Rail Circle with cruise, which is the ultimate rail and sail journey. The 21-day package includes a two-day rail journey between Vancouver and Banff via Kamloops, exploring the Canadian Rockies and Icefields Parkway by motor coach before returning to Vancouver on a three-day rail journey from Jasper via Quesnel and Whistler. An ocean cruise of the Inside Passage to Alaska with stops at Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan can be added before or after the rail journey. The comprehensive package includes gourmet dining, transportation, accommodations, and various activities and tours.
FRONT ROW SEAT TO NATURE’S BEST
Canada is filled with dramatic landscapes of tangled forests, soaring mountain peaks, sparkling glaciers, and wildlife roaming free in their natural habitat. Onboard Rocky Mountaineer, guests will travel through untamed wilderness in comfort and luxury, experiencing the beauty and splendor of Western Canada firsthand. As the train glides past stunning vistas, guests may catch glimpses of elk, bears, bald eagles, moose, mountain goats or bighorn sheep from the comfort of a one-of-a-kind glad dome train coach. Before and after a journey aboard Rocky Mountaineer, guests can embark on excursions that are rife with opportunities for wildlife viewing – such as whale watching in Victoria where travellers cruise down the Haro Straight in search of wild orcas playing in their home waters. In Vancouver, guests can ascend Grouse Mountain by gondola and visit the wildlife refuge that’s home to much-loved grizzly bears Grinder and Coola.
In addition to wildlife in their natural habitat, travellers can also experience the wilds of the Canadian outdoors. In Banff, adventurers can hike up Sulphur Mountain and marvel at panoramic views of six mountain ranges. Alternately, guests can ride in a fully enclosed gondola to the summit for a walk on the mountaintop boardwalk. Connecting Jasper and Lake Louise is the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most scenic highways, which guests travel on before riding an Ice Explorer onto the Athabasca Glacier. And in Calgary, the Summit Helicopter Tour takes guests on an epic adventure 2,300 metres above sea level with an eye-popping feast of glaciers, mountains, lakes and waterfalls below.