The Rocky Mountaineer

The Rocky Mountains are one of Canada's most spectacular areas and one of the most exclusive and stylish ways to view them is from onboard the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer. There are 4 different routes offered by Rocky Mountaineer and these can be combined with many itineraries to create a unique rail experience.

Let us create your perfect holiday in the Rocky Mountains

The Rocky Mountaineer takes you on a 2 day journey between Vancouver or Whistler and the Rocky Mountain resorts of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper and also the Stampede City of Calgary on its 3 main routes. Depending on the route you choose, you may travel through the beautiful Yoho National Park, Fraser Canyon, follow the Thompson River, the Cariboo Mountains and spectacular Mount Robson Provincial Park all making for spectacular scenery. Included in the 2 day journey is an overnight hotel stay in Kamloops or Quesnel. Choose between RedLeaf, SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf service on board each offering a different level of luxury. With the new Coastal Passage service from Vancouver to Seattle and the Sea to Sky Climb between Vancouver and Whistler, it's easy to extend your 2 day trip to take you even further.

If you are planning a Canada holiday which includes the Rocky Mountaineer train or are simply interested in Canada holidays in general, 1st Class Holidays can create your perfectly tailored travel experience. Call on 0845 644 3939 or email for more information, with one of our travel experts on hand to advise you on every step of your journey.

Rocky Mountaineer – spectacular rail journeys

The main routes

Tours and self-drives

Luxury carriages

  • The luxury and comfort of Rocky Mountaineer's award-winning GoldLeaf service is beyond compare. The two level glass domed GoldLeaf carriage allows you to take in panoramic views from your seat and enjoy gourmet meals in the dining car below.

    • Enjoy panoramic views for a custom designed two level dome carriage
    • Savour gourmet hot breakfasts and lunches from an a la carte menu served in an exclusive GoldLeaf dining room
    • Sip complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and savour gourmet snacks whilst listening to commentary from onboard attendants
    • Take in the fresh mountain air from a covered vestibule
    • Overnight accommodation
  • Discover SilverLeaf, a new single level glass dome service, a unique way to experience your Rocky Mountaineer journey. Enjoy the awe inspiring landscapes of British Columbia and the majestic Canadian Rockies through domed windows of a custom-designed carriage.

    • Enjoy panoramic views through oversized windows in a single level dome carriage
    • Enjoy delicious hot breakfasts and lunches served at your seat, with a choice of entrées and a glass of complimentary wine or beer with lunch
    • Sip on non-alcoholic complimentary beverages whilst listening to commentary from onboard attendants
    • Overnight accommodation
  • Relax in your reclining seat and enjoy commentary and impeccable service from your onboard attendant. Meals are served at your seats so you won't miss a moment of the breathtaking scenery.

    • Unwind in a single level classic rail carriage in reclining seats
    • Savour a selection of chilled breakfasts and lunches served at your seat, with a glass of complimentary wine or beer at lunch.
    • Relax with complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks whilst enjoying commentary from the onboard attendant.
    • Overnight accommodation

Rocky Mountaineer reviews...

  • Top class service and outstanding dining...
    GoldLeaf from Jasper to Quesnel

    Our journey had so many scenic highlights, it’s hard to list them all. The weather was fantastic so we spent lots of time stood on outdoor viewing platform at the rear of the GoldLeaf carriage soaking in the sun, scenery and fresh mountain air.

    Two things really stood out on the journey – firstly the amazing service; the staff really looked after us and nothing was too much trouble. Secondly, the outstanding dining in GoldLeaf. The eggs benedict for breakfast was amazing and the lunches are simply fantastic, all served in the beautiful dining room on the lower level along with fine Canada wines... what better way to enjoy the stunning scenery.

    Mr & Mrs Simpson, travelled on the Rocky Mountaineer in September 2013

  • A journey beyond all expectations...
    GoldLeaf from Banff to Vancouver

    Our Rocky Mountaineer trip from Banff to Vancouver really was the highlight of our Canada holiday. The service onboard was amazing and the food was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious.

    We are really pleased we decided to travel in GoldLeaf service as it really is a special experience. The stories the attendants told were fascinating, and the excitement onboard when a bear was spotted by the tracks will be something we'll never forget.

    Mr & Mrs Owen, travelled on the Rocky Mountaineer in May 2014

In depth

  • One of the six iconic rail journeys in the world, a trip aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is without doubt an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.

    As you cross the stunning scenery of the Canadian Rockies during daylight, passing glistening snow-capped peaks and deep blue glacier fed lakes that reflect the sky above and their mountain surrounding; cascading waterfalls and soaring forests, keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife – bears, moose and mountain sheep. And enjoy the on-board food and service as you swap stories with your fellow travellers. A journey on the Rocky Mountaineer is a perfect addition to an Alaskan cruise or tour of western Canada to make the ultimate holiday experience.

    With a journey on the Rocky Mountaineer you will follow in the footsteps of Canada's first pioneers, crossing plains and following lush valleys, soaring through mountain scenery and past cascading waterfalls on each of the three iconic journeys linking the Rocky Mountains with Canada's west coast. Travel between cosmopolitan Vancouver or the mountain resort of Whistler to the heart of the Rockies in Jasper and Banff, emerald Lake Louise or the Stampede City of Calgary.

  • There are three iconic 2-day journeys to choose from with Rocky Mountaineer, each offering spectacular scenery and a unique experience, so you're sure to be able to fit one of them into your Western Canada holiday.

    Rocky Mountaineer: First Passage to the West
    Vancouver | Kamloops | Lake Louise / Banff
    On this journey you will retrace the steps of 19th century explorers, travelling through the famous Spiral Tunnels and passing the location where the last spike on the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. The only passenger rail service on this historic route, its construction is one of the most important in Canadian history as it united Canada from east to west. Traverse the Continental Divide and be inspired by spectacular mountains and dramatic canyons. If you’re a history buff, this route is for you.

    Rocky Mountaineer: Journey Through The Clouds
    Vancouver | Kamloops | Jasper
    Experience the natural wonders of Canada's West on this route travelling through scenic valleys, the Coastal Mountain Range and the Fraser Canyon with its spectacular white water and dramatic landscape. Follow the route of the Fraser River, home of British Columbia’s largest salmon fishing run, pass by the Albreda Glacier and magnificent Pyramid Falls. Keep a look out for wildlife along the way. A highlight of this route is majestic Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

    Rocky Mountaineer: Rainforest to Goldrush
    Whistler | Quesnel | Jasper
    Discover some of the most breathtaking and varied rail scenery found anywhere in the world on this route. Travel past stunning lakes and through the coastal rainforest. See the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon and journey into the vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau. Visit the Gold Pan City of Quesnel, journey through the Rocky Mountain Trench, be awestruck by spectacular Mount Robson, and finish off in the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies.

    More Rocky Mountaineer Rail Journeys...
    Rocky Mountaineer also offer two further journeys; the Sea to Sky Climb connects Vancouver to the mountain resort of Whistler in just four hours, winding its way along the British Columbia coastline before heading into the mountains to Whistler. The new Coastal Passage connects Vancouver with the US port of Seattle, gateway for more Alaska cruises, and connects the First Passage to the West and Journey Through the Clouds services on selected days in each direction giving the opportunity to travel from Banff or Jasper through to Seattle by rail.

  • Ask 1st Class Holidays to create your ultimate Rocky Mountaineer holiday

    If you are planning a Canada holiday which includes the Rocky Mountaineer train, 1st Class Holidays can create your perfectly tailored travel experience. Call us on 0845 644 3939 or 0161 877 0432, or email us with your holiday enquiry at and one of our travel experts will help to build your perfect itinerary incorporating the Rocky Mountaineer.

    Whether you would like to experience the journey as part of an escorted tour or would like to fit it into a self-drive holiday in Canada, our experiencd travel experts can build the perfect itinerary for you.

    Got any questions?

    If you have any questions about a journey onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, many of our staff have travelled on the routes and are on hand to answer any queries you might have, just give us a call or email us...