Exploring the Canadian Rockies with Rocky Mountaineer
by Flight Centre staff.
Most often than not, people travel to Canada to visit families and friends – either in Vancouver or Toronto. But there's more to Canada than the big cities. As the second largest country in the world by total area, Canada has a wealth of wonders ready to be explored. Journey through the Canadian Rockies and immerse yourelf in the country's natural diverstiy from ancient rainforests, rugged mountains and glistening lakes.
Adventure-seekers and nature-lovers will find everything they need in the Great White North. Kayak through the quiet waters in Victoria or take in the breathtaking landscape of Banff.
One of the best ways to discover the best of the region is through a Rocky Mountaineer rail journey. With luxurious surroundings, gourmet culinary experiences and some of the most stunning scenery as the backdrop, the entire experience is second-to-none. You'll see roaming wildlife, snowcapped mountains, and cascading waterfalls along the way.
The Coastal Passage connects Seattle with the Canadian Rockies. What I like about this itinerary is the route as the train passes through the coastline of the Pacific Northwest. The bi-level dome coach with oversized windows offers guests unparalleled panoramic view. Seats are comfortable with spacious legroom. Gourmet meals are prepared on board with the finest and freshest ingredients of Western Canada, including signature items such as wild Pacific salmon and prime Alberta beef.
The 8-day itinerary includes several stops to some of the most beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest – from the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain in Vancouver to Lake Louise and Banff National Park. We even got to take a summit helicopter tour over the Canadian Rockies. Imagine a whole new perspective 2,300m above sea level! The train travels during the day, and guests stay overnight in hotels along the way.
Banff is enthralling – glaciers, snowcapped mountains, crystal clear waters, lush pine trees surrounding the lake. The rail journey with Rocky Mountaineer will take you through parts that are not accessible by car. That means, perfect opportunity to admire the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies!