Canada: Mountain Rails & Northern Lights Adventure Self Guided Tour with Rocky Mountaineer

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Board the Rocky Mountaineer and explore Canada one of the most iconic routes through the Rocky Mountains. Passing dramatically-changing countryside while travelling through valleys, canyons and mountain passes. End your trip in the remote and untamed wilderness of the Yukon and explore rugged trails, shorelines and forests and hope to witness the dazzling blue, green and red spectacle of the Northern Lights.

Tour highlights

  • Spend a week discovering the beautiful mountain scenery from Banff to Vancouver
  • Experience the iconic train ride through the Rocky Mountains: the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Discover the lovely shops & cafes along Banff Avenue
  • Enjoy an Ice Explorer ride up onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Escape into nature and enjoy the numerous hiking trails
  • Ride the Hop-on Hop-off trolley for a tour of the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver
  • Sightseeing tour of Victoria to discover the city's British colonial past
  • Northern lights viewing at Southern Lakes Resort

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Day 1: UK to Banff

Arrive into Calgary’s International Airport and board your transfer through the mountains to the blissful town of Banff. After checking in at your hotel, spend the rest of your day relaxing or exploring this beautiful parkland town. It is hard to not fall in love with Banff Avenue, the main street in Banff offering impeccable views and home to plenty of unique shops, cafes and restaurants.

Day 2: Banff

An entire day at your disposal to continue to explore one of Canada's most famous mountain towns. Banff makes a perfect base to explore the surrounding areas with a myriad of hiking trails that start from various places across the town. Why not join a wildlife tour and go off searching for the many unique animals in their natural environments.

Day 3: Banff to Jasper

Today you'll depart on your full day sightseeing transfer to Jasper. Along the way through the incredible Icefields Parkway you'll stop of at the Columbia Icefields where an Ice Explorer ride will take you up onto the ancient Athabasca Glacier. Here, you'll be able to walk on, feel and drink from the 10,000 year old geological wonder. Next you'll have the opportunity to experience the Glacier SkyWalk, an extended glass-floored platform over the Sunwapta Canyon. The panoramic views are simply breathtaking. Arrive into Jasper later in the afternoon.

Day 4: Jasper 

A full day to fashion your own ventures in Jasper. This alpine town is surrounded by lush forests, rivers and snow capped mountains. Perhaps board the Jasper Skytram for access to hiking with fantastic views or arrange a rafting trip down the Athabasca River. There are plenty of activities in and around the town to choose from. The popular motorcycle sidecar tours offer a different experience to explore the parks scenic roads.

Day 5: Jasper to Kamloops (Rocky Mountaineer)

Today marks the start of your adventure on board the incredible Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper to Kamloops. One of the most awe-inspiring rail journeys in the world, this daylight service passes through spectacular natural landscapes where you can admire the many mountain peaks, waterfalls and scenic valleys from the luxurious comfort of your cabin. By late afternoon, you arrive in the arid ranch land of interior British Columbia and the rugged town of Kamloops where you disembark for the night.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Kamloops to Vancouver (Rocky Mountaineer)

The second leg of your Rocky Mountaineer journey sees you depart Kamloops and head for the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. The route follows the Fraser and Thompson Rivers and passes through the 'cowboy country' and into the historic pioneer territory of the west. Arriving in Vancouver you'll make your own way to your downtown hotel where you can relax or head out and explore the diverse districts and sample the variety of delicious cuisine.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Vancouver 

A whole day set aside to extensively explore Vancouver. A San-Fransisco-style trolley tour allows your to conveniently sight see at your own pace as you hop-on and hop-off at many premier attractions. The highlights include Gastown, Robson Street, English Bay, Stanley Park and Granville where a free walking tour with the Tour Guys is highly recommended.

Day 8: Vancouver to Whitehorse / Southern Lakes Resort

Leave the city behind as you individually transfer to Vancouver International Airport in time to check in for your Air North flight to Whitehorse. Arriving in this northern provincial capital, you are transferred by coach or floatplane to your base for the next few nights, Southern Lake Resort. This spectacular lakefront resort offers comfortable log built cabins and a warm and friendly atmosphere. Take some time to meet your hosts and discuss what adventures await. In the evening cross your fingers and venture out on your first viewing to glimpse the spectacular Northern Lights as they dance and swirl across the sky. 

Day 9: Southern Lakes Resort

Experience the true nature and magic of the Yukon and venture out, trail map in hand, or accompany your guide through the local trails to track the large inhabitants of the forest and lake lands.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10: Southern Lakes Resort

Continue to admire your surroundings or perhaps raise your adventure with some canoeing, hiking or fishing (season and weather permitting, some at additional cost). These experiences reveal the true beauty and magic of the Yukon and allow you to truly appreciate the dramatically rugged and preciously fragile nature of your surroundings.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11: Southern Lakes Resort / Whitehorse to Vancouver

It is time to bid your hosts farewell as you are transferred back to Whitehorse for your flight to Vancouver. Arriving in Vancouver you'll transfer independently to your hotel and enjoy your last evening in the contrasting city.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 - Vancouver to UK

Today your Canadian experience comes to an end as you independently transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your flight home.

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Your holiday includes

  • Return flights from the UK
  • Flights between Vancouver and Whitehorse
  • Transfers between Whitehorse and Southern Lakes Resort (coach or floatplane)
  • Transfer between Calgary Airport and Banff (Day 1)
  • Transfer from hotel to Jasper train station (Day 5, subject to availability and advised by hotel locally)
  • Transfer from and to Kamloops train station (Day 5 & Day 6)
  • 11 nights accommodation (see details below ‘Your Hotels’)
  • Jasper / Kamloops / Vancouver rail passage on the Rocky Mountaineer (SilverLeaf Service)
  • 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches on board the Rocky Mountaineer
  • 3 breakfasts at Southern Lakes Resort
  • Northern lights viewing at Southern Lakes Resort
  • Full day sightseeing transfer from Banff to Jasper, including a visit to Columbia Icefields (Ice Explorer ride included)
  • Hop-on Hop-off trolley tour of Vancouver with Vancouver Lookout admission

Your holiday excludes:

  • Transfer from Vancouver station to hotel (Day 6)
  • Transfer from Vancouver hotel to Vancouver Airport (Day 8)
  • Transfer from Vancouver Airport to Vancouver hotel (Day 11)
  • Transfer from Vancouver hotel to Vancouver Airport (Day 12)
  • Airport improvement fee
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise stated
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Any extras, drinks, gratuities and personal expenses

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★★★ Elk + Avenue Hotel OR Banff Ptarmigan Inn, Banff (2 nights) 

★★★  Marmot Lodge OR Lobstick Lodge, Jasper (2 nights)

★★★  Thompson Hotel, Kamloops (1 night)

★★★ Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown OR Rosedale On Robson, Vancouver (3 nights) 

★★  Southern Lakes Resort, Tagish (3 nights)


★★★ Brewster's Mountain Lodge OR Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa, Banff (2 nights) 

★★★ The Crimson, Jasper (2 nights) 

★★★  Thompson Hotel, Kamloops (1 night)

★★★★ Georgian Court Hotel OR Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA, Vancouver (3 nights)

★★  Southern Lakes Resort, Tagish (3 nights)


★★★★ Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel or Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff (2 nights) 

★★★★ Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge or Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre, Jasper (2 nights)

★★★  Thompson Hotel, Kamloops (1 night)

★★★★ Fairmont Hotel Vancouver or ★★★★★ Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver (3 nights)

★★  Southern Lakes Resort, Tagish (3 nights)

If one of the listed hotels is not available, it will be replaced with alternate accommodation of a similar quality.

GoldLeaf Upgrade

For travelers seeking ultimate luxury and upgraded service on board the Rocky Mountaineer, the special GoldLeaf Service is available. Featuring a fully glass-domed cabin offering the best and most magnificent views and a separate dining car that offers fine dining. Upgrade at time of booking to ensure availability.

Departure dates

  • Wednesday and Saturday departures from 15 August-30 September

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This accommodation is not available to be booked online, please call our Reservations Team on 01483 791111 to book or for further information

Due to the constantly changing nature of the COVID-19 crisis, we may need to change or withdraw at short notice some advertised accommodation facilities and resort services to help keep everyone safe.

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