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Vancouver’s Rocky Mountaineer Train Tours in 2020

Rocky Mountaineer Train

Rocky Mountaineer is a luxury train company that offers railway tours showcasing the beauty of Western Canada between Vancouver and Alberta.


SEASON CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

As of late July, the Rocky Mountaineer Company has cancelled the remainder of its 2020 season. That means no further trips this summer and early fall. Passengers who have already booked travel are being offered a credit worth 110% of whatever they have paid. The credit must be used by the end of the season in 2022.

For more details about the decision to suspend operations see the Rocky Mountaineer website.


Rocky Mountaineer

Founded in 1990, Rocky Mountaineer is a Vancouver-based tour company that’s popular with tourists. Trips usually run from mid-April through to mid-October and feature daytime-only journeys (with hotels provided for overnight stops). Trains travel at about 50 km/h, but slow down for picturesque locations.

The company operates three rail routes with stops throughout BC and Alberta.

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Rail Routes

Guests on the Rocky Mountaineer can choose between three different train routes: First Passage to the West, Journey Through the Clouds and Rainforest to Gold Rush. Two or more train routes can also be combined to create a Circle Journey (where guests end in the same city that they start in).

All rail routes can be done in both directions, so folk can either start or end in Vancouver. Or, if choosing to do a Circle Journey, guests start and end in the same terminal city of their choice

(Note: Details of the different routes and services are subject to change).

First Passage to the West

This original rail route includes stops in Vancouver, Kamloops and Banff. The basic route is just two days but can be combined with other tours and routes to include up to 12 nights of travel. Popular add-ons to this route include bus and car tours in the Rockies and additional nights in Vancouver.

Journey Through the Clouds

Similar to First Passage to the West, this route travels through the Rockies and includes stops in Vancouver, Kamloops and Jasper. Guests can also choose to add on bus and car tours with additional nights in the Rockies and cities such as Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper.

Rainforest to Gold Rush

The longest of the rail routes, the Rainforest to Gold Rush trip begins in Vancouver and stops in Whistler, Quesnel and Jasper. Add-on packages to this route often include sightseeing tours in the Rockies and additional nights in Vancouver, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Calgary.

Rocky Mountaineer in West Vancouver
En route to Whistler through West Vancouver

What The Trips Include

Whether folk choose the Silverleaf or Goldleaf level, all travelers on the Rocky Mountaineer have access to unique experiences on board. Train cars come equipped with large glass windows to experience the beauty of Canadian nature, and the locomotive slows down for particularly picturesque locations. Folk are served both breakfast and lunch on board the train, with complimentary snacks and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

The train does not have sleeper cars so guests on the train are provided with hotel rooms in each of the overnight city stops.

Onboard Experience

When traveling on the Rocky Mountaineer passengers can choose between Silverleaf or Goldleaf levels of service. Each has their own specific perks and benefits.

Silverleaf is the most basic level of service, although it is still fairly luxurious. Train cars at this level include large, glass-dome windows, reclining assigned seats, two hosts and one culinary team member. Breakfast and lunch are served to guests in their seats. There is also a small outdoor viewing platform.

Goldleaf guests receive the same benefits as Silverleaf passengers, plus some additional items. Coaches in the Goldleaf section are bi-level, with seating on top and dining on the bottom. Guests are assisted by three to four hosts plus a full culinary team. In addition, the outdoor viewing platform is larger and reserved exclusively for Gold-level guests.

Hotel Options

Rocky Mountaineer offers different hotel options for Silver and Gold-level packages. So, if there is a specific hotel you would like to stay in, check before you book to make sure it is included. Overnight stops on the Rocky Mountaineer train routes include places like Lake Louise, Jasper, Banff and Vancouver.

Examples of Silver level hotels include the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and the Cariboo Lodge and Spa in Banff. Some hotel options included in the Gold level are the Sutton Place Hotel in Vancouver, the Fairmont Lake Louise and the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Hotels vary though and the same ones are not always offered.

Rocky Mountaineer Station

The train station for the Rocky Mountaineer in Vancouver is located at 1755 Cottrell Street which is just off Terminal Avenue not far from Central Station. It’s about 2 km east of Science World.

In addition to being used as a terminal for travel on the Rocky Mountaineer train, the station can also be rented for private events. It’s a big building with large windows. Whisky Global, for example, is a whisky-tasting event that usually takes place at the station in late winter each year.

Vancouver's Rocky Mountaineer Station
Rocky Mountaineer Station

Other Information

For more details about the train company visit the Rocky Mountaineer website.

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