From Vancouver, travel by train to Jasper and Banff via the famous Rocky Mountaineer and explore some of Canada's most spectacular national parks.

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Canadian Rockies Adventure

From Vancouver to Calgary

8 days from $7,395

From Vancouver, travel by train to Jasper and Banff via the famous Rocky Mountaineer and explore some of Canada's most spectacular national parks.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

The trains gave us an opportunity to see the beautiful Canadian countryside as we traveled across the country. 

- Previous Journeys Traveler

We hated to see the tour end because we had such a wonderful time 

- Eric K.

If this tour isn't currently on your "Bucket List", it should be.

- Jerrold Z., Canadian Rockies Adventure traveler

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Overview

Experience some of North America’s most stunning scenery on this popular epic journey.

Highlights Include

  • Vancouver: Enjoy a full day in this cosmopolitan city and explore many of its treasures.
  • The Rocky Mountaineer: View coastal forests, roaring river canyons, and snowcapped mountain ranges from the comfort of the train’s observation car and lounge.
  • Jasper National Park (est. 1907): Explore the park for a full day and take a cruise on Maligne Lake, one of the largest glacier-fed lakes in the world. Travel along the Icefields Parkway, where wildlife such as grizzly bear, moose, elk, and mountain goat are easily spotted.

The trains gave us an opportunity to see the beautiful Canadian countryside as we traveled across the country. 

- Previous Journeys Traveler

We hated to see the tour end because we had such a wonderful time 

- Eric K.

If this tour isn't currently on your "Bucket List", it should be.

- Jerrold Z., Canadian Rockies Adventure traveler

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Arrive in Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver by midafternoon. Check in to the hotel, then gather with fellow traveler and your Smithsonian Journeys Expert for a welcome reception and opening remarks on your adventure. A group dinner will follow. (D)

Day 2 — Vancouver

This morning, take time to enjoy downtown Vancouver at leisure, followed by a tour of the city. Stop at Stanley Park, a Pacific Northwest rain forest and oasis in the city. Take in scenic views of water, mountains, sky, and majestic trees along Stanley Park's famous Seawall.  Stop at Gastown known for its British charm and unique steam clock. See the spectacular Lions Gate Bridge, Prospect Point and English Bay. The tour ends with dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — The Rocky Mountaineer

On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser River valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountains, to the desert-like environment of the interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake and into Kamloops. *This evening disembark for your overnight stay in Kamloops, BC. Dinner tonight is on your own. (B,L)

*Hotel in Kamloops to be announced prior to departure.  

Day 4 — The Rocky Mountaineer

Step back aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for breakfast, and prepare to enjoy the second half of your journey by rail into the Canadian wilderness, following the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Today’s adventure culminates with the train’s climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Late in the afternoon watch for the spectacular view of Mount Robson, highest point in the Canadian Rockies. Our train odyssey ends at Jasper. Tomorrow we begin our exploration of three of Canada’s most scenic national parks. (B,L,D)     

Day 5 — Jasper

After breakfast depart to explore Jasper National Park. Enjoy a scenic boat cruise on one of the largest glacier-fed lakes in the world, Maligne Lake. Marvel at the snowcapped peaks, which cast themselves brilliantly across the water surface and take in the pristine natural beauty Spirit Island. Lunch is on your own this afternoon. Late in the day return to the hotel. Gather for a reception and remarks by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert followed by dinner at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 6 — Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise

Board your private motor coach for the drive south through Jasper National Park with its spectacular scenery along the Icefields Parkway to Banff National Park. A naturalist joins us for narration while you look for wildlife such as deer, elk, mountain goat and grizzly bear. Arrive at the Columbia Icefield, one of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle. At the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center meet your experienced guide and board your specially outfitted ice coach to venture on to the surface of the Athabasca Glacier, a tongue of ice over three miles long and at points over a half mile wide. Return to the center for lunch and a chance to browse the many exhibits. Continue to Lake Louise, often called the "Jewel of the Canadian Rockies" and your home for the next two nights. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Moraine Lake, Spiral Tunnels, Takakkaw Falls

Today, drive along the Bow Valley Parkway for amazing views of Castle Mountain and the Sawback Range. Stop at Moraine Lake, located in the dramatic Valley of the Ten Peaks. This afternoon, cross Kicking Horse Pass, entering the province of British Columbia and Yoho National Park. The Canadian Pacific Railway was built through this pass across the Rockies in 1887, but steep grades made its operation inefficient. In 1909 the railway was rebuilt with gentler grades made possible by the now-famous Spiral Tunnels, which we will stop to view. Later we will visit Emerald Lake and  dramatic Takakkaw Falls. Tonight we gather for a festive farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Calgary / Depart

After breakfast, depart by motor coach for Calgary International Airport for flights home. Participants should schedule their departing flights for after 1:00 this afternoon. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)