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When to go on a rail holiday

Hayes and Jarvis Blog Team October 30, 2013

See some of the best mountain scenery in the world on a railway journey through the Canadian Rocky Mountains. From spring to summer, summer to autumn, railway holidays offer unparalleled sights and panoramic views across some of the most breathtaking landscapes you will ever see.

Spring
The contrast between cerulean sky, jagged white-capped mountains, and forest-clad valleys is never more dramatic than the Rockies in the spring. This is when the land wakes up, the wildflowers begin to bloom in a carpet of dazzling colours, and the wildlife emerges from winter hibernation.
Meander through the misty green prairies past majestic mountains, rushing waterfalls, and fields of flowers on the Rockies by Rail holiday. Take a helicopter tour to get a bird’s eye view of  Jasper National Park as you soar above the glaciers, valleys, and alpine lakes.

Summer
Rail holidays in the summer are all about those outdoor adventures. The land comes properly alive in the summer, the vistas turning deeper hues of gold, green, and blue. Fill your railway stop in Banff with short strolls and challenging hikes around the beautiful Bow River or watch the magnificent tumble of Bow Falls.
From beavers and porcupines, to wolves and grizzly bears, the local wildlife you will see on your  Rockies by Rail and Cruise railway journey will awe and inspire you. Let your breath be stolen as you river raft down the Sunwapta River, or canoe lazily under a gentle summer sun on Lake Louise. Then end your day relaxing at geothermal-heated Miette Hot Springs with a glass of bubbly.

Autumn
The sun lights the spectacular mountain scenery with a radiant amber glow in autumn. This is the season for extraordinary photography. If you have your heart set on burnished reds and vibrant golds rather than rich greens and vivid blues, take a railway holiday through the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the autumn. This is also when the wildlife are most active. Get your camera ready and capture massive antlered elk sipping from the lakes and grizzlies catching fish in the rivers. Take our Rockies by Rail or Rocky Mountaineer: First Passage to the West tours during this splendid season and go home with memorable photos from the experience of a lifetime.