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Rocky Mountaineer: First Passage to the West

Enjoy the spectacular First Passage to the West rail journey through the majestic Canadian Rockies as you retrace the steps of the 19th century explorers.

Begin your journey in either Banff or Lake Louise, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park. Sit back and relax as Rocky Mountaineer takes you effortlessly through some of the most breath taking scenery that Canada has to offer - most of which is not normally accessible by road. Whether you decide to choose SilverLeaf Service or the luxurious GoldLeaf Service, you'll be in safe hands, with a comfortable seat, delicious gourmet breakfast and lunch, all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks included, as well as fascinating commentary on your surroundings.

View the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores with highlights such as Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon and Rogers Pass. After your comfortable night stop in mountain town Kamloops, continue on through British Columbia and witness the dramatically changing scenery as you pass Hell's Gate in Fraser Canyon and the Thompson River. Pass through the awe-inspiring Coast and Cascade mountains before ending your journey in cool and cosmopolitan Vancouver.

This refers to the Westbound journey starting in either Banff or Lake Louise to Vancouver, however it can also be taken in reverse, on the Eastbound journey from Vancouver to either Banff or Lake Louise. 

Selected departure dates are available between April and October.

2 days
Group basis
Start your journey
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Trip highlights

  • Rocky Mountaineer's incomparable five star luxury service
  • Spectacular scenery through the Canadian Rockies to the canyons and forests of British Columbia
  • Upgrade to GoldLeaf Service and experience panoramic views from the bi-level dome coach
  • View the Thompson River, Kicking Horse Canyon and Cascade Mountains

Board Rocky Mountaineer today and begin your once in a lifetime journey. Sit back and relax with a drink in your hand as you listen to the interesting commentary as you travel through the glacial peaks of the Canadian Rockies and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the Interior. Your delicious gourmet breakfast, lunch, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are all included, leaving you to relax with no worries. Stop overnight in the mountain town of Kamloops.

After your comfortable nights rest, board Rocky Mountaineer for your second day of breath taking scenery and award-winning service. Retrace the steps of the 19th century explorers, as you pass through the fascinating canyons and prairies of British Columbia's Interior, before you view the dramatic scenery change to lush forests and towering coastal mountains. Highlights today will include steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River, the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon, the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Your journey will end upon your arrival into the cosmopolitan coastal city of Vancouver, why not extend your stay and enjoy a few nights in this incredible city.


  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer daylight service
  • Breakfast and lunch on board the train each day
  • Overnight accommodation in Kamloops
  • Transfers to and from the hotel in Kamloops

Not included

  • Flights
  • Transport to/from airports
  • Meals or excursions unless specified
  • Gratuities