Canadian Rockies Explorer

VIA Rail, Rocky Mountaineer & Coach Tour (9 Days / 8 Nights)

Toronto -> Jasper -> Banff -> Vancouver

  • 4-day VIA Train trip
  • 3 nights VIA Rail SLEEPER PLUS Cabin accommodation
  • 2-day Rocky Mountaineer train trip from Lake Louise to Kamloops
  • 2-day fully narrated motorcoach tour
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • 1-day in Banff at your leisure
  • 8 breakfasts & 4 lunches & 2 dinners
  • National Parks Pass & Toll Fee
  • Guided lakeshore excursion at Chateau Lake Louise
  • Rocky Mountain information package
  • Services of a tour director
  • Complimentary book of the Canadian Rockies


  • Combined VIA Rail 4-day rail tour from Toronto to Jasper and a 2-day coach tour from Jasper to Lake Louise and a 2-day Rocky Mountaineer rail journey from Banff to Vancouver
  • Duration:  9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Hotel Locations: Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise
  • Hotel Accommodation: Choose from standard or deluxe
  • To book this tour a deposit is required

Standard Hotels in each destination

  • Jasper: Sawridge Inn or similar
  • Banff (2 nights): Banff Aspen Lodge or similar
  • Lake Louise: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Room)
  • Kamloops: Hotels are assigned by Rocky Mountaineer 4 weeks prior to departure

– Child RATES available upon request
– Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars
– Rates do not include tax or service surcharges
** All accommodation in Jasper is of standard category.


Deluxe Hotels in each destination

  • Jasper: Sawridge Inn or similar
  • Banff (2 nights): Fairmont Banff Springs (Fairmont Room) / The Rimrock Hotel (Premium View Room)
  • Lake Louise: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Lakeview Room)
  • Kamloops: Hotels are assigned by Rocky Mountaineer 4 weeks prior to departure
2023 Tour Departure Dates




3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31


4, 7, 11,14, 18, 21, 25, 28


2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30


2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30


3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27


We recommend booking your tour as soon as your plans are confirmed, as departure dates are quite popular and can fill up quickly. Essentially, book early to avoid disappointment!

Individual pick-ups are not included in the tour, so we recommend taking a taxi to the Rocky Mountaineer train station (1755 Cottrell St).

Standard hotels are mountain lodge-style while deluxe hotels are resort-style. The majority of our guests choose standard accommodation as these hotels are very clean and comfortable, and travellers will get their own private room and washroom. Travellers who book deluxe accommodation often do so because they want to stay at Chateau Lake Louise. If you want to book premium accommodation, be sure to book early as these hotels sell out quickly – availability is limited within 6 months of departure!

Gratuities are not included in the prices (unless indicated). While it is neither our place nor our wish to tell you how much to tip, gratuities in Canada are often given in recognition of service excellence.

Depends on the day. if you are travelling from Vancouver to Jasper or Banff, it will be a minimum of 10 hours. However, every 2-3 hours, you get out of the bus for mini breaks. During the sightseeing days, you will spend little time on the bus as you will be walking/sightseeing/hiking & etc.

Days 1 – 4 (Toronto To Jasper – By VIA Rail) (Depart Toronto: 4:00 Pm, Arrive Jasper: 9:00 Am)

Board VIA Rail’s The Canadian to begin your journey across Canada from Toronto to Jasper. Your cross-country journey will take you through the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Enjoy incredible views of Canada’s diverse and awe-inspiring landscapes from your private cabin, or from the glass dome roof in the Park or Skyline cars. Savor the freshly prepared meals served in the dining cars while mingling and sharing stories with other travellers. You are sure to create lasting memories on the world renowned The Canadian and experience a train so legendary that it is featured on Canada’s $10 bill. Your journey west concludes upon your arrival in Jasper, one of three main towns in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Overnight in Jasper.  [B, L, D] 

Day 5 (Jasper To Banff – By Coach) (Departs: 8:00 Am, Arrives: 7:30 Pm)*

Start the morning with a refreshing hike in Maligne Canyon, one of the world’s largest and deepest limestone gorges criss-crossed by 6 narrow bridges. Then head south on the Icefields Parkway to experience the thundering waters of Athabasca Falls, picturesque Peyto Lake, and majestic Castle Mountain. At the Columbia Icefield, ride the “Ice Explorer”** on Athabasca Glacier or visit the Glacier Skywalk**! Overnight in Banff. [B]

Day 6 (Banff National Park, Lake Louise – By Coach) (Departs: 8:00 Am, Arrives: 6:00 Pm)*

Enjoy scenic views, including the spectacular Lower Falls, as you walk through Johnston Canyon. At Lake Louise, stroll the shores of the glacier-fed lake and enjoy the atmosphere of the world-famous Chateau Lake Louise. Afternoon highlights include Moraine Lake, the Banff Springs Hotel, the Upper Hot Springs**, and views from the top of Sulphur Mountain**. Overnight in Banff. [B]

Day 7 (Lake Louise Or Banff & Surroundings – Independent)

Enjoy Lake Louise or discover colourful Banff at your leisure: boutiques, art galleries, cafés, and shopping. Overnight in Lake Louise. [B]

Day 8 (Lake Louise To Kamloops – By Rocky Mountaineer Rail)
(Departs: 6:30 Am, Arrives: 6:50 Pm)*

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Lake Louise to Kamloops in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Your journey offers a spectacular range of scenery as you travel between the high peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the engineering marvel Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass, Craigellachie where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, and of course the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Overnight in Kamloops. [B] [L]

Day 9 (Kamloops To Vancouver – By Rocky Mountaineer Rail)
(Departs: 7:30 Am, Arrives: 5:15 Pm)*

Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey, you will again see dramatic changes in scenery from the desert-like environment of the interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coastal Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and snow sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in Fraser Canyon. Your journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. [B] [L]

Departure and arrival times may vary, subject to rail traffic
** Optional activities
[B] = Breakfast
[L] = Lunch
[D] = Dinner 

Sleeper Cabin Features

Sleeper Plus Cabin - VIA TRAIN

You will be assigned to a private cabin for 2, which has an enclosed private washroom. Inside the cabin, there are wide armchairs and picture windows. 

Sleeper Plus Class Features

VIA Train Observation deck

The sleeper plus class includes: full-service meals in dining car and access panoramic windows and lounge. You will also have priority boarding in Vancouver and Toronto, and and have access to business lounge at the terminal.

GoldLeaf Rail Service

GoldLeaf Rail Car

Relax and enjoy unparalleled panoramic views from a custom-designed, two level, glass-domed GoldLeaf coach. For more information about the GoldLeaf Service click HERE.

Silverleaf Rail Car

Take in the awe-inspiring scenery through the windows of a custom-designed, single-level dome coach. For more information about the SilverLeaf Service click HERE.

While you are on the tour, you have the chance to experience the unique beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Although optional, our mountain tour guides recommend following activities to enhance your Canadian Rockies experience:

– Columbia Ice Explorer Tour
– Glacier Skywalk
– Sulphur Mountain (Banff) Gondola Ride
– Canoeing on Lake Louise
– Upper Hot Springs

For more information on above activities (and their costs), click HERE.

“Excellent tour and saw amazing places and experienced lovely things. It met our needs of visiting the Rockies and was well priced for what it had offered. Well worth the money. Brad was very well spoken and knowledgeable with all the information he provided. He knew his information/history and provided us with all necessary information. Len was very friendly and professional one of the best drivers from a tour company we have experienced.”

 Ronald & Amanda Mallia Swansea,  NSW, Australia