Calgary’s Hidden Gems: Something for everyone!

Calgary is famous for being home to the “greatest outdoor show on earth” – otherwise known as the Calgary Stampede. While…

Fairmont Banff Springs – Canada’s castle in the Rockies

For many of our guests, a stay at this historic hotel isn’t a highlight— it’s a must. And why wouldn’t it be? The luxurious…

Should I Get Travel Insurance?

The question of whether to get travel insurance is one that comes up often.

Rocky Mountaineer’s First Train of 2022

In April 2022, the Canada Rail Vacations team were aboard the first Rocky Mountaineer train of the year in GoldLeaf Service.

Our Journey from Rockies to Red Rocks

In October of 2021, the Canada Rail Vacations team took a staff trip down to the United States in order to try out Rocky…

Private Tours

Private Tours are one of the best ways to experience Canada's natural beauty

The difference between SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf

The difference between SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer train

COVID-19: Keeping You Safe on Board

Our main goal is for you to experience world class service while still being as safe as possible along the way. 

Halifax – The Heart and Soul of Canada

If you are looking for an authentic Canadian experience, the East Coast is definitely where its at.

Jasper’s Best Kept Secret

Whether you are a passionate stargazer, a city dweller that hasn’t seen the night sky in some time, or anything in between,…

Golf, the Fairmont Banff Springs and Matt Kuchar

In 2013 I literally moved across Canada for mountain golf.

Grotto Canyon- A unique hike through the Rockies

Grotto Canyon Trail is a fun, easy hike that is very popular and appropriate for just about anyone of any skill level.

Getting to know Calgary, Alberta

Many of our guests ask about coming to Calgary a few days before they start their tour in order to spend some extra time…

Experiencing Spring on the Banff Gondola

One of the best meals I've ever had in my life was atop the Banff Gondola on Sulphur Mountain.

Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

Hiking is as quintessential to the Canadian Rocky Mountains as swimming is to the ocean.

Red Rocks – My New Favourite Tour

Both my friends, and the staff here at Canada Rail Vacations know that one of my favourite places to visit in the world is…

How to get the Best Seat Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer

There are no bad seats aboard this staple of the Canadian Rocky Mountains

Banff National Park aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train

The Canadian Rockies train chuffs through pine forests that cover most of Western Canada.

The History of the Canadian Railroads

It gets called everything from Trans-Canadian Railroad to simply Canada Train, but after riding it few forget the…

Luxury in the Wilderness: Hotels of the Canadian Rockies

These historic, luxury hotels are available throughout all of our tours through the Canadian Rockies

Canadian Rail Vacations & Alaskan Cruises

Similar to cruises, train-based holidays are a luxurious and relaxing way to take in the scenery

Canada Rail’s History

Our company started as Gaia Travel Services in 1995, but the ideas for it arose much earlier.