First Passage to the West

Vancouver to Banff Train

On this two-day luxury rail experience between Vancouver and Lake Louise or Banff, you will travel through the legendary Spiral Tunnels, traverse the Continental Divide, and be inspired as you wind through mountain passes and dramatic canyons. Experience the only passenger rail service on this historic rail route by Rocky Mountaineer, celebrated for connecting Canada from East to West.

Enjoy gourmet, made-to-order breakfasts and lunches paired with local beers, wines, and cocktails all inspired by the diverse flavors and local ingredients of Western Canada as you look forward to your stay in the majestic Rocky Mountains.

An overnight stay in a Kamloops hotel is included in your two-day rail ticket along with rail station transfers, onboard gratuities, and more!

Rocky Mountaineer Vancouver to Banff

Day One - Vancouver Departure

Train from Vancouver to Kamloops

Your journey begins at the Rocky Mountaineer station situated in the beautiful coastal city of Vancouver, famous for its backdrop of snow-capped mountains and glistening ocean waters.

Start the day taking in views throughout the Fraser Valley before being served a delicious breakfast that warms you to the core. From fertile greenery, the landscape transforms to the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains.

You’ll see the mighty Fraser River and the raging whitewater of Hell’s Gate. Sit down to a three-course lunch prepared by our onboard chefs as your Hosts entertain you with stories about the region.

After a full day on the train, disembark in the charming town of Kamloops –the perfect place to take a soothing stroll along the riverside.

Day Two - Lake Louise / Banff Arrival

Train from Kamloops to Lake Louise / Banff

From Kamloops, you’ll continue to wind your way eastward through the Shuswap region, with stunning lake views all the way.

Throughout the morning, you’ll be treated to breakfast and coffee as you awaken your senses to your newfound surroundings.

As the train ascends, so will your sense of wonder. Before you know it, you’ll be surrounded by mountains that stretch up to the sky, enjoying the view with a glass of wine in hand. Enjoy a gourmet lunch inspired by the diverse flavours and local ingredients of Western Canada as you look forward to your Banff arrival. Hear about the incredible history of the railway and the landmarks along the way.

In Banff, discover a delightful combination of rugged mountains, lush parks with postcard scenery and wildlife you’ll need to see to believe.

Tours Featuring Rocky Mountaineer's First Passage to the West Route