Vancouver to Calgary

Step back in time and board “The Canadian” train for an overnight journey into the Canadian Rockies. You’ll enjoy great made to order meals as you glide from the west coast through the mountains, relax in the lounge car while you watch the sunset, and be rocked to sleep by the motion of the train. You’ll never forget this 50’s era train experience: nostalgia. From Jasper to Banff, you’ll be mesmerized by the scenery of our mountain national parks.

VIA Rail is Canada’s classic overnight rail passenger service. Aboard “The Canadian” train, you’ll step into a golden past and relive Canada’s history. A truly nostalgic experience, VIA Rail includes made to order meals in mid-century rail dining cars, glass domed observation cars, and private sleeper cabins to enjoy Canada’s scenery.

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Travel Summary

  • Day 1: Vancouver Arrival - overnight in Vancouver
  • Day 2: VIA Rail The Canadian Train Departure in the afternoon - overnight aboard the train
  • Day 3: VIA Rail The Canadian Train to Jasper - overnight in Jasper
  • Day 4: Jasper Sightseeing Tour including Maligne Lake - overnight in Jasper
  • Day 5: Sightseeing Tour from Jasper to Banff including Columbia Icefield Excursion - overnight in Banff
  • Day 6: Banff Sightseeing Tour including Gondola - overnight in Banff
  • Day 7: Banff to Calgary Scenic Transfer
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Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - Vancouver Arrival

Coastal mountains and urban beaches greet you as you arrive in Canada’s third-largest city. Vancouver is a lively and diverse city with no shortage of attractions to explore including; Stanley Park, Granville Island or the Vancouver Art Gallery. Spend tonight in your downtown Vancouver hotel room.

Day 2 - Vancouver Sightseeing and VIA Rail The Canadian Train Departure

Depart Vancouver aboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian train in the afternoon.

Travel through the lush Fraser Valley and along the salmon-rich waters of the Fraser River. Meals will be included on board and you are free to roam about the train as you wish. During the day you’ll pass beside river canyons and natural wonders like Hell’s Gate. By nightfall you’ve reached the interior of British Columbia and the sound of the train is rocking you to sleep. Spend tonight onboard the train in your private cabin.

Day 3 - VIA Rail The Canadian Train to Jasper

You’ll wake up to a Rocky Mountain sunrise and head to the dining car for breakfast. Mount Robson—the highest point in the Canadian Rockies— greets you on your approach to Jasper.

The charming little mountain resort town of Jasper is home for the next couple of days. We’ve included admissions to the Jasper Skytram for you to use at your leisure either today or tomorrow afternoon. Spend the next two nights in your Jasper hotel room.

Day 4 - Jasper Sightseeing Tour including Maligne Lake

Today you’ll embark on a 5-hour tour of one of the most beautiful areas in Jasper. First stop, Maligne Canyon, where 10,000 years of erosion have created the deepest canyon in the Rockies. You’ll start off with a short and easy walk, admiring the Maligne River and its many waterfalls. After that, it’s over to the disappearing Medicine Lake, followed by the fairy tale-like Maligne Lake. The rest of the day in Jasper is yours to use as you wish, hiking, exploring or simply relaxing and taking in the sights.

Day 5 - Sightseeing Tour from Jasper to Banff including Columbia Icefield Excursion

Today you’re riding along the most beautiful highway in Canada—the Icefields Parkway. Highlights include stops at the powerful Athabasca Falls, the Columbia Icefield, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake and Crowfoot Glacier. Pose for your new profile picture at one of these breathtaking locations.

Arrive at the Athabasca Glacier and climb aboard the Ice Explorer—a specialized bus that travels directly on to the glacier. Relax and listen as your guide explains all about its natural wonders. You’ll be spending the next two nights in your Banff hotel room.

Day 6 - Banff Sightseeing Tour including Gondola

Today you’ll be on a 5-hour guided tour through the towering Rundle, Tunnel, Cascade and Norquay Mountains. Learn about the wind-shaped hoodoos and experience Surprise Corner along Tunnel Mountain Drive.

Take a gentle gondola ride up to the top of Sulphur Mountain for fantastic views, interpretive boardwalks and photo opportunities. The rest of the afternoon in Banff is yours to spend walking some local trails, playing golf or relaxing as you choose.

Day 7 - Banff to Calgary Scenic Transfer

Your journey continues with a two hour transfer to Calgary. Thank you for traveling with Canada Rail Vacations!

What's Included

  • VIA Rail from Vancouver to Jasper, Sleeper Plus Class
  • 1 night sleeping car accommodation onboard VIA Rail train
  • Dinner and breakfast on board the train
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • *Complimentary Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour of Vancouver provided when an additional night in Vancouver is added to your vacation package
  • Maligne Valley tour to Maligne Lake with guided walk
  • Jasper SkyTram admission and shuttle (shuttle is available May-September)
  • Icefields Parkway Tour including Ice Explorer
  • Scenic tour to Lake Louise from Banff
  • Scenic transfer to Calgary airport
  • Independent Tour

Not Included

  • Transportation from Vancouver airport (available, please ask for details)
  • Rail station transfers between VIA Rail station and Vancouver hotel
  • Rail station transfer between VIA Rail Station and Jasper hotel
  • Meals, other than onboard train
  • Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff
  • Canadian 5% sales tax

2023 Pricing - Canadian Dollars

Date Range

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Superior Hotel

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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Hotel Upgrade:


Additional +$300


Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Upgrade:


Additional +$300

Additional +$300

Pricing Details:
  • Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars and are subject to an additional 5% Canadian sales tax.
  • Upgrade to VIA Rail Prestige Class – please contact us for details
  • Prices are based on double occupancy. For single and triple sharing, please request a quote.
  • To qualify for any current Specials, please request a quote.
  • Upgrades to Premium hotel rooms (5 stars) and Private Tours/Transfers are available. Please request a quote.

Approximate Exchange Rates:

$1.00 CAD =

$0.74 USD

€0.69 EUR

£0.61 GBP

$1.07 AUD