Introducing the Rocky Mountaineer
Rocky Mountaineer is the perfect way to experience the magnificent scenery of Canada's Rocky Mountains. The train makes its way through the wild, unspoilt beauty of British Columbia and Alberta, running through forested river valleys and passing lakes framed by snowy peaks.
SilverLeaf passengers can enjoy widescreen views of the scenery from their seats, while those opting to upgrade to the GoldLeaf service will have access to the two-level, glass-domed coach, with panoramic seating upstairs and a gourmet dining car downstairs. To make the most of the scenery, the train only travels during the day time, so you'll be staying in hotels for overnight stops.
A number of our award-winning Canadian tours include a journey on Rocky Mountaineer. Each one offers something different - some combine the mountains with the rugged Alaskan coast, others are cross-country adventures that team wilderness wonders with lively cities. Whichever one you choose, you’ll enjoy an expertly designed itinerary, VIP door-to-door transfers and the services of a knowledgeable tour manager throughout.
SilverLeaf Service is included with all of our Rocky Mountaineer holidays. Oversized windows allow you to fully appreciate the scenery, as you enjoy a delicious gourmet menu and hear captivating stories and trivia from your Rocky Mountaineer hosts.
SilverLeaf Service at a glance
- Single-level domed coach with oversized windows
- Hot gourmet breakfast and lunch options plated and served at your seat
- Gourmet snacks and drinks, including wine, beer and spirits
- Storytelling from your Rocky Mountaineer host
- Outdoor viewing available between coaches
- Transfers to and from the train during your tour
Scenery is a huge part of the Rocky Mountaineer experience. After all, you’re travelling through some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. It’s not a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ type of journey - an average speed of 30mph allows scenery to be savoured, and daylight-only travelling means you won’t miss a second of your surroundings.
The tracks snake through Alberta and British Columbia, with dramatic mountains, ancient glaciers, turquoise lakes and pine forests almost in touching distance. Admire them through dome-style windows from the comfort of your seat, or feel the breeze in one of the outdoor viewing areas.
Then there’s the wildlife. If you notice the train slowing right down, it might be because a mother bear and its cub have been spotted ambling nearby, or a majestic eagle is swooping gracefully over a nearby river.
When you arrive at the station in anticipation of your journey, you’ll be met by the smiling faces of your Rocky Mountaineer hosts. Their warm Canadian welcome sets the tone for the rest of your journey.
Nothing is too much trouble. Fancy a mid-morning snack? No problem. Another cup of coffee? Coming right up. Want to hear stories of adventure and intrigue in the towns you’re passing through? Just ask. Onboard hosts keep everything running smoothly on the train; luggage hosts take care of your suitcase for you; and destination hosts are on hand to ensure your hotel stay is as hassle-free as possible.
Step on board each morning and you’ll be greeted with the scent of just-baked cinnamon scones and fresh coffee. It’s just for starters, though - fluffy omelettes soon follow, or a menu of tempting treats (cranberry apple French toast, anyone?) if you’re travelling in GoldLeaf.
You’ll be lunching on the likes of Alberta beef short ribs braised in local red, washed down with British Columbia wines. In between, nibble on complimentary gourmet snacks, or toast the journey with a signature cocktail (made with fresh ingredients picked up along the route).
Rocky Mountaineer travels along four iconic rail routes through Western Canada. Each offers awe-inspiring scenery, but there are different sights to see along each route.
First Passage to the West
Banff • Lake Louise • Kamloops • Vancouver
Journey through the Clouds
Jasper • Kamloops • Vancouver
Canadian Rockies • Vancouver • Seattle
Rainforest to Gold Rush
Jasper • Quesnel • Whistler • Vancouver