Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and breathe in the crisp clean air of the Canadian Rockies. For parents, this trip is a great vacay that allows them to commune with nature, as well as their kids. Yeah, we get it’s not exactly a hands-on experience, but the journey will offer you and your family the unforgettable opportunity to see glacier lakes, wildflower meadows and lush forestland flanked by snow-capped mountains. With views like this, it’s no wonder the Canadian Rockies are one of the most awe-inspiring destinations in the world. And with a range of price options and endless itineraries, you and your family can customize a YOLO experience you’ll never forget!
Discover Canada’s Top Destinations
Crossing Canada by train offers you the opportunity to explore the many parks and landmarks of the Canadian Rockies. The journey will take you through the heart of these famous mountains, and thanks to the track’s windy passages, you’ll cross through, beside and over dramatic landscapes of unspoiled pine forests, epic valleys and cascading waterfalls. You can also stop at some of the country’s most popular destinations along the way, including Banff National Park, home to the cobalt-hued Lake Moraine, and Jasper National Park, where you’ll find the iconic Icefields Parkway and 11,000-foot-high Mt. Edith Cavell.
Connect the Dots to Great Cities
Most Rocky Mountain rail trips depart from Vancouver – a cosmopolitan city nestled on the coast of British Columbia. Opt for an itinerary that gives you a few days in Van City, as the locals call it, so you can explore vibrant neighborhoods like Gastown, West End and Granville Island, home to some of the area’s best restaurants, shopping and markets. Take time to explore the walking and biking trails in renowned Stanley Park, overlooking the white-capped waves of the Salish Sea. For a longer journey, we suggest you start your trip in Toronto or Montreal. Spend a few days in Toronto’s bustling city center, or practice your French in Montreal. You can’t leave here without trying mouthwatering poutine, a Canadian specialty made from fries, cheese curds and gravy. Plus, many railways offer stops along the way, giving you a chance to see some of the country’s other dynamic cities such as Edmonton or Saskatoon.
Many railways offer stops along the way, giving you a chance to see some of the country's other dynamic cities such as Edmonton or Saskatoon.
Comfortable and Affordable
A journey through the mountains on Canada’s railways is hardly roughing it, especially with Rocky Mountaineer offering spacious and comfortable accommodations for any suite of class. If your budget allows, book one of Rocky Mountaineer’s coveted GoldLeaf seats, where you’ll enjoy full-length windows and gourmet meals in a modern two-level, glass-domed coach. The journey itself, which weaves through the Rockies’ most breathtaking destinations, brings dramatic and ever-changing scenery with every mile. Plus, the train drivers are expert guides and often point out key landmarks and wildlife. Car rides or flights with the kids can leave you exhausted from antsy children inquiring, “are we there yet?” But with a train ride, it’s all about the smooth and relaxing journey rather than the destination. A ride on the Canadian railway offers countless ways to enjoy the experience, whether in the luxurious dining room or reclining in your seat under the glass ceiling.