First Passage to the West

2 Day/1 Night Rail Travel Between Vancouver and Banff.

Travelling onboard the Rocky Mountaineer is an unforgettable experience, considered by many to be a trip of a lifetime. The First Passage to the West route takes guests between the beautiful coastal city of Vancouver, and the Rocky Mountain resort town of Banff, Alberta. This two-day rail journey recaptures the romance of rail travel as it follows the historic train routes constructed over 125 years ago that united the country from coast to coast. On this all daylight train ride guests will enjoy every minute of the breathtaking scenery, including glacier-fed lakes, majestic mountain ranges and rushing rivers.

Rocky MountaineerThe Rocky Mountaineer train departs for its First Passage to the West route three times per week (eastbound and westbound) during its season from the mid April until the beginning of October, and offers two choices of service: SilverLeaf Service and GoldLeaf Service.

Relax and join us onboard the Rocky Mountaineer for two days of all-daylight rail travel through Canada’s West and the Canadian Rockies.

Vacation Highlights

  • 2 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
  • 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts
  • 1 night hotel accommodation
  • Station and hotel transfers

 Train Experience
At every service level, Rocky Mountaineer Hosts will attend to your needs. They will welcome you with a morning toast, serve up delicious meals and entertain you with interpretive storytelling. Decide which service level – GoldLeaf Service or SilverLeaf Service – is right for you. Climb aboard GoldLeaf Service for unparalleled comfort in our bi-level glass-domed coach, or SilverLeaf Service for jaw-dropping panoramic views through oversized picture windows and delectable gourmet cuisine at your seat.

Service Levels Available:

SilverLeaf Service
Silver Leaf Car
  • 2 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Panoramic views from single-level Dome Coach
  • Complimentary morning toast to start off your rail journey
  • 2 delicious breakfasts and lunches served at your seat; choice of entrees
  • Complimentary wine or beer with lunch
  • Complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages served at your seat
  • 1 night accommodation in Kamloops, BC
  • Service and and storytelling-style commentary by our knowledgeable and friendly Rocky Mountaineer Hosts
  • Luggage delivery to your Kamloops hotel
  • Rail station transfers in Kamloops
  • Luggage delivery to destination
  • Rocky Mountaineer Information Package
  • Commemorative Rocky Mountaineer pin
GoldLeaf Service
Gold Leaf Car
  • 2 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Panoramic views from bi-level GoldLeaf Dome Coach with full-length dome windows
  • Access to GoldLeaf covered vestibules ideal for taking photos and enjoying the fresh mountain air
  • Complimentary morning toast to start off your rail journey
  • 2 gourmet hot breakfasts and lunches a la carte served in the exclusive GoldLeaf dining room
  • Complimentary gourmet snacks and beverages served at your seat
  • 1 night accommodation in Kamloops, BC
  • Service and and storytelling-style commentary by our knowledgeable and friendly Rocky Mountaineer Hosts
  • Luggage delivery to your Kamloops hotel
  • Rail station transfers in Kamloops
  • Luggage delivery to destination
  • Rocky Mountaineer Information Package
  • Commemorative Rocky Mountaineer pin

First Passage to the West – Itinerary

Westbound Banff to Vancouver

Day 1 - Banff to KamloopsDay 2 - Kamloops to VancouverPrices 2016Schedule 2016
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the resort town of Banff, or the mountain hamlet of Lake Louise (Sundays or Thursdays only) to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snowcapped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie – where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Stay overnight in Kamloops at the Thompson Hotel, owned and operated by Rocky Mountaineer.
Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening.

To/From Banff

Adult

Child (0-11)
Silver Leaf Service $1,699 $1,579 
Gold Leaf Service $2,299 $2,179 
Prices per person based on 2 people traveling (double occupancy) and does not include 5% GST and additional fees per person per way.

*All rates, availability and tours are subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed until fully confirmed.

*If one of our packages does not meet your requirements, we will be pleased to customize your rail tour package. Ask your Vacation Consultant for details. Individual tour
component pricing breakdowns are not available.

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 Oct  02 05 09 12 13 16

First Passage to the West | SilverLeaf | Westbound » Please Check Schedule Above for Your Dates

  • Duration: ~36 hours
  • Location: Lake Louise or Banff to Vancouver

First Passage to the West | GoldLeaf | Westbound » Please Check Schedule Above for Your Dates

  • Duration: ~36 hours
  • Location: Lake Louise or Banff to Vancouver

Eastbound Vancouver to Banff

Day 1 - Vancouver to KamloopsDay 2 - Kamloops to BanffPrices 2016Schedule 2016
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser River valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountains, to the desert-like environment of the interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake and into Kamloops. Stay overnight in Kamloops at the Thompson Hotel, owned and operated by Rocky Mountaineer.
Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends in the mountain hamlet of Lake Louise (Wednesdays or Saturdays only), resort town of Banff.

To/From Vancouver

Adult

Child (0-11)
Silver Leaf Service $1699  $1,579 
Gold Leaf Service $2,299  $2,179 
Prices per person based on 2 people traveling (double occupancy) and does not include 5% GST and additional fees per person per way.

*All rates, availability and tours are subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed until fully confirmed.

*If one of our packages does not meet your requirements, we will be pleased to customize your rail tour package. Ask your Vacation Consultant for details. Individual tour
component pricing breakdowns are not available.

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 Jun 03 06 10 13 17 20 24 27
 Jul 01 04 08 11 15 18 22 25 29
 Aug  01 05 08 12 15 19 22 26 29
 Sep  02 05 06 09 12 13 16 19 20 23 26 27 30
 Oct  03 07 10 11 14

First Passage to the West | SilverLeaf | Eastbound » Please Check Schedule Above for Your Dates

  • Duration: ~36 hours
  • Location: Vancouver to Lake Louise or Banff

First Passage to the West | GoldLeaf | Eastbound » Please Check Schedule Above for Your Dates

  • Duration: ~36 hours
  • Location: Vancouver to Lake Louise or Banff