Location: In the Canadian Rockies of Alberta and British Columbia provinces
Attraction Type: Historic journey
Significance: A train journey offering sights of snow-capped mountains, verdant national
forests, tranquil mountain towns, and abundant wildlife
Best Time to Visit: July to September
Visiting Hours: Daytime
How to Reach: Entrain at Calgary
Nearest International Airport: Calgary
Train ride through the Canadian Rockies ia a unique breathtaking experience filled with fun, beauty and adventure. This exemplary train journey combines the comforts of luxury train travel with the magnificent views of the majestic Rocky Mountains in Canada. Fresh mountain air greets you as you witness an abundance of wild life. Detrained you would visit quaint mountain villages, well endowed national parks, pristine wilderness and amazing museums, many of them recognized as UNESCO heritage sites. The Canadian Rockies train ride in reality is once-in-a-lifetime experience.
This train journey in the Canadian Rockies of about 550 miles is covered in two to five days depending on the railway company. This circular train journey through Alberta and British Columbia begins and ends in Calgary. Lethbridge, Ford Macleod, Crowsnest Pass, Sparwood, Elko, Fort Steele, Fairmont Hot Springs, Kicking Horse Pass, Lake Louis, and Banff are the important stations along this route.
Canadian Rockies train journey takes you to the most fascinating locales on the mountainous regions. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, a UNESCO world heritage sight is the first major halt. This International Peace Park is famous for its fabulous geological features, exquisite wild flowers, pristine vegetation and breathtaking landscapes. Having dinner in Eagle Eye restaurant of Kicking Horse’s Resort is a delight. This restaurant overlooking the Rockies at 7,000 feet is wondrous.
Along the journey keep a day assigned for Lake Louis exploration. Whether you hike the mountain trails, or boat in the emerald waters of Lake Louis, or discover wildlife, Lame Louis has always something exceptional to offer. Banff National Park is another world Heritage site renowned for its exotic wildlife, extensive glaciers, and towering snow peaks. Banff town is a heady combination of vibrant nightlife and activity clubs like skiing and mountaineering. The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel regarded as ‘the castle of the Rockies’ is an architectural masterpiece.
Royal Canadian Pacific train provides on board stating and dining facilities. Their coups are elegantly furnished with facilities for luggage storage, a closet, and private toilet. Turkish drapes, brass radiators, and Russian oak furniture lend a royal ambiance to the guest coups. Rocky Mountaineer Rail only offers on board breakfast and dinner and do not have overnight staying facilities.