Moving mountains in Canada

By Helen Hayes 21 November 2023
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Train journeys have always had an air of romance as the trains huffed and puffed to scenic places while those on board sipped and supped, dressed in their finery. Trains were sublimely elegant, with regal dining cars and impeccable service. And out of the window, an endless display of stunning scenery kept passengers enthralled. Fast forward a century or two, and nothing much has changed. Train journeys are still in demand, are still luxurious, and still offer a world of majesty out the window…especially when you are talking about Rocky Mountaineer.

Rocky Mountaineer combines the heritage of the glamorous rail journeys of old with modern-day innovation, creature comforts and gourmet cuisine. Then add the resplendent landscapes that will be streaming by, live and in thrilling colour, out of the panoramic window on numerous Rocky Mountaineer rail journeys through Canada’s west. Adventure World’s Authentic Canada Collection showcases these rail journeys on beautifully curated itineraries that highlight some of the best of Canada.

While onboard their custom-designed glass-dome coaches in GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service, you’ll wind through mountain passes and hug the cliffs of majestic canyons, take in awe-inspiring vistas across rich, rural landscapes and verdant forests. You may even see bears and other wildlife. Add to that the impressive gourmet cuisine, which the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer chefs have curated from local produce and fine wines grown in the areas through which the train cruises through. Add vibrant storytelling from the wonderful crew on board, and impeccable, friendly service, and you’ll feel a deeper, more heartfelt connection with Canada. From vibrant cities to idyllic wilderness, Adventure World can unlock the essence of Canada for you with four itineraries, all of which can be customised to fit your style, your pace and your interests. It will be a life-changing experience.

Authentic Canada

On this 22-day Authentic Canada itinerary, journey from Vancouver on the Pacific Coast across to the French province, Quebec, with an incredible array of experiences along the way. Spend two days onboard Rocky Mountaineer, venturing from Vancouver to Banff (via Kamloops), where you’ll take to the skies in a helicopter for an eagle-eye view over this most beautiful of places. Marvel at the wonders of three national parks, Banff, Yoho, and Jasper, before venturing to Toronto. Be totally awestruck with a tour of Niagara Falls and the postcard-pretty Niagara Peninsula, then it is on to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, where you can go on an electric-boat tour on the heritage-listed Rideau Canal, visit the New Gothic parliamentary buildings and perhaps visit one of the many excellent museums. From Ottawa, travel to Montréal in Québec Province. This historic and beautiful city sits on an island in the Saint Lawrence River and is known for its architecture and burgeoning food scene. After taking in some of the sights on this overnight stay, journey to Quebec City, spending several days soaking up its history before it is time to fly home.

Authentic Canadian Rockies

For 10 days and nine nights, Adventure World’s Authentic Canadian Rockies itinerary will show the best of the best of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Spend a few days enjoying some of Vancouver’s many delights before boarding Rocky Mountaineer for two-days of sightseeing wonders onboard a GoldLeaf Service carriage from Vancouver to Jasper, with a night in Kamloops on the way. The achingly beautiful sights of Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff, as well as the spectacular glaciers along the Icefields Parkway, are momentous. Experience the magical scenery and wildlife of the Rocky Mountains and the charming towns of Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise. Go for a hike, take the tongs for a backcountry cooking tour, do a bike tour, and see what you can spot on a wildlife tour. Turn up the cool factor on a tour of the Columbia Icefield down the Icefields Parkway, and see many of the famous lakes with the striking blue colour that looks almost too blue to be true. This itinerary is not just about showcasing the finest of Canada’s wilderness and culture, but it is also about the exceptional accommodation. Your experience will be totally elevated staying at the world-renowned Fairmont Resorts that are destinations in their own right – jewels in the Rocky Mountains’ crown.

Rocky Mountaineer featuring Mount Robson on ‘Journey through the Clouds’ rail route. Image credit: Rocky Mountaineer

Sip and Savour

Perfectly named, this 12-day, 11-night Sip and Savour experience is a culinary themed journey that should be on the menu for foodies. It will be a delectable journey through Western Canada, with the first bite taken on Victoria Island which is known for its old world charm, and its culinary scene. From here, experience an exhilarating sea plane transfer to Whistler for a feast in the mountains, and in Vancouver, immerse in the foodie hot spot of Gastown, Vancouver’s number one foodie district. Granville Island is another taste sensation, with its public market a veritable gourmet buffet.

Guests can enjoy impeccable culinary experience onboard. Image credit: Rocky Mountaineer

From Vancouver, board the Rocky Mountaineer for a two-day trip enjoying SilverLeaf Service to Lake Louise, via Kamloops. From Lake Louise, visit Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks, one of the most magnificent photo opportunities in the Canadian Rockies. More spectacular sights await in Yoho National Park and in Banff, saddle up for a western style cookout on horseback or on a covered wagon, go animal on a wildlife tour and ride up Banff Gondola for mesmerising panoramas. From Banff, travel the Icefields Parkway to Jasper, venturing onto a glacier on an Ice Explorer tour, and be awestruck by the landscapes below the Glacier Skywalk. In Jasper, hike to a mountain peak for a hands-on backcountry cooking lesson, where everything will taste better in that pristine mountain air.

Mountain Peaks Rail Loop

Discover the spectacular scenery of British Columbia’s interior and the Canadian Rockies on this circular adventure. Encounter the wild and the wonderful on the 14-day round-trip Mountain Peaks Rail Loop itinerary, with the potential to spot bears, moose, elk and bighorn sheep in their natural habitat. Ride the rails with Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff, with that an overnight stop in Kamloops. Enjoy SilverLeaf Service as you get swept up in the majestic scenery of the Fraser Valley, Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon, and the steep slopes along the Thompson River. In Banff, marvel at the always beautiful Bow Falls, Surprise Corner Lookout, Hoodoos Viewpoint and Lake Minnewanka, take in the scenery alongside the Bow River on horseback, do a wildlife tour, and drink in the view from the top of the Banff Gondola at Sulphur Mountain. Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and the magnificent Takkakaw Falls deliver more awe-inspiring vistas, as do your activities in Jasper, including Maligne Canyon’s waterfalls, Medicine Lake and Maligne Lake, where you will do a scenic cruise and pedal through eye-wateringly beautiful country on an e-bike tour in Jasper National Park. Head back to Vancouver and venture up the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler for mountain views that will leave you breathless, including those from the challenging Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge.

Guests talking and socialising with wine in SilverLeaf coach. Image credit: Rocky Mountaineer

From Whistler, it is back to Vancouver, where your Authentic Canadian experience might end – however, the sights you have seen will be forever imprinted in your memory.

More trackside adventure

If you want your Rocky Mountaineer train journey to continue, consider adding on the newest route, Rockies to Red Rocks – Peaks to Canyons. This spectacular train journey takes you through majestic countryside between Denver, Colorado and Moab, Utah, with an overnight stop in Glenwood Springs. Adventure World has a wonderful 14-day itinerary comprising visits to six national parks – including the Grand Canyon.

Debeque Canyon on Rockies to the Red Rocks. Image credit: Rocky Mountaineer

2024 Black Friday Promotion

AU$425 / NZ$450 off per person when booking a GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf 2024 two- or three-day Rail Only journeys on our Canadian routes.

Can apply to all our Canada packages – Authentic Canada, Authentic Canadian Rockies, Sip & Savour, Mountain Peaks Rail Loop.

AU$565 / NZ$620 off per person when booking a SilverLeaf Plus or SilverLeaf 2024 two-day Rail Only journey on our Rockies to the Red Rocks route. Applies to Rockies to Red Rocks – Peaks & Canyons itinerary.

T&Cs: On sale from 10 November until 4 December 2023. Not available in conjunction with other in-market consumer offers. Offer has no cash value and is non-transferable. Offer applicable for all travel dates in 2024. All figures advertised are expressed in AUD & NZD as a guideline only and may vary at the time of booking based on changes in exchange rate with the CAD for our Canadian routes and USD for our US route.

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