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Canadian Rockies by Train: Banff, Lake Louise & Vancouver

9 days |  11 days with Vancouver extension
9 days |  11 days with Vancouver extension
Group size1538 travelers

4.6 out of 5 stars

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See the Canadian Rockies from every angle.

Explore Canada’s Rocky Mountains as you take in the jewel-colored lakes and snowy summits in Banff National Park. Just when you think the scenery can’t get any more spectacular, climb aboard the Rocky Mountaineer to ride the rails through the soaring peaks and twisting valleys of the Coastal Range to Vancouver. With endless dazzling landscapes, this tour will open your eyes to western Canada’s gems.

Your tour package includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 7 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Calgary Tower
  • Banff National Park
  • Icefields Parkway
  • Athabasca Glacier
  • Lake Louise
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Calgary, Alberta1 night
Day 1: Arrival in Calgary

Welcome to Canada! Transfer to your hotel and get settled in.

Banff Region, Alberta4 nights
Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Calgary & travel to the Banff Region
Included meals: Breakfast, Welcome dinner

With your Tour Director leading the way, head out on a guided sightseeing tour of Calgary, site of the 1988 Winter Olympics.

  • Drive by City Hall, the Olympic Park, and the winding Bow River
  • Pass by Fort Calgary and make a photo stop at the vast Calgary Stampede grounds, where an annual festival and tournament-style rodeo are hosted

Then, travel to Banff, a glamorous resort town known for its mix of outdoor activities, art galleries, and vibrant culture.

  • Enjoy views of the Rocky Mountains as you head west through Alberta
  • Stop in the charming mountain town of Canmore and enjoy free time to explore and eat lunch downtown

Get to know your Tour Director and fellow travelers during tonight's welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Banff
Included meal: Breakfast

With your Tour Director as your guide, set out into Banff National Park.

  • Pass by Bow Falls, the Banff Springs Hotel, and Lake Minnewanka
  • Enter the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, the birthplace of Canada’s first national park
  • Admire Banff’s beautiful landscapes, which are rich in history and home to a wide variety of wildlife

Enjoy a free afternoon in Banff or add an excursion.

Banff River Float

From $75 per person

Day 4: Icefields Parkway & glacier experience
Included meal: Breakfast

Soak in the beauty of one of the most scenic drives in North America as you journey along the Icefields Parkway to see the Athabasca Glacier.

  • Keep your eyes open for a variety of wildlife such as bears, elk, and moose as you drive past stunning lakes, soaring mountains, and picturesque valleys
  • Stop to admire Peyto Lake before arriving at the Columbia Icefield Centre, where you’ll learn more about Yoho National Park
  • Board a snow coach to travel up to the Athabasca Glacier and take a short walk on the ice

Please note: Mountain weather changes fast, and the stop at Peyto Lake is weather-dependent. We recommend wearing extra layers and walking shoes or sneakers, as walking may involve steep inclines.

Day 5: Lake Louise via Moraine Lake
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Make your way to Lake Louise this morning.

  • Pass through the Valley of the Ten Peaks in Banff National Park to stop at Moraine Lake and take in its beautiful turquoise water (seasonal, June–September)
  • Soak in panoramic mountain views and enjoy an included lunch while you ride the Lake Louise Gondola
  • View Château Lake Louise and then spend your free time canoeing or walking around the lake

Later tonight, gather together with your group for an included dinner.

Kamloops1 night
Day 6: Travel to Kamloops
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Board a vintage Rocky Mountaineer train in Banff for a ride through the untamed beauty of the Rockies to the city of Kamloops.

  • Admire glacial lakes, towering mountain peaks, and raging rivers on your day-long journey
  • Enjoy an included lunch aboard the train
Vancouver2 nights
Day 7: Travel to Vancouver
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Continue your scenic journey on the Rocky Mountaineer.

  • Make your way south to Vancouver, crossing through the coastal range of British Columbia
  • Enjoy an included lunch aboard the train
Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Vancouver
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Today, tour the multicultural, cosmopolitan city of Vancouver with your guide before enjoying a free afternoon for exploration of your own.

  • Drive through downtown Vancouver, passing the Roman-inspired Public Library
  • Head to the waterfront to see Canada Place, a sail-inspired building, which houses the Vancouver Convention Center and World Trade Center
  • Visit Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre public space featuring First Nations art including totem poles and gateways
  • See the historic Gastown district, filled with historic charm, delicious restaurants and unique shops
  • Stroll through Queen Elizabeth Park to take in views of the city
  • Enjoy free time to explore Granville Island, located directly across the water from downtown Vancouver

Tonight, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your group.

Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue exploring Vancouver.

Extension to Vancouver
Delve deeper into the diversity and vibrancy of British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada. Many cultures meet in the seaport of Vancouver, which boasts thriving Chinese and Indian neighborhoods. Spend your days wandering around the original settlement in Gastown or enjoying the great outdoors. Then, spend your evenings feasting on Chinese food and checking out the lively music scene. Opt to spend a day taking in the beauty and refinement of Victoria or the fresh air and adventurous spirit at Whistler.
Vancouver2 nights
Day 9: Free day in Vancouver
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore Vancouver on your own or add an excursion.

Victoria Sightseeing

From $229 per person

Day 10: Free day in Vancouver
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend another day in Vancouver at your leisure or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Vancouver: Whistler & Shannon Falls

From $195 per person

Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.6 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Best trip ever
    5/17/24 by 1st-time traveler Alyce

    Beautiful landscape. The train ride was wonderful. More food than anyone should ever eat. Traveled with great people. Our guide Robert was outstanding and a friend to all of us. The whole trip was one for the books and one I will never forget.

    4 out of 5 stars

    9/16/23 by 4th-time traveler Anonymous

    3 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced for a mediocre tour
    9/16/23 by 3rd-time traveler Anonymous

    Aside from the Canadian Mountaineer rail portion (which was fantastic), the remainder of the tour arrangements were mediocre at best considering the high cost of the trip through EF/GoAhead. Though we did book our own air travel with much better flight times, routing and cost than EF could ever mat...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 11/17/23

    Thank you for providing detailed feedback about yo...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Fairfield Inn & Suites Calgary Downtown
    Fairfield Inn & Suites Calgary Downtown

    This comfortable hotel is located near the Victoria Park neighborhood. Guests enjoy a fitness center and on-site restaurants. Nearby you’ll find shops...

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    Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
    Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa

    This mountain lodge is located in the heart of Banff. Guests enjoy the indoor pool, the Red Earth Spa, and free passes for local transit. Nearby you'l...

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    The Thompson Hotel & Conference Centre
    The Thompson Hotel & Conference Centre

    This modern hotel is located in downtown Kamloops. Guests enjoy a game room, pool, and fitness center. Nearby you’ll find Riverside Park, Kamloops Her...

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    Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre
    Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre

    This modern hotel is located in the upscale Shaughnessy neighborhood. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find the Van...

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