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Alberta/British Columbia

The Best of the Rockies by Rail: Western Canada's Splendor

Program No. 3748RJ
Journey to the heart of the Canadian Rockies by train — and glass-enclosed gondola! — discovering ancient glaciers, unique wildlife, isolated towns and stunning alpine views.

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May 19 - May 30, 2024
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May 23 - Jun 3, 2024
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Jun 6 - Jun 17, 2024
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Jun 13 - Jun 24, 2024
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Jun 23 - Jul 4, 2024
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Jun 27 - Jul 8, 2024
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Jul 7 - Jul 18, 2024
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Jul 14 - Jul 25, 2024
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Jul 18 - Jul 29, 2024
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Jul 28 - Aug 8, 2024
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Aug 4 - Aug 15, 2024
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Aug 8 - Aug 19, 2024
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Aug 15 - Aug 26, 2024
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Aug 18 - Aug 29, 2024
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Aug 25 - Sep 5, 2024
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Sep 1 - Sep 12, 2024
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Sep 8 - Sep 19, 2024
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Sep 15 - Sep 26, 2024
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Sep 19 - Sep 30, 2024
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8,999
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Sep 29 - Oct 10, 2024
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May 19 - May 30, 2024
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10,329
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May 23 - Jun 3, 2024
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10,769
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Jun 6 - Jun 17, 2024
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8,909
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Travel in Silver Leaf Service in a single level glass domed coach; meals served at your seat.

Jun 13 - Jun 24, 2024
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10,869
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Jun 23 - Jul 4, 2024
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10,869
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Jun 27 - Jul 8, 2024
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9,369
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Travel in Silver Leaf Service in a single level glass domed coach; meals served at your seat.

Jul 7 - Jul 18, 2024
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10,419
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jul 14 - Jul 25, 2024
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10,419
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Jul 18 - Jul 29, 2024
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8,909
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Travel in Silver Leaf Service in a single level glass domed coach; meals served at your seat.

Jul 28 - Aug 8, 2024
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10,979
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Aug 4 - Aug 15, 2024
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10,469
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Aug 8 - Aug 19, 2024
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10,469
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Aug 15 - Aug 26, 2024
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9,419
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Travel in Silver Leaf Service in a single level glass domed coach; meals served at your seat.

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Aug 18 - Aug 29, 2024
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10,979
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

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Aug 25 - Sep 5, 2024
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10,469
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 1 - Sep 12, 2024
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10,469
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 8 - Sep 19, 2024
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10,979
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OFFER EXTENDED! Enroll by Mar. 31, 2024 to take $300 off the price shown!

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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 15 - Sep 26, 2024
Starting at
10,469
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OFFER EXTENDED! Enroll by May 31, 2024 to take $300 off the price shown!

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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

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Sep 19 - Sep 30, 2024
Starting at
10,979
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

Sep 29 - Oct 10, 2024
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9,439
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Travel in Gold Leaf Service in bi-level glass domed coach; meals served in dining car.

At a Glance

Experience the wonder of the rugged, beautiful Canadian Rockies in Alberta and British Columbia. Journey through green valleys, past sapphire rivers and wide, jade lakes as you head into the heart of the mountains. Visit the soaring resort town of Banff, where you can explore the hot springs that have made this place famous. See Lake Louise’s famed emerald waters, born of the glaciers that overlook it. Complete your adventure with three nights in the cosmopolitan coastal city of Vancouver.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles daily over varied terrain. Elevations of 4,500-8,041 feet.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Enjoy some of the world’s most magnificent stretches of railway aboard Rocky Mountaineer.
  • Ride a glass-enclosed gondola to the peak of Sulphur Mountain for 360-degree views of the Canadian Rockies.
  • Journey along the famed Icefields Parkway through the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less. Due to hotel staffing constraints, the hotel in Kamloops will not be known until 3-7 days prior to arrival.
Featured Expert
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Kirsten Schmitten
Kirsten Schmitten has spent over 30 years exploring, researching, writing and working in the Canadian Rockies. From her career as a park naturalist to her adventures with her warden husband, Kirsten’s love and knowledge of the natural and cultural history of Jasper makes her a captivating and sought after speaker. She is the owner of All Things Wild, a company specializing in connecting people to the natural and cultural history of Jasper National Park.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Kirsten Schmitten View biography
Kirsten Schmitten has spent over 30 years exploring, researching, writing and working in the Canadian Rockies. From her career as a park naturalist to her adventures with her warden husband, Kirsten’s love and knowledge of the natural and cultural history of Jasper makes her a captivating and sought after speaker. She is the owner of All Things Wild, a company specializing in connecting people to the natural and cultural history of Jasper National Park.
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Cory Gross View biography
Cory grew up in the Calgary area, living both in the city and on the ranches where his father worked. In 2005 he received a bachelor’s in Museum and Heritage Studies from the University of Calgary and currently works as an educator at the Glenbow Museum. Cory is also a volunteer with the Western Art Gallery at the Calgary Stampede and with several other heritage organizations throughout the city.
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Brent MacDonald View biography
Brent Macdonald has been a resident of the Canadian Rockies for almost 30 years. As a geology expert, he provides a wealth of knowledge about geography and geomorphology. Brent has had a diverse career as a freelance natural history interpreter, also working as a consultant for a geotechnical engineering company. He has shared his knowledge of geology and natural history as an interpreter and guest lecturer. Brent is also a certified mountain leader and ski instructor.
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Andrea McPherson View biography
Originally from Ontario, Andrea has settled into Calgary. Her love of travel has taken her around Canada and around the world. Andrea loves introducing visitors to the wonders of her home country of Canada and the vast range of experiences it has to offer. She is just as happy in the heart of a downtown metropolis as she is in the middle of the wild. From whale-watching to dog-sledding, from walks in downtown metropolises to the Rockies, Andreas has done it all.
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Greg Allemang View biography
Growing up in the military has brought Greg across Canada and given him a real taste of everything the country has to offer. Finally settled now in the Calgary area, Greg has followed his passions for his country to study travel management and become a certified hiking instructor. Greg also enjoys climbing and enjoying the beautiful wilderness that surrounds his home. His love of nature has fueled his passion for connecting people to their environment and showing off his country to visitors.
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John Atkin View biography
John Atkin is an author, historian and heritage advocate who has been fascinated with Vancouver since moving to the city over 30 years ago. He is the co-founder of the Heritage Vancouver Society, has contributed to a documentary on the city, and has appeared regularly on television and radio, including CBC Television and CTV’s Canada AM. John is the author of four books on Vancouver, including “Strathcona: Vancouver’s First Neighborhood,” and is an editor for the B.C. Historical Federation.
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Patricia Thomson View biography
Patricia Thomson not only loves nature, she’s made it her life’s calling. Having had a broad environmental education career including working for Parks Canada, B.C. Parks, and the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, Patricia enjoys passing her passion on to others. Since 2004, she has been the executive director of Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES), leading a team of twelve conservation biologists and educators. Patricia is excited to take others with her and show to them the reasons she loves her home.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Moon Handbook British Columbia including the Canadian Rockies
by Andrew Hempstead | Jane King
GUIDEBOOK,2008, PAPERBACK, 480 PAGES This comprehensive practical guide in the Moon series published in the Pacific Northwest stakes out the best food, transportation, accommodation, and sights throughout British Columbia. The guide nicely balances practical detail and a good overview of the region and its attractions. Seventh edition. (CND132, $21.95). Call Longitude in New York at 1-800-342-2164 or go to reading.longitudebooks.com/RL22281.
Rocky Mountain Nature Guide
by Andy Bezener
This guide includes information on mammals, fish, birds, trees, shrubs, wildflowers, insects and reptiles from the entire span of the Rockies - Alaska to New Mexico. Featuring over 300 exact full-color illustrations.
Northern Rocky Mountain Wildflowers, Including Glacier, Waterton Lakes, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke, and Yoho
by Wayne Phillips
Compiled by a former forest service ecologist and botany teacher at Yellowstone Institute, this handy guide features 300 species, expertly photographed, explained and organized by color and family for quick identification.
Rocky Mountain Natural History, Grand Teton to Jasper, A Trailside Reference
by Daniel Mathews
A comprehensive field guide and handbook covering the plants, animals, insects, geology and history of the region. With 480 color photographs and 11 line drawings.
The West Beyond the West, A History of British Columbia
by Jean Barman
A fascinating history of the Canadian province from the 18th century to the mid-1990s. The author weaves portraits of major personalities and events into a readable overview of the cultural and social influences that have shaped the region.
Raven's End
by Ben Gadd
A young raven, with no memory of his past, arrives to the beautiful and dangerous landscape of Yamnuska, Banff. A book that looks at the complex world of ravens.
Moon Handbook Canadian Rockies
by Andrew Hempstead
GUIDEBOOK, 2010, PAPERBACK, 347 PAGES Canada resident and avid outdoorsman Andrew Hempstead knows the best way to experience the Canadian Rockies, from rafting on the Bow River and hiking Lake O'Hara to staying in a remote log cabin. Packed with information on dining, transportation, and accommodations, Moon Canadian Rockies has lots of options for a range of travel budgets. With must-see sights, maps, aadvice on planning and itineraries -- and an essential dose of humor. (CND231, $17.95)
Bear Tales from the Canadian Rockies
by Brian Patton
Bears hold an honored place in the mythology of the Canadian Rockies. This collection of stories draws on the adventures of hunters and trappers, native legends and traditional tall tales to create a portrait of the animal that has captured the wild imagination of the region.
Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains
by James Halfpenny, Todd Telander (Illustrator)
An essential pocket guide to tracks, scats and signs of not just the mammals of the region, but also of the reptiles, amphibians and birds. Each of 70 species gets a double-page spread, with line drawings of the animal, scat and track, range map and description.
Handbook of the Canadian Rockies
by Ben Gadd
Geology, plants, animals, history and recreation from Waterton/Glacier to the Yukon.
Switchbacks, True Stories from the Canadian Rockies
by Sid Marty
A native Albertan and park warden in the Canadian Rockies, Marty relates colorful anecdotes from friends, colleagues and his own youth in this collection of tales, which includes A Horse Named Candy.
Field Guide to Banff National Park
by James Kavanagh
This fold-up, laminated card features 133 color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered wildlife and a map.
The Great Rocky Mountain Nature Factbook
by Susan Ewing
Ewing's family-friendly guide, with black-and-white drawings throughout, answers the curiosity of engaged visitors about the plants, animals and natural features of the Rockies.
After the Ice Age: The Return of Life to Glaciated North America
by E.C. Pielou
Eighteen thousand years ago, an immense sheet of ice covered all of present day Canada and northernmost U.S. This story tells of how a harsh terrain was transformed into the environment we know today.
A Traveller's History of Canada
by Robert Bothwell
A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline.
Vancouver Then and Now
by Francis Mansbridge
This installment in the Then and Now series takes stock of Vancouver’s evolution by placing antique photographs side-by-side with contemporary ones. It peels back the years so that readers can see city fixtures as they once were.





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