Islands and Rockies by Road, Rail and Sea

Islands and Rockies by Road, Rail and Sea



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Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Of all the Canadian rail tours we offer, this package features the most diverse scenery and wildlife of Western Canada. Discover the magic of Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Continue on your journey by visiting a misty cedar forest, viewing breaching whales appear before your eyes as you gaze from the deck of your inside passage cruise ship. Follow this with an amazing Canadian train journey to the Canadian Rockies where you will see magnificent geological formations, turquoise lakes, mountain goats, and black bears.

Islands and Rockies by Road, Rail and Sea – Map Peyto Lake viewpoint in the Canadian Rockies The VIA Rail train winds through the Canadian Rockies Canadian grizzly bear in a field of wildflowers Cruising the Inside Passage on a BC Ferries day cruise Painter's Lodge in Campbell River Whale surfacing the water The Empress hotel in Victoria, BC
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Trip at a glance

Arrive Vancouver
2 nights Vancouver
2 nights Victoria
2 nights Campbell River
1 night Port Hardy
2 nights Prince Rupert
1 night Prince George
2 nights Jasper
1 night Lake Louise
2 nights Banff
Depart Calgary


Day 1 Arrive in Vancouver
As you arrive into Vancouver today, you are met at the Airport and transferred to your hotel downtown.

Day 2 – Vancouver
You have a full day to explore the sights of Vancouver. Discover Gastown, English Bay, Granville Island, the colorful totem poles of scenic Stanley Park at your leisure with a full day hop-on and off trolley pass.

Day 3 – Vancouver to Victoria
You leave Vancouver behind today after a leisurely coach and ferry sightseeing transfer to Victoria. Along the way, admire views of misty gulf Islands and distant mountain peaks, and see Victoria’s famous Butchart Gardens. Check into your hotel, then explore the quaint seaside city of Victoria.

Day 4 – Victoria Whale Watching
Spend the morning on a thrilling adventure, as you set out in a covered boat to discover the majectic Orca whales reside in the Strait of Georgia, along with a naturalist guide.

Day 5 – Victoria to Campbell River
Your journey takes you from charming Victoria today, as you pick up a rental car and drive to coastal Campbell River. Settle into your hotel and enjoy the lovely views of Painters Lodge and Marina. Spend two nights at the historic Painter’s Lodge, considered the world’s finest salmon fishing destination.

Day 6 – Campbell River
Spend the day exploring Campbell River. You may choose to escape into the old growth rainforest and mountains of Strathcona Provincial Park, or sign up for one of the many marine activities run by the lodge. During the fall season, ask about adding a grizzly bear tour to the Great Bear Rainforest, to see these magnificent animals gorge on the annual salmon-run. Overnight in Campbell River.

Day 7 – Campbell River to Port Hardy
Travel north along Vancouver Island today as your drive makes its way along the Island’s coast. This scenic transfer takes you to Port Hardy, a quaint fishing town on the Northern tip of Vancouver Island. Here you can drop off your car, and prepare for your cruise up the Inside Passage tomorrow.

Day 8 – The Inside Passage - Port Hardy to Prince Rupert on BC Ferries
The Inside Passage stimulates your senses and keeps you in awe all day. This is the Pacific Northwest at its finest. Calm inlets, majestic old-growth forests, and towering coastal mountains appear before you. The salt tinged air of the Pacific Ocean fills your lungs as the breeze tickles your face. Included is a private outboard cabin. Arrive late this evening in Prince Rupert in the North of BC.

Day 9 – Explore Prince Rupert
Enjoy today exploring spectacular Northern British Columbia. You may wish to visit Museum of Northern British Columbia, where First Nations artists work in the Carving shed, open to the public.

From May to late July, ask your vacation specialist about adding a cruise to the untouched wilderness of Khutzeymateen Valley, home to the highest population of Grizzlies in North America. Here you can spot your first grizzly bear grazing in a meadow or tending her cubs, in a completely natural environment.

Day 10 – Canadian Train – Prince Rupert to Prince George onboard VIA Rail’s Skeena
Start your train vacation back onboard VIA Rail’s Skeena train. Enjoy the rugged beauty and pioneering character of a landscape once solely traveled by First nation people and fur traders. The train follows the turbulent currents of the Skeena River traveling through the spectacular canyons and open valleys in the presence of ever present mountain ridges. Overnight in Prince George.

Day 11 – Canadian Rockies by Train – Prince George to Jasper onboard VIA Rail’s
Continue your train journey, bound for the Rockies today. All around you are windows – 360 degrees of spectacular scenery surround the Skeena train as you travel through the dense forest of British Columbia. Endless mountain ranges, remote communities and native history are just outside your window, so don’t take your eyes off the horizon. Arrive into the small Rockies town of Jasper tonight, where one of our representatives whisks you to your hotel.

Day 12 – A Full Day in the Rockies – Discover Jasper
After picking up another car, today is a full day in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Explore the rich Maligne Valley, and take a cruise on breathtaking Maligne Lake. Taking an early morning or evening cruise is a great way to see wildlife.

Day 13 – The Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Lake Louise
Many wonders await you today on a drive along the Icefields Parkway. The most exciting of these is a visit to the Columbia Icefield, one of the largest and most accessible icefields south of the Arctic Circle. Step out of the Ice Explorer and set your feet on ice millions of years old. Elk, moose, mountain goats and even bears like to make an appearance for our guests, seen clambering up mountainsides or drinking from the cool mountain streams. After nearly a full day exploring, you arrive in Lake Louise. Enjoy your evening! Overnight at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Day 14 – Lake Louise to Banff
After a leisurely morning in Lake Louise, drive to bustling Banff, the liveliest town in the Canadian Rockies. Spend the afternoon exploring soaking in the atmosphere, strolling along the turquoise Bow River, or simply admiring the views from your hotel.

Day 15 – Explore the Southern Canadian Rockies – Banff
Wake up to the sound of swaying mountain pines - then head out to discover Banff and its surrounding areas. The Bow Valley, Lake Minnewanka, and Sunshine Meadows are our favorite spots. Finally, soar to the peak of Sulphur Mountain on a Gondola ride, before heading back to your hotel. Overnight in Banff.

Day 16 – With Fond Memories Made – Depart to Calgary
Much too soon, you leave the clean air and colorful sights of Canada behind as your Canadian vacation comes to an end. Drop off your car at the Calgary Airport and check in for your flight home.

Note - the drive from Banff to Calgary is around 2 hours.

Common Questions

Are you on the train the whole time?

All of our trips include some stops to get off the train, to explore Canada's beautiful national parks and unique cities. However, if you're keen to maximize your time onboard, we'll pair you up with the perfect experience.

Is this an escorted tour?

While our trips are not "escorted," we combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe. Click here for a more detailed comparison.

How do the trains work in Canada compared to the US or UK?

Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in Europe and the US), the two main rail providers here are driven by tourism. You'll experience the romance of true trans-continental rail travel, with a wide selection of services, accommodation types, plus great food.

What types of trains are used?

Two main companies operate trains in Canada: VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer.

Rocky Mountaineer operates daylight touring trains, which travel along 3 of the most spectacular routes in Western Canada. You'll enjoy onboard commentary, award winning service, and incredible food.

VIA Rail is Canada's national train provider, with routes running Coast to Coast and through remote parts of Northern Canada. The type of train depends on your journey, and can vary from the classic trans-continental sleeper trains to daylight trains with overnight stops.

What we love about this trip

2 days on VIA Rail's Skeena train

Explore the magnificent Rocky Mountains & Vancouver Island's east coast

Grizzly watching and whale watching opportunities

Campbell River’s Painter’s Lodge

Vancouver and the spectacular Butchart Gardens in Victoria

Inside Passage day cruise

Option to add a Rocky Mountaineer train journey to the end of your trip

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What Clients Say

Thank you so much for a great Vacation

Thank you so much for a great Vacation

Star Rating 5

We enjoyed every minute of our experience in BC and Alberta. We are interested in returning for the Vancouver to Calgary itinerary one day. I understand that Rocky Mountaineer runs that route. We are 'singing your praises' for a trip well done to all our travel friends in Florida. You attended to... read more

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Whale watching excursion - Whale watching excursion
Whale watching excursion
Visit to charming Victoria - Visit to charming Victoria
Visit to charming Victoria
BC Ferries Inside Passage Cruise - BC Ferries Inside Passage Cruise
BC Ferries Inside Passage Cruise
Gourmet meals on the train - Gourmet meals on the train
Gourmet meals on the train
• 15 nights of hotel accommodation
• Sightseeing transfer from Vancouver to Victoria, including the ferry passage and admission to the Butchart Gardens
• Car rental from Victoria to Port Hardy, and from Jasper to Calgary including unlimited mileage and Loss Damage Waiver
• 2 spectacular days on Via Rail’s Skeena train, from Prince Rupert to Jasper, including dedicated dome car access and 3 meals each day
• BC Ferries Inside Passage Day Cruise, in an outboard private cabin
• Hop on sightseeing trolley pass in Vancouver
• Victoria Whale Watching Tour
• Cruise on stunning Maligne Lake
• Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
• Banff Gondola Ride
• A meet and greet in Vancouver at the airport, with transfer to your hotel
• Train station transfer in Jasper
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service


Not Included

• One way drop off fee for car, from Victoria to Port Hardy ($250, paid at counter)
• One way drop off fee for car, from Jasper to Calgary ($40, paid at counter)
• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Re-fueling car
• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Train station and ferry transfers in Prince George and Prince Rupert (quick taxi ride)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff
• Meals, other than those specified
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian Sales Taxes



Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Staying at a remote fly-in lodge
Staying at a remote fly-in lodge
Grizzly bear viewing safari
Grizzly bear viewing safari
Salmon fishing guided adventure
Salmon fishing guided adventure
Canoe paddling Lake Louise
Canoe paddling Lake Louise
• Upgrade your hotel and lodge accommodations
• Include a stay at the Knight Inlet Lodge in Campbell River, to fully immerse yourself in a bear watching experience and to experience a fly-in floating lodge
• Head out with a guide for a half day fishing adventure in Banff
• Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies to explore the nature trails with a naturalist guide, enjoy a gentle guided canoe paddle on Lake Louise, indulge in afternoon tea in the Fairview dining room, add a thrilling helicopter ride, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax.
• Add on a few days in the Olympic town of Whistler
• For a full loop of spectacular British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies, add a Rocky Mountaineer train journey back to Vancouver at the end of your trip

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Magnolia Hotel And Spa - Exterior of hotelMagnolia Hotel And Spa - Superior RoomMagnolia Hotel And Spa - Superior Corner RoomMagnolia Hotel And Spa - Exterior at Night

Magnolia Hotel And Spa

An example of our Boutique accommodations

Only a short stroll to Victoria's inner harbour, this boutique hotel offers many unexpected touches such as fresh flowers and fruit in the lobby, Aveda products in your bathroom, gourmet coffee, tea and spring water in your room, crisp linens and turned down nightly service. Plus enjoy a complimentary European Breakfast each morning.

Painter’s Lodge Resort - A historic lodge in a stunning locationPainter’s Lodge Resort - Let the lodge guides take you on a once in a lifetime Pacific salmon fishing expeditionPainter’s Lodge Resort - Relax in a spacious room, many with an ocean view

Painter’s Lodge Resort

An example of our Coastal Lodge accommodations

Nestled on the pristine shores of Vancouver Island, Painter's Lodge offers world-class BC salmon fishing, thrilling wildlife and nature tours, breathtaking scenery and all the amenities you'd expect from a resort. Enjoy the complimentary 10-minute water taxi across Discovery Passage to beautiful Quadra Island, where you can enjoy the Lodge's sister property.

Rimrock Resort - Exterior of resortRimrock Resort - Resort lobbyRimrock Resort - Deluxe RoomRimrock Resort - Rimrock during winter

Rimrock Resort

An example of our Superior and Deluxe accommodations

The 5 star Rimrock Resort is one of Fresh Tracks favourite hotels! The hotel is built into the side of a mountain, when you enter the main lobby, you are actually on the 7th floor, and the views from the pamorama of windows over the Bow Valley are simply stunning. The hotel has an upscale yet understated feel, and the service is impeccable.


Prices & Dates

2017 - Vancouver Start Dates*
June 14, 28
July 12, 26
August 9, 23
September 6

* More dates are available for this vacation, with slight variations to the itinerary. Please call for a personalized trip.

The prices listed below are based on travel service and hotel class for this journey:
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single, triple and child rates can be provided on request.
Pricing is based on departure date, travel service and hotel class for this journey and may vary from your personalized itinerary.
Superior Hotels and Lodges
from US $5,390to US $5,822per person

Our Superior Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.

Canadian Train Vacations Vs. Others

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Independent Travel

Flexibility and freedom of a personalized tour to suit your travel goals.

Personalized itineraries

Carefully crafted to your budget and needs.

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Plan your trip with help from insiders who live and travel in Canada. You'll know when to come, where to stay, which train to take, and lots more...

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Group Tours

Cheapest type of travel with rigid itineraries and crowds.


Why choose us?

Online booking sites prefer you to book your vacation with them online. Truthfully, they'd prefer you not to bother them at all! Our approach is completely the opposite.

We don't use online booking – instead we use technology to put visitors directly in touch with our Canadian travel insiders because we believe the best vacations are personal.

Online booking sites and local travel agencies focus on multiple destinations – we focus only on Canada because it's our home and we know it better than anyone else.

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  • Our UK clients have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct which means that all package holidays sold by Canadian Train Vacations (Fresh Tracks Canada) in the UK are covered by a full financial protection in the event of the company failure.
  • We're one of the only agencies in Canada offering this protection.
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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

Thank you so much for a great Vacation

Star Rating 5
June 28, 2013

We enjoyed every minute of our experience in BC and Alberta. We are interested in returning for the Vancouver to Calgary itinerary one day. I understand that Rocky Mountaineer runs that route. We are 'singing your praises' for a... read more trip well done to all our travel friends in Florida. You attended to all the details that made it perfect. The limo service could not have been better. Such helpful and nice young men! Rocky Mountaineer and BC Ferries... WOW. You have spoiled us for anything but the best in the future. Georgian Court Hotel was wonderful. Excursions were fun and educational for us. Thank you for the surprise of wine for our last evening in Vancouver. We all toasted you for a job well done. We owned a travel agency in the 80's and I remember the hard work involved in planning these vacations. You made it seem so simple!

Everything was beyond our expectations

Star Rating 5
June 16, 2013

We want to tell you how much we enjoyed the travel arrangements you made for us. Everything was beyond our expectations. The extra arrangements, such as the cabin on the BC Ferries, transportation transfers, and room upgrades, just... read more made it more enjoyable. The most notable parts included the Rocky Mountaineer and the BC Ferries – much nicer than we ever expected. We had exceptionally good weather, with rain only in Jasper for the boat tour on Lake Maligne and one part of the ferry ride. We had clear days for a rare view of the complete Mount Robson, the grizzly bears and eagles out of Prince Rupert, Vancouver from Grouse Mountain, all of the scenery along the VIA Rail route, and much of the inland passage. We visited Capilano Suspension Bridge on our last day and had a very enjoyable morning before our flights home. And we certainly enjoyed the bottles of wine in our rooms on our last night in Vancouver. I am very glad I called you to make these custom travel arrangements. Thank you very much.

Thank you for arranging a truly spectacular trip

Star Rating 5
May 18, 2013

It was truly a wonderful trip! We are now completely exhausted and feel we now need a real vacation. We do want to give you some feedback. But first, thank you for arranging a truly spectacular Canadian Rockies trip with the add-on... read more of a Seattle cruise at the end. Features of the trip – The Vancouver City Highlights Tour, Museum of Anthropology and Sutton Place Hotel were all well worth experiencing. We had been to the museum before, and were determined to enjoy it again, so we thank you for that. Although it's a bit out of the way, it is a truly spiritual experience (and we don't say that often), especially the thrilling modern sculpture illustrating the raven legend. Rocky Mountaineer, Vancouver to Jasper, was a sheer delight. We were wined, dined and coddled until it was quite embarrassing. The trip was worth it for the Rocky Mountaineer itself. It was the Gold Leaf Service that did it. One slight glitch was the location of the pickup for the Rocky Mountaineer—from a different hotel from the one where we were staying. Although the pickup point was specified in our detailed itinerary, that went by us, and it took an alert hotel desk clerk to notice the problem as we waited for the transfer to arrive to pick us up. He arranged for a cab to take us to the station. At the same time, he made sure that the fare would be paid for by your company. Nothing was lost, just a bit of anxiety. We actually wouldn't have been able to get to the pickup hotel (two sloping blocks away) on foot with all our baggage. Incidentally, it was very important to have Jack's 'roller' with us, and it was easily accommodated by everyone along the way. The Banff Tour, the gondola, and Lake Louise were jewels and the Banff Caribou Lodge was a good choice. Lake Louise deserves more time. For us, the ice explorer could have been omitted—too much transferring from one vehicle to another without great reward, as the ice, alas, is in retreat. Unfortunately, we were too exhausted to visit the Whyte Museum of the Rockies. Next time! After the Rocky Mountaineer, I am sure you can appreciate that the Via Rail was not up to the same standard. The food on sale was particularly dreadful but we know we were out of season in that regard. All other arrangements were well handled, and the viewing of the spectacular scenery was fine. The stop in Prince George was lackluster but we didn't expect otherwise. On the other hand, Prince Rupert was potentially an absolute jewel and deserved more time, especially since we were there on a Sunday when, as it turned out, everything was closed. Even the buses didn't run. We inquired about hiring a cab to visit the famous cannery somewhere out of town and were told that it would cost $100 for the trip there and back. We didn't feel that we could manage that. Also, the famous museum in town was also closed on Sunday so we missed both attractions in this unusually attractive town. Oh well, next time. The Inside Passage was scenic and relaxing, though we unfortunately did not meet up with even one whale. Again, next time. The bus trip from Port Hardy to Victoria was relaxing and scenic. Not much to see, as you probably know. Victoria is another Jewel and deserves more time. We especially enjoyed the tour of the town and the Royal BC Museum which you so kindly added to our itinerary. It matches the Vancouver Anthropology Museum and may even outdo it in certain ways especially when it comes to First Nation artifacts. We missed the Gardens due to fatigue. All the restaurants we visited were very good but I believe that two deserve special recognition. The Sala Thai in Vancouver serves exceptional Thai food and a Japanese Restaurant in Banff was unforgettable. We experienced one mishap on the trip. One night, at the Banff Caribou Lodge, we were awakened at about 12:30 AM by the fire alarm. Everybody came streaming out of their rooms sniffing for smoke, but it turned out to be a false alarm and we all fell back into bed. We were rewarded the next day by the hotel management who gave us a $15 credit for food on the hotel bill. You gave us a great trip for which we will always be beholden to you. You were the maker of it and our family and friends will hear all about it.

Thanks so much for helping make our anniversary so memorable

Star Rating 5
May 17, 2013

We had a terrific trip, everything went so smoothly we couldn't have asked for a more carefree time. My favorite part of the trip was Butchart Gardens and my husband absolutely loved the train trip. We can confirm the Canadian reputation... read more of its residents being friendly and helpful, everyone we encountered was so pleasant. Thanks so much for helping make our anniversary so memorable!

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