Rocky Mountaineer Train, Seton Lake, BC

Rainforest to Gold Rush Self-Drive Vacation - 8 nights

This Calgary to Vancouver self-drive and rail westbound itinerary really maximizes your time in Western Canada and ends with a Rocky Mountaineer train experience along the Rainforest to Gold Rush route, which takes you to Vancouver through Quesnel and Whistler from Jasper. This package includes the luxury of 2 days and 3.5 hours onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train in SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf service, and the rest is self-drive from Calgary to Jasper, giving you the freedom to travel at your own pace.

Please be aware that due to the elevation of the Canadian Rockies, the weather can be unpredictable any time of the year, especially during the winter, spring and autumn months. If you are not comfortable driving in potentially wintry conditions, then you should consider the 8 night Rainforest to Gold Rush Explorer (Westbound) package instead.

This itinerary is available in reverse, starting in Vancouver on Fridays.

If you would like more time to explore the Canadian Rockies, we can easily add additional hotel nights in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, and additional car rental days. We can also add extra hotel nights in Calgary and Vancouver. Just let us know your preferences when submitting a quote request to us.

Rainforest to Gold Rush Discovery Self-Drive, Westbound
Route Map
Itinerary Summary
What's Included?
Detailed Itinerary
Departure Dates
2021 Prices

Route Map

Rainforest to Gold Rush Discovery Self-Drive map

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Itinerary Summary

Rainforest to Gold Rush Discovery Self-Drive, Westbound
Day Activities Overnight
Thursday Arrive in Calgary. Pick up rental car Calgary
Friday Calgary to Banff Banff
Saturday Banff to Lake Louise Lake Louise
Sunday Lake Louise to Jasper along the Icefields Parkway Jasper
Monday Free day in Jasper. Return rental car Jasper
Tuesday Rocky Mountaineer Train to Quesnel Quesnel
Wednesday Rocky Mountaineer Train to Whistler Whistler
Thursday Rocky Mountaineer Train to Vancouver Vancouver
Friday Check out of your Vancouver hotel  

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What's Included?

Package Includes:

• 2 days Rocky Mountaineer Train (GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service)
• 3.5 hour Rocky Mountaineer Train (GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service)
• 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 afternoon meal (onboard trains)
• 8 nights hotel accommodation (as specified in quote)
• 5 days full-size car rental, including one-way drop charge and unlimited kilometers
• Calgary Tower admission
• Vancouver Lookout admission
• Rail station transfers in Jasper, Quesnel, Whistler and Vancouver

Our quotes do not include (unless specified):

• Transportation from Calgary airport (in case of downtown rental car pick up)
• Transportation to Vancouver airport
• Meals, other than specified
• Activities, other than specified
• Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff
• Optional services for rental car
• Additional car rental taxes and fees (refer to fact sheet attached to our quote)
• Hotel parking fees (where applicable)
• National Parks Pass

Note: For your convenience, our quoted rates include all tax.

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Detailed Itinerary

THU - Arrive in Calgary. Pick up rental car
Arrive in Calgary and collect your rental car. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Calgary on your own.
Overnight in Calgary.

FRI - Calgary to Banff
Depart Calgary this morning with your rental car for a two- hour drive to Banff. Highlights close to Banff include Lake Minnewanka, the Banff Gondola, Bow Falls, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Banff on your own.
Overnight in Banff.

SAT - Banff to Lake Louise
Enjoy the short drive to Lake Louise and continue your journey west to Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy this magnificent location.
Overnight in Lake Louise.

SUN - Lake Louise to Jasper
Travel north to Jasper via one of the most scenic highways in the world, spectacular Icefields Parkway. Allow time to visit highlights along the way, including Athabasca Falls, Bow Summit, and Crowfoot Glacier. At the Columbia Icefield you will have the opportunity to ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of Athabasca Glacier. We recommend you book a time slot for this attraction in advance. With sightseeing stops, we suggest allowing at least eight hours for today’s drive.
Overnight in Jasper.

MON - Exploring Jasper National Park
Today is free to explore Jasper National Park with your rental car. Among the highlights are Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, Maligne Canyon, Miette Hot Springs, Maligne Lake and Whistlers Mountain. This afternoon return your rental vehicle in Jasper.
Overnight in Jasper.

TUE - Jasper to Quesnel - Rocky Mountaineer Train
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain resort of Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Pass through the Rocky Mountain Trench, with the steep Rocky and Cariboo Mountains either side, and on to the rolling hills and vast forests of British Columbia’s Northern Interior. Highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass and Moose Lake. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer passes through the town of Prince George and follows the Fraser River into Quesnel.
Overnight in Quesnel. B, L.

WED - Quesnel to Whistler - Rocky Mountaineer Train
Your journey continues Southwestward today to the four-season resort of Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games alpine events. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the desert- like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, through the rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau, to the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley. Highlights include sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world, and the shorelines of glacial-fed Seton Lake and Anderson Lake.
Overnight in Whistler. B, L.

THU - Whistler to Vancouver - Rocky Mountaineer Train (3.5 hours)
The morning is free to explore Whistler Village at your leisure. This afternoon return to Vancouver onboard the Rocky Mountaineer through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include the Cheakamus Canyon, the dome peak of Mount Garibaldi, Brandywine Falls, and breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. An afternoon meal is served canapé style. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in Vancouver. At the North Vancouver train platform, you will be transferred to your accommodation in downtown Vancouver.
Overnight in Vancouver.

FRI - Vancouver Departure
Your journey ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel.

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Departure Dates

This package starts in Calgary on Thursdays from late April through until late September 2021. The earliest start date is 29th April, 2021, and the latest is 23rd September, 2021.


Rates for this package in 2021 are currently from CA$3,925 to $7,083 per person, based on double occupancy. Prices depend on the time of year you travel, the hotels you stay in and the level of service you choose onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train (SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf service).

Let our Rocky Mountaineer specialist make the best choices for you, based on your preferences, to ensure you are not paying more than you need to for your Rocky Mountain train vacation.

Promotional bonus offers are added automatically to your quote from us (if applicable).

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