First Passage to the West Connector, 6 Days

First Passage to the West Connector, 6 Days

Experience the best of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, including stays in picturesque Lake Louise and Banff on this popular First Passage to the West route. Scenic tours of the Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park and Yoho National Park make this a truly unforgettable journey.

  • Destinations: Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper
  • 2 days onboard Rocky Mountaineer
  • 5 Nights Total
  • Activities & Tours:
    • Vancouver Lookout
    • National Parks Pass
    • Ice Explorer (April Closure Dates)
    • Glacier Skywalk (April Closure Dates)

ITINERARY VANCOUVER TO JASPER EASTBOUND:

  1. Vancouver. Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.
  2. Vancouver to Kamloops
    Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops.
  3. Kamloops to Banff
    Your journey continues Eastward to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends this evening in the resort town of Banff. Overnight in Banff.
  4. Lake Louise to Banff
    A half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River. Arriving in Lake Louise, the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy this magnificent location before your motorcoach transfer to Banff. Overnight Banff.
  5. Jasper
    Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper national parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Lunch is included at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Overnight in Jasper.
  6. Jasper. Your journey ends upon checkout from your Jasper hotel.

 

OR REVERSE

ITINERARY JASPER TO VANCOUVER WESTBOUND:

  1. Jasper. Arrive in Jasper and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Jasper.
  2. Jasper
    Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. Today you will enjoy a scenic full day tour of some of the park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this region home. Highlights include lunch and a lake cruise at historic Maligne Lake. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently. Overnight in Jasper. Note: In the event the lake cruise is not operating, interpretive experiences will be offered on First Nations history, foods and culture.
  3. Banff
    Travel to Banff via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Lunch is included at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Banff this afternoon. Overnight in Banff.
  4. Banff
    A half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River. Arriving in Lake Louise, the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy this magnificent location before your motorcoach transfer to Banff. Overnight Banff.
  5. Kamloops
    Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of the British Columbia Interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the Interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Overnight in Kamloops.
  6. Vancouver
    Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Overnight in Vancouver.
  7. Vancouver. Your journey ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel.

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • Westbound: 2 breakfasts, 4 lunches
  • Eastbound: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches
  • 2 days Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • Luggage handling and rail station transfers in Kamloops and Banff
  • Coach Transfer Lake Louise to Banff
  • 1 nights hotel: Banff
  • Activities & Tours (see above)