Rocky Mountaineer First Passage to the West
Vancouver, Kamloops, Lake Louise, and Banff.
What will be the coolest way to go to Banff from Vancouver? With some of the most spectacular mountain and canyon ranges in the world, the Rocky Mountaineer First Passage to the West is a must-see for both history-buffs and rail enthusiasts.
From the Spiral Tunnels at Kicking Horse Pass to the place where the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed. Rail travel revolutionised Canada, this moment is seen as one of the pivotal points in Canadian history. In the same way, as the rail network united America, the East and West of Canada became one with the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway, at Jackfish Ontario in 1885.
After boarding at the Rocky Mountaineer Vancouver Station, travel through the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley. Farmland gives way to the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains before the rumble of raging waters hail the arrival of Hell's Gate. Piney forests turn into the abstract beauty of dusty desert hills as you pull in to spend the night in Kamloops.
Your journey continues east along the South Thompson River past Craigellachie, the site of the Last Spike, which completed the historic Canadian Pacific Railway. Continue onward to Rogers Pass with its glaciers and rail tunnels. Brace yourself for a dramatic climb through the engineering marvel of the Spiral Tunnels. end your journey in the village of Lake Louise or the resort town of Banff.