First Passage to the West

Travelling between the Pacific coast and Banff or Lake Louise, you’ll be immersed in mountains and untouched wilderness. Travel through the legendary Spiral Tunnels, traverse the Continental Divide, and be inspired as you wind through mountain passes and dramatic canyons. Experience the only passenger rail service on this historic rail route by Rocky Mountaineer, celebrated for connecting Canada from East to West.

The most popular rail route, First Passage to the West retraces the steps of the 19th century explorers who first marvelled at this untamed wilderness, and gives a living history lesson on the building of a nation.

Rail Route Highlights:
  • Hell’s Gate,
  • Cisco Crossing,
  • Spiral Tunnels,
  • Avalanche Alley,
  • Jaws Of Death Gorge,
  • Black Canyon Hoodoos,
  • Stoney Creek Bridge,
  • Rogers Pass Kicking Horse River,
  • Castle Mountain, Mount Rundle.

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Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Vancouver Station at 7:30am PT. Travel 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 between 6:00pm and 7:30pm PT.
Spend the evening exploring the city of Kamloops or relaxing in your hotel room. 

All hotels in Kamloops are of moderate standard. Your hotel will be assigned post-booking.

Breakfast & Lunch Included on board.
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Kamloops Station at 6:25am PT, your journey continues eastwards 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 upon arrival in Banff, between 7:00pm and 8:30pm MT.

Breakfast & Lunch Included on board.
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  • 1 Night Accommodation in Kamloops.
  • Breakfast & Lunch on Day 1 & 2.
  • 2 days Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf Service.
  • Luggage handling and rail station transfers in Kamloops.


Accommodations Featured

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Room Configuration Beds Occupancy

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Optional Tour

These optional tours can be booked with our package. Please contact our Canada Destination Specialist for rates.

Notes about this Tour



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