Journeys on this Train
The Rocky Mountaineer was awarded the right to operate routes in the Canadian Rockies and purchase VIA Rail’s equipment in 1990 by the Canadian government. The owner, who ate beans for a while until his fledgling company took hold, started with two-day, all-daylight programs between Vancouver and Banff. In 1995, the company launched its luxury GoldLeaf Service with its custom-built glass dome coaches offering fine dining on the lower level. Today, more than 50 percent of all guests choose GoldLeaf service. In 2006, the company launched two more tourist train routes: Vancouver-Whistler and Whistler-Jasper.
In 2013, Rocky Mountaineer's first international service was tested between Vancouver, Canada and Seattle, Washington in the U.S. The results were favorable; in 2014, the company is offering 12 southbound and 12 northbound dates on selected Saturdays throughout the Alaskan cruise season from May-September.
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On all departures, IRT recommends GoldLeaf service. It has a beautiful bi-level dome coach, is fully air-conditioned with full-length dome windows, and assigned seating that can accommodate groups of four. The main benefit, from our point of view, is GoldLeaf passengers’ exclusive access to the open-air observation deck. As this is a daytime-only train, there are no sleeping accommodations. Overnights are spent in upgraded hotels for GoldLeaf passengers.
We also like the on-board dining experience in the exclusive lower-level dining room. Another GoldLeaf benefit is the luggage delivery service to your hotel in Kamloops or Quesnel. And we appreciate the transfers to and from the train on package tours.
For the ultimate in luxury, book GoldLeaf Deluxe service, and enjoy all the benefits of GoldLeaf with even more luxurious hotel rooms during your tour.
SilverLeaf service passengers are seated in a single-level dome coach in reclining seats which can rotate to accommodate groups of four. Meals are served at your seat and hotels are moderate.
The train also offers RedLeaf service, although we don't usually recommend this class. RedLeaf service provides reclining seats in regular cars with large picture windows. Chilled breakfast and lunch are served at your seat and hotels are moderate.
In GoldLeaf Service, walk down a spiral staircase or take the elevator from the dome level to the diner where the full galley kitchen prepares remarkable multi-course breakfasts and lunches for you. The diner can seat 36 in tables for four.
SilverLeaf and RedLeaf passengers have meals served at their seats. RedLeaf passengers are served chilled breakfast and lunches, while SilverLeaf passengers have hot entree options.
Not applicable. Attendants serve drinks at your seat during the day.
There are so many ways to take this train. For example, combine it with VIA Rail’s Canadian, from Toronto to Jasper, for a Cross-Canada Adventure. Or maybe you’ve already done the Rocky Mountaineer’s regular itinerary. If so, try the new, two-day Fraser Discovery route Whistler to Jasper or the Coastal Passage route between Vancouver and Seattle. The common theme is: all travel is done by day to maximize views of the spectacular scenery.
Increasingly popular are rail/cruise combos departing from Seattle and Vancouver to Alaska aboard Holland America and Norwegian cruise ships. They match perfectly with Rocky Mountaineer train trips. Call us for more info.