Royal Canadian Rockies Experience

7-day Escorted Tour (Suggested Itinerary)


The Tour

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In 2014, the Royal Canadian will be operated only on a whole-train charter basis.

The Royal Canadian Pacific luxury train explores western Canada’s Rocky Mountains with its ever-changing backdrop of snow-capped peaks. This luxury rail service, tops in North America, features impeccable on-board food and service as well as carefully crafted tours to special places such as the dazzling Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and beautiful Lake Louise.

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“…The RCP is a literally unique train, offering to the public the chance to travel like nabobs, in spaces once occupied by such luminaries as Winston Churchill, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor…On the last night of the trip, when our band of travelers from the Society of IRT assembled for a farewell dinner…we all recounted our favorite aspects of the RCP. The lists were surprisingly various, testimony to what an expansive smorgasbord of experiences we’d enjoyed. Really, I guess, we just liked it all…‘The best trip yet,’ said one of our group, and that about summed it up.”

— Karl Zimmermann, The International Railway Traveler®

The Itinerary

Sample itinerary only. The itinerary can be customized to your requirements. All routes and itineraries are dependent on timing and railway operations.

Day 1: Calgary
On arrival in Calgary, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the lovely five-star Fairmont Palliser Hotel for a one-night stay.

Day 2: Depart Calgary.
The excitement begins in the morning when you board the gleaming Royal Canadian Pacific and settle in to your private cabin with en-suite facilities. Meet your traveling companions over a leisurely breakfast ast the train departs Calgary bound for Fort MacLeod, where we visit the moving Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back on board, enjoy cocktails in the lounge car and a splendid dinner as the sun sets over the Alberta prairie.

Day 3: Waterton-Glacier
Visit Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park to enjoy park’s rare wildflowers, unusual geology and dazzling beauty, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After some free time to explore, board a private boat for a roundtrip lake cruise on the scenic Waterton Lakes from Waterton, Canada to Goat Haunt, Montana. Return to train for trip through Crowsnest Pass to Cranbrook. Dinner, overnight on board.

Day 4: Cranbrook; Golden

This morning enjoy an excursion to the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook, inspiring even if you don’t have an interest in trains and especially so if you do! The museum uses its many historial rail cars to tell the story of rail travel in Canada, focusing on the changes in decor, finish and services over the years since Canadian Pacific Railway was first established in 1885. Continue north through Columbia Valley. Arrive Golden for sunset dinner at 7,700 feet in Kicking Horse Resort’s Eagle Eye Restaurant, overlooking the Rockies. Overnight on board.

Day 5: Lake Louise area
Enjoy views from open-air vestibule as RCP climbs through Kicking Horse Pass, whose 1909-vintage “Spiral Tunnels” are one of world’s most ingenious railway engineering feats. Arrive Lake Louise and disembark for a special nature walk in this picturesque spot. Return to the train to freshen up for a gala dinner tonight to celebrate our last night on board.

Day 6: Banff
Today there are several options to choose from: sightseeing tour of Banff by motorcoach; a mountain helicopter tour (additional $210 per person); or a gondola tour in Lake Louise, then riding the train as it travels to Banff. The afternoon sees everyone back on the train to pack and prepare for disembarking in Calgary this evening. Check in to the Fairmont Palliser for a one-night stay.

Day 7: Calgary
After your included breakfast today, transfer included to train station or airport.

The Prices

Please contact us for further information about chartering this great train for your group of up to 30 guests.


NOTE: Payments will be charged in Canadian Dollars. For approximate exchange rates, visit Some credit card companies add a service fee for foreign transactions. IRT & RCP are not responsible for this fee.

Please note deposits are nonrefundable. Included: transfers; hotels required; train accommodation with private, ensuite shower, sink and toilet; all meals except where indicated; all drinks.  Not included: gratuities to the staff.

To view additional photos and a story about the Royal Canadian Pacific from the archives of The International Railway Traveler magazine, click here.


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The Highlights

  • Five days living in luxury on Royal Canadian Pacific with open-air observation platforms
  • Gourmet meals with fresh ingredients and superb wines; daily pre-dinner cocktail hour in lounge car with all drinks included
  • Lake cruise at spectacular Waterton-Glacier Park
  • Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook
  • Exploration of Banff and Lake Louise area, and the spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies
  • Excursion to Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo Jump, a unique UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Dining at Kicking Horse Resort’s Eagle Eye Restaurant overlooking the Rockies
The Royal Canadian Pacific passes through Kicking Horse Pass.  Photo by David Cowley.
The Royal Canadian Pacific passes through Kicking Horse Pass. Photo by David Cowley.
Chefs prepare gourmet meals aboard the Royal Canadian Pacific. Photo by Bob Short.
View from the Chateau Lake Louise.   Photo by David Cowley
View from the Chateau Lake Louise. Photo by David Cowley
Canadian Rockies, turbines and canola.  Photo by David Cowley.
Canadian Rockies, turbines and canola. Photo by David Cowley.