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Book your 2018 Rocky Mountaineer journey (applies to itineraries at least 8 days in length) by August 25, 2017 and receive up to $800 in added value per couple! Credit can be redeemed for extra hotel nights, meals, city sightseeing excursions, outdoor activities, and more. Blackout dates apply.

Book your 2017 departure by by July 7, 2017, and receive a complimentary hotel night in either Vancouver or Calgary. Blackout dates apply.

Society of IRT Added Value: Get a free, one-way limo transfer (U.S. dollar value +$140) to/from Seattle or Vancouver airports when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website. Get free limo transfers both ways when you book the Grand Rail Circle tour.)

New for 2017: Sonora Resort, Canada’s premiere wilderness resort, is the perfect complement to your Rocky Mountaineer journey. Add two (or more) pre- or post-nights at this all-inclusive lodge, accessible only by float plane or boat from Vancouver. Enjoy hiking and biking trails, experience a guided salmon-fishing outing, or go on a grizzly bear viewing tour. Call / e-mail us for details.

IRT Marketing & Travel Associate Rachel Hardy experienced a Rocky Mountaineer trip in October, 2015. Read about her adventure by clicking here.


The Rocky Mountaineer has been on our World’s Top 25 Trains list since it started. It 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. The company has added Silverleaf — one-level dome cars.  Other routes are Vancouver-Whistler-Jasper and Seattle-Vancouver-Banff.

In 2013, Rocky Mountaineer’s first cross-border trip was tested between Vancouver, Canada and Seattle, Washington. This route is called “Coastal Passage.” The results were favorable; in 2014, cross-border departures were begun, and for 2015, the company is offering 18 southbound and 18 northbound dates from May-September. This is offered in GoldLeaf and Silverleaf only.

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for IRT’s latest review of this great train.

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Accommodations

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 large open-air observation decks. 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. And go even a notch futher and ask for Gold Floor rooms in the Fairmont hotels.

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. Silverleaf passengers have access to a small open-air vestibule.

Dining

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 passengers are served hot entree options at their seats.

Lounge Cars

There is no separate lounge. Attendants serve drinks at your seat during the day. All drinks are included in the price of the journey.

Other

There are so many ways to take this train. For example, combine it with VIA Rail’s Canadian, from Toronto to Jasper, for a Trans-Canada Rail 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.

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The Rocky Mountaineer travels along one of Canada's scenic lakes. ©J.W. Hanback
The Rocky Mountaineer travels along one of Canada's scenic lakes. ©J.W. Hanback
IRT Society Marketing Intern Rachel Hardy enjoys the view from the Gold Leaf dome car's outdoor viewing area. IRT Photo courtesy of Rachel Hardy
IRT Society Marketing Intern Rachel Hardy enjoys the view from the Gold Leaf dome car's outdoor viewing area. IRT Photo courtesy of Rachel Hardy
A Rocky Mountaineer passenger snaps a photograph from the train's observation deck.  (Photo by Angela Walker)
A Rocky Mountaineer passenger snaps a photograph from the train's observation deck. (Photo by Angela Walker)
The Rocky Mountaineer passes under through a snowy mountain.  (Photo by Angela Walker)
The Rocky Mountaineer passes under through a snowy mountain. (Photo by Angela Walker)
The Rocky Mountaineer's newest Gold Leaf Dome cars are their most luxurious ever. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy
The Rocky Mountaineer's newest Gold Leaf Dome cars are their most luxurious ever. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy