Rocky Mountaineer

North America
First-class

The Rocky Mountaineer has graduated to international status, as it has added Seattle, Washington to its repertoire in Western Canada. The train is comfortable and classy. Its luxury GoldLeaf Service, with custom-built glass dome coaches, offers fine dining on the lower level, including local wines, plus wind-in-the-face, outdoor viewing at the rear platform.

There are four routes offered by this train: Vancouver to Banff and Calgary; Vancouver to Jasper via Kamloops; Vancouver to Jasper via Quesnel and Vancouver to Seattle.

To enjoy the cross-border link, board in Seattle, have a half-day trip that ends in Vancouver. You’d then spend one to two nights in Vancouver and continue on to any of the itineraries. You can’t purchase the Coastal Passage by itself – always with two additional days of rail. You can take this service in Silver or GoldLeaf. It usually leaves on selected Saturdays during the season.

Canadian

North America
First-class

The Canadian is VIA Rail Canada’s flagship train. It runs between Toronto and Vancouver three times a week, traveling 2,775 miles.

IRT recommends VIA’s new Prestige Class, introduced in 2015, with large bedroom with double bed, full en suite bathroom, plus a host of amenities including flat-screen TV (for videos only), unlimited free drinks, including alcoholic drinks, 24-hour butler service and first choice for meals (included in your fare). A major delight is exclusive access to the great dome cars for seeing the sights day or night.

The schedule from Toronto to Jasper allows three nights on board (10 p.m. departure Vancouver, 1:00 p.m. arrival Jasper.) All the way to Vancouver is four nights (three days, 14 hours and 42 minutes!) Arrival in Vancouver is scheduled for mid-morning.

Royal Canadian Pacific

North America
Luxury

The most luxurious train in North America is now offered exclusively as a whole-train charter. Up to 30 persons can pretend to be royalty and come aboard to sample this train’s five-star dining, open-platform observation areas, several small salons, and large compartments with private, ensuite shower, toilet and sink. The train and its superb staff combine outstanding scenery, exclusive visits and elegant musical events with the top-notch service and cuisine. It all results in one word: “Wow!” The total RCP package is matched by just a few trains in the world.  It’s tops in the Western Hemisphere.

Many of the cars for the Royal Canadian Pacific (RCP) train were built between 1917 and 1931 and were used as business cars for the Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPR).