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.