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Touring the Canadian Rockies: Self-drive or take the Rocky Mountaineer?

Comprising of stunning peaks, rolling hills, and luscious valleys, the Canadian Rockies are a magnificent sight to behold. Coastal views and stunning vistas of nature’s untouched landscape surround you from start to finish.

The Canadian Rockies from Moraine LakeExploring the Canadian Rockies is an adventure in itself, and can be done in more ways than one. If you’re tossing up between whether to do it yourself as you drive at your own pace, or being pampered onboard a Rocky Mountaineer train with gourmet food while listening to the fascinating stories behind this stunning landscape, then read on.

Hitting the Road

Icefields Parksway Travel the open road of Canada and discover the beauties of the expansive mountain range at your own pace when you opt for a self-drive tour . Stop by famous landmarks like the Glacier Skywalk, Angel Glacier, and Jasper SkyTram, or snap a photo of nature’s most picturesque landmarks like Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, and Athabasca Glacier. Drive along the scenic Yellowhead Highway and soak in the view of the gorgeous silhouette of Mount Robson, the highest point in the Canadian Rockies.

Glacier SkywalkThe best part about a choosing to drive is the flexibility of the experience – you can make a stop wherever you want, go at any speed you like, and customize the route you want to take. It’s you and the gorgeous wilderness taking it one mile at a time. For the independent adventurer, hitting the open road is the perfect way to spend a holiday.

Boarding Rocky Mountaineer

On-board Rocky MountaineerOffering four unique routes , the Rocky Mountaineer  allows you to sit back and enjoy the stunning view while traversing through Western Canada. With rails passing through Vancouver, Banff, Jasper, and Calgary, you can tailor your route as far as Seattle for the ultimate railroad experience. If you want to head further up north, there’s also an option to take an Alaskan cruise and explore ice glaciers and fjords up close and personal.

GoldLeaf Service of Rocky MountaineerHeading out on the Rocky Mountaineer will take you through the most incredible scenery of Western Canada as you relax in a luxurious train with panoramic domed windows, enjoying some of the best sightseeing available. The biggest advantage of a rail tour is that you can fully admire the beauty that’s presented right in front of you, with all transport (and even luggage service!) taken care of for you.

On-board SilverLeaf ServiceThe trains’ panoramic windows provide an unobstructed view of the gorgeous Canadian scenery and the on-board service is truly exceptional. Rail tours can also be customized, with options for specific routes and add-on activities. On a Rocky Mountaineer journey, everything is taken care of – all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery.


If you’re planning on taking a holiday up North, then seeing the Canadian Rockies absolutely must be on your list of things to do. Talk to our experts at Canada and Alaska Travel Connection for the ideal Canadian Rockies itinerary for you!

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