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Vancouver to Rockies and back by train (2 days and 1 night)

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Vancouver to Rockies and back by train (2 days and 1 night)

We're over to Vancouver for couple of weeks in July and have more or less decided on our trips. One we're contemplating is train to Rockies (wherever that is) going out day time so as to see the scenery, stay overnight somewhere then return same or different route next day. Not sure if that's feasible and if better going independently or with a tour company who would take care of everything or are there better ideas.

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1. Re: Vancouver to Rockies and back by train (2 days and 1 night)

It's not feasible. The only daytime train trip to the Rockies is via Rocky Mountain Rail Tours. They offer two routes that go to the Rockies, one to Banff, one to Jasper. Both take two full days, with an overnight stop in Kamloops. www.rockymountaineer.com

The other train you can take is the VIA Rail "Canadian" which runs three times per week in the summertime, from Vancouver to Jasper. It's a 20-hour journey, leaving Vancouver about 8:30 in the evening, travelling through the night, and arriving in Jasper the next afternoon. www.viarail.ca

The Rockies are an inland mountain range that sits on the BC/Alberta border - they are located 800+ km from Vancouver.

Edited: 6:44 pm, April 08, 2014
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2. Re: Vancouver to Rockies and back by train (2 days and 1 night)

Hi royeee ~

The Rockies are about 850 km and 10 hours straight driving from Vancouver. There are two possibilities for a train to the Rockies. One is the luxury Rocky Mountaineer which takes two days with a hotel stop on the way. This allows people to see the scenery in day time.

The other alternative is our National rail service, VIA Rail, which rolls all night over 20 hours to Jasper in the Rockies.

On the coast here, there is the luxury Rocky Mountaineer train to Whistler, in the Coastal Range and about 4-5 mountain ranges away from the Rockies. The train takes about 3 hours to get to Whistler with time for a visit there, then the train back, or the option of a coach later in the evening. It is a popular day trip and scenic.

www.rockymountaineer.com .... See the Sea to Sky Climb option

www.viarail.ca

Edited: 6:49 pm, April 08, 2014
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3. Re: Vancouver to Rockies and back by train (2 days and 1 night)

The Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks (Banff and Jasper) are in Alberta and it is usually recommended tourists take a minimum of five days to see them. This is easiest done with a start/finish point in Calgary, and there are multiple flights a day between Vancouver and Calgary. However, it doesn't sound like your schedule will allow for any plan like this.

British Columbia contains several mountain ranges, with the Rockies on our eastern border, there's several more between the border and the coast, even one on Vancouver Island. So I guess its a question of: do you want a trip into the mountains or do you want to see the Rockies? Two very different things.

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4. Re: Vancouver to Rockies and back by train (2 days and 1 night)

If you want to do a quick trip to the Rockies, Flying to Calgary and doing an organized tour out of there, or simply taking one of the many shuttles to Banff to stay for a night or two and flying back. are the best ways.

To see it all, the luxury ($3000 one way for a couple) Rocky Mountaineer Train from Vancouver to Calgary is specifically made for maximizing the beauty.

Train travel is useless, impractical, and expensive in Canada, with the exception of the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal-Quebec City corridor.

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5. Re: Vancouver to Rockies and back by train (2 days and 1 night)

Thanks everyone for the helpful answers all good stuff. I now get the fuller picture of what's involved.

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6. Re: Vancouver to Rockies and back by train (2 days and 1 night)

I do the train trip monthly and there are plenty of tour groups you could arrange this with. While the train is nice the real scenery begins once your there. Look at Thomas Cook or other UK based tour operators as they offer some short 8 days tours and some include the train.

If you want a nice train experience then the Rocky Mountaineer trip to Whistler is quite nice and you could return by coach the same day. You can arrange with

vancouvertours.com

as they do a nice job. You could also take

amtrak.com

to Seattle as it follows the water and is quite nice as well and very inexpensive.

Edited: 1:19 pm, April 09, 2014
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7. Re: Vancouver to Rockies and back by train (2 days and 1 night)

Thanks @davidgmg for the tips. We've settled that going to the Rockies is a separate holiday in itself and now keen to do the train trip to Whistler and back on same day, i know it'll be a short time there but we're already planning to go with friends in the car for an active day trip. Now to find the company that'll do the job for us.

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8. Re: Vancouver to Rockies and back by train (2 days and 1 night)

there is only one train to Whistler so you choices are ltd. The problem with taking the train both ways is the very short amt of time you have once you arrive in Whistler. One of the highlights is taking the peak 2 peak tram to the top of Whistler mtn and taking the p2p to Blacomb. Its a stunning ride and well worth the money.

Meals on the Whistler Mtnr are not very much but lots of people like the return journey to have a lite snack and tea vs the morning.

Vancouvertours.com

which is Landsea tours does this trip daily and is highly recommended. You'll enjoy the journey for sure. The views are different from the road so I do recommend mixing up the transport a bit.

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9. Re: Vancouver to Rockies and back by train (2 days and 1 night)

As said we're planning a separate trip to Whistler by road with friends which will include p2p trip, this one is to experience the train travel and sceneries. We did consider whether to take the floatplane back but its expensive and risk of being in the clouds and not see much. Anyway will look up the links thanks.

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10. Re: Vancouver to Rockies and back by train (2 days and 1 night)

I am quite confused. The Rockies on the border of BC and AB is out. That's decided and clear. But you say

>>now keen to do the train trip to Whistler and back on same day,<< to which David provided info. Then you say

>>planning to go with friends in the car for an active day trip. << Then

>>planning a separate trip to Whistler by road << Then

>>this one is to experience the train travel <<

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What are you going to do in July, because you can't take the train and a car to Whistler on the same day trip.

Edited: 7:03 pm, April 12, 2014