Train Tracks Through The Rockies: The Gold Rush to Vancouver
3-Day Rocky Mountaineer Tour - Gold Rush to Vancouver - Canada
As exhilarating for train enthusiasts as it is for those who enjoy the journey as much as the destination, the Gold Rush route between Jasper and Vancouver is a smorgasbord of thrilling views of deep gorges, vast ranchland, rocky outcrops, and raging rapids. On this three-day rail trip, you’ll spend the first night in Quesnel, a charming rural town that was the central hub of the Cariboo Gold Rush in 1862. For the second night, you’ll stay in the town of Whistler - famous for its alpine sports and flower-filled meadows.
- One-way train ticket
- 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and complimentary drinks served on board (eastbound)
- 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, an afternoon snack and complimentary drinks (westbound)
- Station and hotel transfers in Jasper, Quesnel, Whistler, and Vancouver
- Accommodation in Quesnel (1nt) and Whistler (1nt)
- Departure days vary throughout the year – speak to your Travel Specialist for more details.
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Your day-by-day itinerary
Jasper to Quesnel
You’ll arrive bright and early at the station in Jasper, in time to watch from the platform as your train slowly pulls in and your carriage awaits! Onboard, you’ll settle into your seat from which you’ll be served regionally inspired gourmet meals.
Today, you’ll pass through the Rocky Mountain Trench, with steep mountains either side, before delving deep into the heart of vast forestry. You’ll also catch a glimpse of the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mt Robson. By the evening, you’ll arrive into the Gold Rush town of Quesnel where your transfer will be waiting to take you and your luggage to your centrally-located hotel. Your time here is your own and we’d recommend finding a spot down by the river for dinner.
Quesnel to Whistler
The next morning, you’ll depart Quesnel and follow the gold rush route towards the famous resort of Whistler. You’ll be served breakfast on board. Today, the landscape changes dramatically and you’ll soon discover a desert-like environment as you pass Fraser Canyon and behold the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate. You’ll also cross one of the highest and most spectacular railway bridges in the world, Deep Creek Bridge. Everywhere you look you will find glacial-fed lakes, lush farmland, and steep gorges.
You’ll arrive into Whistler by the evening where your transfer will be waiting to take you and your luggage to your hotel, located right in the heart of the village. You’ll have plenty of free time here, so as well as finding a plethora of places for dinner on your doorstep, you may wish to indulge in the fantastic apres nightlife that exists here!
Whistler to Vancouver
On your final day, you’ll have the whole morning to explore Whistler Village. We recommend soaking up that fresh mountain air by taking a wander along it’s pedestrianised stone walkways, brimming with shops, cafes and restaurants. In the afternoon, you’ll board the train once again and depart for Vancouver.
Finally, you’ll experience a very special highlight of this trip as the train winds its way along the impressive Sea to Sky Corridor, offering spectacular coastal mountain scenery and breathtaking views of Howe Sound. On arrival in Vancouver, it’s time to say goodbye to the Rocky Mountaineer and begin the next part of your Canadian adventure!
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