North America

Rail Travel Through Western Canada

written by | Posted on January 1st, 2010

The 8-day GoldLeaf Themed Golf Adventure, which departs June 24, starts at $7,499 pp and includes two days on board the Rocky Mountaineer in the GoldLeaf Themed Experience Dome; 3-night deluxe accommodations at a Fairmont Hotels & Resorts property; 4-night deluxe hotel accommodations in the Okanagan; seven breakfasts, four lunches, seven dinners, including several paired with wine; concierge accompaniment in the Okanagan; private motorcoach transfers in the Okanagan; two rounds of golf in the Okanagan; limousine transfer to the Rocky Mountaineer Station in Vancouver; choice of activity or golf in Banff; limousine transfer from Banff to Calgary; luggage handling and national parks pass; and exclusive attractions pass. The wine-themed package departs on June 17 and Sept. 9 and starts at $7,499 pp.

For those clients who want to get their feet wet, so to speak, when it comes to rail travel recommend the 3-hour Whistler Sea to Sky Climb between North Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia. In fact, Rocky Mountaineer offers an array of rail packages with heady names like Rainforest to Gold Rush, which is the company’s newest rail journey and which operates from mid-May to late-September. It starts in Whistler, continues on to Quesnal and concludes in Jasper, and is hailed for its dramatic transformations in scenery—from coastal rainforest to the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon and into the ranchlands of the Cariboo Gold Rush region.

“We have a number of vacation packages to suit a wide variety of travelers,” says Dery. “Generally, our clientele are 45+, baby boomers, honeymooners, and travelers interested in soft adventure or experiential travel. We also offer rail and cruise vacations that combine two dream vacations into one.”

The rail/cruise vacations—which, Dery says, are “an excellent choice for first-time visitors to Western Canada and Alaska”—combine a 2- or 4-day train ride through the Canadian Rockies and a 7-night Glacier Bay Inside Passage cruise on Holland America’s Zuiderdam with accommodations in a deluxe verandah oceanview stateroom.

To help you keep up with all these offerings, last year Rocky Mountaineer launched a travel trade portal that keeps you up-to-date on sales information, new products, and offers and promotions, “giving industry professionals a richer understanding of the Rocky Mountaineer experience,” Dery explains.