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The Journey

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The Canadian Rockies by Rail  Journey Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer
Seattle, Washington


The journey begins in the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle, Washington. There is certainly no shortage of things see and do in the “Emerald City,” which is home to more than 680,000 and some of the world’s biggest tech companies.

Located in the northwest corner of the continental United States, Seattle is one of the fastest-growing major cities in the country. The city has a long Aboriginal history running 4,000 years before the arrival of European settlers. After Settlement, the country saw an economic boom thanks to its thriving timber industry.
Vancouver, Stanley Park Totem Poles


The first stop of this Western Canadian adventure is the most populous city in British Columbia. Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city blessed by its geographic setting, with a stunning mix of mountains, forests and the Salish Sea. The area’s natural resources are what attracted the first European explorers in the late 1700s. In 1886, Vancouver was incorporated as a city and became a stop on the rail line a year later.
The city has a rich history. Aboriginal people bring a strong cultural presence to a city they have lived in for more than 8,000 years. Early villages were located through the area, including what is now Stanley Park.


Kamloops is a city of around a hundred thousand people and is located at the confluence of the North and South Thompson rivers. Amateur sports fans know Kamloops as Canada’s Tournament Capital—the city hosts up to a hundred sporting events each year.

Kamloops’s location and semi-arid conditions make it a hotspot for viticulture. It’s located in Thompson Valley, one of Canada’s up-and-coming wine regions. The rain shadow provided by the high coastal mountains combined with various microclimates give winemakers plenty of opportunities to create different tastes—and it shows, with the region’s wine gaining press and accolades worldwide.


Banff is the starting point for exploring the Canadian Rockies by car or bus. Its natural hot springs, stunning mountains and location along the transcontinental railway make it one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations. Canada started promoting Banff’s hot springs as a tourism destination as early as 1885, a year after the former Canadian Pacific Railway president named the area after his birthplace of Banff, Scotland.

To accommodate visitors to the rugged wilderness, the Canadian railway built a series of European-style hotels along the rail line. As the railroad hotels became popular tourist destinations, small mountain towns like Banff began to appear in the Canadian Rockies.


Another turn-of-the-century railroad and resort town, Jasper has a population of only about 5,000 people. In 1923, the Canadian government formed Canada’s second transcontinental railroad. While starting out with the purpose of serving the railway, it became the headquarters for the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park. The park provides visitors with breathtaking scenery, including hot springs, lakes, glaciers, mountains and waterfalls.