Canadian Rockies Driving Route or Railway tour

November 20th 2017

Canadian Rockies – Driving Route or Railway tour?

Exploring the Canadian Rockies is an incredible experience, from stunning coastal views to high snow-capped mountain peaks, lush forests and green valleys there are stunning vistas from beginning to end. Our travel experts are often asked what’s the best way to see the Canadian Rockies, a driving route or a railway tour? We offer holiday packages to Canada for both, so here is some info to help you choose.

Canadian Rockies – Driving Route

Journey through the world’s most photographed landmarks – the national parks of the Canadian Rockies – at your own pace on a Canadian fly-drive adventure. The most popular driving routes are well signposted, with excellent roads as you make your way between the famous tourist regions of Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Harrison Hot Springs. Stop at Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies as you drive along the scenic Yellowhead Highway.

Most Canadian Rockies fly-drive driving routes finish in the scenic coastal cities of Victoria or Vancouver. The advantages of a Canadian Rockies driving holiday is that you can stop where and when you like, travel at your own pace and it can be more cost-effective than a railway tour. There is nothing quite like the flexibility of travelling under your own steam!

Canadian Rockies – Railway Tour

The Canadian Rockies railway tour, the Rocky Mountaineer has a number of railway routes including stops in Vancouver, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Calgary. You can even extend your trip down the coastal route to Seattle or add in an Alaskan cruise to the beginning or end of your journey. Enjoy spectacular views as you travel the most picturesque routes through the Rocky Mountains and stay in luxury hotels at night – it’s the best of both worlds.

highlights of a train trip through the canadian rockies

The advantages of the rail tour are that you can admire the scenery without having to worry about navigation, the train has panoramic windows throughout and on-board service is exceptional. Trips can be customised to allow extra days in the locations of your choice before you board the Rocky Mountaineer once again.

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Canadian Rockies Driving Route or Railway tour – Ask the Experts

Planning your holiday to Canada and trying to decide between a driving holiday or a railway tour of the Canadian Rockies? Speak to one of our expert travel advisors, they will help you to choose the right option and create a personalised Canadian Rockies holiday deal just for you. Give us a call now.


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