The First Passage to the West route features two enthralling full days on board the Rocky Mountaineer to Lake Louise or onward to Banff, with an overnight stop in Kamloops.

1nights INDEPENDENT TOUR

Suggested route & duration

1 night Vancouver to Lake Louise or Banff
• Kamloops: 1 night

About this independent tour

RAIL
First Passage to the West is a rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer. This is an unescorted, independent journey and no Kuoni representative will be available. Transfers are not included so upon arrival at each destination you will be required to make your own way to your hotel and you will also be required to independently reconfirm any arrangements locally.

Recommended highlights

The Rocky Mountaineer departs early in the morning, and en route you will pass through the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate at Fraser Canyon. Follow the Thompson River arriving in historic Kamloops early in the evening. You will spend one night here before reboarding the Rocky Mountaineer early the following morning. Continue your journey through the vast ranchlands, along the South Thompson River and through Craigellachie – the spot where the last spike of the historic Canadian Pacific Railway was placed. The journey continues onwards as you climb Rogers Pass, pass through the Kicking Horse Canyon and climb through the winding Spiral Tunnels and over the Continental Divide to Banff National Park. Depending on your chosen departure you may also stop at Lake Louise, one of the jewels of the Canadian Rockies. You can choose to end your journey here, or continue on to the resort town of Banff.

Tailor your tour

You can tailor make your own rail journey around Canada, choosing your number of nights, where you stay, and even adding excursions. Or combine your journey with a stay at any of our city, beach or resort hotels in USA or Canada.


This itinerary is also available in reverse westbound in to Vancouver. The service only stops in Lake Louise on select departures, please call for details.

Rocky Mountaineer

The west of Canada lends itself perfectly to rail travel and the region is home to some of the most spectacular rail routes on earth, incliuding Canada’s most famous tourist service, the Rocky Mountaineer.