Train Buff’s Itinerary


When the Canadian Pacific Railway was built across our young country, the Rocky Mountains were the first large barrier to be crossed on the way to the west coast. The difficulties posed by the Great Divide (10 minutes from Lake Louise), the tall peaks and narrow passes of the Columbia Mountains, as well as the Fraser Canyon, taxed the creative genius of railway engineers — who produced some amazing solutions.

There is a rich railway legacy in the immediate vicinity of Lake Louise. To appreciate it fully, you’ll need to bone up on the history end of things. Two suggestions: first, get one of the many books on the subject (like Graeme Pole’s The Spiral Tunnels and the Big Hill) and second, stop at the Lake Louise Visitor Centre for a copy of “The Kicking Horse Chronicle,” a newspaper style pamphlet that outlines railway construction on the Big Hill.

Return to the Era of Travel by Rail:

train“Simply the most spectacular train trip in the world”

The Rocky Mountaineer travels during the daylight hours through the rugged Rocky Mountains.

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Inside Lake Louise

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Canadian Rockies Lodges & Inns

Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
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Johnston Canyon
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Mount Robson Inn
A Jasper hotel offering family friendly accommodations in the Canadian Rockies with landscapes that will capture your heart.

Mountaineer Lodge
Comfortable lodge located in Lake Louise, nestled in a pine forest with tremendous views of Mount Temple and its summit glacier.

Canadian Rockies Activities

Banff Backpacking & Mountaineering
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Banff ATV Tours & Zipling
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Winter Icewalk Tours
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Join us on the three-hour Maligne Canyon Icewalk, where you will discover frozen waterfalls & elaborate ice caves!

Whitewater Rafting in Jasper, Alberta
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