Rocky Mountaineer

April 17-24, 2023

We did a Rocky Mountaineer Circle Tour this year!

The trip included stays at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver on the first and last nights. Pickup for the train was at 5:45am!


Day 1 was from Vancouver to Kamloops through the Fraser and Thompson River canyons.

Rocky Mountaineer

We were a couple of hours late getting to Kamloops.

TNRD Library

Departure from Kamloops station was at 8am so we were out of bed shortly after sunrise to board the shuttle.

Thompson Inn



We arrived in Jasper after dark due to a 2 hour wait for a broken down freight train near Mt. Robson.

Mt Robson

For our "free" day in Jasper, we summited Whistlers Mountain on snowshoes.

Whistlers Mountain

Whistlers Mountain

Jim at Whistlers Summit

Tram and Jasper

Lunch above Jasper

It was too early in the year for the Columbia Icefields excursion so Rocky Mountaineer's itinerary said "direct transfer to Banff". The helpline said no food was included on the bus and it would take about 4 hours. Boy were we surprised! Coffee, tea, breakfast and lunch in a bag, several stops to sightsee, and a near constant banter from the driver with 40 years experience.

The Crimson

Athabasca Falls was one of the stops.

Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Falls

The Icefields Centre was another.


Icefields Hotel

Ice Explorer

Ice Explorer

We went in the gift shop at Saskatchewan River Crossing.

Saskatchewan River Crossing

Passengers on the Lake Louise Circle Tour disembarked at Lake Louise.

Chateau Lake Louise

Lake Louise

We finished the day on Sulphur Mountain in Banff.

Ellen on Sulphur Mountain

For our "free" day in Banff, we walked to Bow Falls and the Banff Springs Hotel.

Banff Springs Hotel

We ate lunch in the Waldhaus Pub which used to be the clubhouse for the golf course.


Banff Springs Hotel

Banff Springs Hotel

Banff Springs Hotel

Day 6 saw us going from Banff to Kamloops.

Day 7 was back through the Thompson and Fraser Canyons. But, this time, directional running meant we were on the opposite side of the river after Basque.

Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer

Cisco Crossing

Thank you to Glen and Susan for storing our car for the week and the shuttle service to the Wall Centre.