. .

Rail Tours

Rail Adventures
Railway Contacts
Bargain Fares
Cruise & Rail

All Aboard
Africa - Rails
Airport Rail
Alaska Railways
Alberta - Railways
American Spirit
Amtrak USA
Asian Railways
BC Rail -Dome
BC Railways Map
BC Whistler Nwd
Box Car Willie
Canada's Via Rail
Canadian Pacific
CPR Rockies Map
Eastern Canada
Europe Railways
Fun Trains
Heritage Park Rwy
History of CPR
Kettle Valley Line
Railway Museums
Railways: In BC
Rocky Mountaineer
Rapid Transit
Sierra Madre
Sky Train
West Coast Express
White Pass & YR
Wine Trains

Royal Canadian Pacific via Kicking Horse, Crowsnest, Golden, Lethbridge and Calgary
by Jerry W. Bird

One of the highlights of my most recent return to Calgary and Alberta's Foothills Country, was the opportunity to visit a grand new 'Railtour' product being introduced by Canadian Pacific Railway, adjacent to the elegantly refurbished Palliser Hotel. Here we were given a private tour through the museum facilities and the various railcars that have been beautifully restored to carry tourists and corporate parties on the 'trip of a lifetime,' through the blue Canadian Rockies. While there will be a variety of rail tours leaving from Calgary, the most popular tour heads west through the Kicking Horse Pass, then swings south at Golden, following the Columbia River to the Cranbrook- Kimberly area in BC's East Kootenays.

Jerry W. BirdAt the town of Elko, the train heads eastThe final leg is a return north to Calgary via Vulcan and High River. The map below shows the complete circle tour from Calgary and return. On a separate page you will see a larger, more detailed map of the exciting route the Royal Canadian follows. via the Crowsnest Pass to Lethbridge.

Information & Reservations

1-800-717-0108 or 503-292-5055


Tours include: Fly-fishing Tour
Royal Clubhouse Golf Tour
Golden/Crowsnest Tour

Custom Tours
Moonlight Dining Excursion
Canadian Pacific Pavilion

How timely this visit was, since the previous afternoon was spent reliving a slice of Western Canadian railway history at Calgary's Heritage Park.

This view of railroad equipment and memorabilia set the stage for our real life opportunity at Palliser Square. You and your group should consider such a visit prior to boarding the Royal Canadian Pacific Railtour on the Canadian Rockies Circle Tour, or one of the other options available thanks to a Railway Renaissance in Western Canada and across the country. If you plan to drive a segment of this exciting route between Banff and Cranbrook in the East Kootenays, see 'Hot Springs Heaven' from our Adventure Roads series.

Points of interest

Columbia Valley
Cranbrook- Kimberly

Canada's railways were instrumental in establishing a chain of Great Hotels and Resorts. Across Western Canada, the palatial Banff Springs and Chateau Lake Louise, Victoria's elegant Empress, Hotel Vancouver, Edmonton's Macdonald, Saskatoon's Bessborough, Regina's Hotel Saskatchewan and Calgary's Palliser are all prime examples. Further east there's the Fort Garry, Royal York, Chateau Frontenac and Laurier - the list goes on. Continued.

Question: What about a return to Historic Street Cars as a year-round tourist attraction and revenue generator? See our new series Streetcars & Street Scenes. It makes street sense.