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Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tour - First Passage to the West
with Desolation Sound Grizzly Bears

 Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Banff to the coastal city of Vancouver. Travel through the legendary Spiral Tunnels and pass by Craigellachie, the spot where the last spike on the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. This is the only passenger rail service on this historic route, celebrated for connecting Canada from East to West. Traverse the Continental Divide and be inspired by spectacular mountains and dramatic canyons.  

 From Vancouver, you will fly to Lund, BC, the end of the Sunshine Coast and gateway to Desolation Sound. From here, you will embark on a journey of discovery, cruising on a naturalist-led small ship as you explore the waters of Desolation Sound. Spend three nights at the exclusive Homfray Lodge, a remote cedar timber lodge sitting in the rainforest. This tour includes a train journey through the Canadian Rockies and an exclusive cruise into the beauty of coastal British Columbia.

 If you're a history buff or nature lover...especially Grizzly Bears, this route is for you. 

Road leading to snow capped mountain

Day 1: Tuesday

 Banff Arrival  

 Independent arrival in Banff. Whether you're interested in outdoor activities, prefer soaking in Banff's famous sulphurous hot springs or simply want to take in the stunning views at the top of the gondola, Banff is the ideal Canadian destination. Located in Canada's first National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Banff offers breathtaking vistas, culinary adventures, and abundant wildlife viewing. 

Overnight in Banff

Train speeding through evergreens and mountain range

Day 2: Wednesday

 Banff to Kamloops   

 Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of the British Columbia Interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranch lands of the Interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven.

 Overnight in Kamloops.

Interior of train with large windows

Day 3: Thursday

Kamloops to Vancouver  

 Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey, you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the West Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver in the evening. 

Overnight in Vancouver.

Homfray Lodge nestled in evergreens

Day 4: Friday

 Vancouver to Homfray Lodge 

 This morning, fly from Vancouver South Terminal to Powell River. Upon arrival in Powell River you will be transferred to Lund, the end of Highway 101 and gateway to Desolation Sound.  

 Welcome reception and meet the crew as we set off from the quaint village of Lund. Cruising north into Desolation Sound, we will pass Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park, a haven for boaters and kayakers with its calm waters and sheltered anchorages. As we leave the boaters behind, we cruise into Homfray Channel, one of the deepest in North America and flanked by towering peaks, including the majestic Mount Denman (1920 m, 6299 ft straight up from the sea). In the evening, we reach Homfray Lodge, nestled in the remote wilderness of Desolation Sound, where we meet the staff and enjoy our meals prepared by the lodge's chef.  

 Dinner and overnight at Homfray Lodge 

Grizzly bear with her cub

Day 5: Saturday

Grizzly Bear Viewing Tour

Grizzly Bear Viewing Tours depart Homfray Lodge with a cruise to Toba Inlet. Upon arriving at the river, you will receive a warm and traditional welcome from the Klahoose First Nation guides. A short drive will transport you to specifically designed viewing areas where you’ll spend about three hours with the bears in their natural habitat, from raised and covered viewing platforms along the remote wilderness river. The highlight of the tour will be the chance to view the grizzly bears feeding on salmon in the natural habitat. Our grizzly bear tours are limited to 12 guests for an intimate experience and less impact on the bears.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight at Homfray Lodge

Sunny day on the dock surrounded by flowers

Day 6: Sunday

Grizzly Bear Viewing

Today we enjoy another cruise into Toba Inlet for a three hour Grizzly Bear Viewing Tour.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight at Homfray Lodge

Guests chatting on top deck

Day 7: Monday

 Homfray Lodge to Vancouver 

 Depart Homfray Lodge after breakfast.

 Cruise this morning from Homfray Lodge south through Homfray Channel. Pass Desolation Sound Marine Park and return back to the Sunshine Coast and Lund Harbour.

 Your vacation ends upon arrival at the Vancouver Airport South Terminal.

Popular Sights
  • Humpback Whales
  • Seals
  • Dolphins
  • Sea Lions
  • Orcas
  • Grizzly Bears
Trip Dates
August 25, 2020 - August 31, 2020 (Available)


Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service
Double Occupancy
Rocky Mountaineer
Homfray Lodge
$5,495per person
Rocky Mountaineer
Homfray Lodge
$5,595per person
Rocky Mountaineer
Homfray Lodge
$5,695per person
Quad Occupancy
Rocky Mountaineer
Homfray Lodge
$5,045per person x 4 guests

Single Supplement $1,545
Extra Person On Request

Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service
Double Occupancy
Rocky Mountaineer
Homfray Lodge
$6,595per person
Rocky Mountaineer
Homfray Lodge
$6,695per person
Rocky Mountaineer
Homfray Lodge
$6,795per person
Quad Occupancy
Rocky Mountaineer
Homfray Lodge
$6,145per person x 4 guests

Single Supplement $1945
Extra Person On Request

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All rates are per person based on double occupancy, unless noted. Rates are in Canadian Dollars and are subject to 5% GST.

Included in Price

2 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service

5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

3 nights hotel accommodation

Rail station transfers in Banff, Kamloops and Vancouver

Luggage handling and National Park Pass

Vancouver Lookout

3 nights' accommodation at Homfray Lodge

Onboard Naturalist on the cruise between Lund and Homfray Lodge and during the Day Cruise on Saturday

Eco Boat Tour from Homfray Lodge

Return Flight (25 Min) from Vancouver Airport South Terminal to Powell River Airport

Luggage transport and handling plus scheduled airport transfer between Powell River Airport and Lund

Not Included in Price

Transportation from Calgary airport

Transportation to Vancouver airport

Meals, other than specified

Activities, other than specified

Gratuities for rail, cruise, hotel and transfer staff

Fuel surcharges

GST as applicable

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