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Northern Lights in the Yukon, Canada

Rocky Mountaineer & Yukon's Northern Lights

13-day rail journey and tour from £7,115 pp incl. flights


Short description

Combine the world’s most scenic train journey and most spectacular phenomenon


  • Ride North America’s most luxurious train
  • Spot the Northern Lights from aurora camps
  • Explore with included touring and excursions
  • Take in the national-park treasures of the Rockies

In Brief

  • 1 Night Calgary
  • 2 Nights Banff
  • 2 Nights Jasper
  • 1 Night Quesnel
  • 1 Night Whistler
  • 1 Night Vancouver
  • 3 Nights Whitehorse


Recommended for:
Natural world | Northern Lights | Rail journey

Explore Canada’s natural treasures on an ultra-scenic train ride, bookended by city stays in Vancouver and Wild-West Calgary, you’ll begin with a full tour of the Rockies’ highlights, including the likes of Banff, and Jasper, indulging with open-bar drinks and gourmet dining aboard Rocky Mountaineer. Then travel north to Whitehorse and stay under the Northern Lights in Yukon. You’ll enjoy included excursions throughout, from aurora hunts to wilderness adventures, all led by expert guides. 

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

After making the most of your complimentary airport lounge access, you’ll fly out to Calgary where you’ll be met on arrival by a private driver. You’ll be brought to your upscale accommodation, centrally poised with all of the city’s delights on its doorstep. Perhaps take in Calgary’s Wild-West sensibilities with its steakhouses and honky-tonk bars before admiring its contemporary charms, characterised by the Esker Foundation Art Gallery, the views from Calgary Tower and the beautifully helix Peace Bridge.

Stay: The Fairmont Palliser, Calgary (Superior)

Days 2-3
Calgary to Banff

You’ll begin on your way to Banff, as you take in the crashing Bow Falls and Lake Minnewanka’s tree-ringed shimmer. Gnarled hoodoo rock formations and scenic viewpoints will then see you to Banff for a stay in a mountain-lodge spa hotel and included access to the town’s gondola. It’s a cable-car extraordinaire, replete with bird’s-eye views of no fewer than six mountain ranges. Also enjoy an included Lake Minnewanka cruise, before a free day to explore and enjoy your hotel and Banff Springs.

Stay: Rimrock Resort Hotel (Superior)

Day 4
Banff to Jasper

You’ll continue along the Icefields Parkway, the scenic drive that knits together cascading waterfalls, dramatic mountains and otherworldly rock spires. Keep your eyes peeled for the local wildlife, with bears and caribou among the local residents. There are even 100 ancient glaciers to marvel at, including the Columbia Icefield where you’ll board an all-terrain Ice Explorer vehicle to head out onto the mighty glacier itself. You’ll then finish the day in Jasper, an alpine-chic town tucked away among the mountains.

Stay: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Deluxe)

Day 5
Jasper National Park

With an extra night in Jasper’s newest hotel, perhaps enjoy a soak in its hot tubs between your included excursion – a half-day tour of Jasper National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site impresses with snow-capped mountains and old-growth forests, animated by wandering elk. Your visit to Maligne Lake, the largest in the Rockies, is a special favourite for its cerulean colour and lonely tree-dotted islands.

Stay: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Deluxe)

Day 6
Rocky Mountaineer: Jasper to Quesnel

Boarding the Rocky Mountaineer, you’ll be greeted by a welcome toast as you settle in to the complimentary snacks and drinks service – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. From your domed coach, you’ll also be treated to spectacular views of the Rocky Mountain Trench, the rolling forests of British Columbia’s Northern Interior and Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. There’s also the superlative included dining. Think three-cheese omelettes for breakfast and short ribs braised in merlot for lunch. At day’s end, having summited mountain passes, kissed Moose Lake and mapped the Fraser River, the train will roll into Quesnel for a night in comfortable accommodation.

Stay: Quesnel accommodation

Meals: B L

Day 7
Rocky Mountaineer: Quesnel to Whistler

As the drinks service resumes and you tuck into the likes of just-baked cinnamon scones, the train continues through the desert-like Fraser Canyon and the verdant hills of the Cariboo Plateau. The river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley will then see you on to the spectacular Deep Creek Bridge – one of the highest railway crossings in the world. It offers fantastic views of the glacial-fed Seton Lake. You’ll then spend the night in the charming alpine village of Whistler. Consider the Peak 2 Peak Gondola for unparalleled views of its mountain frame.

Stay: Whistler accommodation

Meals: B L

Day 8
Rocky Mountaineer: Whistler to Vancouver

After a morning at leisure, your final leg onboard will see you wind along the appropriately named Sea to Sky Corridor, descending towards Vancouver. Scenic slowdowns will showcase everything from the mighty Cheakamus Canyon and the dome peak of Mount Garibaldi to the dizzying heights of Brandywine Falls and the imperious Coast Mountains. After an afternoon meal, served canapé style, you’ll be met at the station by an included transfer to your central accommodation and its rooftop sauna. The city’s seafront walks, historic Gastown district and celebrated culinary scene are all just a short distance away.

Stay: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (Deluxe)

Meals: B L

Day 9
Whitehorse, Yukon

Included transfers will bookend your Air North flight north to the Yukon, bringing you to your central accommodation. You’ll have some time to explore this quintessential frontier town, discovering its heritage buildings and vibrant visual arts community. The MacBride Museum is particularly good, bringing the region’s gold-rush past to life. Then, this evening, you’ll be brought out away from the city lights to hunt for the aurora borealis. Hunkering down in a heated cabin, you’ll watch out for this phenomenon’s magical display, keeping warm with included hot drinks and snacks.

Stay: Whitehorse accommodation

Day 10
Whitehorse City Tour & Evening Aurora Viewing

Today, you’ll be treated to an included city tour, taking in everything from Main Street’s historic buildings and the heritage Train Depot to the pretty Schwatka Lake and the 1920s SS Klondike sternwheeler. There’s even the impressive Log Skyscraper and Log Church and Fish ladder and residential areas, it will give you a nice overview of Whitehorse to help you feel at home for the rest of your trip. Returning in the afternoon for free time and dinner at leisure, your second night of Aurora viewing will commence later in the evening. Once again, hot drinks and snacks will be provided in the warm up tent, where you can enjoy the roaring fire and share stories with fellow travellers.

Stay: Whitehorse accommodation

Day 11
Whitehorse - Wildlife Preserve & Evening Aurora Viewing

Immerse yourself in a day of leisure, delighting in local shops, art galleries, and picturesque scenery. Experience the landscapes of the Yukon on a wildlife tour. Encounter majestic caribou, elusive lynx, and more in their natural habitat. Enjoy the mesmerizing Northern Lights while learning about Canada’s rugged wilderness. An unforgettable journey of exploration and wonder. Each evening experience magical Aurora shows. Enjoy warm drinks and snacks in a cozy tent, by a roaring fire, sharing stories with fellow travellers under the Northern Lights

Stay: Whitehorse accommodation

Days 12-13
Depart for UK

Today, a final included transfer will see you to the airport for your overnight flight home via Vancouver, arriving the next day.



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

13-day rail journey and tour
from £7,115 pp incl. flights

GoldLeaf 2024

August departures 2024

from £7,115 pp. incl. flights

September departures 2024

from £7,115 pp. incl. flights

Validity: Late August to early late September 2024

Rocky Mountaineer departures from Calgary - 22 / 29 Aug / 05 / 12 / 19 / 26 Sep 2024

Rocky Mountaineer Goldleaf service includes:

  • Rocky Mountaineer Goldleaf Service
  • Two level, glass domed coach with full-length windows
  • Exclusive dining room
  • Gourmet hot meals - 3 breakfast & 2 lunches 
  • Complimentary beverages and snacks
  • Deluxe accommodation

Includes (Rocky Mountaineer section)

  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Calgary and returning from Vancouver 
  • 3 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service from Jasper to Vancouver
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches as part of the Rocky Mountaineer section of the itinerary
  • 8 nights accommodation in Calgary, Banff, Jasper, Quesnel, Whistler and Vancouver as part of the Rocky Mountaineer itinerary
  • Railway station transfers in Jasper, Quesnel, Whistler and Vancouver
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass
  • Banff Gondola
  • Banff Lake Minnewanka Cruise
  • Jasper Ice Explorer and Glacier Skywalk

Includes (Yukon section)

  • Return flights between Vancouver and Whitehorse
  • 3 nights accommodation in Whitehorse
  • Return transfers to/from Whitehorse airport
  • 3 nights Aurora viewing at Northern Tales viewing site
  • All transfers to/from viewing area
  • Hot drinks and snacks at Northern Tales viewing site
  • Information meeting and Whitehorse city tour

Not included (Yukon section of itinerary)

Gratuities for lodge staff and instructors

Meals whilst based in Whitehorse

Winter clothing rental

Alcoholic beverage (can be purchased at lodge)

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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