Embarking on a train journey through the Canadian Rockies presents the perfect opportunity to invite the scenic views in, as you break away from the busy cities and experience landscapes like no other. From towering mountains to crystal blue lakes and wildlife spotting galore, these are our top 9 picks for the best places to photograph on a train journey through the Canadian Rockies.


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Surrounded by water and mountains, Vancouver is the perfect destination to start your Western Canada adventure. The natural surrounds make the city a dream location for outdoor enthusiasts, while city-dwellers can enjoy the plethora of cafes, restaurants, hotels and galleries.

Fraser Valley

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As you travel out of Vancouver, you’ll witness dramatic changes in scenery as you enter the lush, green fields of the Fraser Valley, which is only known as the “Berry Capital of Canada” due to its large farming region.

Canadian Cascade Mountains

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Following through forests and winding river canyons, you’ll see the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains. The Cascade Range is a major mountain range in western North America that spans from southern British Columbia through to Washington State, Oregon and Northern California.

The BC Interior

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For a range of enthralling landscapes, including Canada’s only semi-arid desert is British Columbia’s interior. The area is also home to an award-winning wine region, some of North America’s best backcountry skiing and loads of glaciers.

Kamloops Lake

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A scenic halfway point between Vancouver and Banff is the city of Kamloops. Watch the sunset with the beautiful Kamloops Lake in the foreground from the comfort of your carriage.

Rogers Pass

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Known for its mountains and museums, enjoy the incline up Rogers Pass, a high mountain highway in the centre of Glacier National Park.

Moraine Lake

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Located 14km outside of the village of Lake Louise, is the glacially-fed lake Moraine Lake. Situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, the lake has a surface area of 50 hectares and is at an elevation of approximately 1880 metres.

Lake Louise

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Located in Banff National Park, Lake Louise has become well-known for its bright blue coloured, glacier-fed lake, surrounded by high mountain peaks.


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Surrounded by the jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the city of Banff, within Banff National Park is one of Canada’s most awe-inspiring destinations. With quaint timber stores lining the streets, the town is like a real-life fairytale.

Interested in exploring Canada’s West with Cosmos and Rocky Mountaineer? Check out the Canadian & Alaskan Masterpiece tour for dates and availabilities.

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