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Seattle -Calgary- train to Vancouver

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Seattle -Calgary- train to Vancouver

We have to arrive in Seattle in Dec. We are ending our vacation skiing in Whisler but want to do something in between. Is it feasible to drive to Calgary at this time?

Is the train trip worthwhile nad is the train comfortable?

Please help!

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1. Re: Seattle -Calgary- train to Vancouver


Calgary is approx. 611 miles / 984 km east of Vancouver and the drive takes you through the Rocky Mountains. Without significant winter driving experience, this drive would NOT be recommended.

You may want to read over the Inside page about "Winter Driving in Canada", here on TA.


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2. Re: Seattle -Calgary- train to Vancouver

The winter train trips in the Whistler and Calgary areas were both offered by RockyMountaineer; however, their website promoting winter travel (www.winterrailvacations.com) seems to only have summer travel info now, which suggests that they may not be doing that anymore.

I do *not* recommend driving between Whistler and Calgary in the winter time; even if you are experienced in winter driving *and* in mountain driving (this route takes you over the Rocky Mountains), the winter weather can cause significant travel delays which may wreak havoc with your schedule.

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3. Re: Seattle -Calgary- train to Vancouver

Note that Via runs between Vancouver and Edmonton via Jasper a few days a week, year-round. One option would be to take the train to Jasper, then take shuttles to Banff/Lake Louise and on to Calgary for a flight back to Vancouver. These connections would be subject to delays/closures due to winter conditions, so it would be best to keep a flexible itinerary.

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