Grandeur of the Rockies

 

I have had the privilege of riding the Rocky Mountaineer rails twice and both offered the extraordinary memories that will stay with me for a lifetime. 

My first opportunity came during a visit to the west coast of Canada where I had booked the aptly named “Journey through the Clouds”. Traveling east from Vancouver through the Fraser Valley and the towering Coast Mountains brought tremendous sites at every turn. If it wasn’t a mountain we all were gazing at, it was a canyon or valley or wildlife being wildlife right along the tracks. Always having our service conductor narrating every mile marker or giving the heads-up about the photo opportunity just ahead, made the journey that much more relaxing and enjoyable.

Following a night at leisure in Kamloops, the journey continues past the Alberta Icefields and then majestic Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies where you end your journey at Jasper, nestled in the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

My second opportunity gave me the chance to upgrade to the Gold Leaf Service.  The moment you board the coach and settle into your leather sofa-like seat, look skyward thru the glass-domed ceiling, you will experience the difference. It wasn’t long into the journey when you are treated to the fine dining menu, both at breakfast and again at lunch. The panoramic views seemed to be never-ending as the conversation was always dotted with “look there or do you see that?"

If you are afforded the opportunity going in either direction to or from Vancouver, I can highly recommend the Rocky Mountaineer.  Experience the Canadian Rockies in a level of comfort like no other.  Many travel experts have called the ride as the “Best Train Experience in the World” and I couldn’t agree more.
 

Written by: Owen Shortt