The Rail Way to Go
It continues to be named as one of the world’s best destinations, by both travellers and travel experts, and Canada is 2018’s 'it' country. Thanks to the awe-inspiring vistas showcasing sparkling lakes, snow-capped mountains and local wildlife, Western Canada and the Canadian Rockies remain at the top of many travellers’ bucket lists.
With so much to see across the country, there is no better way to experience it than on a train, where you can relax in comfort as the scenery rolls by. Rocky Mountaineer, the luxury tourist train operating in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest, is a unique way to take in everything this part of the world has to offer.
There are as many reasons to travel by rail as there are trees in the lush Canadian forests. These are the top five.
Take in the scenery
Part of our fascination with trains is their ability to go where cars and planes cannot, allowing you to see nature’s most magnificent and otherwise off-limits wonders up close. Travelling by train lets you enjoy the changing landscape, notice the little things out your window, and adventure through tunnels, up mountains and through woods in comfort (and without ever having to enter an airport). On board Rocky Mountaineer, take in the breathtaking Canadian Rockies and Pacific Northwest scenery from your seat, as well as from one of the outdoor vestibules in the GoldLeaf Service, which serve up fresh mountain air alongside the stunning vistas. There’s also the chance to settle inside a bi-level, glassdomed coach to take in even more immersive views. The gentle speed of around 50 kilometres an hour ensures you won’t miss a thing.
A taste of Canada
Rocky Mountaineer is the perfect setting in which to discover local flavours while being immersed in the beauty and history of the locales that produced them. All the food served on board reflects the regions and is truly Western Canadian. From Alberta beef to British Columbia potatoes, it is locally sourced wherever possible. Between meals, snack on trail mix, freshly baked cookies and gourmet cheese. Wines from British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, local craft beers and other complimentary beverages round out the authentic culinary experience.
Make stronger connections
Nature isn’t the only thing you'll connect with on board Rocky Mountaineer. One aspect of rail travel that has captivated people for generations is its ability to bond travel companions, as well as bring travellers together. One can’t help but wonder who’s sitting in the seat in front or behind and what stories they could tell. That’s especially true on Rocky Mountaineer, which draws passengers from around the world and all walks of life. Maybe it’s that travelling by luxury train harkens back to a friendlier time, before smartphones and tablets, when people would talk to pass the time or get lost in their thoughts and reconnect with themselves.
Be pampered in your seat
On Rocky Mountaineer, expect to relive the days when wellheeled travellers would span the continent amid opulence and five-star service. Two premium levels of service, GoldLeaf and SilverLeaf, deliver similar luxury. Think reclining leather seats, outdoor vestibules, an elegant dining room separate from the seating on the glass-dome bi-level coaches for GoldLeaf Service passengers, and first-class treatment similar to the best from the golden age of travel. Hosts not only bring your meals and beverages, but also tell engaging tales of the history happening outside your window, so that every moment on board feels like service at its finest.
Travel through time
Rocky Mountaineer offers a rare opportunity to travel back in time. It is the only all-daylight passenger train to follow the historic route that united Western Canada with the east, passing by Canadian Pacific Railway’s last spike in Craigellachie, British Columbia. The luxury line rolls through engineering marvels, such as the Spiral Tunnels, and over impressive bridges. But don’t expect the carriages to be dusty relics – Rocky Mountaineer consists of dozens of state-of-the-art cars, with new GoldLeaf and SilverLeaf Service coaches currently in development. Modern luxury train travel isn’t so much about arriving at a destination, but rather sharing a timeless experience and gaining a new perspective. Rocky Mountaineer pairs the magic of train travel with the stunning Canadian scenery, giving you a chance to enjoy the journey of a lifetime.
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