Almost twenty-five years ago something extraordinary started happening in British Columbia. It was not that launching this family-run enterprise would create the largest privately owned passenger rail service in North America, but the vision – which remains to this day – of creating one of the most spectacular and unforgettable travel experiences in the world: the Rocky Mountaineer.
Anyone who has been on the Rocky Mountaineer (and hundreds of you – our wonderful customers – have done just that) will doubtlessly tell you that this is truly an awe-inspiring journey. As their 25th Anniversary approaches, we thought we would share with you six of the sights we feel make this more than just a train journey. Remember to let us know what you think, and to share your experiences on the Rocky Mountaineer with either in the comments below or on Facebook.
1. Mount Robson
Canada’s highest peak in the Rockies, Mount Robson rises some 12,972 feet above sea level; using the Rocky Mountaineer’s famous panoramic windows in the observation deck you will get an excellent view from the rails as you glide smoothly by (weather permitting, of course).
2. Spirit Island and Maligne Lake
Part of Jasper National Park, Maligne Lake and Spirit Island are the stuff of dreams – a favourite of ours (it appeared in our See the World Differently campaign last year), this beautiful view is one that never gets old.
Predominantly a winter ski resort – famous most recently as the venues for the mountain elements of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics – the town offers break-taking vistas and is a delightful little town to explore.
Once predominantly a sea-port town, Vancouver today has lost much of its industrial past and is one of Canada’s most ethnically and culturally diverse cities. Widely acknowledged as having one of the highest standards of living in the world, and those strolling around may very much want to stay!
5. The Wildlife
Wolves, beavers, elk, caribou and – of course – grizzly bears. The inclusion of several National Parks and reserves in the Rockies area play host to an astonishingly diverse number of creatures. Your tour managers will be able to let you know what you’re likely to see on your trip, but just keep your eyes peeled and you will be amazed at what you can see!
6. Lake Louise
Perhaps slightly off the Rocky Mountaineer’s trail – but very much on most of our itineraries – Lake Louise is one of Canada’s most recognisable landmarks. Its stunning vistas and jaw-dropping colour have made this a very popular stop for our customers over the years.
And those are our six sights – what do you think? If you are feeling inspired or in awe by these, why not find out more about the Rocky Mountaineer on our main website here.