Sharing Our Experience
by Cecilia Yee.
Most often than not, people travel to Canada to visit families and friends – either in Vancouver or Toronto. But there's more to Canada than the big cities. As the second largest country in the world by total area, Canada has a wealth of wonders ready to be explored. Journey through the Canadian Rockies and immerse yourelf in the country's natural diverstiy from ancient rainforests, rugged mountains and glistening lakes.
Adventure-seekers and nature-lovers will find everything they need in the Great White North. Kayak through the quiet waters in Victoria or take in the breathtaking landscape of Banff.
One of the best ways to discover the best of the region is through a Rocky Mountaineer rail journey. With luxurious surroundings, gourmet culinary experiences and some of the most stunning scenery as the backdrop, the entire experience is second-to-none. You'll see roaming wildlife, snowcapped mountains, and cascading waterfalls along the way.
The Coastal Passage connects Seattle with the Canadian Rockies. What I like about this itinerary is the route as the train passes through the coastline of the Pacific Northwest. The bi-level dome coach with oversized windows offers guests unparalleled panoramic view. Seats are comfortable with spacious legroom. Gourmet meals are prepared on board with the finest and freshest ingredients of Western Canada, including signature items such as wild Pacific salmon and prime Alberta beef.
The 8-day itinerary includes several stops to some of the most beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest – from the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain in Vancouver to Lake Louise and Banff National Park. We even got to take a summit helicopter tour over the Canadian Rockies. Imagine a whole new perspective 2,300m above sea level! The train travels during the day, and guests stay overnight in hotels along the way.
Banff is enthralling – glaciers, snowcapped mountains, crystal clear waters, lush pine trees surrounding the lake. The rail journey with Rocky Mountaineer will take you through parts that are not accessible by car. That means, perfect opportunity to admire the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies!
About Rocky Mountaineer
Established in 1990, Rocky Mountaineer has garnered considerable recognition as one of the world's greatest travel experiences.
The Rocky Mountaineer experience is based upon the 4Ss: scenery, which is best viewed from the custom built bi-level glass domed GoldLeaf coaches, sweet and savoury delights crafted for each guests by renowned chefs, world-class storytelling and impeccable service from the onboard host team. Traveling by daylight through the wild beauty of Canada's West, it is the most unique way to experience the majestic Canadian Rockies.
2015 marks the 25th Anniversary for Rocky Mountaineer and the company has a lot to celebrate. Since its inception in 1990, Rocky Mountaineer has grown to be the largest privately owned luxury tourist train in the world and is considered by many as the only way to see the Canadian Rockies. In the past 25 years, the train has welcomed onboard over one and a half million guests from around the globe.
With over 45 vacation packages, five unique rail routes, and iconic destinations such as Seattle, WA, Vancouver and Whistler, BC, and the majestic Canadian Rockies in Alberta with Lake Louise Banff and Jasper, there is a journey for anyone looking for a life changing experience. The world renowned train travels by daylight through the diverse landscapes of the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada while guests relish in the breath-taking views of tumbling waterfalls, glacier-capped mountains, and wildlife of the regions. Rocky Mountaineer has received numerous international awards and accolades for service excellence, including eight World Travel Awards for both "World's Leading Travel Experience By Train" and "World's Leading Luxury Train." In 2013, it was also recognized as one of the world's "Dream Trips" by the prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine.