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5 Reasons to Ride the Rocky Mountaineer

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One of the world’s legendary rail journeys, the Rocky Mountaineer takes travellers through the spectacular scenery of western Canada, offering great service and no shortage of incredible experiences. If you’re thinking about booking your own rail adventure, check out our top 5 reasons to ride the Rocky Mountaineer today and find the perfect inspiration for your next trip!

The scenery

From lush valleys and glistening lakes through to imposing snow capped peaks, there are so many amazing sights to discover along the western side of Canada and the United States. As you sit back and relax aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, you’ll  be surrounded by some of these incredible landscapes, with the train and its wide glass windows providing the perfect vantage point from which to soak up the amazing scenery. Travelling across four different routes, including the Coastal Passage, the Rainforest to Gold Rush, the Journey through the Clouds and the First Passage to the West, it’s easy to find a Rocky Mountaineer journey to match your interests and to offer you an unforgettable experience.

Rocky Mountaineer
Rocky Mountaineer. Image Credit: The Land / CC by SA 3.0.

The convenience

We all know that booking a holiday abroad can be a stressful process, especially when it comes to researching and booking accommodation, transport, sightseeing and all the other bits and pieces needed to provide you with an unforgettable break. Instead of leaving you to stress over the finer details, a ride on the Rocky Mountaineer gives you more time to focus on the experience and all the incredible things that you’ll be seeing and discovering along the way. Sightseeing is well and truly covered, as is your accommodation each night and most of your meals, including breakfast, lunch and some snacks. With almost every part of your journey planned and sorted for you, all that’s left to do is to sit back in your comfortable seat and admire the incredible Canadian scenery surrounding you.

Without needing to navigate public transport, hire a car or tackle foreign road systems, the Rocky Mountaineer is a laidback travel option perfect for discovering this incredible part of the world. As you sit back and relax, you’ll venture through beautiful valleys, pass by stunning waterways and enjoy the incredible spectacle of the region’s breathtaking forests.

Interior of the Rocky Mountaineer
Interior of the Rocky Mountaineer. Image Credit: Gary Bembridge / CC by 2.0.

The service

Two different service levels are available on the Rocky Mountaineer, allowing you to choose the option that best suits your budget and travel preferences. SilverLeaf Service is the railway’s business class equivalent, while GoldLeaf Service is the first class counterpart, with each offering slightly different inclusions and facilities. Choosing SilverLeaf Service, you’ll travel in a cabin with oversized dome windows, enjoy hot meals served in your seat, and have access to comfortable accommodation on each night that you ride the Rocky Mountaineer. GoldLeaf Service, on the other hand, is accompanied by full dome windows with panoramic views on the upper level, gourmet meals served in a private dining room and an open-air outdoor viewing carriage that makes it easy to enjoy the amazing scenery.

Despite the differences between the two service levels, both are attended to by the Rocky Mountaineer’s friendly train hosts who take the time and effort to ensure that you have everything you need and have the opportunity to know more about what makes the region so special. Beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and gourmet snacks are complimentary throughout the journey for both service levels, while there are certainly no shortage of great views regardless of the service level you choose.

The wildlife

Although you aren’t guaranteed to encounter any wildlife during your journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, there is a good chance that you will spot at least a few species native to North America, from bears, elk and moose through to bald eagles, wild salmon and mountain goats, along the way. The wildlife that calls the region home is diverse, fascinating and nothing short of incredible, making any encounter you may have that little bit more special and exciting. Travelling through national parks and other areas abundant in beautiful scenery, simply looking out the Rocky Mountaineer’s dome windows may be enough for you to spot some native species, while the commentary from your train hosts may also help to ensure that you don’t miss any prime photo opportunities.

Moose. Image Credit: Ryan Hagerty.

The chance to discover locations along your chosen route

The Rocky Mountaineer only travels during daylight hours, meaning that at the end of each day you’ll settle in for the evening at one of the towns and villages scattered along the railway route. Once you arrive at your destination for the night, you’ll check into your accommodation and have some free time to explore the eateries and attractions scattered throughout the town or village. Including a number of popular ski resorts, such as Banff and Whistler, each of the stops along the Rocky Mountaineer’s travel routes offers visitors different things to see and do, adding something new to each day. Take a stroll along the main street, find your next unforgettable meal or simply take a minute or two soak up scale and beauty of your stunning North American surrounds. However you choose to spend your time during your evening stopovers, you’re sure to appreciate the chance to get to know more of this remarkable part of the world.

Banff Avenue, Banff, Canada
Banff Avenue, Banff, Canada. Image Credit: jasonwoodhead23 / CC by 2.0.

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