Imagine travelling on a train as it heads through the heart of Canada’s Rocky Mountains, with all its glories visible through the train’s glass ceiling. Everything from grizzly bears and eagles, to lakes, forests and waterfalls will be on display from your seat –perhaps over a glass of wine.
That’s truly the adventure of a lifetime – and it’s what’s in store aboard Rocky Mountaineer. It’s a journey that combines all the romance of rail travel with modern conveniences for ultimate comfort. Here are some of the top reasons why you should ride Rocky Mountaineer: Canada’s scenery is like nowhere else in the world – a constantly changing feast of colour and seasons. Enjoy the panoramic views through the train’s glass-domed ceilings as you travel past soaring mountains, glassy lakes and lush forests and meadows. Watching the scenery unfold is an unforgettable experience, enjoyed at a leisurely speed of about 45km/h – allowing you plenty of time to savour the memory. Informative commentary will also help you appreciate the background of what you’re seeing.
Award-winning dining on board
You’ll have worked up an appetite after all that sightseeing. Prepare yourself for impeccable service, as your meals are cooked by award-winning chefs, who have honed their skills at five-star and Michelin-starred restaurants. All the food is inspired by Canada’s rich culinary traditions, the local culture and the very regions your train travels through.
It will seem like the meals themselves have been paired with the amazing landscapes. When you’re not on the edge of your comfortable seat taking in the incredible sights, you’ll be ready to rest and be pampered. And you’re in luck: your trip on Rocky Mountaineer might just be the most luxurious journey you’ll ever experience. Fully adjustable seats let you recline back at the push of a button, as well as raise the leg rests. As for the dining experience, you’ll be so comfy it will almost feel like you’re having breakfast in bed. Attentive onboard Hosts are at the ready to answer all your questions or help you plan your journey. All you have to do is relax, recline and enjoy the scenery.
Get ready to grab your camera at regular intervals. Canada is home to a wealth of incredible fauna including the black bear, grizzly bear, elk, moose, mountain goat and white-tailed deer – as well as grey wolfs, cougars, bobcats and Canadian lynx. Keep an eye out for these fabulous creatures as you travel through their home (and hope they’re not feeling shy). Keep an eye on the skies, too, for bald eagles and ospreys, who are always on the hunt for tasty salmon from the many rivers you’ll pass.
There are more than 65 options available for your journey, ranging from three-night to three- week itineraries. Feel free to mix and match and customise your trip to create the journey that’s right for you. Rocky Mountaineer travels along three routes:
- Rainforest To Gold Rush, which travels through ‘extreme’ landscapes like British Columbia’s coastal rainforest, Fraser Canyon and the Cariboo gold rush region;
- Journey Through The Clouds, which reveals the true beauty of the highest peaks in the Canadian Rockies and the remote vistas of Canada’s west;
- First Passage To The West, described as Rocky Mountaineer’s “most popular route through the Canadian Rockies, famous for uniting Canada’s East and West”.
Want to stretch your legs? Don’t forget to book any numbers of off-train adventures. Your dream journey awaits. For more information, head to greattrainjourneys.com.au