Traveling in style and comfort through the remote wilderness of high mountain passes, glacial waterways and forested canyons is an experience of a lifetime. Glimpse wildlife you would rarely see from the road. Step off at a vintage railway station and discover the magic of a mountain village.
Ride the Luxurious Rocky Mountaineer
It’s astonishing to realize you are fulfilling your history buff dreams, retracing the steps of 19th century explorers in Alberta. But the only walking you’re doing today is from your comfy lounger seat aboard the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train to its exceptional glass-domed observation car.
As onboard storytellers and guides explain the local wildlife and historic highlights, a cluster of mountain goats seems to appear on cue. Out come the cameras as the surefooted animals pick their way up a rocky crag and you know this bucket list adventure is everything you expected it to be and more. The Rocky Mountaineer is listed by Lonely Planet as “One of the World’s Ultimate Experiences.”
Experience the Canadian Rocky Mountains
During this six-night trip through the scenic Canadian Rocky Mountains – the train travels only in daylight – you will come to know the city of Calgary and the mountain destinations of Banff and Lake Louise. No wonder they call this the Canadian Rockies Highlights package, though all of the packages are customizable.
You depart from Calgary, Alberta, home of the 1988 Winter Olympics and just an hour from the Rocky Mountains. You will overnight in Banff National Park, a world heritage site and the birthplace of Canada’s extensive national parks system. You’ll soak in a natural hot spring overlooking the town of Banff. At Lake Louise, you’ll gaze upon an ancient glacier reaching for the shores of this turquoise alpine gem.
Try Western Canada Cuisine
The Rocky Mountaineer is known for its exquisite five-star dining. As part of the Gold Leaf Service, talented chefs aboard the train prepare three-course à la carte meals, featuring delectable regional cuisine such as prime Alberta beef.
The white linen and fine china of the dining car provides the perfect setting to trade tales with fellow travelers. And the service, as you would expect, is second to none.
Other Rail Options
Other Rocky Mountaineer routes and packages can include the Alberta mountain town of Jasper in Jasper National Park, depending on points of departure. The Rocky Mountaineer runs from April through early October.
Other choices to explore Canada’s West in Alberta include the Royal Canadian Pacific, which won the 2012 National Cultural Tourism Award (Tourism Industry Association of Canada). VIA Rail Canada also offers packages.
Useful Links and Resources
- Rocky Mountaineer: http://www.rockymountaineer.com/en_CA_AB/
- Tourism Calgary (Visit Calgary), things to do > dining: http://www.visitcalgary.com/things-to-do/restaurants-dining
- Royal Canadian Pacific: http://www.royalcanadianpacific.com
- VIA Rail Canada: http://www.viarail.ca
- Town of Banff, official site: http://www.banff.ca