Train journeys are truly a treat. They are more comfortable than plane journeys and provide a good opportunity to witness grand vistas and wonderful landscapes as the train meanders through the countryside on your Rocky Mountaineer train holiday. The scenery will leave you in awe as you witness mountains, rivers, canyons, and roll by valleys.
The Rocky Mountaineer operates 4 rail routes:
First Passage to the West
This route travels along the Kicking Horse River. It goes through the spiral tunnels and passes by Craigellachie, and provides you an opportunity to see many landmarks on the way. The route is famous for traveling between British Columbia and Canada, effectively uniting the country for 125 years. History buffs will love this route. Sights on this route are:
- Cisco crossing, the spot CP and CN tracks intersect and overlap each other. It features the largest bridge on the CN line at 247m.
- The hoodoos are rocky pillars that give you a hair-raising feeling and have their own legend.
- Craigellachie is the spot of the last Spike where the East and West Canada were united by rail track.
Coastal Passage and Canadian Rockies
You travel along the Pacific Ocean’s coastlines on a cross border route that connects the cosmopolitan cities of the USA and Canada. Passengers will be granted an all day light journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer.
- Chucanut Bay is the only spot where the mountains of the cascade sea meet the range. The word Chucanut is derived from Native American.
- Puget Sound is a system of interconnected aquatic waterways that stretches from Deception Pass to the north and from Olympia and Washington to the south.
Journey through the Clouds
This route allows you to witness the mesmerizing beauty of the highest peak of the Canadian Rockies and the remote vistas of Canada’s west. Another range in the remote areas is the Coastal Mountain Range and the Fraser Canyon. The route runs with the Fraser River and passes by the Albreda glacier and the spectacular Pyramid Falls. If you are lucky, you might even see wildlife along the way.
- Mount Robson is the highest peak of the Canadian Rockies at 3,954m. It is nicknamed The Great White Fright.
- Pass by Moose Lake and keep a lookout for one of Canada’s favorite animals.
Rainforest to Gold Rush
This route has the most varied and magnificent scenery found anywhere in the world. The route takes you past lakes, coastal rainforest, the desert-like Fraser canyon, and the vast ranchlands of Cariboo Plateau. You also get to see Mount Robson and your arrival is at the largest national park of the Canadian Rockies.
- See Howe Sound, North America’s south most fjord. It extends from West Vancouver to Squamish. It offers opportunities for diving and fishing for its visitors.
- Anderson Lake is a secret paradise for its visitors. It offers views of mountain peaks, sunny horizons, and amazing water views.
The Rocky Mountaineer is a unique travel opportunity and promises to be a real treat for its visitors. It’s a journey that celebrates the wonders of a train journey, and brings it together with breathtaking and wondrous natural landscapes that you will fall in love with.
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