ROLLING THROUGH THE ROCK­IES

Im­pec­ca­ble on­board ser­vice, gourmet cui­sine and lux­u­ri­ous sur­round­ings are a few of the rea­sons why Rocky Moun­taineer rail jour­neys are con­sid­ered by many to be the only way to see the Pacific North­west and the Cana­dian Rock­ies.

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T he world’s largest pri­vately owned lux­ury tourist train, Rocky Moun­taineer has wel­comed nearly 2 mil­lion guests since its first de­par­ture in 1990. With four unique rail routes, this un­for­get­table all day­light train trip of­fers ro­mance and his­tory, re­mind­ing us that trav­el­ling is as much about the jour­ney as it is the des­ti­na­tion.

Guests from across the globe come to ap­pre­ci­ate the ex­cep­tional on­board ex­pe­ri­ence and to revel in the stun­ning Western Cana­dian scenery with end­less views of old growth forests, glacier-capped moun­tain peaks and shim­mer­ing wa­ter­falls. The voy­age comes alive with Rocky Moun­taineer’s on­board Hosts keep­ing guests en­gaged and en­ter­tained with sto­ries of the pass­ing re­gion.

As the train trav­els through some of the most re­mote ar­eas in Western Canada, guests have the op­por­tu­nity to un­plug and en­joy un­in­ter­rupted days, dur­ing which they have the chance to catch up, re­con­nect with loved ones, and cre­ate last­ing mem­o­ries. The only dig­i­tal gad­get nec­es­sary is a cam­era to cap­ture the nat­u­ral drama un­fold­ing just out­side the win­dow, a wel­come idea in the days of con­stant dig­i­tal con­nec­tiv­ity.

To high­light the iconic des­ti­na­tions in the Cana­dian Rock­ies, the com­pany of­fers over 65 va­ca­tion pack­ages in­clud­ing sev­eral Rail and Cruise itin­er­ar­ies that com­bine a lux­ury rail va­ca­tion with a dra­matic Alaska cruise. Pack­ages can be cus­tomised to suit each guest and make their trip even more mem­o­rable, in­clud­ing in­spir­ing ac­tiv­i­ties such as he­li­copter tours, whale watch­ing ex­cur­sions and gourmet din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

Rocky Moun­taineer has launched

a newly ex­tended route for the 2016 sea­son, Rain­for­est to Gold Rush, which for the first time be­gins or ends in North Van­cou­ver rather than Whistler, as it has done since the route was es­tab­lished. Trav­el­ling through Howe Sound, Squamish and Cheaka­mus Canyon to con­nect the world­class des­ti­na­tions of Van­cou­ver and Whistler, the ex­tended route pro­vides guests with an exclusive look at some of the most spec­tac­u­lar views in Bri­tish Columbia. The Rain­for­est to Gold Rush route will con­tinue to link Whistler and the largest na­tional park in the Cana­dian Rock­ies, Jasper, AB, with an overnight stop in the quaint Gold Rush City of Ques­nel, BC.

For those in­ter­ested in vis­it­ing the cos­mopoli­tan US city of Seat­tle, Rocky Moun­taineer’s Coastal Pas­sage route seam­lessly con­nects Seat­tle with Van­cou­ver and the jaw-drop­ping land­scapes of the Cana­dian Rock­ies. With many cruise op­tions from ei­ther Seat­tle or Van­cou­ver ports, the Coastal Pas­sage route pro­vides guests with nu­mer­ous op­tions for cus­tomiz­ing their va­ca­tion.

Renowned for its lux­u­ri­ous bilevel glass dome coaches, Rocky Moun­taineer’s GoldLeaf Ser­vice fea­tures op­ti­mal views of epic scenery and wildlife such as black bears, elk, bighorn sheep and moose. In the lower-level din­ing room, in­ter­na­tion­ally-ac­claimed chefs cre­ate out­stand­ing dishes, made with the fresh­est of re­gional in­gre­di­ents. Selec­tions in­clude wild Pacific salmon, prime Al­berta beef and lo­cally sourced veg­eta­bles, ac­com­pa­nied by award–win­ning wines from Bri­tish Columbia’s Okana­gan Val­ley.

For those who would like to recre­ate some of the culi­nary cre­ations avail­able on the Rocky Moun­taineer, Eat Play Love: Re­gion­ally In­spired Cui­sine by Rocky Moun­taineer is the per­fect me­mento for guests to take home and share with fam­ily and friends. This beau­ti­ful cook book in­cludes recipes for many of the pop­u­lar dishes de­signed by Ex­ec­u­tive Chefs Jean Pierre Guerin and Frédéric Cou­ton.

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