Rid­ing the Rocky Moun­taineer is like step­ping back in time to an­other world, yet with all the com­forts of home.

LuxeGetaways - - Special Feature Canada - Learn More: www.rock­y­moun­ BY CACINDA MALONEY

Are you ready to ex­pe­ri­ence one of the most lux­u­ri­ous train rides you can have in the Cana­dian Rock­ies? If the an­swer is yes, then the Rocky Moun­taineer will charm you, and en­hance your Cana­dian get­away. I dreamed about it for years. With my eyes closed, I would sit back and imag­ine the ma­jes­tic train rolling in to the sta­tion. Hear­ing the clang­ing bells that sig­nal the train’s ar­rival, and the loud rum­bling of the mas­sive Rocky Moun­taineer Train rolling in, as the train slowly comes into view in front of the mas­sive floor-to-ceil­ing glass halls of the sta­tion. The con­duc­tor shouts “all aboard,” and the cer­e­mo­nial bag­pipes be­gin to play! How­ever, this is not just a far-fetched fan­tasy, this dream is a real Cana­dian jour­ney, com­plete with world-class beauty, un­par­al­leled ser­vice and a premier din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

With each turn on the train tracks in the in­ac­ces­si­ble re­gions of the Cana­dian Rock­ies, you will have a front row seat of the ma­jes­tic snow-capped peaks. You will make your way through a rain­for­est and a desert plateau with gor­geous views of water­falls, lakes, and old stone bridges. Along the way you will be charmed by heart­warm­ing sto­ries about his­tor­i­cal events in the area, cour­tesy of the fun-lov­ing hosts. You can also feel the breezes of the clean moun­tain air when you step out­side onto the open-air vestibule. The con­duc­tor knows to slow down through some of the most stun­ning pho­tog­ra­phy spots to help you get your shot. This is a train, but it is oh so much more.

As the evening sun be­gins to cast a golden light on the land­scape, you re­al­ize that you have ar­rived to your home away from home for the night – in a lux­ury ho­tel that has been ar­ranged by the crew of the Rocky Moun­taineer. You only have to de­part the train and soon you will find that your lug­gage has al­ready been de­liv­ered to your room! How does it work, you ask? You spend your days on the train (up to 8 hours at a time), but you spend your nights in ho­tels where the evening’s ac­tiv­i­ties and din­ner plans have al­ready been pre­de­ter­mined for you. There is noth­ing for you to "fig­ure out" as it has all been planned out to per­fec­tion. This is truly an un­matched travel ex­pe­ri­ence while in Canada.

Pho­tog­ra­phy: Rocky Moun­taineer

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