The Rocky Mountaineer – a must do in Canada
The Rocky Mountaineer is one of those iconic, bucket list adventures that many of us want to do. We decided that we needed to check it off our bucket list and spent two extraordinary days on this stunning journey.
There are four different train trips to pick from and choosing which only one was difficult. But based on the time we had, the Banff, via Kamloops (overnight) to Vancouver route was the perfect choice.
Choosing a Service Level
Our first decision when booking our journey was which service level to choose. You have the GoldLeaf and SilverLeaf Service to choose between. The main differences between the two services are:
- The GoldLeaf service has the bi-level dome carriages where you sit up stairs to enjoy the stunning views from full dome windows and then dine down stairs. The SilverLeaf service are single level carriages with oversized dome windows with dining at your seats.
- The level of hotels where you stay overnight are also different depending on which you select.
We decided to go with the GoldLeaf Service.
What was waiting for us when we arrived at Banff to board the Rocky Mountaineer was so exciting!
We found our carriage number on our ticket and walked along the platform to find our carriage. We have the front carriage of the GoldLeaf Service! There are no two level carriages in front of us!
We stepped into our carriage and looked at our seat numbers. No only were we sitting in the first of the two level carriages, but we also had the very front seats of the front carriage of the GoldLeaf Service!
Yes this is the actual view from our seats! Talk about best seats in the house!
When you arrive at the train station at Banff you are greeted by beautiful old rail carriages. If you have some time before boarding the Rocky Mountaineer, these are great to explore.
After recovering from the excitement of realising we had the best seats on the train, we took our seats as the train pulled away from the station and spent the day being in awe of the stunning scenery we journeyed through.
Each carriage has an outside viewing platform, and while it can be a bit windy and cold, it does provide for stunning photo opportunities. We regularly went out to the viewing platform, not only to take photos but also for that fresh Canadian mountain air.
As Day 1 of the journey draws to a close, you are welcomed into Kamloops by a beautiful sunset.
When you arrive in Kamloops, the Rocky Mountaineer has a bus waiting for you to take you to your hotel for the evening. So what is there to do in Kamloops for a night? We decided to take a walk around the town before hitting the casino!
There is a definite change in scenery on day two and we say goodbye to the lush green mountains.
There is plenty of wildlife to see, but you have to be quick to get a photo. This is one of my many “backside” shots of wildlife. These mountain goats were a bit shy and didn’t want their photo taken.
As we travel closer to Vancouver we enter flatter ground and head through some of the amazing small towns dotted along the rail line. We arrived in Vancouver late in the afternoon of Day 2.
The whole journey was amazing, from scrumptious three course meals in our exclusive dining area, to the wonderful staff who made you feel at home from the very beginning, to the stunning scenery the whole trip. An amazing journey.
You will find more information about the Rocky Mountaineer at their website www.rockymountaineer.com.