See The Rockies On A Scenic Train Journey

See spectacular mountain scenery on one of the world's best train journeys

Where: throughout British Columbia

In mid-May, as the landscape of western Canada emerges from its wintery cover of snow, the world-renowned Rocky Mountaineer train begins operation for the season, running along three captivating routes between Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies.

Considered one of the world's best train journeys, travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is during daylight hours only, allowing passengers to fully appreciate the mountains, lakes, and rivers of western Canada from the warmth and comfort of luxuriously appointed trains. While the two classes of Rocky Mountaineer service offer the same memorable scenery, GoldLeaf offers upgraded everything. For most travellers, the highlight of GoldLeaf is the two-story glass-domed car that allows unparalleled views of the ever-changing landscape, but there is also better quality of meals, which are enjoyed in a dedicated dining car outfitted with white linens and freshly cut flowers. The food is prepared by world-class chefs, who source the very best ingredients from local suppliers, and the wines are supplied by the Okanagan Valley's premier vintners.

The Rocky Mountaineer runs between Vancouver and Banff or Jasper, and from Whistler to Jasper via Prince George. Each trip takes two days, with an overnight stop at a regional hotel (GoldLeaf offers upgraded accommodations). There's also a tour offering a VIA Rail connection from Toronto, or packages that include links to the Inside Passage from Prince Rupert to Victoria. Tours range from 2 to 12 days, with stays in both the mountains and cities.

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