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The Rocky Mountaineer Offers an Incredible Version of Western Canada

Evelyn Hannon

I assume that every traveler has a bucket list of things they long to experience in this great big world. I can tell you that my own list is a yard long and after 30 years of solo travel many of my dream trips have already been ticked off.

However, there is something unique about train travel that I can't get enough of. It's not the simple fact that you are being transported from Point A to Point B. Rather, the heart of the experience is embedded in the journey itself. Maybe it's the mesmerizing clickety-clack of the train wheels and the constantly changing scene that somehow opens your mind and allows you to relax completely and dream big dreams.

Goldleaf service...

So, when I received an invitation to ride aboard the epic Rocky Mountaineer and sample a portion of their routes and famed GoldLeaf service, I didn't just jump, I leapt at the chance.

The Rocky Mountaineer Train

The Rocky Mountaineer is no ordinary train. In fact, The Society of American Travel writers dubbed this ride, 'The Best Train Experience in the World.' 2015 will mark Rocky Mountaineer's 25th Anniversary of introducing guests to Western Canada and the Canadian Rockies in pure pampering style.

The look and feel of elegance...

If I had to choose just one word to describe the Rocky Mountaineer experience I would choose, 'elegance.' You sense it immediately as the train rolls into the station. It's absolutely spotless, navy blue with the gold, iconic 'Rocky Mountaineer' emblazoned on each car.

Train engineer

A celebratory red carpet is laid out to welcome all passengers and everybody boards like VIPs (Very Important Passengers). Of course, there is absolutely no lugging of bags. Those were picked up earlier in your hotel room and sent ahead to your next stop.

Red carpet

0nce inside, assigned seats are large and comfortable with plenty of legroom to stretch out in. Aisles are spacious enough to allow passengers to stand beside any seat and visit as they wish. At one point in the journey I counted six women, each from different cities, all exchanging travel ideas with one another.

High praise for the Rocky Mountaineer hosts...

Two Rocky Mountaineer hosts are assigned to each car and based on my time aboard I can't praise them enough. They are constantly at your service, each and every task carried out with a smile.

Excellent staff

Whether it's handing out warm towels for passengers to freshen up with, serving complimentary drinks and snacks at your seat or simply pointing out sights along the way these young employees do everything to make your trip the best it can be. I won't soon forget their ongoing yarn about Billie Miner, the bandit who committed the first train robbery in Canada or listening to the lively Log Driver's Waltz that they played as we travelled alongside the Fraser River's logging communities.






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