Top 5 Tips for Travelling with Rocky Mountaineer
Rocky Mountaineer, the luxury tourist train operating in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest, is the best way to see all this part of the world has to offer. The train takes you on a journey alongside rivers, through mountain towns tucked under towering peaks, and into the heart of the Canadian Rockies. We've compiled the top 5 tips that you need to know when travelling with Rocky Mountaineer.
1. Prepare to unplug
Onboard Rocky Mountaineer you will simultaneously connect and unplug. Sound ironic? That's because a journey onboard Rocky Mountaineer is one that is multifaceted. Passing through remote regions of the Canadian Rockies that are only accessible by train means that cell service is spotty at times and no, there is no Wi-Fi onboard. This provides a perfect opportunity for guests to socialize and connect with each other.
2. Come hungry...and thirsty!
A journey onboard Rocky Mountaineer is a feast for the senses with gourmet cuisine accompanied by stunning scenery and award-winning service. Before each season begins, Rocky Mountaineer's Executive Chefs reimagine a menu inspired by the bounty of the passing regions, highlighting local ingredients. A delectable breakfast is served first thing in the morning and before you know it, guests are being called back down to the white tablecloth dining room for lunch. The culinary trip onboard is highlighted by prize-winning wines from British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, local Canadian beers and high-end spirits.
3. Have your camera at the ready
While the beautiful Canadian scenery is never-ending throughout the journey, it's highly recommended that guests are camera-ready at all moments. The all-glass domes mean that guests can capture the vast landscapes from all different angles. Not to mention the fact that wildlife can be spotted at any moment. Elk, bald eagles, bighorn sheep, bears can all be spotted from the plush leather seats onboard, so guests shouldn't take their eye off the scenery, not that they would.
4. Sit back and take it all in
The team of onboard Hosts offer award-winning service and rich, historic storytelling of passing highlights along each route offered by Rocky Mountaineer. Not only will you leave your journey with Rocky Mountaineer having seen the most incredible sights that Western Canada has to offer, but you will leave full of knowledge surrounding the railways and Canada's past.
5. Don't limit your time in the Canadian Rockies
With four unique routes to choose from, the unforgettable all-daylight journeys offer romance and history, reminding you that travelling is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. When the journey onboard ends, however, a new one begins in whatever destination a guest chooses. Beyond the iconic mountain towns of Jasper and Banff, Rocky Mountaineer has four destinations that are new for the 2019 season.
1) First Passage to the West Canmore Self-Drive: This seven-day package offers stunning views and a laidback atmosphere just 20 minutes outside of Banff where guests can hike, explore caves, or discover unique restaurants and boutiques.
2) First Passage to the West Kananaskis Self-Drive: This seven-day package brings guests deeper into the Canadian Rockies where they can hike, mountain bike, ride horses, play golf, or relax in the Nordic Spa.
3) First Passage to the West Sunshine Village Self-Drive: This seven-day package features two nights at the rustic Sunshine Mountain Lodge, which sits at an elevation of 7,200 feet with an uninterrupted view of the awe-inspiring mountain terrain.
4) Journey Through the Clouds Mountain Adventures: This incredible 10-day journey features two and a half days of guided heli-hiking, three nights nestled in stunning BC backcountry at Cariboos Lodge, and a panoramic helicopter tour all within the Cariboo Mountain range.