Posted by: cherylyoung | February 2, 2013

Day 85 All Aboard the Mighty RockyMountain Mountaineer


The Rocky Mountain Mountaineer: Vancouver to Jasper, Canada

By Bonnie Tsui

Miles: 532
Rolling out among Canada’s wilds is the reason to ride the

Rocky Mountaineer.

For two full days the train’s glass-domed GoldLeaf coaches

give a front-row seat to British Columbia’s hyperdynamic landscape.

First, heavy stands of rainforest yield to rolling pastures.

At the intersection of the Fraser and Thompson rivers, the

geography shifts from verdant to arid: striking sulfur- and

iron-striped cliffs, bald eagles in ponderosa pines, and ospreys

roosting on enormous nests atop old telephone poles.

From Kamloops, day two gains elevation through the 11 glacier-topped

mountains of the Premier Range, and suddenly 12,972-foot

Mount Robson, the Canadian Rockies’ highest peak, is in full view.

The ultimate high: crossing the Continental Divide at 3,711-foot

Yellowhead Pass into Alberta’s jagged Jasper National Park.

Overnights in Kamloops and Jasper give you the chance to

mountain-bike hoodoos, trek across the Athabasca Glacier, and raft Class III rapids.

Next summer, Rocky Mountaineer Vacations launches a new

two-day, 642-mile Fraser Discovery route from Whistler

through Quesnel to Jasper.

» CANADA: Rocky Mountaineer (800-665-7245, runs two-day trips between

Vancouver and Jasper, from US$869 per person, double

occupancy, which includes all meals and overnight

accommodations in Kamloops.

Scenery & Wildlife


The rich, vast, unspoiled nature of our Canadian National Parks

is treasured by all who know the beauty that lies within them.

People travel from around the world to vacation and experience

the rare and rugged Canadian Rockies region that has been

preserved for more than a century.

The Rocky Mountaineer travels by rail through five of these

protected areas: Mount Revelstoke National Park, Glacier

National Park, Yoho National Park, and the oldest and the largest

of the Rockies parks, Banff and Jasper.

Three provincial parks combined with the four National

Parks located in the Rockies, comprise the UNESCO Rocky

Mountain World Heritage Site.

This ranks as one of the largest protected areas on the planet.

The rail routes we travel are unlike any other in the world.


The Canadian West is fortunate to still be home to a wide

variety of plants and animals.

The wildlife in the Canadian Rockies helps to distinguish this

region from all others, and makes for a perfect vacation.

Along the Rocky Mountaineer train route you may see any of the

large mammal or bird species for which this area is known.

Black and grizzly bears, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, cougar, wolves,

lynx and caribou are some of the many species that rely on the

large tracts of protected land to survive.

All guests in the National Parks have the he opportunity to experience

the diverse environment that is home to these creatures






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