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The Rocky Mountaineer only travels during the day so passengers won’t miss any of the scenery.
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As well as breathtaking scenery, expect to catch sight of wildlife including grizzly and black bears, bighorn sheep, elk and bald eagles.
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Spectacular panoramas are guaranteed: the Rocky travels through seven mountain ranges, traversing almost 5000 kilometres over four routes.
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Although the train reaches speeds of up to 90 kilometres per hour, it often slows down when chugging through especially scenic areas to ensure passengers have time to take great photographs.
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After leaving Whistler, the Rocky Mountaineer travels through mountain-flanked valleys, eventually meeting the northern edge of Seton Lake.
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There are over 80 different trips available on the Rocky Mountaineer; including ones that pair train journeys with a cruise to Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park.
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The Rocky Mountaineer’s GoldLeaf service gourmet food offerings are prepared onboard by Michelin-trained chefs and served in an exclusive dining room.
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On the way to Jasper, from Quesnel, the Rocky Mountaineer snakes between the North Thompson River and passes over Pyramid Creek, taking in the impressive drop of Pyramid Falls.
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Between Lake Louise and Banff, on the Alberta side of the Rockies, the train travels alongside the Bow River directly below the distinctive craggy peaks of Castle Mountain.
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An exclusive open-air section lets GoldLeaf travellers enjoy the mountain air and get another angle for photographs.
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Just past Banff, the Rocky Mountaineer continues to follow the Bow River, passing the towering peak of Mount Rundle.
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The Rocky Mountaineer traverses some of the most spectacular and remote scenery British Columbia and Alberta have to offer – areas difficult to access by foot or by car.
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On average, the Rocky Mountaineer covers a distance of 450 kilometres each day. The longest single distance is 534 kilometres between Quesnel and Jasper.
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The train’s GoldLeaf carriages have a glass roof that provides travellers with a view of the expansive mountain-to-sky landscapes.
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The train travels between Seattle (USA) and Vancouver, Jasper, Lake Lousie and Banff in Canada through the Canadian Rockies, stopping overnight in either Whistler and Quesnel or Kamloops, depending on the route.
Days and weeks
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There are many one-way and full-circle variations of the trips, with shortest taking as little as two days.
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New packages in 2018 focus on food and outdoor adventures and include degustation restaurants, cycling and helicopter tours as well as river rafting and canoeing.
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You won’t just see incredible vistas, you’ll learn something about them, too. Hosts point out natural landmarks and interesting historical tidbits along the way.