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Canadian Rockies Train Trip via Rocky Mountaineer

Take a couple of extra days and add a scenic Canadian Rockies train trip to your holiday plans when you visit Vancouver.

You can book a trip that’s anywhere from 2 to 45 days long aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train service.

Canadian Rockies train

Rocky Mountaineer has tours that will take you from Vancouver to Victoria (on the Vancouver ferry service that is) or across the Rockies from British Columbia into Alberta and all the way across Canada for that matter from April to October.

You can even do a combination of rail and Alaska Cruise vacation tour that will give you memories (and pictures) of Vancouver by sea and land that you can share for decades to come.

Whenever you decide to plan your train trip for there’ll always be some great sights and adventures to look forward to no matter the season.

April, May and October are off-season months so you’ll save some money on the cost.

If you travel in June it’ll be springtime in the mountains and there will still be snow on the mountaintops and at the same time flowers will be starting to bloom at the lower elevations.

Rocky Mountaineer Train

During the summer months (July and August) the weather will be sunny and warm and in September there’s the changing fall colors to look forward to.

Some of the best things about traveling from Vancouver by passenger rail train are:

  • big windows to watch the passing scenery and wildlife,
  • comfortable oversize seats to relax in as you travel through the Canadian Rockies by train while at the same time, being able to get up for a stretch and move around
  • not having to worry about driving, washroom (toilet) stops or hotel rooms along the way

You also have the convenience of guest services and…

The thrill of knowing that you’re getting to experience something that not a lot of people get to see because you’re traveling in an area that you can’t get to by car of any other way(except by days of hard hiking through untamed wilderness!).

On the Canadian Rockies train there are three service levels to choose from:

  • RedLeaf,
  • SilverLeaf and
  • GoldLeaf
The RedLeaf is a one level coach with reclining seats. The SilverLeaf is a one level coach with a glass dome. The GoldLeaf is a two level coach with a glass dome. Canadian Rockies train

I’d say a camera is pretty much mandatory to capture the magnificent scenery of raging rivers, majestic mountains, splendid waterfalls, wildlife and impressive canyons.

The Rocky Mountaineer train actually slows down at the most scenic spots along the way so you can get some great photos of your time while touring on the train.

In the evening you’ll relax in comfort as if you’re in some luxury Vancouver hotel.

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