Few people in the world have yet to hear of the Rocky Mountaineer. So iconic are the images of this locomotive racing against a mountainous backdrop and so enthusiastic the reviews; it seems it was destined to be one of the greatest journeys on earth. Offering routes that traverse the Pacific Northwest as well as majestic Western Canada, The Rocky Mountaineer is clearly on a mission to cater for every type of traveller. So, seeing as this famed railway is celebrating 25 years of happy passengers in 2015, we thought it was about time we did our own little review of their most famous trip; The First Passage to the West…
The First Passage to the West is a journey that will see you transported through the Canadian Rockies from Vancouver to Calgary, stopping off in Kamloops, Lake Louise and Banff on route. We’ll ensure you’ll be picked up from your luxury digs in Vancouver and dropped off at the train station with plenty of time to spare. Having settled down in your luxury car, you’ll set off through some of Canada’s most epic scenery as you pass mountains, rivers, lakes and (fingers crossed) a vast array of wildlife that could include bears, eagles, elk, moose, bighorn sheep and much more.
The Rocky Mountaineer boasts three levels of service, but we’d recommend choosing the Gold Leaf Service for the ultimate views and unrivalled comfort. And when we say ultimate views, we mean it. You see, the Gold Leaf carriages boast two floors, the bottom for dining in and the top for incredible panoramic views through its glass domed roof. It’s a roof that will enable you to enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the astonishing landscapes you will pass by. In addition to this bespoke carriage, you’ll also get to dine on gourmet cuisine from award-winning chefs. Boasting menus that incorporate fresh, local ingredients; they had to create cuisine tasty enough to tempt you away from those windows.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Since The Rocky Mountaineer is one of the most famous train journeys on earth, we couldn’t help but hop on board with high expectations. These were expectations that were, however, met completely. Surpassed even. The service, the unique glass-domed roof of the carriage, the food, the views, the comfort; all of it equated to a journey that we’d urge anyone to experience at least once. Although, as you’ll find out, once isn’t quite enough. We’ve got ourselves a bit of an addiction now…