Wade Bush spends his days traversing the wilds of Canada aboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer railway. The train and its stunning routes through the Rocky Mountains and along the West Coast of Canada are undoubtedly one of the country’s most famous draws. Lose yourself in Wades’s pictures and his words as you imagine a life constantly on the move.
Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do?
I was born in the Pacific Province in the city of Vancouver, but I grew up in the central interior in a little town called Lac La Hache where I enjoyed being outdoors and interacting with friendly people. In the winter in BC, it’s all about snowboarding and getting in around 50-80 snow days. In the summer, road biking is a particular favourite of mine. Most of my working career has been in the hospitality industry and working for the Rocky Mountaineer is a great combination of all of my passions.
What’s unique about your day to day life?
I am happiest when in motion, so I love being on the Rocky Mountaineer Train, moving from town to town. From the Pacific Shores through to the mountains of Alberta, I’ll spend my days off riding the bike, hiking the hills or just out for a walk amongst the beautiful surroundings you find everywhere in Canada.
How does Canada inspire you?
It’s Canada’s undeniable grandeur, its diversity and the inclusive nature of its people that makes it so very special.
Why would you encourage people to visit Canada?
Is this a trick question? Why would you not want to visit Canada! I live here and work hard to see as much as I can and likely won’t see it all. It’s huge, undiscovered and simply amazing.
In particular, why would you encourage people to visit the part of Canada in which you are based?
Vancouver & Victoria are beautiful cities but the real action is all the small towns. In the summertime, there are so many small town festivals and events. In France, tourists may flock to the Eiffel tower, but it is in the hidden cafes and quirky side streets that people experience the real France. The same theory can be applied to Canada. Sure, you can take all the pictures you want of giant river canyons, giant mountains, giant trees, giant tracks of pristine land and a giant ocean, but I stress to everyone that it is the people and the culture of an area that makes it really interesting. I also love to remind people that Western Canada and the North were the last discovered parts of North America. That discovery is still happening – why wouldn’t you want to be a part of it?
What sort of images can we expect from your camera roll?
They will capture the landscapes I pass every day, the people I work with and the incredible food we serve on board the Rocky Mountaineer.
If you could sum up your daily life in one sentence, how would you describe it?
I’m prone to calling the outdoors the ‘Great Cathedral’, so I guess I’d describe my life as ‘a life in motion under the Great Cathedral’…
Finally, how would you describe Canada in three words?
Genuine. Giant. Heroic.