BY LUIS CASTILLO
It’s Canada’s 150th birthday this year, so as we look for ways to celebrate, I can’t think of anything better than a cool, refreshing trip to the Canadian Rockies, where the sightseeing is nothing less than spectacular.
Oh Canada, here we come.
Rocky Mountaineer, a Canadian rail tour company, offers a variety of distinctive
routes in Western Canada to choose from.
The “Rain-forest to Gold Rush” route travels through the gold rush and timber country
of the Cariboo along the Fraser River where you might see black bears or grizzlies on your way from North Vancouver through the mountain destinations of Whistler, Quesnel and Jasper. Ask for a seat on the left heading eastbound, right if westbound for best
and most breathtaking views.
Or, retrace history and take in the dramatic scenery along the Thompson and Fraser
River canyons on the “First Passage to the West” tour, running from Vancouver to Banff. It’s
a great way to traverse the Continental Divide.
Travel on an old mountain pass on “Journey to the Clouds,” riding from Vancouver to Jasper where you’ll follow the Fraser River with its amazing white water rapids, pass the Albreda Glacier and Pyramid Falls, and view snow-capped Mount Robson. At nearly 13,000 feet, it is the highest mountain in the Rockies.
Other popular vacation packages include the “Canadian Rockies Highlights,” between Vancouver and Calgary (east-or-westbound) as a six-day, five-night excursion. It includes five hotel nights and two days on-board the train with stops in Kamloops, Banff, Lake Louise and Calgary. Activities and tours include the Vancouver lookout, a Yoho Parktour, Summit Helicopter Flight seeing and the Calgary Tower.
Another option if you want to enjoy some impressive coastal water views is the
“Coastal Passage” which begins in Seattle and goes through Vancouver and then on into
the Canadian Rockies.
Riders can opt for Gold- or Silver-Leaf service, which offer views from the custom designed
glass dome coach along with complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and gourmet snacks.
For more information or to book a trip visit rockymountainer.com