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29 March 2016

Riding Through The Rockies

​Look out of subways and you’ll only see darkness or an occasional neon-lit billboard but Rocky Mountaineer brings back the romance of luxury train travel with their glass-domed coaches that travel through the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site, Canadian Rocky Mountains.

In operation since 1990, the multiple awardwinning Rocky Mountaineer has been highly acclaimed by Lonely Planet, Travel + Leisure and National Geographic for its unique experience that takes passengers through some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the world.

Its recipe for success boils down to four S’s:


More than 65 vacation packages are available on four distinctive rail routes that traverse through historic paths made by 19th Century explorers. Each journey is a feast for the eyes as passengers watch cityscapes turn into untouched terrains from domed windows for unparalleled panoramic views on the all daylight services.

On First Passage to the West, one of the more popular routes, the Rocky Mountaineer takes passengers on the historic Canadian Pacific track, which is famous for uniting the country and connecting British Colombia to Canada more than 125 years ago. Strikingly vivid vistas of natural beauty come to life on Journey through the Clouds that passes by the highest peaks in the Canadian Rockies. Take on the world’s largest temperate rainforest on Rainforest to Gold Rush. The trip experiences dramatic changes in scenery as it passes through Coastal Rainforest into Fraser Canyon and Cariboo Gold Rush region. The newest route, Coastal Passage, connects passengers from Seattle to Vancouver and into the Canadian Rockies. Escape urban bustle into crisp scenes right from a souvenir postcard. Kodak moments abound at some of Canada’s most impressive natural landmarks as the train slows down to take in the most scenic areas to allow photo opportunities.

Look out for native wildlife on all journeys too! The snowcapped mountains, colossal evergreens, and crystalline lakes are homes to Canada’s diverse fauna.


Completing each experience is world-class service by Rocky Mountaineer hosts. Professionals in their own league, these hosts will continue to exceed expectations as they weave tales and bits of history together at each passing landmark.

Travellers choose from GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service when travelling aboard Rocky Mountaineer. GoldLeaf allows passengers access to a two-level, glass domed coach with full-length windows to enjoy the charming beauty of nature just outside from the upper level and enjoy gourmet meals in the exclusive dining room on the lower level. In addition, they also have access to an exclusive outdoor vestibule. For SilverLeaf guests, experience panoramic views through single level glass dome coaches and enjoy seat-side customised meal service, along with complimentary beverages.

Sweet and Savoury

Savour five-star cuisine throughout your journey. GoldLeaf passengers are served mouth-watering meals in an exclusive lower-level dining room, while SilverLeaf passengers are served hot gourmet breakfasts and lunches at their respective seats so not a moment of splendid beauty is missed outside.


What makes Rocky Mountaineer passengers return again and again are the friendships made onboard. Likeminded travellers from all over the world are seated just across the aisle from you and are ready to forge lifelong friendships. Adventuring together on a railway is bound to get people talking. Get ready to share life stories and make memories with one another.

To start planning your life changing experience aboard Rocky Mountaineer, contact your local travel agent.