The Rocky Mountains in Canada
I am currently winding my way through the Rocky Mountains in Canada onboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer. How I dreamed of taking this journey and how it exceeds my expectations!
My work surrounds me in travel brochures and my wonderful clients tell me stories of their visits to Canada but now it’s my turn. Not only have I experienced the epic Rocky Mountaineer Journey into the Clouds from Vancouver to Jasper, but I have also had had some terrific first moments: I was snowed on as I stood on a glacier, I said hello to bears waking from hibernation, I witnessed an avalanche and finally I have stayed in two iconic Fairmont Hotels at Lake Louise and Banff, which have been on my bucket list for nearly 30 years. No matter what your travel style, there is a fantastic Canadian experience for you just waiting
On this adventure I travelled to Canada courtesy of Air Canada, Rocky Mountaineer and the Independent Travel Group.
The Rocky Mountaineer operates from April to October each year with a series of train journeys and coach tours throughout Western Canada. A series of two days and three-day rail journeys can be pieced together into an epic longer duration adventure even including Alaskan Cruises. The most popular train journeys are the two days First Passage to the West from Vancouver to Banff and the Journey to the Clouds from Vancouver to Jasper. These itineraries include two full days onboard the train with an overnight stop in the small town of Kamloops. With large windows and domed rooves offering perfect vantage points for the passing scenery, both Silver Leaf and Gold Leaf Package also provide world-class cuisine and the friendliest service from the moment you check-in for your Rocky Mountaineer holiday.
One of the highlights of our journey through the Rocky Mountains after leaving the train behind was a journey onto Athabasca Glacier. One of the more accessible glaciers along the Icefields Pathway, custom made vehicles take you out to the centre of the glacier to create a holiday memory to treasure. Vivid blue ice shines through the snow covered glacier floor, as the Athabasca Glacier slowly makes its way down the valley. The Athabasca Glacier is situated on the Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Lake Louise. This experience is included in most tours operated through the Rockies and can also be included in an independent travel package.
Air Canada flies direct to Vancouver from Sydney and Brisbane.
Famous Fairmont Hotels are dotted throughout the Canadian Rockies. Historic and luxurious these properties are bucket list items and will only enhance your Canadian journey.