From the moment travellers board the Rocky Mountaineer, they are guaranteed a travel experience beyond anything they could have imagined. Key to the Rocky Mountaineer’s success are the superb glass domed carriages providing 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside. There is even an outside viewing area at the end of the carriages, perfect for standing and admiring the majesty of the snow capped mountains. Alongside the stunning views, passengers stay overnight in luxurious hotels and enjoy gourmet food throughout the journey. All the menus are inspired by Western Canadian produce such as omelettes filled with Canadian cheese or Braised Alberta short ribs from cows raised in the Okanagan Valley as well as wines and beer from British Columbia.
The staff are intensely proud of the train, and enjoy sharing stories, historical information and above all pointing out key features and wildlife along the way. As the train passes through particularly scenic spots such as Hells Gate or the Cisco Crossing, it deliberately slows down to ensure everyone has time to appreciate the amazing views. As the train approaches the Pyramid Falls where water spreads out in a pyramid shape across a 300ft drop, the crew members always announce its approach so that passengers can get their cameras in position. The journey offers some flexibility in that passengers book round trips, add in sight seeing tours for example at Lake Louise or Banff or use it as a way of taking a short holiday in Jasper.