Step aboard one of the worlds most iconic rail journeys with the Rocky Mountaineer, traverse across century-old routes taking in stunning scenery before arriving at incredible destinations. Witness glacier fed lakes, coastal rainforest and abundant wildlife across Western Canada on a Mountaineer train journey. The ‘Rainforest to Gold Rush Explorer’ journey transports you from Vancouver to desert like conditions of the Fraser Canyon into the vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau and finally arriving in Jasper, the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. On board you will experience 5-star service, gourmet meals and locally-sourced wines as you sit back, relax and enjoy the sights of nature from the comfort of an oversized glass-domed coach.
Vancouver to Whistler
Begin your journey onboard Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to the resort town of Whistler. Known for its outstanding Skiing in winter and bike trails in summer, Whistler is synonymous with outdoor sports. Whistler Village is bustling with activity with plenty to keep you entertained on your first overnight stay, choose from the many cafés, boutiques, restaurants and bars. Highlights along your journey to Whistler include the scenic views of Howe Sound, North America’s southernmost fjord, the Coast Mountains, Brandywine Falls, Mount Garibaldi and the impressive Cheakamus Canyon.
Whistler to Quesnel
Departing Whistler, you will board Rocky Mountaineer once more to begin your journey toward the charming rural town of Quesnel. Enjoy breath taking scenery as you pass over river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley to dessert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon to rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau. The Glacial-fed Seton Lake is a highlight of todays journey, it was once joined with sister Lake Anderson before splitting during an ancient landslide resulting in a contrasting emerald shade of Seton Lake and a blue watered glow of Anderson Lake. You will be crossing Deep Creek Bridge known as one of the highest railway bridges in the world. An evening arrival into Quesnel provides some time to explore the charms of the town.
Quesnel to Jasper
Start your final day upon the iconic Rocky Mountaineer as you depart Quesnel following the Fraser River north to Prince George. Travel through majestic forests of northern British Columbia where you may spot some local wildlife such as moose, black bears or even grizzly bears who may be exploring during the summer months. Onwards, you will enter the Rocky Mountain Trench where the steeply rising Rocky and Cariboo Mountains will surround you. Continue climbing past Mount Robson, known as the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and through the Yellowhead Pass into Alberta until you arrive at your final destination of Jasper. Spanning over 11,000 km, Jasper is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, known for its abundant wildlife and flourishing natural beauty Jasper joins Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks as part of UNESCO’s Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site listing.
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