Riding Through the Canadian Rockies on the Rocky Mountaineer Train

The Rocky Mountaineer train snakes in and out of valleys of the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains. Riding through the Canadian Rockies on the Rocky Mountaineer train is the best way to see one of the God’s greatest creations. British Columbia and Alberta are two of the prettiest places on the planet but in order to see much of the best views, you have to go by train. Unless you work for Canadian National, the Rocky Mountaineer is the best way to go!
Rocky Mountaineer, train, Canada, Vancouver, Jasper, British Columbia, Alberta
I boarded the Rocky Mountaineer train in Vancouver, British Columbia and my destination after 2 days of travel was Jasper, Alberta. I sat in the Goldleaf Cabin; which is essentially their first class cabin.
Goldleaf service, Rocky Mountaineer, train, Canada, Vancouver, Jasper, British Columbia, Alberta
It was fabulous to say the least. Not only for the views but for the world-class service and I really mean that. The Rocky Mountaineer staff are pretty much amazing at what they do and make you feel right at home at all times.
Goldleaf Class, Rocky Mountaineer, train, Canada, Vancouver, Jasper, British Columbia, Alberta
The glass-domed roof in Goldleaf service is great for viewing the scenery and is the best way to do the trip. However, it is not without faults. Often times, there was a bad reflection in the pictures that I took so many did not come out very well. This obviously couldn’t be helped but it was a bit annoying.
reflections in the windows of goldleaf class, Rocky Mountaineer, train, Canada, Vancouver, Jasper, British Columbia, Alberta
Additionally, the cabins are extremely comfortable and the seats are great. This is great because each of the two days, you spend about ten hours or so in the cabin. The only problems with the cabin are that there are not outlets at your seat and only one per cabin. There is also no Wi-Fi.
Rocky Mountaineer, train, Canada, Vancouver, Jasper, British Columbia, Alberta
That said, on a 10-hour journey, you need to recharge, phones, cameras, computers, etc. I mentioned that to the staff and they said the lack out outlets and Wi-Fi are the top two complaints. It would be tough to complain about anything else, as everything else was stellar.
Goldleaf menu, Rocky Mountaineer, train, Canada, Vancouver, Jasper, British Columbia, Alberta
The other great thing about riding through the Canadian Rockies on the Rocky Mountaineer train is the food. Breakfast and lunch are served each day and the food is fabulous. Goldleaf service cars have 3-4 chefs per car. Aside from the food, the service is also excellent.
Mount Robson, Mt. Robson, Rocky Mountaineer, train, Canada, Vancouver, Jasper, British Columbia, Alberta
There are two seatings each for lunch and dinner and the dining area is downstairs. The dining car is still equipped with huge clear windows so you don’t miss any of the great scenery.
Kamloops, Rocky Mountaineer, train, Canada, Vancouver, Jasper, British Columbia, Alberta
As I mentioned, it is a 2-day journey but you don’t sleep on the Rocky Mountaineer. We stopped overnight in a place called Kamloops, British Columbia. Kamloops is a nice little town that is fine for a night or so. There isn’t a ton going on but it was certainly pleasant for a night.
Kamloops Beach, Rocky Mountaineer, train, Canada, Vancouver, Jasper, British Columbia, Alberta
There was a ‘music in the park’ concert that I checked out while I was there and there is a nice little beach area at the edge of the park. I was told that Kamloops has some good trails for mountain biking and hiking but I didn’t get a chance to do it.
Rocky Mountaineer, train, Canada, Vancouver, Jasper, British Columbia, Alberta
It is worth noting I ate at a pretty good restaurant/bar called the Noble Pig. Notable because it was good but also because it was designed after the Spotted Pig in New York; which is right by my apartment back home.
Pyramid Waterfall, Rocky Mountaineer, train, Canada, Vancouver, Jasper, British Columbia, Alberta
This was basically the theme of my experience on the Rocky Mountaineer; amazing service, great scenery and a stop in Kamloops. It wasn’t perfect but it was a cool experience I am glad I had a chance to do.
Rocky Mountaineer, train, Canada, Vancouver, Jasper, British Columbia, Alberta
Disclaimer: I was hosted by the Rocky Mountaineer for this journey. All opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way. I did use three pictures from their media kit for this article but all others are my own.

Comments

  1. I can see the reflection thing being a pain. I’ve had that before on scenic bus tours I’ve done too. Not much you can do about it as you said. You really can’t do a doble decker bus tour thru the mountains! Great post as always, Lee.

  2. Great Post! Glad to hear you enjoyed your time on the Rocky Mountaineer – it really is a stunning journey. We are actually from Kamloops and happy to hear you thought it was ok! Everything really worth doing in and around Kamloops necessitates a car and at least a 30 minute drive, but Riverside Park is a great place to cool down in the heat of summer. The noble Pig is definitely one of the better places for a meal in town.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Great post, Lee. Looks like an amazing ride. I googled the train and I would definitely consider doing it when I visit Western Canada. Is Goldleaf service worth the extra cost?

  4. Kamloops is a great city. It’s too bad you didn’t get to experience more of it but glad you got to see the park and the beach.

  5. Matthew says:

    Sounds like a cool way to see BC and Alberta. Probably a little too expensive for my blood but I would love to get out to the western provinces sometime soon.

  6. Stunning photos. Seems romantic but it also sounds like it would be a lot of tourists and elderly people.

  7. Lee, I love the honest post. It’s nice to hear you point out the positive and the negatives and not just sugar coat everything-I hate when people do that if they’ve been comped something. Thanks!

  8. Have always wanted to try out the Rocky Mountaineer. Looks like a great time. Love how honest you are about the pros and cons. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Love the glass domed car!

  10. Thank you for the mention of our little brewpub. I hope to eat at the Spotted Pig in the near future:) Glad you enjoyed the trip.
    Cheers,
    Maeghan Summers

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