The Rocky Mountaineer is not just a part of your journey in Canada. It will be the highlight of your trip.
Since 1990, Rocky Mountaineer has been regarded as the best and most luxurious way to explore Western Canada. With four available routes, and over 60 tailor-made itineraries, it is no wonder that nearly 2 million globetrotters have embarked on one of its iconic journeys.
Here are five things to expect on-board this iconic train.
Silverleaf and Goldleaf Service
The first thing to know about Rocky Mountaineer is that there are two different levels of service: GoldLead and SilverLeaf.
GoldLeaf Service is over two levels, with the upper having fully domed windows for 360-degree views. Food is served on the lower level, and the exclusive outdoor viewing platform is situated here. GoldLeaf passengers are also looked after by 4 Onboard Hosts.
SilverLeaf Service is on one level, and while the windows are not fully domed, their size means the viewing experience isn’t restricted. Meals are even served in the comfort of your seating area – and you’ll be looked after by 2 Onboard Hosts!
Both types of service receive an incredible level of customer care (which includes well-trained Onboard Hosts, freshly cooked meals, and complimentary drinks) so your journey will be unforgettable no matter which you choose.
One incredible thing that comes as a guarantee on-board the Rocky Mountaineer is beautiful scenery. The train only operates between April and October, to provide customers with the best chance of experiencing the incredible elegance of the Rocky Mountains. The train actually slows down in the most stunning areas to what they refer to as “picture perfect speed”!
Take advantage of photo opportunities of incredible wildlife including bears, elks, deers and moose. Part of the charm of the Canadian Rockies is that these majestic creatures can roam in their natural habitat. However, listen out for those four words you long to hear from fellow passengers – “is that a bear?”.
Second to none customer service will greet you from the second you arrive at your departure station. Meet and mingle with other passengers to the sounds of a pianist before being escorted onto the train. Customer experience with a difference is something the Rocky Mountaineer staff pride themselves on! They won’t just be refilling your glass before you realise you need a refill. Your hosts will also be enriching your experience in other ways. Allow yourself to be charmed by funny and informative commentary as you progress on your journey, learning the history and heart-warming tales of each location.
One of the most fabulous things onboard the Rocky Mountaineer is undoubtedly the food. With a focus on high-end, innovative gastronomy, every ingredient is locally sourced. Start your day with a freshly baked cinnamon scone before indulging in a three-cheese omelette. Lunch is a three-course affair, with delectable GoldLeaf options including pork loin, tuna steak and beef short ribs. Wash it all down with a glass of delicious wine that was homegrown in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia.
Luxury does not begin and end on the train. Part of your Rocky Mountaineer experience will be staying in fabulous hotels throughout your trip, with your luggage waiting in your room on arrival. For those who want the best of the best, opt for the Goldleaf Deluxe service – opulent rooms with spectacular views await you.
With overnight stops in Whistler Banff, Calgary and Vancouver among others, this train journey is the ultimate way to explore Canada in comfort and style. Why not round off your trip of a lifetime with a luxury cruise, a self-drive adventure or a whirlwind city break? With Rocky Mountaineer, anything is possible.
Have you always wanted to experience one of the legendary journeys of the Rocky Mountaineer? Book your 2018 trip of a lifetime here.