Travel The Rockies

February 8, 2018
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All Aboard: Tearing Through the Canadian RockiesThe Pacifc Ocean on the remaining, Seattle from the right. All pictures by Becky Cheang

Fathom sent our intrepid intern-turned-assistant Becky Cheang regarding Rocky Mountaineer's very first train course into the usa from Canada, which begins solution this thirty days. It had been a visit back in time to the fame times of deluxe train travel. The scenery was breathtaking, the foodstuff had been great, plus the bears were shy.

BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada – I adore trains. We very first fell in love with all of them once I lived-in Switzerland in 2010. (how will you perhaps not adore trains in Switzerland?) So when Canadian trip business Rocky Mountaineer invited Fathom on its inaugural train trip of its most recent and very first course to the US from Vancouver to Seattle, it absolutely was a simple yes.

Rocky Mountaineer is running all the way through the Rocky Mountains since 1990. Our path took us from Alberta to Washington via British Columbia. From the majestic mountains of Banff on arid plains of Kamloops toward cosmopolitan easier Vancouver last but not least across the gorgeous Pacific Coast to Seattle. The Coastal Passage course formally lauches this could and certainly will run through the season, which ends in October.

Calgary MountainsMy very first picture associated with Rockies.

It had been also my first visit to Canada, which as yet was in fact little more than that big nation north regarding the United States. (I spent my youth in Singapore.)

My first effect was the sunset drive from Calgary airport to Lake Louise. The hill range when you look at the length made me personally feel I became back in Switzerland, in which the horizon is consistently interrupted by the Alps.

Lake LouiseThis picture of Lake Louise is not retouched. This really is that green.

1ST DAY IN BANFF

Rocky Mountaineer just journeys by-day to use the scenery, so their trips include over night remains at partner motels at each and every end. I invested two nights before the trip at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, in which the grand lobby, winding staircases, mountain-scene murals, and intricate chandeliers only added to the Swiss mood.

My room ended up being big-hotel plush — gilded mirrors, deep mattress, French doors into the restroom. The view is the main attraction right here, and for valid reason. Emerald-green Lake Louise is something away from a fairy tale. Its gorgeous shade comes from unique particles inside melted glacier ice nearby that feeds the pond.

Canoeing in Bow River.

Riding the gondola up Sulfur Mountain.

Result in the trek to your meteorological station on the other side peak. The views can be worth it.

I spent the belated early morning on a twelve-man canoe along Bow River studying the indigenous local American tribe the First countries, recognizing beaver dams, and dropping deeply in love with an attractive, centuries-old Hudson Bay coat (the First Nations accustomed trade beaver pelts of these, and also this one had been well worth four pelts).

After lunch, we moved up Sulfur hill regarding the Banff Gondola for panoramic views of Banff nationwide Park plus the Rockies. Stunning, although views are even better from summit stroll along the mountain ridge to the historical Sanson's Peak Meteorological facility.

1 day to explore is certainly not adequate for Banff, but I became glad the introduction. (i'm going to be right back.) The next morning, we were off to the place. Our four-day train trip ended up being underway.

Banff Bow River Banff Gondola Sulfur hill Meteorological Station Boarding the Rocky Mountaineer

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