Wayfaring through the Canadian Rockies, First Passage to the West is one of Rocky Mountaineer’s most popular routes. Along the way you’ll find yourself immersed in some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes, unfolding from both the train’s enormous windows and the extensive off-board excursions. All accompanied by gourmet food, fine wine and top-notch service.
Intrigued? Here are seven remarkable sights you can expect to see both on and off the train.
- The snow-capped summit of Sulphur Mountain
Home to the legendary Banff Gondola, Sulphur Mountain serves up some of the best views in the Canadian Rockies. You’ll step aboard for an eight-minute ascent that whisks you to the summit. Stroll around the 360-degree observation deck, explore the ridgetop boardwalk and visit the multi-sensory theatre. And then there are the views. You’ll feel sky high as you gaze out over green valleys, snow-capped peaks, shimmering lakes and the eternally charming mountain town of Banff.
- A star-lit night sky in Jasper
Just when you thought soaring mountains were the epitome of Canadian beauty, the sun fades and the stars blanket the sky in yet another eyeful of incredible. Jasper has been a ‘dark-sky preserve’ since 2011 which means light pollution is next to non-existent. As a result the stars are dazzling, the Milky Way is a dream and there’s every chance of spotting the aurora borealis dancing in the sky.
- The glittering glaciers of Icefields Parkway
As the largest collection of ice south of the Arctic Circle, Icefields Parkway will shift your perspective. The scenic route winds through more than 100 glaciers, with the option of riding the ‘Ice Explorer’ to the mouth of the mighty Athabasca Glacier. You can also tread lightly on the Glacier Skywalk, which offers sweeping views of the diamond-white wonderland.
- The reflective beauty of Lake Louise
You’ve probably heard of Lake Louise, one of Canada’s most iconic landmarks. With impossibly blue water and a knockout Victoria Glacier backdrop, she needs little introduction. Intrepid travellers can take on the 3.5-kilometre hike to pocket-sized Lake Agnes Tea House, an alpine café built by Canadian Pacific Railway as a refuge for hikers back in 1905.
- Picture perfect lakes
Framed by enormous mountains and strewn with wildflowers, lakes are arguably what define the Canadian Rockies region. And oh, the colours. Deep blues, vivid emeralds, sparkling jades and best of all, a brilliant turquoise that’s more often found in a Dulux tin. It’s all thanks to glacial silt, which reflects the sun’s rays to create a thousand shades of blue. With so much to see, you don’t want to rush the Rockies. House of Travel is always on hand to help you put together an itinerary that ticks all your boxes, without feeling overwhelmed.
- Tooth and claw wildlife at every turn
As you ride the rails you’ll be introduced to a cast of famous Canadian faces. And no, we don’t mean the charming Justin Trudeau. The Canadian Rockies are a haven for wildlife which means you could spot anything from elks and moose to eagles and ospreys. Not to mention black bears or even grizzlies foraging by the tracks.
- The Spiral Tunnels will play with your mind
The infamous Spiral Tunnels are a true feat of engineering. They were designed get trains up and down the steep mountainsides and quickly became a signature part of Canadian Pacific journeys. And here’s the mind-boggling part. As you weave through the tunnels you’ll be able to see both the front and the back of the train simultaneously.
Travel in style with Rocky Mountaineer
There’s simply no better way to discover the untamed beauty of Canada than on Rocky Mountaineer. Views are a top priority, with soaring domed windows to ensure that you don’t miss a thing. Choose from two different travel classes and four incredible routes, each promising impeccable service and an utterly unforgettable experience.
Not sure which journey is best for you? Chat to the consultants at House of Travel and discuss Canada with an expert. Or treat yourself to a little holiday reading and click here to read about Rocky Mountaineer’s four main routes.
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