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Rocky Mountaineer – The Rest of the Story

by Elaine Johnston

Clickty Clack Trains Are Back…

rocky mountaineer trainBecause I have had so many people come back from their Rocky Mountaineer Vacations’ experience  with some of the best stories I have ever heard and some of the best pictures I have ever seen of any vacation I have arranged for them over the years, I  am devoting one more day of blogging to Rocky Mountaineer Vacations with more in-depth suggestions right from the horse’s mouth – Rocky Mountaineer. Just a few seeds to plant in your mind for your next globetrotting experience…here goes:

(WOW! I just reread this first paragraph…sounds like a bunch of garbage…but I really mean it! – Try it – you’ll like it!) December 11,2009

Imagine traveling on one of the worlds greatest train journeys past glacier-fed lakes, majestic mountain ranges and ferocious rivers. This is possible onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, an experience that will provide you with the story ideas of a lifetime.

The little train that could…and did!

From a small entrepreneurial dream to one of Canada’s leading tourism providers, Rocky Mountaineer Vacations achieves an important company milestone as it serves its one millionth guest this summer. Travelers from around the world have enjoyed the spectacular scenery found throughout British Columbia and Alberta while onboard the world-renowned two-day all daylight Rocky Mountaineer train, which provides a unique and compelling travel experience.

Get off the train and off the beaten track

gold_rushTheir newest route, the Rocky Mountaineer Fraser Discovery Route offers adventure, culture and history as it travels from the resort town of Whistler, BC to the Rocky Mountain town of Jasper, AB. The route opens up British Columbia’s seldom seen interior as guests get an up-close look at the Cariboo Chilcotin region’s lush grasslands, pristine lakes and rolling hills. New this year is the Gold Rush, Rails and Rockies package, giving travelers a chance to experience western life in the region by getting off the train in Quesnel, BC. Stay in a magnificent lodge, enjoy old-fashioned hospitality, come face to face with grizzlies, rope a cow, or take a gentle float down a river. All of this is possible and enjoyed in a relaxed western atmosphere, making this rail journey not only unique but also enlightening.

Double your fun with rail and cruise

Holland America Cruise ShipCruising has become more popular than ever and considered by many to be the ultimate dream vacation. With the new Rail and Cruise packages offered by Rocky Mountaineer Vacations, guests combine two lifetime experiences into one. Coupled with a Rocky Mountaineer train journey through Canada’s West, guests get the rare experience of riding the rails through the spectacular Canadian Rockies, sailing up-close to massive glaciers in Glacier Bay National Park and walking in the footsteps of Klondike gold rush prospectors in Skagway. Rail and Cruise offers an excellent choice for first-time visitors to Western Canada and Alaska.

Canada’s newest culinary dream team

culinary_chefs1The culinary experience on the Rocky Mountaineer train routes has always been exemplary, but now we’re really kicking it up a notch with four times the talent, experience and expertise. This year Rocky Mountaineer Vacations welcomes aboard Rocky Mountain Catering, which was recently established by four world-renowned BC Chefs, Frederic Couton, Joseph Lassaga, Jean Pierre Guerin and Raoul Prigent. The vast experience of this dream team will breathe new life into our onboard cuisine in both GoldLeaf and RedLeaf Service and will thrill the discriminating palates of Rocky Mountaineer guests.

Leave your Blackberry at home

family together in Rocky MountainsTravel’s answer to slow food is slow travel – vacations that make you slow down. It’s about forgoing those airport nightmares and ten-cities-in-one-week heart-attack-inducing vacations for an experience that gives you time to reflect and reconnect with yourself and your family. It’s about getting there in a way that makes the journey as important as the destination. While slow travel vacations continue to be popular, according to the U.S. Tour Operators Association, adventure travel is also on the rise. Rocky Mountaineer Vacations offers a way to do both. It gives travellers a chance to slow it down while still experiencing adventure – to say “bye bye BlackBerry” and “hello” to the breathtaking spectacle of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

A sustainable train of thought

deer_build_08Train travel is getting the green thumbs up as an eco-travel alternative to driving and flying. Rocky Mountaineer Vacations is one luxury train experience on track to reducing its carbon footprint. The company has a long history of environmental commitment and has undergone a rigorous environmental audit, set tough targets for improvement, and set up a regular process for reporting back on its progress. Passionate about water conservation and recycling, Rocky Mountaineer Vacations has set a target to reduce its waste by 50 percent by the end of the 2009 operating season. In addition, cutting-edge technology has been installed on all its locomotives, significantly reducing idling time. This translates into lower fuel consumption and exhaust emissions and less noise pollution. Next stop: expansion of plans to recycle all meal trays in Rocky Mountaineer RedLeaf Service, exploration of composting on the train and the testing and monitoring of the effectiveness of “green” locomotive technologies. And the big one? Dreams of becoming the first passenger rail service in North America to operate a hybrid locomotive.

On Your Next Romantic Escape, Go Somewhere You Won’t Want to Draw the Curtains!

couple dinning in Gold Leaf Service

Introduce something new to the relationship with a breathtaking trip for two through the Canadian Rockies on the legendary and luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train. Experience unrivaled service and attention, delightful commentary and historical perspectives, and renowned food and wine pairings from the region during a three to thirteen night* journey that will take you both far away from the world’s worries. Simply enjoy each other’s company in the ultra-comfortable double seats of the GoldLeaf Service car, complete with panoramic dome windows for ultimate viewing and picture taking. Overnight stays in some of the region’s most romantic cities and destinations…Vancouver, Lake Louise, and Banff…will ensure you’ll be creating special memories along the way.

If you’re like me, and find yourself longing for a return to truly relaxing travel, time to let your mind wander, great scenery, affable companionship, and good food – there is no better way than by train.

I have always found the dinning car to be the most fun car on a train. You never know what to expect from the confines of a tiny train kitchen.

In addition to collecting plates during my travels, I’m an avid recipe collector as well. Knowing this, one of my travelers on a past Rocky Mountaineer trip, who had their Sugar Pumpkin Soup, brought back the recipe for me which I am delighted to share with you. I’ve made it several times. YUM!


Got questions? We’re here to answer them…please call me, Elaine Johnston, at 931-484-8228. I also invite you to visit us at The Glade Explorers Travel.

Thanks for your time…have a great day!

to be continued…elaine

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