30 Rocky Mountaineer Photos + 5 Reasons You Need To Ride This Train!

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It’s hard to believe it’s almost been a year since I rode the Rocky Mountaineer train from Vancouver to Banff. I’ve been going through and organizing photos from my memory cards and online storage and came across a lot of photos that I have never shared. I wanted to share photos from my Rocky Mountaineer train journey as well as a short video, and 5 reasons you should add this train journey to your travel to-do or wishlists now!

5 Reasons To Ride The Rocky Mountaineer Train!

1. Leaving the driving to someone else is awesome

As someone who drives a lot living in Southern California, and does long road trips every year, it’s nice to leave the driving up to someone else. I loved being able to look out the window and shoot photos and video and not have to worry about the road!

2. It’s time to take a break from your electronics

I’ll admit it. I’m addicted to my smartphone. Sadly I’m always on it or it lives in my right hand. The Rocky Mountaineer doesn’t have wifi on board or plugs and that’s a good thing. Service through the Rockies was intermittent. Now even for an addict like me, it was a welcomed break. I still had service in certain parts and of course, you have service during your overnight in Kamloops and certain parts through the trip. I have to admit I packed a powerful external battery so that I could keep my laptop charged if I wanted to work. But you know what? I didn’t use my laptop because I enjoyed the delicious food and drink, interact with other riders, and looked at the stunning scenery.

3. You love epic scenery

Oh, the scenery! As I have gotten older I have learned to appreciate landscapes. Even though I grew up in Vancouver, I hadn’t travelled too much into British Columbia. I loved seeing the change in landscape as we travelled eastward through the province and on to Alberta. I loved discovering new places that I could add to my future travel plans.

4. You eat well and demand good food all the time

Riding on the Rocky Mountaineer is not a basic experience. I experienced their Goldleaf service and I have to say it was some of the best food I’ve eaten on any kind of transportation including my times in business and first-class planes. I loved their use of locally sourced food and drink like BC salmon, Alberta beef, and Okanagan wine. Did I mention the ride included as much wine and cocktails as I wanted?

5. You love top-notch customer service 

I wouldn’t call myself a train connoisseur but I have ridden trains in the USA, Canada, Spain, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Vietnam. The service on the Rocky Mountaineer was unparalleled. The staff was friendly, gracious, and hard-working. They always had smiles on their faces and stopped to answer any and all questions the passengers had.

See the Rocky Mountaineer train photos in the gallery above to get you inspired to take this journey!

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A minute long video clip from my Rocky Mountaineer train trip:

 
**Many thanks to Rocky Mountaineer for their generous hospitality. As always, opinions stated are solely my own.**
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