The Icefield Parkway trip was the base line on which I would compare with the other excursions on this 21 day combined Canadian/Alaskan Adventure.
So far we had flown out to Banff via Toronto, Calgary from Glasgow. Then the coach trip through the rockies, all in the first 4 days. Today’s adventure was Part 1 of a 2 day journey on one of the great railway trips in the world. We were travelling on the Rocky Mountaineer on the “Through the Clouds” route from Jasper to Vancouver. A two day sojourn from the Rockies to the plains all in the comfort of a domed rail coach. We had opted for the “Gold Leaf” service as opposed to the Silver Leaf service.
We arrived at (the now opened) Jasper railroad station where our two large cases were whipped away – the last we would see of them until we got to our hotel room in Kamloops. As the time approached for boarding and departure the excitement mounted in the station waiting room – Finally with the ringing of
a bell and the traditional time honoured call “ALL ABOARD” we made our way to our allocated seats in our allocated coach. Our personal coach crew of two chefs and four lovely ladies were introduced and drinks were served for the departure toast.