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Best train journeys in North America

By: Josh Lew on June 6, 2012, 7:08 p.m.
Rocky Mountaineer, river, mountains

Photo: Rocky Mountaineer

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Rocky Mountaineer

The Rocky Mountaineer does not match Canada's other rail routes in terms of length, but the service can challenge any route in the country in terms of scenery. The Rocky Mountaineer Company runs several routes. The Whistler Sea to Sky Climb, which runs from Vancouver to the famous ski destination of Whistler, is the most popular. However, the Mountaineer's service area stretches all the way to Calgary and Jasper, Alberta. These trains are built and operated mainly for sightseeing (though the Whistler route does have an element of practicality for tourists). Trains run only during the day (the longer routes require an overnight stop). Still, cruising from lowlands through forests, foothills and mountain peaks has an undeniable allure, especially for riders seeking postcard-like views. This spectacular image shows Kicking Horse Canyon, reached via the First Passage to the West route.