10 Sights That Shouldn’t Be Missed with the Rocky Mountaineer
Ever wondered what you should be looking out for when you’re going for your first or subsequent Rocky Mountaineer train journey? Here are 10 must-see sights you absolutely cannot miss when going with the Rocky Mountaineer!
1. Space Needle
Built in 1962, the Space Needle has since become the symbol of Seattle, and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. At 160 meters tall, a thrilling and short elevator ride to the top offers 360 degree views of the city! If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of Mount Rainier on clear days
2. Lake Louise
Affectionately known as the ‘Jewel of the Rockies’, Lake Louise offers picturesque views so perfect and so dreamy, you might just ask to be pinched! The Victoria Glacier towers over this sparkling turquoise alpine lake, creating an epic backdrop no matter what time of the day it is. So whether you fancy a relaxing paddle or a light hike in the wilderness, Lake Louise will put a sparkle in your step. Make your trip extra special by staying overnight at the famous Fairmont Chateau, featuring luxurious rooms and a private lounge with million dollar views of the lake!
3. Castle Mountain
One of the most outstanding mountains you will come across on the train journey, Castle Mountain got its moniker from its castle-like appearance. A monster of a mountain at just over 2,700 metres, its vertical and extremely wide rock face appear much more dramatic during sunsets, sunrises or with the backdrop of a bright blue sky.
4. Chuckanut Bay
Derived from the Native American word that loosely translates to “beach on a bay with a small entrance”, Chuckanut Bay is the only spot where the Cascade range mountains meet the Pacific Ocean. When crossing a narrow causeway that bridges different parts of the bay, it may appear that the train is gliding on water as if by magic, especially when viewed from an angle.
5. Stoney Creek
Spanning 200 meters across bridging the regions of Revelstoke and Golden, at an elevation of 90 meters over a river of the same name, the Stoney Creek bridge used to be of wooden construction and was the tallest bridge of its kind during its heyday. Today, it is one of the most photographed sights in the Canadian Rockies and a must-see when onboard the Rocky Mountaineer.
6. Pyramid Falls
Feel the mist on your face and enjoy the spectacular view as you pass this spectacular waterfall that tumbles down from a glacier-fed creek above, flowing gently under the train tracks and into the Thompson River below. Dropping from 90 meters high, the fall cascades into two distinct tiers. The second and largest tier fans out in the shape of a pyramid, hence the name. Accessing the falls is very difficult as there are no access roads going there, therefore going by train is the easiest way to see it, by far. The train makes an announcement prior to approach and slows down for passengers to get a better view of the falls.
7. Wildlife Sightings
Bear! It’s a bear! Oh, it’s just a deer. They always say that the best things in life are free and there’s one fun activity you can do onboard the train that won’t cost you a pretty penny! Whip out your binoculars, ready your cameras and keep your eyes peeled as there are plenty of opportunities to spot a smorgasbord of wildlife such as bear, elk, deer, moose, bald eagles, osprey, salmon, mountain goats and bighorn sheep, all from the comforts of your train cabin.
8. Glacial Skywalk
Here’s one bird’s eye view of the Canadian Rockies you absolutely cannot miss, only for those who dare! Step out on a cliff-edge walkway where massive glaciers perch above you and the spectacular Sunwapta Valley spread out below. Featuring waterfalls, wildlife and much more along an exciting 1km long walkway, the Glacial Skywalk’s grand finale has to be its observation platform that seemingly floats over the abyss, where glass is all that separates you from a 280 meter drop!
9. Bow Lake
One of the largest lakes in Banff National Park, Bow Lake sits at an elevation of 1,920 meters above sea level. Fed by meltwater from the Wapta icefield above the Bow Glacier, the lake lies at the base of the Bow Summit. Incredibly picturesque on calm days, the summit is perfectly reflected in the lake’s aquamarine waters. Only 30 minutes drive away from Lake Louise, the lake grounds is great for a picnic or a short stroll.
10. Mount Robson
We saved the best for last. Truth be told, this is one mountain that’s hard to miss! One of the most prominent peaks in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson is also its highest peak at a staggering height of 3,954 meters! Known to mountain climbers as the Great White Fright, it’s a notoriously difficult mountain to climb, only 1 out of every 10 climbers has ever reached its summit.