Climbing High

Jaclyn Jermyn | September 24, 2018 | Feature Features

A journey by rail with Rocky Mountaineer provides a digital detox and stunning mountain views.
The train as it climbs through the Rocky Mountains

In an age of constant connectivity, sometimes being forced to pocket our phones and close our laptops is the push we need to embrace the simple pleasure of gazing out the window. It helps when the scenery is the towering, snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Rocky Mountaineer, a 28-year-old rail-tour company based in Vancouver, British Columbia, offers a chance to disconnect and enjoy the splendor in the form of a trip it calls the First Passage to the West. It’s two days of luxurious train travel, 595 miles total, from Vancouver to Banff, Alberta, with an overnight stop in Kamloops, BC (there are no sleeper cars; each night is spent in a fine hotel). There’s no Wi-Fi onboard—with no plans to add it—and once out of range of bigger towns, cellphone service is quickly lost. There is, however, plenty to see.


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