The Canadian Rockies are spectacular - there is no doubt about that!
One question that comes up a lot is which is the best way to view them?
Train or Coach?
There is a very popular glass topped train that travels through the Rockies called the Rocky Mountaineer. It allows you to relax in the comfort of the train, gaze up through the glass top and enjoy good food and service - however it comes with quite a price tag!
We recently received the following feedback from a traveller who had been on the Rocky Mountaineer:
“Just a comment – not necessary to travel on Mountaineer! Scenery just as good on coach – which travels in much the same areas with the advantage of being able to stop at special scenic spots for photos, plus on sudden sighting of grizzlies! So save yourself very high cost of upgrading to train – although train service and food is fantastic.”
It is indeed quite an experience travelling on the train with the glass roof, but it does not add as much as you might imagine to what you see. The scenery is in the distance and not overhead. So if it is scenery you are wanting, the coach allows for it in equal if not at times better measure.
In choosing our 16 Day Alaska & Canada Dream Holiday we had to weigh up the benefits of train or coach and price. In the end, for this particular package we went with coach as it allowed us to offer a great price, views and wonderful stops along the way.
You start off in Calgary then travel to Banff, Jasper, Kamloops and Vancouver and enjoy stops including – Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Johnston Canyon and with adventures such as the Ice Explorer snow coach on the Columbia Icefield.
In this case there isn't really a right, wrong or better answer, it is simply a question of personal preferences. We are interested to hear your views on this subject (or any other), please feel free to leave your feedback.