Vancouver to Banff via The Rocky Mountaineer!

We are blessed with perfect , warm weather as we leave the Vancouver Fairmont early May 22 and board this gorgeous luxury train. Considered and rated as the best train experience in all North America it was all it said it would be. Gold Leaf service level gets you a dedicated comfy seat for duration of trip in the domed car and all the fun that a great group of fellow travelers bring. We met lovely couples from Scotland, Texas, Ohio, Georgia .. but none from Canada although we were told East coasters sometimes do appear. Such a shame as I very much doubt there is a more Canadian experience that riding the rails through arguably the most beautiful part of Canada.. the magnificent Rocky Mountains. 

Truly an experience not to miss. From the incredible staff , spotlessly clean train plus the gourmet meals and outdoor viewing and photography area on each car’s really  so well thought through with no detail missed.

We are now relaxing in Banff after a scotch or two . This Castle in the clouds was built in the 1880s by Cornelius Van Horne for the Canadian Pacific Railway. Now a Fairmont hotel is still boggles the mind in grandeur, history and luxury. We feel we are are on a Grand Tour of old. 

Heritage Room 479 details

Perfect Week in Vancouver and spending time with my mum.

Vancouver Canada is just beautiful. The just over two hour flight hugs the blue Pacific Coast . On one side of plane you get to see snow capped dormant Volcanos and deep azure mountain lakes of the Northwest. On the otherside of plane you see the beautiful Pacific coastline dotted with all sorts of tiny private islands. You can almost see the Orcas, Dolphins and Eagles. My mom just celebrated her 93rd birthday and we spent the week talking about her early life in Ontario. Her memory of all of that is sharp nd good…her dinner last night escapes her. I watched her carefully ¬†and realized that if lucky enough to reach an age most do not, your perspective on the world is different. You’ve lived through the things we only read about in books. You have seen the world tetter on the edge of oblivion more than once and knows how horrible humans can be to one another. She has also known great joy And prefers to talk and remember ¬†those moments in her life. Its a great lesson and its far easier to sit and feel the great loss of so many. I have such admiration for her. She adores her wee dog ( and dogs she has lost)…and told me that dealing with loss is like owning a dog. The great joy and commitment a small dog brings daily must always outshine the grief of losing it someday. You remember the good…and let the sadness of loss….go. If not, it consumes you. Great lessons…wonderful moments with mum. Always learning from her wise words.