why the rocky mountaineer should be on your bucket list

the mountains are calling and I must go

– John Muir

One of the coolest trips I ever took was in August of 2017. I went to Canada on a 9 day train trip with Mike’s family to celebrate his grandmothers birthday! We started in Calgary and ended in Vancouver. I HIGHLY recommend riding the rocky mountaineer train. If you haven’t googled Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf yet, you need to stop what you’re doing and google it.


Ok, now that you’ve seen how AMAZING the interior of the train is, i can honestly attest to the fact that the scenery and exterior view from the train was the most breathtaking experience i ever had (while sipping on some champagne of course).  But before i get into how unreal the view was, let me backtrack to questions i asked myself before riding aboard the Rocky Mountaineer.

Per usual, I had  a MILLION questions when preparing for this trip and did hours of research. Here are a few questions I asked myself before starting our adventure!

What’s the train like?

The Rocky Mountaineer is a luxury train with two classes of service, GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf. We were seated in the GoldLeaf section (that’s where you get the all window walls experience). The coolest thing about the GoldLeaf is that you are on the upper level and below you is the dinning room where you enjoy the meals on the train.. BTW, did i mention its unlimited alcohol!? Anyways.. like I mentioned earlier, we did a 9 day trip to Canada but only traveled onboard on the last 3 days of the trip from Banff to Vancouver. You can either do the train on start of your trip, or end your trip on the train.

Does the train have stops?

This train isn’t like a regular train where it stops constantly. It goes from one destination to the other and only stops at night so that the guest stay at overnight hotels. Your entire trip including accommodation, train ride, activities and meals, are all booked and organized in your package. Our package was called The First Passage to the West.

What do I wear?

So this is where I needed to do the most research because naturally you think, “oh im going to be traveling on a train all day, let me wear sweats”.. Wrong. There is a “dress code” for the train but its nothing crazy, basically you just need to look put together and also weather appropriate. We went to Canada in August and it was the PERFECT sweater weather. I included some pictures below of the trip.

What’s the food on the train like?

AMAZING. In GoldLeaf service, you are given an impressive menu with the option to choose anything for a three course meal. I ate SO much on this trip. The staff service was what made this trip so enjoyable.

What’s the agenda?

DAY 1 – Fly into Calgary. Spent the day in the city and visited the Calgary tower.

Shop my sunnies here!  – Quay Australia VIVIENNE Women’s Sunglasses Oversized Aviators Metal – BLK/Smoke

DAY 2 – Private Helicopter ride and sightseeing tour of Banff National Park

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DAY 3 – Hike and kayak at Lake Lousie


Shop my sweater below here!  – Billabong Women’s Stay Here Turtleneck

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DAY 4 –  More hikes around Banff (and some shopping)!

Shop my sunnies here!  – Quay Australia VIVIENNE Women’s Sunglasses Oversized Aviators Metal – BLK/Smoke

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DAY 5 to 7 – All aboard the train!! Banff > Kamloomps (we slept overnight here) > Vancouver


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Shop a similar style sweater here!  – Billabong Women’s Furget Me Not Sweater White Cap



DAY 8 – Vancouver!


Day 9 – Fly home 😦