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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Our Kamloops to Banff Trip Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer via Canada Rail Vacation

After a very good rest at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, we needed to get up early again for our 2nd day on the Rocky Mountaineer organized by Canada Rail Vacations.
This is the longer journey, all the way from Kamloops to Banff!
The journey FIRST PASSAGE TO THE WEST just click link to find the above screenshot at 15 seconds into video from Rocky Mountaineer.
So lets go...
Day 1 was in Vancouver, see links of previous 2 posts below this one.
At 8:40 in the morning, at Salmon Arm in British Columbia, Canada.
Rivers are huge in this Province!
Pieter's yummy breakfast at 8:55 aboard the train in the dining room.
My yummy breakfast and again a Physalis peruviana (Cape gooseberry) for garnish.
This is the HISTORIC SITE at Sushwap of the LAST SPIKE!
We passed this at 9:52
Craigellachie makes us go back to 1885 to the site of the Last Spike where Canada's East and West were united by 3,200 kilometers (1,988 miles) of railway track.
THE LAST SPIKE IS DRIVEN INTO THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY... On November 7, 1885, completing Canadian Pacific Railway from ocean to ocean!
At 10:24 we passed Three Valley Gap Resort, a 200 room hotel resort (see info above this photo).
This is adjacent to Three Valley Lake and west of the summit of Eagle Pass.
It is an incorporated settlement on the Trans-Canada Highway and is 27 km southwest of Revelstoke.
At 10:48 we are near Revelstoke
Same mountain peak with snow and Revelstoke on the banks of the Columbia River and a bridge.
The Rocky Mountaineer is on the middle bridge!
Almost crossed the Columbia River at 10:49
This is at 12:30 when we are entering Glacier National Park
What a sight!
This photo is taken from the back window in the GoldLeaf car, since there were a lot less cars, we had free view!
At Kamloops the biggest part of our LONG train got hooked off for their ongoing journey to Jasper.
Glacier National Park at 12:39
Different angle at Glacier National Park, also at 12:39
This is where we are at Glacier National Park in the above photos.
At Glacier National Park, still around 12:39 as we pass the tall Stoney Creek Bridge of 90 m or 295 ft height. Click link for view of bridge.
STONEY CREEK BRIDGE
The original wooden structure got replaced by 1893. By 1929, the weight of the locomotives had almost doubled and Canadian Pacific Rail was forced to replace this structure.
Glacier National Park at 12:50 and you can see the bare spots where the frozen ice took rocks and all down!
At 14:09 a freight train on the NR (National Railroad) is passing us along the river.
At 14:58 along the river
Exact spot along the Columbia River where the previous photo got taken
COLUMBIA RIVER
The Columbia River flows 1,250 miles from the Rocky Mountain Trench to the Pacific Ocean near Astoria, Oregon.
KICKING HORSE RIVER
For the next 48 km/30 miles, we travel through the Kicking Horse Canyon, crossing the river seven times.
Also taken at 14:58 from the dining room, which is below... We were the 2nd shift from our car to go down for lunch.
The reflection of the lights is visible in the window.
At 15:16 near Kicking Horse River as we travel through Kicking Horse Canyon where British Columbia's dramatic Canadian Rocky Mountains are on full display.
Kicking Horse River where previous photo got taken and we did cross this river seven times!
At 15:28 my special risotto got served...
Pieter's delicious pork tenderloin. It all got very artful garnished and presented.
This is at 15:30 along the Kicking Horse River, where Pieter's pork tenderloin got served.
At 16:04 time for a mousse with lovely garnish. Again my favorite Physalis peruviana (Cape gooseberry).
Passing through THE SPIRAL TUNNELS was quite something!
Because it was a very dangerous 4.5 persent grade in 1907, construction began on the unique Spiral Tunnels. Modeled after a tunnel system in Switzerland, it took 1,000 men 20 months to complete. It involved the excavation of 557,500 m3 / 750,000 cubic yards of rock and cost over $ 1 million to build. However, it allowed the grade to be reduced to a more manageable 2.2 percent. 
The Upper Spiral travels through Castle Mountain and is 993 m / 3.255 feet long and turns approx. 290 degrees, emerging 15.25 m / 50 feet higher than its entrance.
The Lower Spiral is tunneled through Mount Ogden and is 891 m / 2,923 feet long and turns approx. 230 degrees, emerging 17.1 m / 56 feet higher than its entrance.
WHITE DOTTET LINES in this picture at the top REPRESENT THE ROUTE TAKEN BY TRAIN THROUGH SPIRAL TUNNELS
In the Rocky Mountaineer paper that we received on board, they printed Cathedral Mountain... should read Castle Mountain instead! 
CONTINENTAL DIVIDE
We crossed this Continental Divide and the boundary between Banff National Park in Alberta and Yoho National Park in British Columbia. It is the highest point on our journey, at 1,626 m / 5,332 feet above sea level, and separates the Pacific and Atlantic watersheds. 
On one side the water flows towards the Pacific Ocean and the other side all the water flows towards the Atlantic Ocean...
At 16:17 we are at Yoho National Park...
LOOK at those snow-capped mountains!
Right here is Yoho National Park where I took the previous photo.
At 16:22 Yoho National Park
At 18:15 still in the vast Yoho National Park
Such an awesome sight through the glass dome!
Today we did section 5, 6 and 7 in the above chart.
SUSHWAP SUBDIVISION from KAMLOOPS → REVELSTOKE
Next we traveled through the MOUNTAIN SUBDIVISION from REVELSTOKE → FIELD
Finally traveling the LAGGAN SUBDIVISION from FIELD  → LAKE LOUISE/BANFF
It was too dark for taking any photos of the final stretch... Just watch the video below blog post.
Enjoy my 2 min. 3 sec. Relive video below, the total Rocky Mountaineer trip, including the very short trip by coach to our Fairmont Banff Springs hotel:
Again, sometimes the dots got connected in a straight line, where I had no signal at all.
But the sight from above is what counts, for getting a better impression of this day's journey.
According to the information from the Rocky Mountaineer the total trip is 497 KM/309 MILES for the stretch KAMLOOPS & BANFF
As a courtesy, our luggage got sent separately by truck, straight to our Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Which proved to be the very best during this trip!

Thanks for traveling along and see you back when we take you by coach around Banff...


Related links:
Rocky Mountaineer - Best Vacations.mov - GREAT video about our 2-day trip
Our Canada Rail Vacation Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Vancouver to Kamloops | previous post
Vancouver British Columbia, Canada in 1996 and back again in 2018 | previous post by me


28 comments:

  1. Liebe Mariette,

    ausdrucksvoll und eindrucksvoll.

    Alles Liebe
    Elisabeth

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  2. It must be great fun to have fantastic sweets in the train running through the amazing landscapes.

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    1. Dearest RTC.,
      The surroundings were the highlights for both of us and the world class food and snacks served were an added bonus and we felt totally pampered.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Dearest Mriette,
    what a wonderful trip this was! Thank you for fantastic pictures! Lovely food, wonderful landscapes and a great time! Thank you for taking us with yuou!
    Wishing you and Pieter a wonderful weekend!
    Love and hugs, Claudia xo

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      The landscapes we have seen in those two days were incredible and have been the best trip we've ever made.
      The food service was the highest level!
      Hugs and happy weekend to you both,
      Mariette

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  4. Hello Mariette, Fruits of Physalis are often called ground-cherries, and grow wild almost everywhere. Careful identification is needed (in the wild) because these are members of the nightshade family--but so are tomatoes, peppers and potatoes. (Ground-cherries also need to be ripe before eating.)
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Yes, both of us know very well the members of the nightshade family. The ones that we grew were from seeds and we had nothing to worry about. They just make a lovely garnish and presentation, I used them also on a dark chocolate tart.
      For us the Physalis were just a welcome surprise on this incredible two-day journey on the Rocky Mountaineer!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Dear Mariette
    I love your pictures and these meals look very good.
    Have a good week-end to you two

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    1. Dearest Nathalie,
      Thank you and we did not have the equipment for catching any of the Bald Eagles, Ospreys or Mountain Goats... You and Jean Claude would have done far better! But just being there in such incredible nature was fine.
      Hugs and happy weekend.
      Mariette

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  6. How awesome landscapes! Have a nice weekend Mariette;-)

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Yes, incredible landscapes from rain forest, through desert into the Rocky Mountains.
      Happy weekend to you!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. I am in awe of the thought and incredible effort you put forth when sharing these amazing travel adventures!! Thank you sweet Mariette.

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    1. Dearest Helen,
      Thank you dear friend and this is also for both of us a great way of chronicling our so far greatest vacation together. Pieter just read it and enjoyed so much the video of the entire trip from Best Vacations, that is below my post. I'm also very pleased with my Relive capture, regardless being at times without any signal! The train did not have WiFi for the same reason of not having any signal in remote areas. But I got it, even if the lines are not always accurate. The total view from above remains the very same.
      This is a wonderful way for preserving fond memories in the best possible manner...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. Such beautiful countryside to travel by train with some pretty fancy food served throughout. We've never explored Canada; though my husband has family there, our trips are usually pretty quick with no time to do much.

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    1. Dearest Tammy,
      It is the most beautiful countryside indeed. For a short trip, this 2-day Rocky Mountaineer journey would fit in perfectly! But anywhere family is living, we ought to focus on them first...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Hello dear Mariette!
    What a lovely and fascinating trip you had visiting Canada!
    Wonderful pictures and very beautiful landscapes!
    You had luxurious meals and desserts!
    Thank you for taking us with you on this trip!
    Wishing you a lovely day and a happy weekend! Hugs!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Yes, you name it correctly here. Canada is beyond imagination, so much to see and to admire.
      Happy weekend to you and sending you hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Uma bela e espectacular viagem de comboio e a comida tem um aspecto delicioso.
    Um abraço e bom Domingo.

    Andarilhar
    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    Livros-Autografados

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    1. Querido Francisco Manuel,
      Sim, foi o passeio de trem mais espetacular de sempre neste Rocky Mountaineer! Sentindo-se tão grato e muita comida, preparada por chefs fabulosos.
      Abraços,
      Mariette

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  11. Such a great trip! The sceneries are incredible. I’m amazed by the color of the river. What a beautiful emerald river! And all the dishes look so pretty and yummy :-)
    Thank you for sharing your trip, Mariette!

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      This was almost overdrive for our retinas; so much ongoing beauty to absorb and than in the dining room such a feast for the eye as well and excellent high quality food!
      We both feel so fortunate for having lived this together; grand memories...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. Dearest Mariette!
    I was wrong way of Back again? I never had thervins days all of my friends more in here is happy's times, I'm always thinking with of yours both of happy times!
    best good memories always stay with you!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      All of us once need to continue life with ONLY fond memories... that will carry us through!
      Sending you warm hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. Hola Mariette querida! un placer dar estos recorridos virtuales ' atravez de tus innumerables viajes , es vivir! Un abrazo! Rose M .

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    1. Dearest Rose M.,
      So glad you enjoyed to virtually travel with me!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  14. Hello Mariette
    It has been so long since I visited the last.
    I go through your posts and now I am here. I enjoy your trip with so many beautiful photos!!Such a great trip.
    Your breakfast is pretty and looks delicious. I like the photo of the historic site at Sushwap of the last spike. I hope you have a good day.

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    1. Dearest Tomoko,
      So glad that you are getting back to normal life. It takes quite a while for grieving about our dear Moms...
      Glad you are able to travel along these magical places. A beautiful National Park being made accessible now by train. We had the trip of our lifetime!
      The food was really the highest class, we felt so pampered and got so full.
      Sending you big hugs,
      Mariette

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