rocky mountaineer

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Yes, the lakes may still be ice-covered, and shrinking snowbanks might yet line the roads, but the spring season in Canada’s western mountains may be the optimal time to board one of the spectacular train excursions to explore the canyons and peaks of Canada’s finest scenery.

After all, it is the time of year when daylight extends well into the evening and busloads of tour groups have yet to clog the attractions.

In 1988 VIA Rail launched an all-daylight tour train known as the Rocky Mountaineer between Jasper and Vancouver, giving riders unequalled views of Canada’s most stunning mountain scenery.

But in 1990, when Brian Mulroney’s Conservative government slashed VIA’s routes by half, the Mountaineer was sold to the Great Canadian Rail Tour Company. Today the railway offers four scenic all-daylight routes through mountain passes and along the steep canyon walls of Canada’s western mountain ranges.