British Columbia By Luxury Train

Get onboard with Rocky Mountaineer’s GoldLeaf Service

BY DON NICHOLS — Fall 2019

e reported in our last issue that Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer rail-tour company was upping its luxury game by adding four more of its GoldLeaf Service cars this year, increasing its luxury fleet to 23. Plus, another three more go into service in 2020. Wondering what makes these bilevel cars so special, we hopped aboard one on a two-day scenic tour from Vancouver to Banff. Four things you’re sure to like if you go for a ride …

1. Ubercomfortable composite leather seats that recline, have adjustable footrests, and can be heated to high, medium, or low by simply adjusting a switch on each individual armrest. Nice.

2. Oversize, glass dome windows that curve and sweep up overhead, meaning unobstructed views of the spectacular mountainous scenery along the route. A dimmable function like you find on luxury yachts and business jets decreases the intensity of incoming sunlight.

3. White-cloth dining area for breakfast and lunch with tasty offerings such as B.C. Sockeye Salmon. The cozy quarters leads to lively conversations with dining companions you may just have met — and don’t be surprised if they’re not from Canada or the U.S.

4. Friendly, attentive service throughout the day, including complimentary juices, sodas, beer, cocktails, and snacks delivered to your seat. The service creates a relaxed atmosphere that encourages camaraderie among the
72 passengers each car holds.

Details: From $1,915. 877-460-3200; rockymountaineer.com

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