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Map of our train trip all except the red route.

Rocky Mountaineer Engines


Fraser Canyon

Fraser Canyon

Bridge over Eddy Creek


Our Hotel in Jasper

Patricia Lake above town of Jasper

Patricia Lake

Shops of Jasper

Jasper Train Depot

View from window of our Hotel

Part 2

In the photos I have included a picture of the route map. The tour package that Carol and I chose had us travel on everything except the red colored route. Lucky for us since the red colored route was affected by the Canadian Pacific railroad strike. All of the passengers on the red colored route arrived by bus when we met the red colored route in Kamloops.

Let me digress a moment to mention our Hotel in Whistler. The room Carol and I had was a suite with a full kitchen, a separate bedroom (King Size Bed) and the bathroom that was divided into two rooms, one room for the tub/shower and the other room for the commode and sink. The suite also had a gas log fireplace that Carol discovered by accident. She was going to take a nap while I took the gondola trip up the Ski Mountains. Carol thought she was turning off some light switches and did not realize she had turned on the fireplace. When I returned from the gondola ride the room was very hot with the fireplace turned on.

Back to the train trip. The trip today (Monday, May 28) leaves the mountains in the Whistler area to the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon and over the ranchlands of the Cariboo Gold Rush region. One section had the longest 2.2 % rail climb in North America and also a trip over the Deep Creek Bridge, among the highest railway bridges in North America. This area was very stark compared to the previous areas but the scenery was very interesting. The trip through the Fraser Canyon the rail track was up high along the canyon and you could see forever. It had been nice weather all day until the train pulled into Quesnel for our overnight stay. It started to rain but the Lions Club of Quesnel was there to greet us with umbrellas. They held an umbrella over each person for our short walk from train to the waiting bus. Then the bus driver had to give us the 10-cent tour of the little town of Quesnel before he dropped us at our Motel. It was kind of funny but nice. The Motel was equivalent to something like a Best Western, not as nice as the one in Whistler but still nice.

Tuesday, May 29, we travel on the same train, in the same rail car, same seats, with the same people, and same hostess as the previous day. There was more casual conversation since we had seen these people before and the hostess remembers our drink choices. The trip today again follows the Fraser River to the headwaters at Yellowhead Lake and over the Eddy Creek Bridge, which curves and offers a chance to take a photo as the train passes over the bridge. We travel through Prince George, BC but do not stop, we merely slow down as we travel through the large train yard. We start getting back into the mountains and pass Mount Robson the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. We then cross Yellowhead Pass and into Jasper National Park and on into the town of Jasper. Jasper is our overnighter location and it turns out our hotel, Whistler Inn, is across the street from the train depot. We stay here for two nights with a bus tour on Wednesday.

Wednesday morning a tour bus picked us up at the hotel and took us to Pyramid Lake and Patricia Lake in the mountains above Jasper. Very pretty lakes with the backdrop of beautiful mountains. We then went to Maligne Canyon to see the rush of water through the narrow canyon. The bus took us back to the hotel where Carol and I walked down the neighboring streets to visit the shops and a restaurant for lunch. Thursday we will be back on the train. Part 3 will cover that portion of the trip.

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