We set the alarm for 5.45am and joined the grey brigade down at Rocky Moutaineer Central for the 7.30am ” All Aboard ” call. The masses of carriages then headed off 30mins later for a 9 hr journey up the rivers to Kamloops. The sights started to get interesting after about 2 hrs and the changing scenery was constantly awe inspiring.
The train was very well fitted out and comfortable with each car having it’s designated seating area upstairs and dining car downstairs. The food has been of a very high standard but we are not doing anything sitting down all day, so we need to be careful of our consumption.
With 480km of the 2 day 1,000 km journey completed we arrived in Kamloops and suffered from the symptoms of train legs but it feels like we have been on a boat so very woozy as we write this.
Tomorrow we climb further into the Rockies and some more amazing scenery, we even spotted our sister train heading in the opposite direction across the river today and should see the same tomorrow. Some of the freight trains we saw today went for few kilometers, unlike anything we have ever seen.
The next morning we were off early and it did not take long for the scenery to change again. We were now in the lakes country and the mirror surfaces were reflecting the mountains beautifully at every turn
The shores were lined in many places with fishing huts as this is a very popular holiday destination and surprisingly many of the lakes are warm water 23deg for 9 months of the year, it must be thermal. It is the houseboat capital of Canada with one lake housing over 300 boats.
Past the main lakes wecame across our first serious snow topped mountain and then followed another river which was vivid blue and then onto another such lake before then following a white colored river to the next changing scenery. The water is coloured by the minerals that are washed down the river from their source and the light reflects of this in the water.