Rocky Mountaineer Part 3 – Elegance on the road
Like every other experience with the Rocky Mountaineer, our coach trip from Jasper to Calgary was elegant and the service was impeccable. Our bus driver walked through the hotel lobby looking for us at the same time the bellman came to let us know the Brewster bus had arrived. We introduced ourselves to our congenial driver, John, got a coffee for the trip and hopped on board the Brewster Coach. The first to get on, we had front row seats.
John knew a lot about the road travelled – the Icefield Parkway – Highway 93, chosen by Time or some other equally recognizable and prestigious publication as one of the 10 most beautiful roads in the world. I believe it. Every curve reveals new vistas.
The bus was early and empty except for fellow passenger Anni, Charles and I, so John took us to see Sunwapta Falls, a short kilometre off the road. An act of sweet kindness and consideration. While driving us safely through spectacular mountain terrain, he talked to us about the geology and human history of the mountains. Full on peaks, glaciers, wildflowers were our constant companions.
We stopped at the Icefields. I was colder there than I’d been in months. Brr. And it was bustling with busloads of tourists spilling about the facility signing up for and coming and going to the Ice bus tours and to walk on the new SkyWalk.
The bus ride was about eight hours long and I began to wile away the hours by taking photos of the reflections in the coach window, several of which are on display here.
Chateau Lake Louise
The Three Sisters
One of my last photos of the trip. Iconic Calgary.