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Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Diary, Featured, Travel | 0 comments

Rocky Mountaineer Part 3 – Elegance on the road

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.

coach driver

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.coach1

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.

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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.

glacier

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.

lake louise

Chateau Lake Louise

three sisters

The Three Sisters

calgary skyline

One of my last photos of the trip. Iconic Calgary.