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Travel Canada: Rocky Mountaineer Rail Journeys

Travel Canada: Rocky Mountaineer Rail Journeys

(This story was originally published in 2012 and has been updated to reflect changes in classes of service aboard the Rocky Mountaineer.)

Now that our “Travel Canada” series has completed its tour of British Columbia, it’s time to head to the Canadian Rockies and the gateway cities of Calgary and Edmonton which lie just to the east.

Rocky Mountaineer in the Canadian Rockies. Location is at Morant's Curve near Lake Louise, Alberta.While you can drive or fly from B.C. to Alberta, think about taking the 21st century version of a 19th century mode of transportation: The train.

Two rail companies can carry you east: The Rocky Mountaineer, an excursion train that runs between British Columbia and Alberta, and Via Rail Canada, which offers coast-to-coast rail service.

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Riding The Rails to Reno

Riding The Rails to Reno

In winter, you can leave the San Francisco Bay Area, cross over the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and arrive in Reno, Nevada the easy way or the hard way.

The hard way: In car, white knuckles gripping the steering wheel, for over 200 miles with heavy traffic for at least half or more of the way, possibly encountering winter driving conditions and chain controls.

The easy way: Take the train, take a nap, enjoy the scenery, have a meal, and happy sing “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” because you won’t be driving through the wet, slippery stuff.

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And there are two ways to ride the rails to Reno.

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Riding to Reno on the “Motown Snow Train”

Riding to Reno on the “Motown Snow Train”

Elvis had left the building.

Followed by Martha Reeves of “Martha and The Vandellas” of Motown music fame.

Martha Boarding Train
(Jade Chapman/Key Holidays Photo)

Then me.

Over the next seven hours we sang and danced two-hundred odd miles from Emeryville, California on eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, across California’s Central Valley, past Sacramento, over the Sierra Nevada mountains, and into Reno, Nevada, “The Biggest Little City in The World.”

Well, they did. I just went along for the ride on the “Reno Snow Train.”

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