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Mountain Memories: My Train Journey Through the Canadian Rockies

Reader's Digest.CA Logo By Brett Walther, readersdigest.ca of Reader's Digest.CA | Slide 1 of 8: There are certain expectations people have when you're the editor of a website renowned for its <a href='http://www.readersdigest.ca/travel/'><strong>Canadian travel content</strong></a>. Chief among those expectations is that you've travelled the Great White North from coast to coast to coast. And I have--with two exceptions, that is. Somehow in my cross-Canada meanderings, I've never made it past the Prairies; something that I've always explained away (only half-jokingly) that I love Saskatoon so much that I forget to keep heading west after I hit the Saskatchewan River. That all changed earlier this year, when I made a vow to finish my circuit of all 10 provinces in high-style: a flight to Vancouver from my home base in Toronto (strategically bypassing the distractions of Saskatoon), followed by the adventure of a lifetime: travelling in GoldLeaf Service onboard the legendary luxury train, <a href='http://www.rockymountaineer.com/'><strong>Rocky Mountaineer</strong></a>. In one fell swoop, I'd tick both British Columbia and Alberta off of my Great Canadian travel list, while being treated to some of the best service--and cuisine--this great country of ours has to offer.

Go West, Young Man!

There are certain expectations people have when you're the editor of a website renowned for its Canadian travel content. Chief among those expectations is that you've travelled the Great White North from coast to coast to coast. And I have--with two exceptions, that is. Somehow in my cross-Canada meanderings, I've never made it past the Prairies; something that I've always explained away (only half-jokingly) that I love Saskatoon so much that I forget to keep heading west after I hit the Saskatchewan River. That all changed earlier this year, when I made a vow to finish my circuit of all 10 provinces in high-style: a flight to Vancouver from my home base in Toronto (strategically bypassing the distractions of Saskatoon), followed by the adventure of a lifetime: travelling in GoldLeaf Service onboard the legendary luxury train, Rocky Mountaineer. In one fell swoop, I'd tick both British Columbia and Alberta off of my Great Canadian travel list, while being treated to some of the best service--and cuisine--this great country of ours has to offer.
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