La Plume Noire Photography

The Rocky Mountaineer

Bid a fond farewell to Vancouver, as we are now off on a two-day train journey to Banff. The long-awaited National Parks and mountains beyond mountains was waiting for us on the other side. Thus, I had a two-day foretaste of what lay ahead of me – pure landscape photography beauty.

The two-day rail adventure covered 594 miles from Vancouver to Banff, stopping halfway at Kamloops. When purchasing your tickets, you are given a choice of two services: Redleaf or Goldleaf. Goldleaf is of course much more expensive, but the views you’ll get is probably worth the purchase. My family and I chose the Redleaf service, which was still very good. Each carriage has its own attendant, who will serve you with food and commentary for the entire duration. The train does slow down when it reaches a potential moment for all those budding photographers (like me). Overall, the rail ride was pleasant and comfortable.

Where do I begin? How do I describe to you all the beauty of what I had seen? If you have had the experience, then you have the memory. If not, then all I can share with you are through my eyes, my photographs. If you ever have the chance and money, then take the journey on The Rocky Mountaineer. I promise you will never forget for the rest of your life.

I shall not disturb you any longer. Grab a cup, sit down, listen to some classical and enjoy!



  1. I have made this same trip many times. Both my grandfather and my father worked for the railway. I love your photos. They have evoked some wonderful memories I have had tucked away in the corner of my heart. Thanks for sharing them.
    P.S. I’m now following you on Twitter and I tweeted this post. 🙂

  2. Excellent excellent pictures. I have no words, they are so gorgeous. I envy all those who live there. If one look can make you smile, living there must be bliss

  3. lifewith4cats

    Those lanscapes are amazing. Your making me want to visit there, with each new blog post I read.
    p.s. Is that a new watermark? Its nice.

  4. Pie

    Lovely photographs. Just looking at them makes me feel so calm. How lucky would you be to live in that area? I’ve always fancied visiting Canada. This has just strengthened my resolve.

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  7. Stunning photos! I’m about to take The Rocky Mountaineer this week. Just wondering did you use tripod or any filter ? I haven’t got any good pictures from a moving vehicle before, so like to know some tips 🙂 Thanks!

    • Thank you! No tripod and filter needed for me. You just need a fast shutter speed to capture the scenery and perhaps a continuous shooting mode, just in case you miss it. Have fun and enjoy the experience! It is beautiful out there!

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