My “First Passage to the West”—Literally
Not one for early morning starts (especially after you take into account the three-hour time difference between Vancouver and Toronto), I wasn’t exactly expecting to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the 7:30AM departure for the “First Passage to the West” route from Rocky Mountaineer’s Vancouver terminal. Nevertheless, setting foot inside the station, with the sun filtering through the floor-to-ceiling windows and the air positively buzzing with laughter, was the equivalent to taking that first energizing sip of coffee. There’s a tangible atmosphere of excitement in the room, which builds to a crescendo with the initial commanding blasts from Rocky Mountaineer’s resident bagpiper. Follow that up with a walk down the red carpet to board the train, a welcome toast, and a wave goodbye from the Vancouver staff as you pull out of station, and you’ve got a send-off to remember.