Many people travel between Jasper, Alberta, and Prince George, British Columbia, in their vehicles. But there is an enjoyable alternative way to travel, and that’s by train! VIA Rail runs a train in each direction, every second day.
There is basic food service on the train (I really like that you can purchase a nice cold beer or soft drink), but I recommend purchasing lunch in Jasper before you depart. The cars are spacious and you can explore while the train is moving. In the summer there are two classes, Economy and Touring. In Touring Class, you have access to the dome car which gives you 360 degree views of the Rockies!
Soon after leaving Jasper, Alberta, the train crosses over the Continental Divide and enters British Columbia. During this segment of the trip, the views are spectacular. And as you are leaving the driving to someone else, you can really enjoy the scenery! You’ll pass many lakes, including Yellowhead, Lucerne and Moose, and the main river you see along the way is the Fraser River (which begins in the Rockies).
During the trip, the Via Rail attendants announce some of the sights as you pass them. They even slow the train down when they pass the spectacular Mount Robson, or spot wildlife like bears, deer or elk. This gives you the chance to take some awesome photos.
And then, before you know it, the train pulls into Prince George. But the memories of the scenic train trip remain! For all the train lovers out there, I really recommend continuing on the next day as the same train goes from Prince George to Prince Rupert on the coast – there are plenty more scenic views along the way to enjoy.
Touring & Sightseeing in British Columbia
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