The Rocky Mountaineer is not the cheapest nor the fastest way to get to Whistler from Vancouver, but it is certainly one of the more beautiful… and this slow moving train takes you to areas of British Columbia that you can’t get to via car. If you’re willing to take the time to meander then this is the way to go.

The first sight that you see as you leave North Vancouver is Nina. She’s a lovely little lady who lives in one of the non-descript apartment buildings that face the train tracks. Our guide tells us that Nina’s been waving at the train from her kitchen window every day for the last 10-years.

In all that time, she’s only missed one day… the day she was on the Rocky Mountaineer. Seems the staff wanted to reward her for her continued loyalty, so they bought her a ticket.

And, with Nina’s wave, we begin the great Rocky Mountain train adventure.