British Columbia is about to welcome the world to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Canada has appeared on Getaway many, many times and to show just what a diverse and beautiful country it is, over the next few weeks we are going to highlight a few of the areas we filmed.
If you arrive in Vancouver for the first time and can't wait for a hit of all that beauty you've heard about, why not book a ticket on the Whistler Mountaineer train.
A three-hour trip on the daily service between North Vancouver and Whistler (in both directions) will treat you to the contrasts of sea to sky: cities, old-growth forests, deep valleys, snow-capped peaks, seascapes and mountain views are all there to enjoy.
The train's Glacier Dome Coach is a classically styled Canadian-designed single level coach. It has huge windows running over its sides, plenty of legroom and an excellent food and beverage service.
The Mountaineer leaves North Vancouver, passes under Lions Gate Bridge and you enjoy early morning views of downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park. You pass through West Vancouver's exclusive residential area, Horseshoe Bay Tunnel and along the shores of Howe Sound, with the British Columbia Coast Mountains rising steeply on one side, and view of ocean and mountains on the other.
When you reach Squamish you will see the impressive Shannon Falls and the dome peak of Mt Garibaldi, rising 2678m. The train climbs a steep grade through the Cheakamus Canyon before crossing over the pinnacle of Brandywine Falls.
You can travel in either direction. There's a three-hour Dome Service trip or Classic Service heading northbound in the morning and southbound in the afternoon.
Whistler, around 125km from Vancouver.
Whistler Mountaineer Classic three-hour journey costs around $150. Whistler Dome service is around $255.
Prices correct at February 11, 2010.
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