Vancouver, Kamloops, Jasper
Leaving Vancouver for this epic journey, I think this will be a different kind of journey. A type of journey like I have never encountered. The contraption they have for me to get on this train is huge as there is no real platform at the station. It’s not like the UK, where the train tracks are below where you wait for the train. Here the tracks here are level with your feet, and this is a massive train. The floor of the door is at the same level as my wife’s head…..
I’m on and need to transfer from my wheelchair for a comfy seat in this massive carriage. I lift up and across, and my wife whips my cushion from my wheelchair and places it under my bottom – to reduce the risk of pressure sores. I’m going to be sat in the same place for quite some time. When everyone has boarded the train, both in the upstairs and downstairs quarters, we pull away. My lovely wife assures me my wheelchair is stowed safely.
And we’re off
Not long after the train started moving away from Vancouver, the voice of the chubby assistant, that made sure I was seated safely, and stowed my chair, came over the unseen speakers. He is our compare for the journey and a kind of tourist guide. He starts by giving details of the journey we are embarking on and the itinerary of the next two days. When he finishes, he starts handing out snacks and refreshments.
The trip continues for the day with a running commentary of the breathtaking scenery outside the window. We have a regular supply of food and drink hosted upon us. After about five hours, we pull into Kamloops for our overnight stay. There is a pre-arranged taxi waiting for us to take us to our hotel. This is another destination that is easy to wheel around using my skills.
The next morning
Awakening the next morning and we head to the station to continue our ride through the wondrous mountains. This final part of the journey sees us travel to Jasper. Soon after we pull away I spot a rail yard with a huge amount of cargo carriages in the sidings. I’m deep in thought as to where all the supplies must be heading?
This was a journey that I will remember for a long, long time. The running commentary from our host informed us we passed over the Continental Divide. The track took us around the edge of an inactive volcano and saw many amazing sights along the way. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
Pulling into Jasper and disembarking we see our hire car waiting for us. The next part of our newly married life starts….