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Vancouver to Calgary

Rocky Mountaineer

sunny 66 °F

Can you believe it? After 18 months (March 4, 2020) I am fully vaccinated awaiting the booster and am traveling again!

This trip has been on my bucket list for a long time - the Gold Leaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer train tour from Vancouver to Calgary. This trip is rated one of the top 10 train trips in the world, and by some raters, the number 1.

The entry in to Canada was cumbersome but smooth. A PCR covid test within 72 hours of entering, downloading and filling out the ArriveCan travel app, which contains numerous questions, and then showing everything to the boarding agent prior to boarding the last flight connection to Canada, and then again to the customs agent in Vancouver.

Once through, our limo driver (part of the tour) was waiting for us and we spent the night at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, across the street from Canada Place Cruise Terminal.

Because of the very strict COVID policies in Canada, no cruise ships will have departed Canada Place in 2 years. This has been a killer for the businesses around the waterfront. In fact, the Waterfront Hotel closed for 5 months at the start of the pandemic. The Canadian Government says that large cruise ships can start visiting again in November, meaning the 2022 cruise season.

The Alaska congressional delegation got a reprieve from the Jones Act for this year, so that cruises could sail round trip from Seattle to Alaska without stopping in Canada. There is a current proposal by the Alaska Delegation to make this a permanent exception, so that the businesses in Southeast Alaska will not be dependent on the Canadian Government. I have to say, it's strange not seeing cruise ships at Canada Place, having sailed out of here at least 4 times


Posted by rpickett 00:04 Archived in Canada Tagged vancouver

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Rusty, that is a trip that I have been looking at for our future travels. Waiting to hear more.

by Thomas Moore

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