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WILDLIFE SPOTTING IN THE ROCKIES ONBOARD ROCKY MOUNTAINEER

London, August 2018 – The Rockies, in western Canada, is home to some of Canada’s most famous animals from the bears to bighorn sheep, eagles, moose and much more. Rocky Mountaineer, the world’s largest privately-owned luxury tourist train, weaves through the Rockies past rivers and mountains all while guests keep their eyes peeled in hopes for a glimpse of these majestic animals.

Bighorn Sheep

One of the most commonly spotted animals by guests, Bighorn Sheep are mostly seen perched on the mountain side as Rocky Mountaineer enters the Canadian Rockies. With their horns weighing up to 10 per cent of their body weight, the males are most recognisable by their large, curled horns.

Elk Rutting Season

As the seasons start to change with a touch of winter in the air, from mid-September to mid-October, Elks can be seen across the Rockies proving their prowess to the females’ in the group. A sight to behold, Elks will show off their antlers, necks and bodies in their version of a body-building contest, with locking of antlers a rare sight. Elk are commonly seen milling around the waters which are visible from the Journey Through the Clouds and Rain Forest to Gold Rush routes as guests approach Jasper National Park.

Grizzly Bears before Hibernation

October is known as the ‘great last fall feast’ for grizzly bears. With spawned-out salmon pushed down to the river mouth, grizzly bears are lured out by easier fishing. With expansive viewing of the great outdoors, from the warmth and comfort of Rocky Mountaineer, those who travel to the Canadian Rockies in October may be able to see a grizzly bear before they go down for their winter sleep.

Travelling by daylight, the train’s all dome design gives guests unparalleled views of vast and untouched landscapes. Onboard hosts provide engaging storytelling, highlighting glacier-capped mountains, waterfalls and wildlife.

About Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer is the world’s largest privately owned luxury tourist train and, since 1990, has welcomed more than two million guests to inhale the mountain air and let nature take their breath away. Guests can choose from over 65 vacation packages and four unique rail routes, which travel through iconic destinations such as Seattle, WA, Vancouver, B.C., and the majestic Canadian Rockies in Alberta. The unparalleled experience onboard the all domed fleet offers rich, historic storytelling, world class cuisine, and a first-hand look at the vast and untouched wild beauty of Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

Rocky Mountaineer is considered one of the best ways to see the Canadian Rockies, having received numerous international awards and accolades for service excellence. These honours include eight World Travel Awards for “World’s Leading Travel Experience By Train” and “World’s Leading Luxury Train,” and being listed as one of the world’s “Dream Trips” by Travel + Leisure magazine.

*Access to Rocky Mountaineer’s new photo library is available upon request.

For further media information please contact Lauren Williams, Olivia Lewis or April Cernuschi on rockymountaineer@finnpartners.com / +44 (0) 207 326 9880

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