<p>Turning 25 this year, the <i><a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/canada-rocky-mountaineer-train-travel/" target="_blank">Rocky Mountaineer</a></i> excursion train passes Heart Mountain and the Bow River on its route connecting <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/city-guides/seattle-washington/" target="_blank">Seattle</a> and <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/city-guides/vancouver-canada/" target="_blank">Vancouver</a> with <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/parks/banff-canada-park/" target="_blank">Banff</a>. It's the only way to access some of the Rocky Mountains' most dramatic stretches along the Canadian Pacific Railway, which was built in 1885 to unify the nation.</p> <p>By Robert Reid</p> <p><i>From the November 2015 issue of </i><a href="http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazines/l/multisubs/trav-sem2.html?source=sem_g_magazine&amp;gclid=CJ_8qeaRrsgCFY4WHwodKpACPw" target="_blank">Traveler <i>magazine</i></a></p>

Heart Mountain Passage

Turning 25 this year, the Rocky Mountaineer excursion train passes Heart Mountain and the Bow River on its route connecting Seattle and Vancouver with Banff. It's the only way to access some of the Rocky Mountains' most dramatic stretches along the Canadian Pacific Railway, which was built in 1885 to unify the nation.

By Robert Reid

From the November 2015 issue of Traveler magazine

Photograph by Susan Seubert

Pictures: Canada's Rocky Mountaineer Train

Canada's Rocky Mountaineer train cuts through the heart of the Rockies and explores how a country came to be.

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