Take a Mother-Daughter Trip of a Lifetime
May 9, 2019
For many mothers and daughters, there comes a time later in life when revitalizing relationships becomes a distinctly anticipated pleasure. Time together becomes an occasion to be cherished, and a holiday together becomes one of the best ways to carve out quality time to reconnect and make memories by discovering new experiences.
But what kind of holiday is best for a pair who are a generation apart? One traveler may want to relax, while the other may seek adventure, so a beach holiday or busy city expedition might not be the best options. When all is said and done, there are few trips as well suited to travelers who are looking to blend comfort, luxury, and adventure than a journey to Western Canada and the Canadian Rockies by rail.
Our luxury rail tours offer a travel experience — with dozens of customizable journeys and unique routes to iconic destinations like Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise — that’s perfect for parents traveling with adult children. Between the strikingly beautiful scenery en route, the delicious gourmet meals, and the impeccable service, you’ll find that traveling Canada by rail offers the perfect way to relax, be present and enjoy the journey together.
Here are some of the reasons why our journeys are so special, based on the real-life stories of mothers and daughters who have experienced a journey with us to the Canadian Rockies.
You can share stunningly beautiful views with someone special
Witnessing the Canadian Rockies’ pristine lakes, forests, glaciers, and sweeping vistas helps inspire togetherness. “From the train, the jaw-dropping views just got better and better. It was special sharing it not only with each other but also with the other passengers,” says Carole Ashford, a resident of Sydney, Australia who made the trip overseas with her 80-year-old mother. But the warm feelings extended beyond each other, she says. “There was such a family-type bond that developed with the staff and the other passengers within the carriage [too].”
Pamela Gordon, an artist from Melbourne, Australia, traveled on Rocky Mountaineer with her 88-year-old mother, Lorraine, in April 2017, and had a similar experience. “Rocky Mountaineer gave mum and me special time together. The amazing scenery, the food, the ambiance of the carriage, and the wonderful staff who looked after us gave mum and me much to talk about,” she says.
The journey is accessible for all abilities and ages and travelers of will delight in the experience
The beauty of traveling through the Canadian Rockies by rail—aside from the obvious allure of its glacial lakes and snow-covered mountaintops—is that generations of family members can make the trip together catering to all ages and abilities. Gordon, for instance, looks for comfort when traveling with her mother. “As we are both older, we prefer the better hotels,” she says, “and to be close to the sites that you come to see.”
Meanwhile, Melbourne, Australia, native Jeanette Karpiesiuk—whose goal is to travel to six continents and 30 countries by her 30th birthday—says: “I am the kind of person who absolutely loves to be outdoors and in nature, and I felt that the Rocky Mountains would give me the chance to immerse myself in something I love so much.” Karpiesiuk took her mother to Canada for her 50th birthday, and the duo spent two days onboard our train.
With a wealth of accessible sightseeing tours , you can truly customize your experience. Go on beautiful hikes, or take a day trip around town. Take a canoe out on the turquoise Lake Louise, or go for a gentle walk along its shores. In Jasper, explore Maligne Canyon and beautiful Rockies’ lakes nearby. Rent a car or take a motorcoach tour between Jasper and Banff along the famed Icefields Parkway. Get a full view of Banff and its awe-inspiring mountain landscape by hopping on the Banff Gondola’s fully enclosed four-passenger cabins for incredible views from the top of Sulphur Mountain.
When it comes to planning an accessible holiday, there are other aspects to consider. Leanne Reitan, from Castlegar, British Columbia, went on a Rocky Mountaineer trip with her mother, Dianna, and daughters Paula and Linda. Dianna has Parkinson’s disease and had heard anecdotally that rail travel is known to temporarily improve tremors. Leanne hoped she might have a respite from her symptoms; while at the same time, they could both connect to their own shared history. “My late stepfather used to work on [rail] cars as a refrigeration mechanic,” says Reitan. “They had many happy memories of trips along the rail lines from North Vancouver, where they lived at the time. I wanted to bring some of those happy memories to my mom while introducing my daughters to rail travel.”
Reconnecting with family couldn’t be easier because no one has to drive
Whether you and your parent opt for GoldLeaf Service (with bi-level coaches, domed windows and an outdoor viewing platform) or the equally luxurious single-level SilverLeaf Service, we will be driving. Which means that you can focus on what’s really important: paying attention to each other and the scenery. “We could all face each other, which doesn’t happen on a road trip,” says Reitan. “Because of our family history with trains and rail travel, we had lots of stories to tell my daughters about past rail trips and the step-grandpa that they never really got to know.”
When you’re traveling with Mom, you want things to be easy
For most, mother-daughter vacations are rare, especially when Mom is of a distinguished age. A trip’s quality, service, and ease of booking are of paramount importance. “The online chat experience with the agent was better than I’ve experienced with any other company,” says Ashford. “That agent became my go-to person, answering all my questions—the difference between GoldLeaf and SilverLeaf Service, for example, and about the opportunity to book a car for time in Banff and then onto Calgary. She made it so easy. It was absolutely the right decision to book in the dates,” she adds.
Once aboard, Ashford felt like she was the center of attention and was blown away by the onboard Hosts’ attention to detail. “All you have to do is sit back, relax, take in the incredible sights, and share the experience with your loved ones,” she says. “There is seriously nothing else you have to think about the entire time.”
No matter your reason for taking the journey—be it a birthday present, a chance to relive the past, or simply a distraction from everyday life—a trip through Western Canada and the Canadian Rockies on Rocky Mountaineer is proof that it’s not just about the destination. “Sometimes the journey is what you savor the most,” says Reitan. “And what a great life lesson that is.”
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