City explores attracting Rocky Mountaineer stop

Councillors on Tuesday will look at the possibility of attracting the upmarket Rocky Mountaineer train to add an overnight stop in Revelstoke.

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The Rocky Mountaineer passes near Revelstoke. Photo: Rocky Mountaineer.

At their Jan. 27 meeting, Revelstoke city councillors will discuss whether to put forward a plan to attract a luxury Rocky Mountaineer train to stop in town.
The glass-top locomotive is heavily promoted in tourism markets overseas, especially Australia and the UK, and appeals to a high-end tourist, with boarding tickets for the Vancouver to Banff route starting at about $1,200.
The train’s First Passage to the West route travels along the Canadian Pacific Railway line with stops at Kamloops and Lake Louise, but not Revelstoke.
Council’s director for community economic development Alan Mason said the council has had discussions over the years with the tourist organization and this proposal would look at building communication again.
“We would like to work with the Rocky Mountaineer to see what it would take to actually pull in, stop with their guests and overnight here,” he said.
“We understand from studies … it has a really positive impact on the local economy.”

Director for Community Economic Development Alan Mason. Photo: Contributed.
Director for Community Economic Development Alan Mason. Photo: Contributed.Mason described the extra foot traffic in town a few years ago when a problem on the train line forced the Rocky Mountaineer to bus its passengers and stop in Revelstoke

“The feedback we got was that it was really good business for the town but also the guests really enjoyed their stay,” he said.
At their Jan. 27 meeting, council will discuss the option of inviting Rocky Mountaineer CEO Randy Powell to Revelstoke to discuss the idea.