Rocky Mountaineer Creates Page Updating Agents On B.C. Wildfire Impact
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Rocky Mountaineer is feeling the impact of British Columbia’s current battle with hundreds of wildfires.
In an alert to travel agents, the world-renowned rail operator wrote:
“Due to the wildfires in the Cariboo area, the railway near Quesnel has been closed, which affects trains on the Rainforest to Gold Rush route that travels between Vancouver and Jasper via Quesnel and Whistler. We have put in place alternative plans for guests currently travelling on this route, and will continue to do so for upcoming departures should the railway remain closed.”
Rocky Mountaineer adds that its First Passage to the West and Journey Through the Clouds schedules are not currently affected by the wildfires.
Due to the closure near Quesnel, tomorrow’s (15JUL) eastbound departure on Rainforest to Gold Rush is affected, Rocky Mountaineer says, with alternative plans including travel by train and motor coach from Vancouver to Jasper. The 18JUL westbound departure for the same itinerary may also be affected, depending on the evolving situation.
“We are monitoring the situation closely as the safety of our guests and team is our top priority,” Rocky Mountaineer states.
Updates will be regularly posted on an alert page here. Agents are invited you to bookmark the page and check back as needed for the latest updates on the fires and RMR operations.
RMR also points out that The Canadian Red Cross has established a donations page for those interested in contributing to their work in supporting those impacted by the wildfires.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years.