The Skeena train winds its way over two days through some remarkable scenery between Prince Rupert on the west coast to Jasper in the Rocky Mountains, broken up by an overnight stop in Prince George. The section between Prince Rupert and Prince George passes along the beautiful Skeena River valley, up in to the rugged expanse of interior British Columbia. From Prince George the train makes its way in to the foothills of the Rockies, winding through the Yellowhead Pass on the border of British Columbia and Alberta, and on to Jasper. Whichever direction you choose to journey in expect diverse and beautiful landscapes studded with lakes, forest clad hills, braided river valleys and tiny settlements.
Economy class offers comfortable seating in a regular carriage with large picture windows; light meals and snacks can be purchased at the on-board café/bar. Whilst this is the ‘budget’ option it is also the class in which many locals travel so this can often be a good way to get talking to some of the people who live in these more remote parts of the province. Touring class, which is only available on certain departures in the summer months, offers seating with extra-large panoramic windows, access to the Park dome car with its glass ceiling and a complimentary selection of hot and cold meals. Combined with the Inside Passage ferry the Skeena is a brilliant way to travel around this middle section of British Columbia without having the drive the enormous distances.