Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 66
Out & About
Best spot in the
house: Watching the
world go by from a
Roll through the
Canadian Rockies like
a pampered pioneer.
BY LISA WOGAN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KARI MEDIG
V I RT U O S O L I F E
N A WARM AUTUMN MORNING IN
the small community of Canoe in
central British Columbia, Doris
Lund stands on her porch waving.
Her yellow T-shirt and yellow house pop
against an indigo sky. As if on cue, Canada
geese cross overhead in a classic V formation. I wave back, because it's what you do on
board the Rocky Mountaineer.
It seems like everyone we pass greets the
train. These sleek blue-and-gold cars ply the
routes that unified the country 133 years ago
and are a source of national pride. But perhaps
no one is more devoted to the ritual than Doris. There was that day when she didn't appear:
Concern pulsed among the crew until she was
spotted from the last car, running out her door,
wearing only a towel and flapping both arms at
the retreating train.
After all, tradition and hospitality must be
maintained. By the second day of my three-day
journey from Vancouver to Banff and Jasper