‘The Bachelorette’ Meets the Rocky Mountaineer

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  06.08.09 | 4:38 PM ET

Photo by uli harder via Flickr (Creative Commons)

British Columbia and reality TV: together at last.

For any BC-philes out there who want to catch an eyeful of Canada’s westernmost province (and don’t mind swallowing a televised dating show to do so), here’s a heads-up that “The Bachelorette” kicks off a three-episode tour tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Bachelorette Jillian will bring her remaining suitors north of the border to her hometown, Vancouver, for sea kayaking, curling and—I hope for their sake—a taste of the city’s abundant Asian food offerings. Next week brings adrenaline thrills in Whistler and, on June 22, the trip concludes with a ride on the Rocky Mountaineer—from everything I’ve heard, a trip that is jaw-hits-tray-table stunning.

If you can tolerate the cheesy storylines, suitors and roses, there is the potential for some serious travel porn here. Or, you can skip the rose ceremony and just check out this preview of the ride:

Come to think of it, the promo might be just as corny as the show. Still makes me want to pull out the credit card and book my seat, though. How about you?

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

4 Comments for ‘The Bachelorette’ Meets the Rocky Mountaineer

travel affiliate 06.08.09 | 4:58 PM ET

Hey Eva nice post and the video is amazing,from that video i feel just like i am there and enjoy the fun of that Rocky Mountain,so that I’m planning on going on the Rocky Mountaineer Tour in couple of days… Calgary, Lake Louise, Banff, Kamloops, Vancouver, Victoria.

moyski 06.09.09 | 9:10 AM ET

Been there, long to go back! Eva, turn the sound down on your tv or, better yet, dump the bachelorette and take the train. My choice would be the ride to Jasper, ending with time in Jasper National Park, one of the most spectacular parks in the world.

Canadian Tourism 06.16.09 | 2:48 PM ET

Great to see that Jillian and crew went ziptrekking.  Hope they had as much fun as this guy.

whiskier 06.17.09 | 4:07 AM ET

Rocky Mountaineer was supposed to have a station in Nita Lake Lodge, the premier property in Whistler, B.C.  Station still sits empty.  The scenery is wonderful but I have to wonder about a company that can’t even get a small station going at such a premier property like Nita Lake Lodge.  Train stations are a huge piece of the train ride experience imho.  It’s anti-climatic to arrive at a destination like Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler and get off to nothing.  1 star trip. Won’t do it again.

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