The third and last Canadian episode of ABC’s The Bachelorette, from Warner Horizon Television, airs on June 22 and finds the cast travelling between Vancouver, BC, and Banff, Alberta, onboard the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer train with stays at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ iconic properties in Banff National Park. For four days, Vancouver’s sweetheart, Jillian Harris, and her eight suitors experience a romantic rail journey of a lifetime and visit Western Canada’s most stunning destinations.
“The kind of exposure we will be receiving from The Bachelorette is a rare opportunity,” says Hubert Wat, Vice President, Marketing of Rocky Mountaineer. “We are thrilled to be able to showcase Rocky Mountaineer’s world-renowned onboard experience and the magnificence of the Canadian Rockies to millions of viewers.”
The Rocky Mountaineer train provided a unique backdrop for the prime time romance reality TV hit, as the cast embarked on the most scenic train trip in the world. The Vancouver-based company operated an exclusive train for the show, including two special lounge cars, one for the men and the other for Jillian. In the upper lounge of Rocky Mountaineer’s famous bi-level dome coach, the Bachelorette continued her search for love with a one-on-one date, dining on Nicola Valley venison and fresh halibut filet from Port Hardy while sipping award-winning wine from the Okanagan Valley. The couple stole an intimate moment on the outdoor vestibule at sunset, breathing in the fresh mountain air.
The stunning views of glacier-fed lakes, shimmering waterfalls, bountiful wildlife and majestic mountain ranges created a perfect setting for romance. Rocky Mountaineer’s Corporate Executive Chef Frédéric Couton custom-designed a special menu of sumptuous Western Canadian dishes for the cast which included albacore tuna tataki, slow roasted bison filet and cedar planked arctic char. Along the way, the train made stops in Kamloops, BC, where Jillian stayed at the charming Thompson Hotel & Conference Centre and, in Golden, BC, at the nearby Emerald Lake Lodge. During their last two days onboard, they visited the Rocky Mountain destinations of Lake Louise and Banff, Alberta
As the scene for a romantic rendezvous for two, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise set the stage for Jillian’s quest to find the perfect man. After an afternoon on the slopes of nearby Lake Louise Ski Area, Jillian and her suitor dined on the Chateau’s famous fondue experience. Complete with tantalizing flavours and an array of delectable delights as prepared under Executive Chef Felix Pfister’s watchful eye, the Chateau shone as a destination where romance takes centre stage. Viewers will have the chance to see Canada’s Castle in the Rockies – the Fairmont Banff Springs – share the screen as Jillian makes the big decision of which man to eliminate in the all-important rose ceremony held in the hotel’s majestic Cascade Ballroom.
“Our hotels in Banff National Park have a rich history and one where romance has played a leading role,” says Francisco Gomez, Regional Vice-President and General Manager of The Fairmont Banff Springs. “This opportunity marries the romance of the rails and the majesty of the Canadian Rockies. We are delighted to be able to showcase our hotels and destination to viewers throughout North America.”
In celebration of this episode that features both Rocky Mountaineer and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, guests can book the new limited time Romance of the Rails offer from June 22, 2009 until July 6, 2009. Book any Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf experience, similar to the one seen on The Bachelorette, and receive a free room for one additional night at a Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver, a round trip journey onboard the Whistler Mountaineer in the Glacier Dome Coach and a romantic Star Limousine Vancouver experience. To take advantage of this special limited time offer and book your Rocky Mountaineer vacation today, contact Rocky Mountaineer directly at 1-877-460-1700, visit www.rockymountaineer.com, or your local travel professional.
Rocky Mountaineer and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts worked closely with Tourism British Columbia, the Canadian Tourism Commission, Tourism Vancouver and Travel Alberta to create a unique setting for The Bachelorette, showcasing the natural beauty of British Columbia, Alberta and Canada.