Rocky Mountaineer operator creates contingency plan because of B.C. wildfires

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      Wildfires in the B.C. Interior are creating concerns for the company that owns and operates the Rocky Mountaineer train service.

      "Due to the wildfires in the Cariboo area, the roads and railway near Quesnel have been closed, which may affect upcoming train departures on the Rainforest to Gold Rush route, which travels between Vancouver and Jasper via Whistler and Quesnel," the Armstrong Group states on its website. "Should the closures continue, we will put in place contingency plans for the guests scheduled to travel on this route."

      It states that the safety of its guests is its "top priority".

      "The trains travelling on First Passage to the West (between Vancouver and Lake Louise/Banff via Kamloops) and Journey through the Clouds (between Vancouver and Jasper via Kamloops) are not affected by the wildfires," it adds. "However, we continue to work with our rail partners to monitor the situation closely."

      In other B.C. wildfire news, Global B.C. has reported that a couple from 108 Mile House, Margaret and Frank Douglas, commemorated their 50th anniversary by cutting cake in a Walmart parking lot in Williams Lake.

      They fled the wildfire in their area, packing up their three dogs in a trailer, before capping off their golden celebration with burgers and champagne.