|The TV show The Bachelorette - Jillian Harris - looks for romance onboard The Rocky Mountaineer
The ABC reality television series The Bachelorette recently taped shows in British Columbia and Alberta, including onboard the luxury
tourist train The Rocky Mountaineer, which members are represented by CAW National Council 4000 and Local 4001.
This seasons’ bachelorette is 29-year old Canadian, Jillian Harris, who hails from Peace River, Alberta, which is located 486 km
northwest of Edmonton and 198 km northeast of Grande Prairie. Jillian currently resides in Vancouver and works as a restaurant
interior designer and supervises projects in both Canada and the United States.
The Bachelorette moved a part of its taping from the U.S. to Vancouver for one episode, with a second episode taped at Whistler.
Last weeks episode (June 22) was taped on board the Rocky Mountaineer as it travelled from Vancouver through the scenic Rocky
Mountains with overnight stays in Kamloops, Golden, and Lake Louise, enroute to the Town of Banff, Alberta where the show’s rose
ceremony took place at the famous Banff Springs Hotel.
"It was interesting that the producers wanted to do this trip," said Nancy Dery, who, as manager of communications for Rocky
Mountaineer Vacations and The Rocky Mountaineer, was responsible for co-ordinating the shoot in mid-April. "Logistically, they'd
never done anything like this before."
Dery said in a recent media report that owing to the production's confidentiality concerns, the only guests that were onboard the
ten-car train was the cast and crew. There were three bi-level dome cars in addition to dining and lounge cars, one reserved for
the bachelorette Jillian and one that became Bachelor Central throughout the four days of filming. The show dressed up the cars.
The cast was treated to a special menu. Catering on-board Rocky Mountaineer is handled by Rocky Mountain Catering Company
Ltd., whose cooks are also members of CAW Local 4001 and represented by Council 4000.
The timing of the shoot presented a challenge, in that the Bachelorette Express left Vancouver only a few hours after a regular
tourist run pulled out of the station, which meant that over the few days that taping was being done on-board The Bachelorette
train, both trains had to juggle schedules to avoid each other.
Dery said that the show’s publicity means international exposure, which she said Rocky Mountaineer is bracing for what it hopes will
be a huge boost in interest. "It's great for us because we're this locally based outfit," she said. "The big destinations are used to
this kind of attention, but for us it's really exciting."
The Bachelorette airs Monday nights on ABC/Citytv.