Vancouver to Toronto by train

Late at night, in late October, I boarded a train. The slow, mood-lit journey took me from Vancouver to Toronto, via a hundred different emotions and some of the most amazing landscapes I think I will ever see. It’s not the fastest way to get across Canada – you travel over three days and four nights, stopping often to give way to freight trains and weather, but the views are exceptional and the experience is really special.

Highlights
– Small town stories. Although the stops are brief (30 minutes to an hour) and infrequent (one or two a day), all the towns we visited were quaint and beautiful.

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-The train itself. Offering great food and service and amazing views, this was by  far the best train journey I’ve ever been on. My room was small but comfortable and the double-decker viewing cart offered mesmerising views.

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– The absolute and incredible scale and scope of the Canadian landscape.

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There’s something about the gentle persistence of a train journey that helps you to think and process.  For me, this trip came at exactly the right time. Absolutely one of the best experiences of my life.

Details
ViaRail Canada train The Canadian departs twice weekly in each direction, find more information here.

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