Ever since 1987, when I fulfilled a long-time dream of seeing Canada by rail, and spent 4 days and nights travelling from Vancouver to Toronto, I have wanted to do it again and see the rest of the country…all the way to Halifax.
In early April, when I heard that VIA Rail Canada was having a huge seat sale, I did not hesitate to carpe diem. When would there be another chance like this?
So I went on viarail.ca and booked the whole country: Vancouver to Halifax — wow! That’s about 6,000 KM or 3,740 miles [according to Mr. Google].
Am happy to report the VIA Rail Canada is alive and well. Like Universal Health Care and the CBC, VIA Rail has historically bound this vast land together, defining us as a nation…a far-flung community. Riding the rails reminds me that all that is still true, and that our federal government has shown the wisdom to preserve and strenthen these ties-that-bind.
So here are some of the highlights of my on-board experiences as well as what I’ve seen on my several stop-overs. I hope this inspires you to take your own Great Trans-Canadian Rail Adventure.
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