Some years back, I pitched a story idea to International Living magazine. I proposed to travel all the way across the North American continent in Canada, from Halifax on the Atlantic Ocean to Vancouver on the Pacific, a total of some 4,000 miles. Apparently what caught the attention of the magazine’s editor was that I proposed to do it all by train.
It was a wonderful assignment and I enjoyed it immensely. Of course I took a great many photographs, only a few of which appeared in the magazine. I saved most of them, but hadn’t looked at any of them for several years.
As far as this mini-project is concerned, I’m going to try taking you with me on that cross-Canada ride. I’m anticipating there will be 6 to 8 photos every couple of days with a progression that follows my actual rail experience.
There were a total of four trains involved . . . five, if you count two separate segments on VIA’s flagship Train #1, The Canadian, which I rode from Toronto to Jasper, Alberta, and again two days later from Jasper overnight into Vancouver.
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Here we go. I hope you enjoy.
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4,000 Miles Across Canada by Train.
My journey began in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I thoroughly enjoyed the few days I spent here. There is a wonderful maritime museum in the city with an entire wing devoted to the convoys that sailed from here across the North Atlantic loaded with military supplies for British and American forces in two World Wars.
That’s all for this installment, but there is still a long way to go. More photos with commentary in a few days. I must say–after seeing these photos again after several years– it was a wonderful trip and an unforgettable experience. I have thoroughly enjoyed all my trips to Canada and my travels on VIA Rail.