Saturday, June 28, 2014

Top 5 Train Journeys in Canada

Are you are a fan of train journeys? If yes, then you will dig these top 5 train journeys in Canada, which are home to some iconic journeys in North America and always end up featuring in the top train journey lists across the world.

The Canadian

The Canadian

This train journey allows you to get a feel of Canada’s mighty size while traveling from Toronto to Vancouver across 4,400 km and 4 days of travel. VIA Rail, Canada’s rail organization runs ‘The Canadian’ and this train journey crosses Canada’s mighty cities, pristine alpine forests, beautiful lakes, snow capped rugged mountains and expansive prairie grasslands. This top train journey crosses four time zones on its way from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast.

Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer

The Rocky Mountaineer is Canada’s flagship train journey and is one of the top highlights during the Canadian summer. There are many train journeys within the Rocky Mountaineer itself and its most popular ones are the ‘First passage of the West’ from Calgary to Vancouver and the ‘Sea to Sky Climb’ from Whistler to Vancouver in British Columbia. These train trips take you through snow capped mountains, glaciers, rivers and canyons. On these trips, you travel by day looking at scenic Canada go by and at night, you stay in a nice cozy hotel in Canada’s rugged countryside towns or at mountain resorts.

VIA Rail, Winnipeg to Manitoba

Polar Bears of Manitoba

This train journey organized by VIA rail offers you some of the best attractions of the subarctic, which include polar bears, beluga whales, the northern lights, midnight sun, beautiful northern landscape and First Nations culture. This 1,700 km train journey from Winnipeg to the subarctic region of Manitoba runs all year around, but it is the late Autumn and early Winter months of October and November when you can see the polar bears. This train journey takes two days and you can opt to break your journey.

Polar Bear Express

Polar Bear Express

This train tip in the far north is equally loved by both adults and children. This scenic summer train journey takes you 186 miles from Cochrane in Ontario to Moosonee on James Bay and connects you with the people and landscape of Northern Ontario. It offers a traditional train experience that is off the beaten path and retraces the culture of the First Nations.

VIA Rail, Montreal to Halifax

View of the Basilica at Montreal

This train journey, popularly referred to as ‘The Ocean’ joins East Canada’s Montreal and Halifax and it is a great way to sample Canada’s train experience and some gorgeous scenery in a journey that is less than 24 hours. This 1,346 kilometer train ride starts at Canada’s European culture hub of Montreal and ends at Halifax, one of Canada’s thriving port cities that is known for its maritime hospitality.
Note: All the photographs in this post have been borrowed from under the Creative Commons license and each photograph has been linked to that respective page on wikipedia.

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