I am interested in taking the train from Vancouver to (Possibly) Toronto. Any comments or suggestions?
Pack a large picnic and wear comfortable loose fitting clothing.
I think you would be quite unhappy by the time you got to Toronto. We have BC with its spectacular mountains. At least you leave Vancouver in the evening so are sleeping before the big show, which is approaching the Rockies by daylight into Jasper. Then from Edmonton to Thunder Bay, you have days of flat prairie land and are looking at your watch after the novelty wears off by lunch. From Thunder Bay to Sudbury, you've got the Canadian Shield of rock upon rock (because receding glaciers clawed back all the topsoil) and endless silver birch trees ("my paddle's keen and bright, home of the beaver ....." which you would not experience in the train version. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cklPnjjiQuw&feature=related ). Checking watch again. And finally from Sudbury down to Toronto you gradually re-enter the big smoke.
I would absolutely check the fares for Van-Tor compared to flying. See Air Canada and WestJet. If you can get a discounted fare upper berth with meals it's $1000, a regular fare upper berth with meals is $1500. That's for the end of Sept. If you departed on a Tuesday evening, you would arrive in Toronto the next Saturday morning. Interestingly, the upper berths discounted fare is sold out for several days at the end of Sept so people do it.
If you wanted a taste of train travel, I would say limit it to going to Edmonton, then fly the rest of the way to Toronto. And even then half of that 24 hours will be sleeping. You might consider stopping in Jasper for a couple of days to experience the Rockies before picking up the next train to Edmonton.Edited: 9 years ago
This is extremely helpful and confirms what I was thinking.
Glad to help.
"my paddle's keen and bright, home of the beaver...."
Actually it's 'My paddle's keen and bright flashing with silver"
Yep, mixing up the songs. Such a long time ago. :-o
Dib, dib, dibEdited: 9 years ago
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