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RiponredTJ 01-08-2011 08:16 AM

Train Travel in Canada
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I've always wanted to travel cross country by train. Has anyone done it and did you enjoy it?

Any pictures or comments about the accommodations, the service, the food and the things to see along the way would be great.

ikadesh 01-08-2011 10:47 AM

I've often wanted to, but the cost was about 3-4 times what it would be to fly. Way too rich for my blood.

I have taken a lot of local train tours through different areas instead. There is a beautiful 2-car train that runs from Victoria, BC, to Campbell River, BC, on Vancouver Island. I think the whole trip one-way is $40 and about 3 hours through some of the most beautiful scenery around.

Another classic is the old Kettle Valley Railway in Summerland, BC. They run an old steam-engine (that now runs on diesel, but still looks, smokes and whistles like an old steamer) through the old KVR tracks in the Okangan. About a 2 hour ride for less than $20 in authentic old rail gear.

I doubt I'll ever take the VIA from BC to Ontario for $1500 per person.........

RiponredTJ 01-08-2011 12:43 PM

I'll have to look into some of those BC routes you posted.

I don't think 1500.00 is a lot for what you get. I know you can travel from Montreal to Vancouver for a bit over 2K, but that includes 4 nights on the train, 2 nights hotel in Vancouver, a Vancouver city tour by bus and a return flight to Montreal. Optional stopovers can be added in Jasper, Lake Louise and/or Banff.

CoryT 01-08-2011 02:51 PM

have been thinking about this for many years too, I would love to see montreal, or the east coast, and I figure the train would be a neat way to get over there. A small group of people would have a blast I think, like a road trip on rail.

Wizzard 01-22-2011 04:06 PM

I have always wanted to do that as well.

dmc_rrt 01-22-2011 08:09 PM

Everyone I've talked to that has done the Rocky Mountain Rail tours has been impressed with the service and the scenery.

lowflare 01-28-2011 10:31 AM

I have always said I will take the train just so I don't have to drive and get to see some of the countryside. Maybe someday!!

Teambrugal 01-30-2011 10:23 PM

The Polar Bear Express is worth the price to see some unspoiled wilderness.

Twodek 01-31-2011 09:16 AM

There is also a wine and ride from Edmonton to Jasper Aswell that is supposed to be a nice ride.

tysonren 02-03-2011 06:40 AM

I think there is an old steam engine train with open car north of toronto. I think I will take my family this summer.
Other than the mini antique train at the park in for me, in Canada at least. But I would love to.

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