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itsem
post Apr 2 2008, 01:44 PM
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Hey any thoughts on this..

Am flying into Ottawa mid May and intend on travelling around the main stops around there, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Niagra Falls.. We are getting the Via Rail Canrail pass and so want to utilise it as much as possible - any recommendations for stops around that way?? (on the train line of course!) - Has anyone done the trip from Toronto to Vancouver on the train? We have only twoish weeks in total to get the lot done so was thinking of travelling back over about 6 days and spending some nights on the train.. (ugh) best places to stop on the way back??

Im living in Vancouver at the moment so dont have to worry too much about this side of the country, Banff, Jasper included so am more keen on what should be checked out in the middle!

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starlagurl
post Apr 3 2008, 09:12 AM
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Ottawa! Come couchsurf at my place! PM me for all the details.

I have gone from Toronto to Vancouver PLUS more on the train and I have a love-hate relationship with VIA. I did half the trip on comfort class and the other trip on VIA1 because I went with my grandma, who couldn't handle comfort class for that long. VIA1 is WAY MORE but boy is it worth it, showers/food etc. etc. It was really awesome, but yeah, extravagant and something I don't think I would've done if my grandma wasn't there.

One thing about the train, you have to assume at least one of your trains will be late and it will screw all your plans up. The problem is, you don't know which one... this is where the love/hate relationship comes in. One of our trains abruptly lost power for about four hours and everything was all wonky after that. Another time, we were stuck in the middle of Saskatchewan for a few hours in the middle of the night, creating more wonkiness... but that's all part of the experience right.

It takes three days, if I remember correctly, just to get out there, so I dunno where you should really stop. I didn't stop in Winnipeg, but I stopped in Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, all very nice places. I think if you have already been to these places, it would be nice to stop in either Regina, Saskatoon or Edmonton. I liked Edmonton and also Regina, but I didn't go to Saskatoon...

I also went all the way to Prince Rupert and Prince George, but I wouldn't recommend this, it was very far and really boring. Also COLD!!!

I would say you should definitely go further along the rail line to the east coast! You can't miss Halifax, there's lots of history there, and the ocean is beautiful of course. Try for Peggy's cove, and visit my best friend who is in the RCMP there! Ha!

Let me know if this helps. Ask me more questions, etc. etc.

Oh and also, I'm a super expert on Niagara Falls, I lived there for the first 18 years of my life. I also know quite a bit about the Windsor-Quebec City corridor, so ask away.


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post Apr 3 2008, 10:47 AM
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Hey Starlagurl. I didn't know you had lived at Niagara. Can we attribute your balmy humour to having gone over the Falls in a barrel?


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post Apr 3 2008, 01:54 PM
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Hahaha! balmy humour! Should I take that as a compliment???

And no! Going over the falls in a barrel is illegal to even ATTEMPT and I would never do anything that would get me in trouble! angel1.gif


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