Watcha Talkin Aboot Winnipeg

Trip Start Mar 19, 2012
Trip End Jul 27, 2012

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The Forks

Flag of Canada  , Manitoba,
Saturday, April 7, 2012

I had wanted to go across Canada by train to see the scenery across the provinces and travel the proper traveller way. The first really long journey was to Winnipeg; 36 hours along the provinces of Ontario and Manitoba where I got to see several large lakes (some frozen) and forests. Being in the economy section I got to see a lot of interesting people (I kept my rucksack close by). Trains got plenty of leg room rather than our cramped trains.

I spent 2 days in Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba, the first day was was more housekeeping (laundry, food shopping, skyping) and getting some sleep. Second day went with someone I met on the train to The Fork (heritage park) and walked along the river bank and crossed the river to a region called St Boniface. The person I was with taught me the history of Winnipeg and about the person who fought for native Canadians rights. He was interested in the wonderful game of cricket and told him about the delights of test cricket and one dayers. Not that rubbish 20-20. We went back to the forks, after which he went to an art museum and I found a place where you could sit in the sun and fell a sleep for a few hours. Nice. When I eventually got up I went to the main street and had a look around there. In the evening we went to a comedy event that was happening as part of the Winnipeg comedy festival. Was really funny, a lot more slicker acts compared to the ones in Toronto.

The next part of the train trip was through Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Manitoba had fields (I went to sleep), Saskatchewan was covered in snow and saw some wild buffaloes. Alberta had the rocky mountains and was the location of my next destination. We were all excited as we approached the Rockies but there was a delay at a town called Hinton just before we entered the Rockies of 12 hours, so it turned into another 36 hour journey. When we eventually got going it was dark so didn't get to see entering the mountains. C'est La Vie.
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