BRITISH BY NAME BRITISH BY NATURE!
Trip Start Oct 10, 2013
33Trip End Feb 27, 2014
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Also, before I begin, let me apologise for any spelling mistakes in my blogs. As many of you will know I'm a self-confessed spelling and grammar snob. However, I am writing some of these blogs on my iPhone, and fat thumbs and 5mm keys don't mix brilliantly. I'm also usually snatching a few precious minutes of wifi connection, before I move to my next destination, to finish writing and upload the blog entry! I usually then re-read the blog offline and think 'aaaarrrrrgggggghhhhh, that should read "big bit" not "big butt" or some other embarrassing typo
One final bit of travel in this trans-Canadian experience. The 20 hour train journey from Jasper to Vancouver. Again it was great to meet some lovely people, including Angela and Réné, a couple relocating to British Columbia (Angela's childhood & family home) from Ontario. During our conversations about food, drink, regional accents, wildlife and much more, Angela furiously wrote down notes of British things that she was keen to experience. I raised a smile to myself imagining them trying to find Somerset scrumpy cider in Kamloops and settling down to a night in front of Little Britain & YouTube videos of people with Geordie accents! I can see the look of disappointment and puzzlement on their faces!
The section of the trans-Canadian train trip from Jasper to Mount Robson is the most spectacular - with the Rocky Mountains featuring. People were going crazy taking photos, but I just sat back and reflected. These scenes are beautiful, but having had a week driving around the Rocky Mountain National Park, they were not a patch on the remote and unspoilt scenes that I had enjoyed, photographed and been mesmerised by.
Yet again on this journey there is an illustration of how backward the Canadian rail network is. One passenger was booked to get off at Chilliwack (one of those arse-end of nowhere stops where the train only stops if passengers are booked to go there or someone flags it down to get on). [Chilliwack - i love that name, although i'm told it's only funny when i say it with a British accent!] The train approached Chilliwack and a lady near me was due to get off but sailed straight through
In my blogs I've probably not sold VIA Rail to you. Despite this, I would still advocate the experience - providing you don't have somewhere to be at a specific time or a short onward connection time! It truly has been one of the most entertaining & comedic parts of my trip so far - how can a country that is so advanced & technological in so many areas be so backward in its trans-Canadian passenger rail service!?! It has also been the place where I have met the best new faces of my trip so far.
Having said that, the American couple opposite (each sat on two seats one in front of the other) did start to grate, as he gave a running commentary
Arrival into Vancouver, British Columbia. It's got British in the name - so quite apt that it's peeing down with rain and looks set to be like that most of the week!
The final part of my Canadian Adventure begins here in BC.