Help me travel Canada...by sliding into these DM’s
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So it’s my first time seeing anything other than Winnipeg Manitoba and I’m doing it by myself. I have about 2 months to go wherever so i was wondering if any of you had suggestions for what to do, or advice regarding travelling on the train or on any of the major cities. Places I want to check out are: Montreal Ottawa PEI Calgary Vancouver and whatever else I may feel like along the way.
My first ride on this magnificent train, and my first exposure to western Canada, was from Winnipeg to Vancouver. As I boarded at “Winterpeg” late in the evening, the carman were knocking the ice that had accumulated underneath the steam heated train. During our stop at Portage la Prairie about 55 miles west of Winnipeg, where the train returned from CNR rails to its traditional CPR routing, I was treated to a view from my roomette bed that I will never forget. An eastbound “grain box” from the west - probably off the former CNoR line via Dauphin - curved in over the snowclad prairie that reflected an incredibly star studded indigo dome of midnight sky. The lead unit was a GP40 wide cab, with twinkling green lights to indicate that “another section follows.” Those images will always have to rely on memory as there aren’t any pictures. Breakfast came after the stop at Moose Jaw, and after that was the stop at Swift Current, Saskatchewan, where the CPR/VIA westbound #1, “The Canadian”, made another station stop and I was able to get this shot. A friend who worked for CPR in Revelstoke told me that this place was known among his fellow employees as “Speedy Creek”, but I’m sure that the creek was well frozen this morning!
Canada’s own Rick Mercer parodies the woeful state of passenger rail in this country. If only we had trains that went so fast we couldn’t even get to know the stranger next to us who has a "nasal thing"!
Here is video 1/3 for the Kingsmen! The Kingsmen are my faction
in Weekend Warrior- an experiential live action event that will be
filmed, documentary style, and challenge you in a new form of
medieval-style outdoor adventure. For more, check out our Weekend Warrior Kickstarter!
Credits: CAST: Alexandre Lemay Camil Benoit Émilie Vallée-Manseau Gabrielle ‘Biquette’ Bergeron Genovefa Clerica Jérémie Hrycak Leclaire Marc C. Peter de Bracebrigde Samantha Swords
CREW: Director of Photography/Editor: Simon Gilberg Director/Producer//Production Management: Samantha Swords Production Assistant: Ariane Lafrenière Props Department: Peter de Bracebrigde and Genovefa Clerica Featured Props: Samantha Swords Drumming: Peter de Bracebrigde
THANKS TO: Conner Morgan Ben Cummings The Forge Studios Fell&Fair L'Auberge de Dragon Rouge La Ville de Montréal Ville de Québec Hostel International Québec VIA Rail Marie Brisbois Calimacil Marie Bellerose of L'Atelier des Cache-Mis Le Dogue du Montréal La Baronnie de l'Île du Dragon Dormant Charles of Syn Studio Gaffer Tape Zoe
ADDITIONAL THANKS: Jason VandenBerghe Lisa VandenBerge Jaydee Ruiz
The VIA Rail Canadian in Banff - 1979 by Steve Brown Via Flickr: My mother and I took a vacation by train to the Canadian Rockies in 1979. We traveled on the VIA Rail “Canadian” from Toronto to Lake Louise, Alberta. Here we have just departed the Banff station stop in the heart of Banff National Park and are alongside one of several lovely lakes at the edge of town. I’ll mention that I took the photo from an open dutch door in the vestibule of our sleeping car, so this was shot in the open air rather than through a window.
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