On Top of Grouse Mountain…

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During my brief time in Vancouver, I had so many things I wanted to do all over the jewel of the Pacific Northwest.  Alas, the late train into Pacific Central dampened my schedule; this was going to take some serious …

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Fairmont Vancouver: Vancouver’s Finest Hotel

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After a long day aboard Via Rail, my mom and I were ready to explore BC’s largest city.  However, as stated in my last Via Rail article, we were super late getting into Vancouver; it was almost 11 pm and …

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All Aboard the Trans Canadian, Part VII: 12 Hours Late to Vancouver

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I woke up from a peaceful night sleep.  It was a beautiful night but a bittersweet morning as well.  It dawned on me that it was my last night on the train; I had grown to really enjoy my own …

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All Aboard the Trans Canadian, Part VI: Welcome to Alberta

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I slept so soundly throughout the night.  The movement of the train rocked me to sleep.  The Via Rail Canadian, a massive, metal bassonette provides the perfect mix of ambiance and comfort when dozing off under the stars of the …

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All Aboard the Trans-Canadian, Part V: From Manitoba to Saskatchewan

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When we last left our wandering Yanks in Canada, my mom and I had just completed a morning tour of Manitoba’s capital, Winnipeg.  Back on board our railway vessel, we waited to pull out of the station.  I was busy …

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All Aboard the Trans Canadian, Part IV: Birthday in Manitoba (continued…)

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From the hallowed halls of the Manitoba Legislative Building, our tour group headed off towards the lavish neighborhood of Wellington Crescent.  Situated a stone’s throw from downtown Winnipeg, this is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in all of Canada. …

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All Aboard the Trans Canadian, Part III: Birthday in Manitoba

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My 31st birthday arrived on a dark and frigid Thursday morning in the city of Winnipeg.  When my alarm clock went off, the sun hadn’t even risen but in lieu of sunlight, the numerous skyscrapers and their neon marquees shone …

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All Aboard the Trans Canadian, Part II: Ontario is Frozen

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Snow.  Nothing but snow.  I awoke to a strange new world blanketed by glistening powder accompanied by towering evergreens. In just a few eyewinks, I went from a rain-soaked Torono to a frozen wilderness; a world where Princess Elsa and …

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All Aboard the Trans Canadian Railway, Part I: Welcome to Toronto

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Since I was a little boy, one of my dreams has been to ride a train, cross-country.  It has been a dream since the first time I laid eyes on the rows and rows of locomotives and cars berthed at …

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