Like a beautifully shot movie, scenes from nature’s own treasury play before you as your train winds its way through valleys, forests and mountains. From the Atlantic to the Pacific and the barren North to the bustling South – riding with VIA Rail promises beauty at every turn.
Oh yes! Team TS travelled VIA Rail Canada–the national rail passenger service from Prince Rupert Island to Jasper, and it was a terrific experience all the way through.
This train connects with the Toronto-Vancouver train (the Canadian) at Jasper. The route takes you northwestward, first across the Interior Plateau to Prince George, and then along the Skeena River to the Pacific coast and Prince Rupert. You get to see the most picturesque bits of northwestern British Columbia, with historical reminders of the lives led by ancient aboriginal people.
From the final 3000 km into Prince Rupert, the train follows the mystic Skeena River, famed for the thick mist that often shrouds it- “Skeena” means “river of mists”. The train winds its way along the forested canyons of the river, with the water below gushing over rapids before widening to a peaceful flow, mirroring the surrounding environment.
Sit back and relax as the friendly crew aboard the VIA Rail network work hard to ensure a safe, comfortable and satisfying journey.
VIA Rail operates almost 500 trains weekly across 12,500 kms, connecting 450 communities across Canada. The fleet includes 396 passenger cars and 78 active locomotives that serve 159 railway stations.
On board, there’s a variety of factors that guarantee a memorable journey. For example, sumptuous food. Relish the best of Canadian delicacies prepared by renowned chefs. Take your pick from nourishing and delectable meals. You will be served gourmet delights made with fresh ingredients and served along with Canada’s finest wines.
On the menu are hummus and crackers, fresh veggies and coriander wrap with sesame mayonnaise. Sip a glass of Diamond Estate Canadian red wine, as you enjoy the view rushing by the window.
Remember to bring along your favourite old-time games – give the smartphones a rest. The skyline cars have tables and long bench seating perfect for card and board games. Also pack some music or a book, a camera for the spectacular views, comfortable footwear and sunglasses.
VIA Rail is the best way to explore Canada’s diverse natural wonders, cultural attractions and proud history. If you are travelling with family, it couldn’t get better than this. For more about VIA Rail; check out their Evolution blog.
Hold up. If you’re tempted to head to Canada next, you CAN’T have this activity on your bucket list!