From East to West – Canada By Rail

24 November, 2014

If you’ve been following us on our travels then you already know we took a train alllll the way across Canada by rail. We started in New York, went to Montreal, pit stopped in Toronto and Winnipeg, spent a week in Jasper and then ended in Vancouver. We’re currently still in Vancouver but we’re heading South soon! About time too because it’s getting a bit chilly!

This trip marked the first time I had been on a train. It was pretty exiting, especially when I saw just how much leg room you get and how much bigger the seats are in comparison to the bus.

The train takes you along a beautiful route. Think of it like this, the bus takes the express way while the train takes the scenic route.

Every time we told someone about the trip we would be taking by train they kept mentioning that we would be in for a treat as the scenery is spectacular. This got me even more excited than I already was for all of the picture opportunities that would arise. I’ll tell you what though, taking pictures on a train is a lot harder than I expected it to be!

Usually you see your shot and have plenty of time to compose, recompose, expose etc. On the train though the game changes entirely. Imagine you’re driving down the highway, you look to your left and you see a beautiful shot, and just as quickly as you saw the shot, it disappeared. The good thing about the train though is that you don’t need to pay attention to the tracks because you’re a passenger. Whenever I got the camera out it was held to my face until I either saw a nice shot, or, expected a nice shot to come up.

We saw our first snowfall in three years on the train. It went from this:

Train Ride-1

To this:

Train Ride-6

That happened overnight starting with the sunset the previous evening.

Hearing other passengers’ reactions on the train was great. Jade and I where both pretty excited to see the snow but everyone else could have done without it. Understandably, they’re in for a long and cold Winter and we’re just passing through.


Train Ride-7

Train Ride-5

Train Ride-3

Train Ride-2

Train Ride-4
Have you ever been on a train?
How was your experience?
Where did you go?


  1. Comment by Carmen Osterlund

    Carmen Osterlund Reply 25 November, 2014 at 19:49

    Yes i did Travel often by train, but only between Montreal and Windsor Ontario 11 Hours , Also in Portugal, between Lisboa and Porto.

    I Like It till today. Hope You liked It too. Th anís for sharing .

  2. Comment by Heather and Johnny

    Heather and Johnny Reply 6 December, 2014 at 05:32

    Johnny says: Yes I rode a train — same one you guys rode. I remember noticing you two in the waiting room in T., O. (That’s Canuck slang for : Toronto. Ontario) I was offering advice that you ought to go check your baggage before the line-up formed to leave because you would probably have to repack some of your very heavy bags since they probably wouldn’t let you put all that weight in the overhead. Someone else offered the opinion that no. they probably would not be such sticklers. Jade said. “oh. I like you better. You say what I want to hear.” And I thought “Well, that’s fine i don’t really want to know someone who doesn’t want to seek truth.”
    Consequently it took me a while to warm up to you.
    However .the train ride goes for several days and a lot happens, I got to see a lot of you both. And I did warm up to who I saw — a couple of young lovers on an adventure together.
    Meanwhile Heather and I began our own adventure that night in the train — the VIArail version of the mile-high club. Well, here it is six weeks later and we’re still getting along fine, Heather is sitting at my kitchen table looking over a copy of “The Tao of Loving” — She flips through the pages and here’s what she’s saying: “I think I like this position,,, No, I like this one better…Oh, my God!!”
    Anyway you get the picture.
    Heather and I are. like you two. collaborating on a creative project, Ours is a novel.. to be continued ………
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    • Comment by Jade Adele

      Jade Adele Reply 12 December, 2014 at 15:07

      BWHAHAHA, Johnny, that’s hilarious, and maybe a little too informative :P

      Turns out we didn’t have to check any baggage though, so it all worked out just fine. :)

      We love your website “Life as a Human” so keep doin’ your thing!!

      Thanks for stopping by.
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