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Trans-Canada Rail Guide, 5th: includes city guides to Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Jasper, Calgary, Churchill and Vancouver
     

Trans-Canada Rail Guide, 5th: includes city guides to Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Jasper, Calgary, Churchill and Vancouver

by Melissa Graham
 

The world’s most scenic rail ride. A journey on Canada’s transcontinental railroad ranks as one of the greatest rail experiences in the world. Stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the lines span 3974 miles, taking in not only several of North America’s finest cities but also some of the most dramatic scenery on earth, including the

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The world’s most scenic rail ride. A journey on Canada’s transcontinental railroad ranks as one of the greatest rail experiences in the world. Stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the lines span 3974 miles, taking in not only several of North America’s finest cities but also some of the most dramatic scenery on earth, including the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Rail travel for all budgets – This comprehensive guidebook gives information for all budgets, from the cheapest rail tickets with shoestring accommodation in the cities along the route to the most luxurious guided tours.Fully revised 5th edition – entirely re-researched Rail travel for all budgets – where to get the best deals Mile-by-mile route guide – what to see along the route; with 25 rail route maps Railway history – the rail link that created modern Canada· City guides and maps – the best sights, recommended hotels and restaurants in 10 major stops along the lines: Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Jasper, Calgary, Churchill and Vancouver

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781905864331
Publisher:
Trailblazer Publications
Publication date:
01/11/2011
Edition description:
Fifth Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.70(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Trans-Canada Rail Guide, 5th

includes city guides to Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver
By Graham, Melissa

Trailblazer Publications

Copyright © 2010 Graham, Melissa
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ISBN: 9781905864331

Introduction

No other mode of transport conveys such an acute sense of Canada’s vastness, of its beautiful, desolate, wide-open spaces. Endless stretches of track take you through a wilderness scarcely touched by man. You can travel for hours without seeing a road or a house, or indeed any sign of habitation – it’s an incredible, almost haunting, experience.

            The railway is also the reason why this massive country exists at all. When the Dominion of Canada was created in 1867 it was no more than a set of loosely-connected colonies with no sense of unity or nationhood. It was, moreover, under a very real threat of being swallowed up by its powerful southern neighbour. The railroad was the single most important reason why this never happened: it gave the new country its life-blood and bound the provinces together into a transcontinental nation. When the last spike was driven in on 7 November 1885 it paved the way for rapid expansion, mass immigration and economic boom. Urban development ran parallel to the tracks and the stops along the line became the backbone of a new nation – which makes a rail trip today a fascinating journey into this young country’s history.

            What you’ll probably remember about the trip more than anything, though, is the dazzling scenery you travel through.

            On top of all this, a rail ride across Canada is a supremely relaxing experience, a rare joy in today’s climate of rapid communications and jet-travel. In the words of Robert Louis Stevenson, ‘the train disturbs so little the scenery through which it takes us, that our heart becomes full of the placidity and stillness of the country.’ Nowhere is this more true than in Canada.



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Meet the Author

Melissa Graham grew up only yards from a railway line, in Sunderland in the north of England. She claims to be a direct descendant of George Stephenson, the Father of Railways.

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