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

Paperback(Fifth Edition)

$22.95

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)

About 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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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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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION - PART 1: PLANNING YOUR TRIP 1.1 Routes and costs – Route options – Breaking your journey – Costs – Rail tickets, passes and fares – 1.2 When to go – 1.3 Making a booking – With a tour or on your own? – VIA Rail sales agents – 1.4 Visas and medical insurance Visas – Medical insurance 1.5 What to take Clothes – Medical supplies – Money – Background reading PART 2: CANADA 2.1Facts about the country – Geographical background (climate, transport and communications, flora and fauna) – Historical outline – The Quebec issue – Economy – The people – Government – Education and social welfare – Religion – 2.2 Practical information for the visitor – Documents – Arriving in Canada – Hotels – Local transport – Electricity – Time – Money – Post and telecommunications – Newspapers – Holidays – Festivals – Food – Drink – What to do in the evening – Shopping – Taxes – Crime PART 3: TRANS-CANADA RAILWAY 3.1 Building the first trans-Canada railway – Canada before the railway – The Pacific scandal – The railway under the Liberals – Over to the CPR – Dangers and difficulties – On the verge of bankruptcy – Completion of the railway – Early railway service – Into the 20th century: CNR and VIA Rail – Two more transcontinental lines – The CNR takes over – 3.2 The lines today – The Canadian – The Ocean – The Corridor – The Skeena – The Rocky Mountaineer – The Hudson Bay PART 4: CITY GUIDES AND PLANS 4.1 Halifax – History – Arrival – Getting around – Orientation – Services – Where to stay – Map –Where to eat – Nightlife – What to see – Moving on – 4.2 Quebec City – History – Arrival – Getting around – Orientation – Services – Where to stay – Map –Where to eat – Nightlife – What to see – Festivals – Moving on – 4.3 Montreal – History – Arrival – Getting around – Orientation – Services – Where to stay – Map –Where to eat – Nightlife – What to see – Festivals – Moving on– 4.4 Toronto – History – Arrival – Getting around – Orientation – Services – Where to stay – Map –Where to eat – Nightlife – What to see – Festivals – Moving on – 4.5 Winnipeg – History – Arrival – Getting around – Orientation – Services – Where to stay – Map –Where to eat – Nightlife – What to see – Festivals – Moving on– 4.6 Edmonton – History – Arrival – Getting around – Orientation – Services – Where to stay – Map –Where to eat – Nightlife – What to see – Festivals – Moving on – 4.7 Calgary – History – Arrival – Getting around – Orientation – Services – Where to stay – Map –Where to eat – Nightlife – What to see – Festivals – Moving on– 4.8 Vancouver – History – Arrival – Getting around – Orientation – Services – Where to stay – Map –Where to eat – Nightlife – What to see – Festivals – Moving onPART 5: ROUTE GUIDES AND MAPS 5.1 Using this guide – Railway subdivisions, mile markers, signal masts, station names, stops, time zones – 5.2 The Ocean: Halifax to Montreal – 5.3 The Corridor route: Montreal to Toronto – 5.4 The Canadian: Toronto to Vancouver – 5.5 The Skeena: Jasper to Prince Rupert – 5.6 The Rocky Mountaineer: Calgary to Vancouver – 5.7 The Hudson Bay: Winnipeg to ChurchillAPPENDICES 6.1 Timetables – 6.2 French words and phrases – 6.3 Bibliography INDEX

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This guide is all a visitor to Canada who is taking the train needs. As well as booking and background information and the detailed route guide (what to see) for use on the train journey it also includes detailed guides (hotels, sights and restaurants) to the main Canadian cities.

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