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What’s the most scenic train trip in Canada?

We speak from personal experience here: Take VIA Rail’s Jasper-Prince Rupert train (formerly known as the ‘Skeena’).

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The journey was among the most beautiful and memorable we ever took. From the gorgeous views all through to the comfortable seating, it was the stuff a traveller’s fondest dreams are made of.

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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.

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From the final 3000 kms 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.

It is worth booking “Touring Class” where the dome car provides a perfect perch from which you can view the breathtaking scenery. This is available June to mid September. Economy class travelers get an excellent view from their own seats, too.

The Jasper-Prince Rupert trains depart three times a week year around from Jasper. The journey time is approximate 20 hrs. The schedule allows for daylight viewing of the spectacular scenery, and a chance to view wildlife in their natural surroundings.

With inputs from http://www.buzzviarail.in

 

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Take me on a road trip through the Icefields Parkway, Canada.

Inputs from TS Intern Arushi Rajput.

An immaculate blend of blue and green, with streaks of white glaciers, lakes, waterfalls and the serene snow capped mountains – one glance at the Canadian Rockies and you’d forget to blink. Set amidst all this beauty, the Icefields Parkway is one of  the world’s most stunning roads you’ll ever come across.

Stretching all the way from Jasper to Lake Louise, the 232 km double-lane highway winds along the Continental Divide through rocky mountain peaks and vast sweeping valleys. Rated among the best in the world by both Conde Nast Traveler and National Geographic magazine, the Parkway lives up to its tagline – “The Most Spectacular Journey in the World.”

Image: www.wildnatureimages.com
Image: http://www.wildnatureimages.com

With every few miles travelled, you will be treated to some of nature’s masterpieces- the majestic waterfalls, the ancient glaciers, the liveliness of the fauna – all set within valleys of thick pine and larch forests. It’s a traveler’s dilemma when it comes to choosing where to stop and take it all in. Here’s a little help on getting the best out of your trip:

Image: www.tripadvisor.co.uk
Columbia Icefields  Image: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk

Hike

There’s no dearth of hiking trails to choose from – short walks or long excursions, you an easily get acquainted with nature on foot.

See

This is a land with a unique blend of the natural elements. You can start with the Columbia Icefields, the weeping wall in Banff, the lakes and valleys.

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Always be camera ready, you never know when you might find a mother bear and her cubs or a deer merrily grazing around (Seriously! Keep a safe distance though). But otherwise, in these parts, still-life isn’t that boring either.

Peyto Lake Image: www.boomsbeat.com
Peyto Lake Image: http://www.boomsbeat.com

Banff and Jasper National Parks

Here’s where you can admire the tumbling falls – Athabasca, Tangle and Sunwapta, and lakes like the ever-so-blue Peyto.

Lake Louise

The deep blue hues of the water is perfect to relax and refresh. However, if you don’t want to relax just yet, then there is a plenty to do here- rent a canoe, stroll along the river, go horseback riding or hike!

Can’t wait to go now? June to September is the best time to pack your bags for this road trip.

Know Before YOU Go:

This website can help you plan your trip.

More to read:

Cycling the Icefields Parkway

Roadtrippers – Driving Alberta’s Icefields Parkway

Monty’s Musings- RV trip on Icefields Parkway

A few stunning photographs by Peter Carroll

 

 

 

 

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