Travel Diary: Solo Train Travel Across Canada





Faced with a flight from somewhere in the US or Vancouver to Toronto, or a leisurely 3 day train trip, I will choose the train every time.  I have never had the opportunity to do an overnight train trip in a sleeper cabin before, so when I noticed that Via Rail had last minute half price tickets from Edmonton to Toronto I knew I had to get myself over the Rockies and onto that train.

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Travel Planning: North America


Traveling solo in another country can be a bit intimidating if you don’t drive.  When I started planning my trip to North America, I knew that there were some places I really wanted to visit, but without a car I would need to navigate several different modes of public transport.

It can get complicated when you are consulting different bus company’s routes and timetables, train routes, and the offerings of local bus companies.  I found the easiest way to keep track of it all was actually pretty low tech: I photocopied a page from an atlas at my local public library and marked all the train and bus routes.  This allowed me to identify transport hubs that connected trains and buses, and also let me work out what was going to be easy versus nigh on impossible. The Canadian Rockies, New England and Colorado were three places where I knew I wanted to go to some rather obscure places, and I did have to spend some time doing a bit of due diligence to make sure I was being realistic in my plans.

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