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Ahead of the summer tourist crowds, our train stopped in Jasper National Park. Passengers disembarked long enough to wander around the small town whose backdrop is the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Some travelers got off to stay a few days before catching another train to continue their journey. Recreational vehicles ruled the area when I visited some years ago. This time as before, backpackers, bicycles, B&B rentals, and stores for provisioning or finding weird souvenirs contrasted with The Whistlers Inn, the long-standing accommodation and watering hole that awaits visitors.

Day 2

We reached the city of Edmonton during the night. Edmonton is the capital of Alberta. All I could see from my bunk were the colorful lights and signs of the gigantic West Edmonton shopping mall. They seemed to go on for miles. When day broke we were in the flat lands, where the native Plains tribes were. Farmland. Grain elevators. Horses. Cattle. Bison. Passed bobbing oil pump jacks in Wainwright. Crossed into the Central Time zone at the town of Biggar in Saskatchewan. All the land still flat.

Because a freight train was blocking the access to the track closest to the Saskatoon station, our train had to go ahead of it on the main track, then back up onto the desired track. It was entertaining to watch the maneuver from the caboose (the luxurious Laurentides Park Car) where the train engineer on the walkie-talkie presumably informed the front of the train when to stop. And I thought it would be an uneventful day!

 

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More photos to come of Day 2!

 

 


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Last night I fell asleep peering at the moon setting through the window, and then woke up later to the sky of stars. This morning, somewhere west of Kamloops, the sunrise reflected off the mountains and water. I’m on the train!

VIA Rail Canada’s The Canadian left Vancouver at 20:20 last night, a departure timed to allow passengers good views of the Canadian Rockies during daylight.

We will reach Jasper, said to be among Canada’s most photographed places, this afternoon. The train will stop there for an hour, and we may get off and explore.

I am traveling with DH (Darling Husband), going “through” all the way to Toronto where we’ll transfer to Montreal. Other passengers are riding shorter legs.

We took a night flight from Honolulu to Vancouver and spent yesterday revisiting places we’d been before and stumbling into new finds.

At Vancouver airport, we bought the all-day ticket to ride the public mass-transit trains and buses, found the Pacific Central Station, and checked our bags so we could walk till we dropped, burning calories in anticipation of putting more on on this vacation.

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Look who we saw docked at Canada Place, identified by its sail-like architecture–the Crown Princess! We cruised Alaska on her just last May for a family reunion, and we first saw the Canada Place landmark at the World Exposition a generation ago.


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Vancouver’s culture is very cosmopolitan. We enjoyed good dining, art (Hill’s Native Art), and historical landmarks. I was tickled by The Steam Clock that tooted the Westminster chimes.
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What follows are some images made en route to Jasper.

Me and Peteimage

Panorama dome carimage

Dining car pretties
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Forests, rivers, and mountains

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Alberta Glacierimage
Robson Mountain
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View from the caboose
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Au revoir for today. See you in Jasper!

I’m leaving for Canada on Thursday. Kevin March, an American Australian and who married into my mother’s side of the family, has composed a full-scale opera “Les Feluettes” (Lilies), a co-commission by Pacific Opera Victoria and L’Opéra de Montréal. He composed it after the book by Québec playwright Michel Marc Bouchard, who is also the lyricist. I thought I should attend the gala opening night of the world premiere on May 21. Especially because it is my cousin who composed the music! Wasn’t that a lovely thought?
So, DH and I are going! To get there we are traveling by train on VIA Rail from Vancouver across Canada. We’ll have about four days of a scenic train ride and about four days to explore the European-like city of Montréal before the big night at the opera house. I’m so excited! The good news is I’ll keep you posted, right here on “Popo Goes Abroad” rebekahstravels.wordpress.com ~ Rebekah

Popo — that’s me — visited Italy for the very first time in October 2012, then again in 2013. Last October I went to France, and this May I’ll be sightseeing across Canada by train!

This is my travel blog. Popo, while an Italian name, means Grandmother in Chinese, and though our granddaughters aren’t Chinese, I am. You’ll see.

“2012 – First Trip” records an uncommon trip to Italy in 24 little stories.

“2013 – Italy” is about taking my adult art students from Hawaii to a villa in Tuscany. Painting lessons, cooking lessons, and train rides into Florence comprised the first two weeks’ experience before I moved on to the Cinque Terre, Rome, and Pozzuoli.

Viking River Cruises took me to see Paris and the Heart of Normandy in 2015. Below this introduction is my 2016 adventure in Canada!

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