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Riding the rails to Winnipeg: A pleasant blast from the past on VIA Rail

Riding the train (VIA Rail) in Western Canada You took the train to Winnipeg, many ask with arched eyebrow. I can't blame them. It's a bit odd. Why would anybody from Edmonton head to Winnipeg in July for a holiday, given the Okanagan, the rest of the B.C. interior and the west coast is closer by? And why would you take the train? Because we've headed to B.C. for summer holidays dozens upon dozens of times. We have friends and relatives in Winnipeg. It's a terribly underrated city with a lovely riverfront downtown promenade, culminating in The Forks - think Granville Island in Vancouver. A town alive with culture, new sports arenas and excellent restaurants.  We had never taken taken the VIA Rail Canadian before - the train(s) that run from Toronto to Vancouver and back three times a week during the summer, with stops in Jasper, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. Taking the train was something different. It beats driving across the prairies (boring). The cost, in econo ... Read the rest of entry »