St. James

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  • Day240

    4 Days and 4 Nights on the train

    May 11, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    One day before my planned departure I got notified by Via Rail that we are delayed and gonna leave the day after around noon. On the website they already warned you not to plan any connecting transits due to possible delays. But starting with already 15,5hrs was quite a lot 😅
    I was early at the train station and checked my big backpack in. Before lining up we got a free lunch box and I was lucky that I randomly picked the one with my favorite pop inside. :) It was free seating and everyone was able to get a double seat for oneself. You could recline the seats and establish a leg extension in two different positions. I was also well prepared with my sleeping bag, inflatable pillow, earplugs and sleeping mask.
    There were just three railcars for economy seating and the rest was first class where they had beds, showers and meals included. But after the second night I had found a rather good sleeping position without changing every hour. ;) Mostly I was up early between 5 and 6 so I could enjoy the rising sun.
    The first day and night we were still crossing Ontario and it felt like we were standing most of the night cause we had to wait for oncoming freight trains.
    The next day we reached the prarie Manitoba and had the chance to go for a short walk in Winnipeg before heading towards Saskatchewan. I also saw some bisons on a ranch. The railway station of Saskatoon was smaller than the one in my hometown ^^
    We were now riding into Alberta and reached Edmonton one day later than planned. It was time to say goodbye to one of my friends (Epiphany) I was playing cards with most of the time on the train.
    From Saskatoon on they also started to give away free snacks and juice and for the passenger leaving a free meal before they got off.
    After Edmonton we gradual rode into the incredible Rocky Mountains of Jasper Nationalpark. :) Just before entering the town of Jasper we had to wait again and gained another three other delay. Many passengers got off in Jasper and at the end we were 12 in enconomy class going all the way together from Toronto to Vancouver like a big family. All different but this great journey in common. Shabir and Alvin had many interesting stories to tell and Zoe and Alex were also fun to talk to. :) Thanks guys for making this trip unforgettable!
    On the 13th of may we finally reached our destination Vancouver with a total delay of 27,5hrs. And I was lucky that I got picked up by my couchsurfer host Khaled from the train station.

    So remember never take the train #1 through the country if you are in a rush. But if you would like to enjoy an unforgettable journey then do it before the government cancel this beautiful train due to unprofitability!
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  • Day71

    Edmonton to Winnipeg

    October 5, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Traindeparture 5 hours. Used to this now. While freight trains have priority, and I do realise this is necessary, the further the passenger trains are from their starting point, the later they will be. I have never seen freight trains like these in Canada. They are looooonnnnngg!
    Today prairies as far as the eye can see. Flat, brown and interspersed with lakes Canada, the land of lakes.Read more

  • Day98


    August 14, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Wir sind am Dienstag morgen bei Sonnenaufgang von Lethbridge aus gestartet. Die erste Etappe umfasste nämlich knapp 1200 km und da es die Autobahn, wie wir sie kennen, nur in Deutschland gibt, brauchten wir auch ca. 13h bis wir Winnipeg, die Hauptstadt Manitobas, erreichten. Damit hatten wir dann aber neben der Provinz Alberta auch schon komplett Saskatchewan und mehr als halb Manitoba durchquert. Der Grund für diesen Autofahrtmarathon lag einfach darin, dass es äußerst wenig auf diesem Teil der Strecke zu sehen gab. Am Anfang ist es zwar in gewisser Weise beeindrucken diese endlose Weite zu sehen, jedoch hat man nach ein paar Stunden durch die Prärie auch genug davon. Also fuhren und fuhren und fuhren wir und erreichten gegen 8 Uhr unseren auserkorenen Walmart, um dort zu übernachten.Read more

  • Day1

    Winnipeg, Manitoba

    December 30, 2014 in Canada ⋅ 🌙 -26 °C

    This trip had been months in the making but at the last minute had to be modified because John was needed at home by his Mum. Linda offered to replace him as my driving companion. On December 30th at 8:30 am we left -20 temperatures and began our long road trip with excitement and a touch of trepidation.Read more

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