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Aug 23rd, 2000, 07:42 AM
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The Comptons
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Two questions: Via Rail? Most scenic province?

Planning to use North America Pass on Via Rail to go across Canada from Vancouver to Gaspe for 30 days.
Question 1. How practical is this? Do trains stay on schedule? What are the best cities for stopovers? Would a car be better in the Toronto-Quebec area?

After the train trip, we're thinking about exploring one province a year (probably a couple of weeks each).
Question 2. Which province is the most scenic (other than Nova Scotia--we've just returned from there)? Which province has the most unique features? Can anyone list them in order?

Your advice will be much appreciated. Thanx.
 
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Aug 23rd, 2000, 09:22 AM
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Question 1> It'll be a long trip but it's certainly do-able. VIA rail is pretty good on the whole. A car is actually LEAST needed in the Toronto-Quebec area.

Question 2> Most Canadian provinces have a vast array of scenery; each province has plenty of gorgeous, picturesque areas. It doesn't do justice to any of them to rank them.

If you want alpine terrain, you'll need to go to BC or western Alberta. Saskatechewan and Manitoba are the Prairie Provinces; mostly flat but have a lot of lakes. Newfoundland is very rugged in terms of scenery, as is Cape Breton, NS. Quebec, Ontario are simply HUGE and so varied; you'll find urban cosmpolitan to suburban to industrial to sublime to rugged to picturesque...you get the picture. New Brunswick and Nova Scotia? Again quite a mix. PEI's small and flat, but green and picturesque. Yukon, NW territories, Nunavut? Well you can't get there by train, so that's out. A lot of ice, a lot of rugged, gorgeous terrain from what I'm told.
 
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Aug 24th, 2000, 08:00 AM
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It's all a matter of personal preference when it comes to scenery.
BC is my home province, and our license plates say "Beautiful British Columbia".

Here's some of the scenery BC has to offer:

Islands, temperate rainforest, the Pacific ocean, the Coastal/Cascade/Rocky mountains, semi-arid regions including Canada's only desert, the Okanagan Valley (the wine & fruit growing region, surrounded by lakes), etc.

The Cascades are the only volcanic mountain range in BC (and probably Canada).

The Rockies are on the BC-Alberta border, Banff and Jasper being on the Alberta side.

Remember that Alberta is home to the Badlands, which is a unique region to Canada (this is where dinosaur fossils have been discovered).

Hopefully some of this info helps!
 
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Aug 25th, 2000, 12:18 PM
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In order from the best: British Columbia, Newfoundland, Alberta, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Manitoba.

Combine New Brunswick and PEI into one trip.

Toronto-Quebec area: Rent a car in Toronto to go to Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake, and then drive to Kingston and Gananoque, and take the Thousand Islands boat tour. Drive to Ottawa, and give the car to a rental agency there. Train to Montreal and then train to Quebec City.
BAK
 
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Aug 27th, 2000, 08:32 AM
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Information on Montreal to Quebec City on VIA Rail: 3 Hour trip, beautiful train stations in both cities. The land is flat and mostly farm land - not what you would think of as scenic. VIA Rails are all non smoking I believe.
 
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