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BC: The End

FC: Vancouver to Toronto by Train October 28 - November 1, 2011 | Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. CathyAllen

1: Met Mom and Dad at Pearson Airport with Paul. October 27, 2011 | Preparing for the 4 hour and 45 minute flight to Vancouver- Swiss Chalet, Gravol, and a little slukje when we get on board. Impressed with how efficient Vancouver Airport was.

2: BestWestern Hotel Downtown Vancouver Drake Street | *

3: Spent a few hours at the Pacific Centre Mall since it was raining. Took a taxi back to the hotel. | Vancouver | Occupy Vancouver

4: Waiting to get on the train was like being in an Agatha Christie novel- we were certainly going to be treated well. Watching our fellow passengers, as excited as us- but it was a long wait (2 1/2 hours).

6: All Aboard! It's 8 o'clock and the train leaves at 8:30, followed by champagne welcome.

7: The Canadian

8: This is our home for five days. Car 39, Cabins B & C.

9: We are in the last car of the train. It's called the Kokanee Park, built 55 years ago... a real VIA treasure.

10: Wilma was designated our emergency door monitor.She learned how to open the doors.

11: This is quite and adventure for us. We had to get used to doing everything, while constantly moving, including the long walk to the diningcar. It was 4 cars away. Sleeping was the hardest- bumpy, rocking, always moving. Mom liked to see the lights as we passed through the night, but Dad kept the curtains closed. Annemarie and Wilma slept on the top bunks, and even found that exciting. Communicated through text (when Annemarie would turn her phone on) The people on the train all have their own story: mom and daughter returning from a trip to New Zealand, another mom and daughter off to a hospital in Toronto, to a husband hit by a car while cycling. Also met VIA employees, making use of the good company benefits. Also, people who have battled cancer and other illnesses, doing something they always dreamed of. Another woman was finally traveling, six months after losing her husband. Quite humbling, actually, all normal looking, but with hearts and stories to share. Jeremy, our porter, was wonderful. He served us drinks, changed our sheets every morning, was always eager to share tidbits of the regions we traveled through.

12: We did spend some time in the dining car.

13: Vegetable Pasta | Pecan Crusted Halibut | Smoked Salmon Frittata | Too slow with the camera!

15: Finally we see a mountain!

16: Watch that bridge! Wilma's keeping an eye on the train.

17: Sitting on a siding, waiting for the freight train to pass. When it comes to passing, freight trains, longer, harder to stop, get the right of way. We waited lots for them to pass.

18: Saturday, Oct.29 Dark, foggy day- but we are excited to see the mountains.

19: Valemount, BC km.745 12:50pm.

20: Our eagle eyes found a bear, two moose, but nobody was quick enough to capture them on camera.

21: Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

22: Jasper

23: Wilma has made a friend | Jasper, Alberta km. 866 Saturday, Oct.29 16:00pm It was good to walk off some of the food.

24: We see some wildlife after leaving Jasper. | Postcard to Oscar and Ella

25: Not the best pictures. Oh well, at least we got them

26: Grain elevator always situated on the south side of the track- prevailing winds would protect the trains if/when fire broke out in the elevator. Station and waiting room on the north, to provide much needed sun to warm waiting passengers.

28: Melville, Saskatchewan km.2072 Sunday, Oct.30 12:30pm The prairies at their very finest!

29: Rivers, Manitoba km. 2293 @16:45pm

31: Welcome to Winnipeg. | Sunday, October 30 km. 2536 20:45pm Others went looking for pubs and shops- we walked out and back in...

32: Monday, October 31 Happy Hallowe'en Wilma brought costumes, enough to share with others- princess, pirate, witch, feather boa. | Hornepayne, Northern Ontario km. 3545

33: This is where we have been.

35: Wilma and Annemarie brought some wool along and started knitting some socks. Well, Wilma was just learning. | A bird in a tree.

36: A dreary, foggy morning as we travel through central Ontario, back to Toronto.

37: Tuesday, November 1 Wilma and Annemarie waiting at Pearson Airport for a flight back to Ottawa.

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