Canada Kicks Ass
My Cross Canada trip


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Rosco @ Tue Dec 16, 2003 5:01 pm

Next month I'm probably going to flash my trusty VIA Rail pass, jump on a westbound train {where hopefully I won't have to travel coach} from Vancouver and see as much of the country as I can in the two months or so I'll have.

Does anyone here have any suggestions on places to go or see?


Madman @ Tue Dec 16, 2003 5:58 pm

a westbound train from vancouver? wont that encounter water pretty fast, and train dont float well, bring a life jacket and an inflateable boat, lol

I am confused wich way from where


Rev_Blair @ Tue Dec 16, 2003 6:03 pm

Taking a westbound train from Vancouver might make for a pretty short trip. :wink:

If you like like old buildings, check out Winnipeg's Exchange District while you're here (dress warm). There's also the Winnipeg Art Gallery and The Museum of Man and Nature. A lot of people like The Forks too, although I have no idea why...there is a decent pub in the Johnston Terminal though, Smithwick's on tap and straight pool tables. The railway station actually has a pretty cool, if small, Railroad Museum in it, too.

If you are in Saskatoon you should check out the Western Development Museum there.

What else? I've heard that Science North in North Bay (?) is really cool.

It's too bad you're travelling in the winter, I can think of a lot of places that are decent in the summer, but really suck in the winter.


Rosco @ Tue Dec 16, 2003 6:21 pm

Alright you jokers, you know what I meant! :P

Yeah the timing sucks but I'd never be able to make this trip in the summer, I'm more for the indoors life anyhow.


nonrev @ Tue Dec 16, 2003 9:33 pm

Rev_Blair Rev_Blair:
I can think of a lot of places that are decent in the summer, but really suck in the winter.

I'll bet you can, Rev - I'll bet you can..... :wink: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


Rev_Blair @ Wed Dec 17, 2003 5:45 am

I can also think of some places where the weather is so dull that people are dying of boredom, nonrev.


Laconfir @ Wed Dec 17, 2003 1:06 pm

Well, if it was the summer, I'd say check out any part of the Rideau Canal, its historical ;)


Rev_Blair @ Wed Dec 17, 2003 4:55 pm

They skate on that in the winter too, don't they Laconfir? I know they used to when I was a kid, anyway.


Laconfir @ Wed Dec 17, 2003 6:12 pm

....they allow people to go onto the lake in the winter for skating. My mother works for the Rideau Canal offices, so i know quite abit about it. It is for sure one place with a hell of a lot of historical sights to visit. One of the best places to visit is Kingston's Old Fort Henry. Great place especially if your bringing family.


Rev_Blair @ Wed Dec 17, 2003 7:18 pm

The Fort in Kingston is pretty cool....we've got one here too, Upper Fort Garry, although it's a lot smaller.

There used to be a place somewhere in Ontario called Upper Canada Village that operated like a village would have in the 18th/19th century. I can't remember exactly where it was, but it was cool too. Is that still there?

What I remember most about Smith's Falls is fishing off the dock. I thought there was an historic mill there though.


Laconfir @ Wed Dec 17, 2003 7:23 pm still here, I just forget where :) Smith's Falls still has the mill. When did you visit? Some things may have changed since you were last here. You may have heard about our battles with the Education Board. We've been trying to get a new High School for a couple years now. Too many falling objects...


Goaler27 @ Wed Dec 17, 2003 8:05 pm

I loved traveling this great country..... I did it in a car and a tent ... and with a kid....( are we there yet, I have to Pee <AGAIN AHHHHH>) but one of my best trips I ever did. Quebec City was wild, seeing all the old city reminded me of Europe. Halafax, touring the ship museum, has some really cool info on the Titanic and the Halifax disaster. Hull has a MASSIVE Museum too, I spent hours and hours there until the kid couldn't take walking anymore. Canada is huge the list could go on and on...

I went on the Train to Regina alot as a Kid, but I always wanted to do it again as an adult because some of the tunnels that sucker has to do around rodgers pass and Feild are unreal, and I dont remember them. The Spiral tunnel you can see from the Highway looks so cool, it goes around inside a mountain, i think three times before it comes out.

Buy a book, so you know the history of what your ridding on, there must be something about the rail system out there somewhere?
Plus buy "Fodor's Canada, 26th Edition: "Completely Updated Every Year, Smart Travel Tips from A to Z, Pull-Out Color Map""
I used Fodors when I traveled in Europe and it was a huge help.

Good luck, you'll love it. :wink:


Rev_Blair @ Wed Dec 17, 2003 8:38 pm

We moved to Ottawa in 1975 and back to Regina in 1978, Laconfir. I was in grade 4 when we went to Ottawa and grade 7 when we moved back. My mother is a bit of a history buff, so we saw a lot of forts, mills, and other bits of preserved history that were within a reasonable weekend's trip of Ottawa. We also got to a lot of Quebec and the Maritimes.

I've been back to Ottawa once since then, Toronto more times than I can count, and London once, (Quebec and the Maritimes too) but those were all business trips so I never saw much...there wasn't time.

I know things have changed and that my memory isn't always accurate about what was where...I saw a lot of it from the back of a station wagon while fighting with my three brothers.

If you think you had it tough think of my parents, Goaler. That station wagon (a huge, blue Ford) didn't have air conditioning or a heater that could keep the very back warm our tempers were generally pretty short no matter what the season. We were pretty well-behaved kids, but still...4 boys, all with different interests and personalities. It must have been like The Lord of the Flies as far as my parents were concerned.


nonrev @ Wed Dec 17, 2003 10:00 pm

Rev_Blair Rev_Blair:
I can also think of some places where the weather is so dull that people are dying of boredom, nonrev.

Hoo-hoo-hoooo.... hit a bit of a nerve, did I? LMAAO!

:wink: :lol: :lol: :lol:


Rev_Blair @ Thu Dec 18, 2003 5:31 am

Not really...we've had a pretty easy winter here nonrev. I just question why some people :wink: think that not wanting to dress for the weather somehow makes where they live superior. :lol:



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