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alice in travel land

Train travel

by alice in travel land »

 

I'm wondering about taking a scenic rail trip in British Columbia - maybe a route from Vancouver, through the Canadian Rockies and to Jasper.  I see tours offered, but they are expensive.  Is there public rail transportation in that area?  Or must one sign up for a tour to have that experience?   I'm open as to exact route, if that will help find something I we can afford.

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JohnT

RE: Train travel

by JohnT »

Hi Alice

 

The public train system is Via Rail (viarail.ca). Trains within Canada do  tend to be very expensive, although after I read your question, I did go to the via site and plugged in some dates and saw a one way fare for less than $200. So who knows, maybe you can get lucky?

 

As to exact routing. You won't have many or indeed any options. The problem with rain in this country, is that it is a very large country with populations focused in cities along way from each other. Trains work well in densely populated areas, not as much here.

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Mango

RE: Train travel

by Mango »

They're expensive, but the scenery is extraordinary. I think it's a great way to get around (much greener than driving) and definitely worth it.

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alice in travel land

RE: Train travel

by alice in travel land »

Thanks!

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