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Canada Train Trip: Leaning Into Slow Travel on a 1,200-Mile Ride From the Rockies to the Pacific Coast | Condé Nast Traveler

This train offers comfortable seats, room to stretch, and breathtaking views for just over $100.

By Brendan Sainsbury, April 6, 2022

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It’s still light outside as the train shunts slowly out of Vancouver’s handsome Pacific Central Station and begins to rattle east.

My comfortable 62-seat carriage aboard Canada’s VIA Rail contains just six other passengers for the 19-hour journey from British Columbia’s coast to Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, a ride that would cross the country’s Western province.

Unhindered by crowds, I can spread out and enjoy the scenery before pressing on to the harbor town of Prince Rupert on the Pacific coast tomorrow.

Total distance: 1,200 miles. Total cost: just $140 CAD (about $112 USD).

Despite our punctual departure, we barely make it through the spring green fields of the Fraser Valley before the train grinds to the first of many unscheduled halts.

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