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.