Canada is a country made up of many things, some of which includes its' ten provinces and three territories. Stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic and North up to the Arctic, its' 9.98 million square kilometres of land makes it the second largest country by total area in the world, the fourth largest by land area. The landscapes change from mountain-scapes to flat prairies to rolling greens to ice and snow covered grounds. It is a country bound in beauty, rich in history and lauded for its' multiculturalism.
It is worth the visit- hands down- and should be added to many a bucket list. If you have the time and the spirit, Canada by train is the way to go. Here's how it can be done.
Vancouver Eastbound to Quebec:
1. Spend the day in exploring beautiful British Columbia, taking in the sights of Vancouver before boarding your overnight train bound for the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
2. Awake in the Rocky Mountains and explore Jasper, Alberta, the beautiful nature-made sanctuary that boasts wildlife, glaciers, lakes and mountains.
Best Things To Do:
Jasper National Park
3. Explore Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the largest city in this prairie land. Rich in culture, this technological hub offers more than just flat lands and wheat crops. It has history, a story that is largely untold and greatly overlooked. Travel back in time with this important Canadian city and learn about these sacred lands through the stories, legends and present-day work of the Northern Plains indigenous people.
Best Things To Do:
Wanuskewin Heritage Park
4. Next you arrive in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the capitol of the province. Once a hub to fur traders and voyagers traveling by canoe, this city is exceptionally rich in history. Home to The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg is home to some of the country's most notable art galleries, museums and, casinos.
5. Toronto! Perhaps the country's most diverse city (comparable to Montreal, for sure), Toronto is an exciting city full of arts, culture, food, entertainment, shopping, nightlife, and an energy that is untouchable. The best way to see this city is on foot, but the transportation system- albeit small- is a great way to explore other areas of the city as well. It has been likened to New York City (if the Swiss ran it), so if electric is your vibe, then this city has got it.
6. After an amazing day in Toronto, you'll take a short trip to the Niagara Region, home to Niagara Falls and historic Niagara on the Lake. Largely a farming area outside the hubbub of The Falls, the scenery changes from urban to rural in a flash as you journey through the Niagara Escarpment. It's small so too much time need not be spent in this area but it was once home to on the World's Greatest Wonders.
7. Montreal as MOW- REY-AL (french) or MUN-TREE-AL, this city in the heart of Quebec is a combination of old and new, with Parisian flare with definitively Quebecois qualities. It is both a French and English city, although there has been a history of divide between the Francophones and the Anglophones. Language aside, Montreal truly is a site to behold, a cultural hot-pot with strong significance in the evolution of Canada.