Canada Journals

Journey Across Canada via Rail

Best of IgoUgo

An August 1999 trip to Canada by smmmarti guide

Our train across Canda Photo, Canada, North America More Photos
Quote: Our romantic rail journey started in Toronto, took us points west, spanning the broad Canadian prairies, until we arrived at last in wildly stunning Jasper. From there we rode the rails again to Vancouver and wrapped it all up with a helicopter ride to utterly quaint Victoria.

Journey Across Canada via Rail

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

Our train across Canda Photo, Canada, North America
Quote:
The train ride was great as it forced "down time" as we studied the awesome scenery along the journey while the hours melted away. The "dome" car was a gathering spot for friendly and interesting people who had come with the same idea we had -- to try something different. Toronto was a major highlight mainly due to the Four Seasons, the hip street scene and restaurants. Jasper stood out for the astoundingly beautiful scenery and quirky atmosphere of the town. Vancouver was special for its international and artistic vibrations and Victoria ever memorable for its quaint port and flower-laden gardens and streets.Quick Tips: Packing in a comprehensive overview of Canada such as this would no...Read More

Fairmont Empress Hotel

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel | "Empress Victoria"

Fairmont Empress Hotel Photo, Victoria, British Columbia
Quote:
It seemed the perfect culmination of our cross country rail trip to stay in the historic Empress Hotel, originally built by the Canadian Pacific as a lure for travelers to the western parts of the country. The hotel was almost lost to demolition plans at one point but was thankfully saved by "Operation Teacup" and a four million dollar rescue fund. The majestic turn of the century hotel is perfectly situated harborside and is the most photographed attraction on an island brimming with photographic opportunities. Victoria is known as the "Garden Island" because of its profusion of flowers and famed gardens, including Buchart Gardens. Flowers sprout seemingly everywhere; in baskets and beds, a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 27, 2002

Fairmont Empress Hotel
721 Government Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8W1W5
(250) 384-8111

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel | "Four Seasons Toronto"

Quote:
Flower children gathered in many a wonderful locale thirty years ago, from Berkeley to Greenwich, from Paia to Bloor/Yorkville in Toronto. As with most places the flower children planted themselves, everything's coming up roses these days in their favorite old neighborhoods, including Bloor, as art galleries, chic shops, nightclubs and gourmet restaurants compete for attention. Often compared to Fifth Avenue in New York and Michigan Avenue in Chicago, the oh-so-chic part of town is also home to the home of luxury hotels, the Four Seasons. Did you know that the Four Seasons chain was started in Toronto as a lowly motor-hotel in 1961? With a determination to set a new standard for travelers, t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 27, 2002

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
21 Avenue Road
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 964-0411

Jasper National Park

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "A Dozen Choices in Jasper National Park, Alberta"

Jasper National Park Photo, Calgary, Alberta
Quote:
When there are so many fabulous options for excitement and adventure, it's always nice to find a quick pick list to help you narrow down your choices and know what to expect. Here is mine for Jasper Park. Athabasca Falls - The headwater comes from the Columbia Glacier about 70 kilometers south making this the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains. Columbia Icefields - (open May 1 - October 15) Two hundred and thirty-three square miles of ice make this the largest icefield south of Alaska. An exciting 55 minute Snowcoach Tour will take you out onto the Athabasca Glacier for an awe-inspiring glimpse of icy crevasses and ice-fed streamlets. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2002

Jasper National Park
Canadian Rockies
Calgary, Alberta T1L 1K2
(403) 762-1550

Royal Canadian Pacific Railroad

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Is this the Orient Express?"

Quote:
Hearing that the Canadian Pacific operates a luxury train service comparable to the Orient Express, I booked passage for my husband and myself. The Royal Canadian (www.cprtours.com) had been advertised as vintage, refurbished, ultra-classic rail cars with upscale amenities: "luxury rail touring for the discriminating traveler," offering trips that take passengers fly-fishing, golfing or wine tasting through the Canadian Rockies while speeding along in the seamless lap of luxury watching the breathtaking scenery from the picture windows and sky domes. The trouble was, once we arrived in Toronto (see Journal: Toronto) to board our train, it looked not...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 27, 2002

Royal Canadian Pacific Railroad

Canada, Canada
503-292-5055

Quote:
How many times have you vacationed somewhere magical and felt so relaxed and excited all at once that you imagined moving to that place? Then you explored the pros and cons and realized it’s impractical because of one or more of the following; they speak a different language, you can’t drink the water, summers/winters are unbearable, there’s mountains but no beach, beaches but no mountains, it’s too far away from family and friends, there’s no good nightlife/shopping/theater/culture/medicine, it’s too expensive or too remote, you’d miss your favorite foods and sports/TV, or there’s just not that much to do after all once you think about it. Now just try to find a reason not to fantasize about ...Read More

Jasper Park Lodge and Golf - Day Two

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Jasper Park Lodge Golf Photo, Canada, North America
Quote:
We had never been this far north this high up before and knowing, as all golfers do, that the balls fly further in high altitudes, (not sure high latitudes make a difference) and knowing that the scenery on the golf course would be stupendous, how could I decline my husband’s suggestion that we move our base of operations to the Jasper Park Lodge, the area's only resort with its own golf course? Jasper Park Lodge is perfect for its location. It is a high-quality, amenity packed lodge that left overt glitz at the door of the Fairmont Corporate Office, the company that owns and runs the hotel,. Why bother with extraneous flourishes when the views and location are a work of art? It remains s...Read More

Jasper - Day One - Sights and Sightings

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Oh, look!  There's a bear. Photo, Canada, North America
Quote:
A New York man reaches heaven, and as he passes the gate, St. Peter said, 'I am sure you will like it'. A Pittsburgh man followed and St. Peter said, 'it will be a great change for you.' Finally there came a man from Jasper Park Lodge, 'I am afraid' said St. Peter, 'that you will be disappointed.' Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, from 1925 Jasper Park Lodge guest book. (See Jasper Journal, Day Two for lodge details) The Jasper National Park is really, really fantastic. The color of the sky against the mountains peaks, the ice fields, crystal clear lakes, the waterfalls that seem to be everywhere, and the quaint little town of Jasper with the world’s friendliest people, could all trick you into thinking...Read More