VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 7: Cape Breton National Park (i)

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 7: Cape Breton National Park (i)

To me, Cape Breton National Park simply redefines Canadian beauty to another level. The eight-hour tour of Cabot Trail gave me perfectly amazing first impression and glances of the outer boundary of the park, but the acadian, boreal, and taiga forest hidden inside the park is another gem yet to be discovered. What sort of beauty hidden behind those uprising highland plateau covered in green? What kind of wild lives disguised among those dark, yet enchanting woodland? How does it feel like to view the most picturesque sunset submerging to the depth of the ocean from the one of those…

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 6: Cabot Trail, NS

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 6: Cabot Trail, NS

I’m quite sure that in the back of every Canadian’s mind, there’s always this particular dream about driving along the scenic world-famous Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. However, the fact that domestic flight within Canada is even a lot more expensive than international flights does not seem to help at all, hence once again I felt very fortunate to get the Canada 150 pass and be able to reach this part of Canada at last. I must say, that even though the Rockies in the western part of Canada where I live is jaw-dropping indeed, but the coast…

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 5: Baddeck, NS

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 5: Baddeck, NS

The day I spent in Baddeck was a day unlike any other days this year. Or possibly even any other days I’ve had in the past few years. For the first time in such a long time, I finally remembered again how it feels like to be completely at ease, to sense the solid peacefulness of summer vibes, to wholly feel soothed and renewed. To simply forget and not worry about the past nor the future, for all that matters is really the present. To be brought back to a place I’ve never had a chance to wander to in…

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 4: Halifax, NS

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 4: Halifax, NS

Halifax actually reminds me of Edmonton quite a bit too much. This is another kind of a laid-back capital city filled with nice strangers who always go with, “Hi! How are you? Have a nice day!” sort of template within daily conversation in grocery stores or anywhere else with customer services. People say thank you to the bus driver even though they’re exiting from the back door that is a few meters away from the driver upfront, strangers smile at each other when their eyes accidentally meet, the bus drivers smile at each passenger that come aboard, and so forth.

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 3: The Ocean Train

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 3: The Ocean Train

I remember perfectly the very first thing that came to my mind once I dragged my eyes out of my laptop screen to the moving window of VIA’s the Ocean train that evening was one of Robert Frost’s world famous poem. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; I imagined, our train from a bird’s view would be meandering intrepidly along the railway that goes through a thick forest of…

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 1: The Canadian Train

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 1: The Canadian Train

By the time I wrote this post, up until this point where you’re reading this, I have only finished Edmonton-Toronto round trip and not yet done the Edmonton-Vancouver part which should be the greatest part of the entire Via Rail experience. However, surely updates will be posted soon once I get to try that bits of the utmost Via Rail journey!