No matter how many plane tickets I buy or places I go, the list of new countries, cities and experiences I want to escape to continues to grow. In the Weekend Wanderlust series, I will be featuring a place I’ve never been to & armchair-travel there via photos and videos (I’ll take what I can get!). If you’ve been to the place I’m lusting over, please feel free to leave tips or recommendations — encouragement to take the plunge & book the flight is always welcome!
This week on Weekend Wanderlust: Canada… by train
Ohhhh, Canada. Lately, my travel fantasies have centered around trail travel and the natural beauty that is found in the wilderness of Canada. I have no burning desire to see any of the cities of Canada – I’ve been to Toronto and was just kind of… bored (but to be honest, that may have had more to do with my travel companion than the location). I’d like to see Quebec and Montreal if fate ever puts me up in that little corner of the world.
But what really intrigues me about Canada is its immensity, the depth of its forests, the majesty of its mountains, the tundras, the coastal towns… and the idea of watching it all go by through the windows of a train.
In my mind, I’d take a train east to west – starting in Nova Scotia and going all the way to Vancouver, with stops in the famed national parks and little country towns and mountain campgrounds along the way.
Banff National Park
Banff Banff Banff Banff Banff!!! I’ve been enamored by Banff for more than a decade… drooling over the views and longing for the fresh mountain air and just wishing I could be surround by all that nature. I actually created a Weekend Wanderlust post about Banff last year – right before I was about to head west to the Colorado Rockies, in the midst of my mountain fever. (I don’t think that mountain fever ever really goes away though.)
Jasper National Park
Just north of Banff is Jasper National Park – National Geographic calls a road trip through the two parks a “magnificent drive—one of the crown jewels of western Canada—combines exhilarating vistas of forest, crag, and glacier.”
Since my infatuation with Banff was conceived and as it grew, I discovered Jasper National Park, too, and have been equally as hungry for a trip to this other Canadian gem. From what I see in photos, I can’t imagine a more wild, natural and pure place – you can almost feel the crispness of the air.
Although I don’t know much about the city itself, I’d end my trip in Vancouver because 1) I’ve heard SO many good things about, and 2) it’s pretty much the furthest west you can go…! Any Vancouver recommendations for this fictional someday-dream trip?
Have you ever been to any of these places – and where in Canada did I miss? Also! Did you ever taken a trip via train? Do you recommend?