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Best train journeys in North America

By: Josh Lew on June 6, 2012, 7:08 p.m.
Canadian crosses trestle in Uno, Manitoba

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The Canadian

The undisputed headliner of VIA Rail Canada's menu of routes is a lengthy line that runs between two of the country's main urban areas. Aptly referred to as the Canadian, this four-day epic takes riders between Toronto and Vancouver. It passes some trademark North American landscapes, with the tracks running alongside forests, prairies and the Rockies before reaching the lush coast of British Colombia. Passengers get to see Canada's most famous landscapes during the journey. The trains that operate on this route have glass-roofed viewing cars that are specially designed for sightseeing. The Canadian might not be faster than a plane ride between the two metropolises, but with sleeper cars and other classic train traits, it is infinitely more comfortable than taking to the skies.