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The breadbasket of the country

Crossing the prairies of Saskatchewan – the breadbasket of the country, when ‘The Canadian’ heads to Winnipeg is considered as the least beautiful or even boring part of the trip by many travellers. Others view it as the most symbolic or even epic one – you can feel the sheer scale of Canada as the...

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Our ‘railroad romance’

When you’ve seen first-hand the world, you tend not to concern yourself with the little things that most people seem to fret. You tend not to care about the fact that your train runs late, meaning hours not minutes. Our train from Jasper to Edmonton was delayed by 9 hours. The one from Edmonton to...

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An old-fashion adventure

From ultra-modern masterpieces of steel and glass to historical landmarks. Some large and opulent with majestic facades, other smaller and less obvious architectural gems. The railroad terminals all over the world are living symbols of an old-fashion adventure that really captured our imagination. It was well past midnight as ‘The Canadian’ left Edmonton and headed...

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Vitamin boosts

While covering thousands of kilometres of the coastlines of the Baltic Sea in our previous project, we had stopped-over for at least one night in 45 different locations. I’m not even mentioning all other towns, villages, beaches, or point of interests that we had visited along the way. Each of them had something that made...

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The Great One

When we go to new cities, we often have an agenda. We visit famous sites, go to museums, or see some of its landmarks, like the statue of the hockey hero – Wayne Gretzky – in front of the Rogers Place in Edmonton. The statue of ‘The Great One’ serves as a pilgrimage for fans...

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Alberta Railway Museum

A 6-hour trip from Jasper to Edmonton took us almost 15-hours. Our train was scheduled for 12:30PM, while we left the station after 2PM instead. Along the way, we ‘gained’ another few hours. At the end, we arrived to Edmonton with two happy yet tired children at 4AM – nine hours later than we should...

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On the move again

Three nights of stopover had passed and, after sampling the natural delights of the Jasper National Park, we were finally on the move again. The Rockies were still visible for many kilometres while the train was heading towards prairies. The land slowly opened up to ever broader valleys, plains, and farmlands.

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The following day

The smoke from the wildlife fires was still covering Jasper’s sky, so we had to give up the idea of taking a sky-tram ride to the Whistlers Mountain (2,463m) as we would see nothing anyway. So, instead, we hiked through the Maligne Canyon, and then drove to the breath taking Maligne Lake hoping to catch...

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A few good reasons of ‘why’

We’re like majority, navigating the usual stress of daily life, sometimes stretched to the limits. Juggling the childcare, running our home, working long hours with days packed with meetings, calls, after-school activities, and weekends rolling from one to the next. But, instead of limiting our lives with the reasons of ‘not-to’, we’d found an energy,...

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The iron-grey blanket

Thousands of people had been either evacuated or put on evacuation alert as smoke from out-of-control wildlife fires in northern Alberta billowed across the province. As the afternoon worn on, the iron-grey blanket moved south for hundreds of kilometres looming over Jasper, and blotting out the sun and washing out the colours of the crystal-clear...