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Crossing Canada by rail 

The Canadian, the legendary train running between Toronto and Vancouver, is renowned for its dramatic vistas. It’s also known for bringing strangers together. A selection of stories and tributes to the journey shared by members of Canadian Geographic’s social network

  • Jun 30, 2013
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Winding through the Rocky Mountains aboard the Canadian, each bend in the rails brings a more stunning view than the last. Travelling companions and strangers alike ooh and aah in unison at the majesty of the country from the train’s hallmark skylight-domed car.

Back in my seat, the middle-aged man next to me offers me trail mix and stories of his life. He’s headed to Ontario to visit his sister and her family — he always takes the train.

When I hopped aboard the legendary train, a solo traveller ready for the return journey from Vancouver to Toronto through the country’s hinterland, I expected to daydream for hours, face pressed against the window in awe of the scenery. The view didn’t disappoint, but I also found strangers ready to press their faces against the window next to mine, share stories and make new memories.

In a reflection of the social network that develops on the four-day trip, Canadian Geographic reached out to its community and asked you to share your experiences on the train. Here’s a selection of brief tributes, gathered from Facebook and Twitter, about the unique atmosphere aboard the Canadian.

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