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Morning Peace


More of Northern Ontario lake country in the early morning…

The train is winding its way across the country, but time seems to be standing still.

Such peace here.


For this cross-country journey, the train left Toronto at 10:00 PM ET at night, and arrived at 10:00am PT in the morning in Vancouver three-and-a-half days later.  In total, 4 nights on the train.

The image above was taken on the second sun-up of the journey.  The first sun-rise, we were about 8 hours north of Toronto.  We’ve now been on the train about 32 hours (a third of the trip) and we are only now leaving (or have just left) Ontario. It’s a reminder of just how big this province is.

Now, there were a few unscheduled stops.  Freight trains own the tracks, and if a train needs the track, we pull over – as it were.  That is, back up and get onto another track and wait for the freight train to pass.

And, if you’re a canoe-er, or hiker, you can ask the train to let you off at a specific mile marker (not a station, an actual post – numbered and hammered into the ground.)  You can ask, say, to be let off at Mile 240, and the train will stop, just for you.  In many cases, the train…and hiking..and canoeing…are the only ways to get to some of Ontario’s lakes and rivers.  This is just another part of the train service.  I love that!

All to say, we can’t judge how far we’ve travelled only by the hours spent on the train. But, it is safe to say that a huge part of this trip is spent in Ontario.

Ontario – land of lakes (they say, 250-thousand of them or 1/5 of the world’s fresh water supply), forests that go on for miles and miles, and dense with Precambrian rock.

Ontario – home to the largest urban centre in Canada – the greater Toronto area is about 6.5-million people or, about 1/6 of the country’s population. Toronto proper is the fifth largest city in North America.

And, Ontario – a place where you can run out of internet service because parts of the province are just too out-of-the-way.

At this point on the journey, we are off the grid.  And, I’ve got to say, it is very peaceful.

Nightfall in Ontario