TRAIN: VIA RAIL 1, "THE CANADIAN"
DATE: SATURDAY, MAY 17 TO TUESDAY MAY 20, 2014
DEPARTURE: TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA 22:00
ARRIVAL: JASPER, ALBERTA, CANADA 15:36
ELAPSED TIME: 65 HOURS, 36 MINUTES
TRAIN HOURS TO DATE: 81 HOURS, 52 MINUTES
The keen reader may note that this post comes nearly two and a half weeks ex post facto my time in Jasper, which was May 20th to 25th. Traveling sans computer comes with its downsides, like not being able to provide you, most cherished reader, with what critics have been calling "that sweet blog nectar". I don't know what that means either.
Jasper and surrounding regions, put most simply, were the most gorgeous places I have ever seen. Because we are talking about sight, this post will be extra-image based. Here is a map outlining where I was. Ignore Edmonton. I did not go there and thus it does not matter to you right now. I was in Jasper primarily, though drove the entire Icefields Parkway (the red line between Jasper and Banff), and stopped in Lake Louise for a day.
|Please also ignore Calgary.
For the majority of my time in these locales I traveled with three people I met on the train, an Ottawan guy, and a Mexican and German girl. When one is on a train for, as seen above, SIXTY FIVE AND A HALF HOURS straight, you actually don't just sit in your seat and you actually do have an experience. Look. I can't explain to you what it was like in this place. I encourage you, whoever that may be, to visit this place that I was lucky enough visit myself. It is beyond words, and for that reason, I leave you with only pictures. Thank you.
|Jasper National Park
|Jasper National Park, taken from the train.
|I located the Grand Budapest Hotel.
|Tyler J. Elliott and Lake Louise
|TYLER J. ELLIOTT AND A GLACIER
|Mountain Man Beard at the peak of Whistler Mountain
|The most beautiful place I have ever seen.