Exploring Canada
Part 2

We are travelling Canada in 1989 and heading for Winnipeg on the Canadian National main line.

...................And enjoying one of several cab rides on this trip.

A track gang supervisor also appeared in the cab at one stage too.

In Winnipeg, the Hudson Bay Company, one of the world's oldest companys, remains important.
This mural of the early days is of the trading camp at nearby Fort Garry.

A replica Fort Garry can now be visited where one can get a feel of its fur trading past.
The Hudson Bay Company land became the largest part of the Dominion of Canada on its creation in 1870.

Whilst on the prairies we call at Unity, Saskatchewan.

And visit a grain farmer, who tried to shoot the skunk running towards the tractor in this picture.

In Alberta we find dinosaurs of the past fossilised in the strata of the Badlands.

And beasts of the present with origins back home, a pedigree herd of Hereford Cattle.

And local pageantry on the streets of Calgary.

Now come the Rockies. This is Lake Louise and the former railway hotel.

Thaen a cab ride to end all cab rides, through the tunnels and
snowsheds of Canandian Pacific's Kicking Horse Pass.

This is Cathedral pretty much as near the heart of the Canadian Rockies as it is possible to get.

And dropping down the other side, ospreys nests, as nights falls once more on this 4,645 mile Toronto Vancouver journey.

Dawn sees us at Ashcroft.

And final riverside miles to Vancover.

But there is another route to the sea in British Columbia, a more northerly line to Prince Rupert
as we pause for a refreshment break in Smithers.

With better weather the views on this route were superb.
This is Mount Robson, 12,972ft and the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

As we again follow the river valleys for many miles.

And this is the Skeena as the coast nears.

And so to tranquil Prince Rupert with an evening view from an impromptu campsite.

Just how impromptu can be seen here, tucked beside the main line east!

And fish eagles are everywhere in Prince Rupert...............maily real ones!

The other important railway in British Columbia is BC Rail with their thrice weekly railcar service, the Caribou Dayliner.

And how about this for a view from a train!

From West Vancover one can take the ferry to Nanaimo, Vancover Island, from where
it is still possible to continue to Victoria, British Columbia's capital city, by rail.

As the daily Courtney Victoria train pauses at Nanaimo station for a refreshment break.

There is plenty to admire in Victoria, the seaplanes for example, forever landing in the bay
and the ambience of the Victoria Seattle ferry passing behind.

................They don't make ships like this anymore!

And how about this for a spectacular mural on the side of an otherwise ordinary building?

And trouble at a campsite from a curious, fearless and remarkably noisy racoon!

And that's pretty much it for Canada as we conclude with a Canada Day parade.

...............And Canada Day fireworks!

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