Canada is one big, diverse and beautiful country. Over a month I travelled from the sea through mountains, across rivers and over prairies. I discovered the tastes and best experiences of the four provinces I covered and spent a lot of time onboard The Canadian, a VIA Rail train, learning that I actually enjoyed train travel and meeting the diverse array of people you can meet onboard.
As I crossed the country – from Victoria on Vancouver Island to Montreal – I took hundreds of photos on my DSL which I can’t wait to share with you over the coming months; but another trust travel camera comes with me everywhere I go now-a-days, my iPhone.
Here are a selection of my favourite photos that I posted to my Instagram account during my time Exploring Canada.
Victoria, British Columbia
(Clockwise from top: the elegant and comfortable rooms at Hotel Rialto; a baby crab on my kayak; the rushed traveller statue in Vancouver airport as I made my transfer to Victoria with Air Canada Jazz; the sea plane I travelled on from Victoria to Vancouver at the end of a fantastic four-days!)
Vancouver, British Columbia
(Clockwise from top: one of two remaining and operating steam clocks in Downtown Vancouver; Charred Corn Ravioli with Cherry Tomato Salad and a Basil Fondue from MARKET by Jean-Georges at the ShangriLa Vancouver; making world-famous gelato at Bella Gelataria – yum!; the constantly moving Capilano suspension bridge)
(Clockwise from top: the view of Mount Robson – the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies – from The Canadian (train); OuXin looking like a spirit at Spirit Island; surviving white water rafting and freezing cold glacier waters; looks like Shivya found herself a bear!)
(Clockwise from top: Regina Egitto pizza from Pizzaria Gusto; OuXin pretending to be a bison – there are thousands across the prairies; the still-being-constructed Canadian Museum of Human Rights; Cathedrale de Saint-Boniface.)
(Clockwise from top: Alan speaking about the Blogger Train at TBEX Toronto; the view of the Toronto skyline; Hong Kong Lemonade at the ShangriLa Toronto; sunrise view from my room at the Delta Chelsea Toronto)
(Clockwise from top: High tea at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier; trainee chefs at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa; Aged cheddar marinated in local Ontario honey for 24-hours and then smoked on cedar wood; a summer tradition – yoga on Parliament Hill)
(Clockwise from top: my Media badge for FrancoFolies – the largest French music festival in the world; my first ever poutine; stylish and comfortable beds at Le Hotel St Martin; rainbow coloured windows at Palais des Congres)
Travelling by VIA Rail Across Canada
(Clockwise from top: I didn’t know brie came so small – the perfect snack on board VIA Rail from Toronto to Montreal; the scenic view from outside Jasper’s VIA Rail train station; my Cabin for One aboard VIA Rail from Winnipeg to Toronto; sunset aboard the VIA Rail train from Toronto to Ottawa)
Do you have a favourite Instagram photo from the Canada trip?
Do you use Instagram as you travel?
Please note, as I crossed Canada I was was working with a number of destinations and brands including Canada Tourism Commission, VIA Rail, Victoria Tourism, Tourisme Montreal, and Ottawa Tourism. I, Nicole Smith, maintain full editorial control of the content published on this site.