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Thread #142633 Message #3290644
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
14-Jan-12 - 02:16 PM
Thread Name: 'What to show visitors to Canada?'
Subject: RE: 'What to show visitors to Canada?'
Driving the Canadian route from Ontario through to Winnipeg also was an experience to remember. Conifers, lakes, more lakes and conifers, etc., etc. Then the fog came, and we were nearly rammed or we nearly bashed someone (all at less that 30mph) before we found a safe off-road resting place. Then night fell. Damp and cold (July).
Completely beyond the time frame of these visitors is the Polar bear Express from Cochrane to Moosonee on James Bay but this is an experience I remember with pleasure. Interesting people to talk to and some odd sights - such as the overturned rail car with complex equipment destined for an early warning site (DEW line). The train had been the victim of "sun kinks." These are the name for the spreading and twisting rails that result from melting of the rail bed.
This was on a trip while I was doing field work, before the train became more up-to-date to attract tourists. A full dining car has been added and the seating is better. But it was the old snack car in which people congregated and swapped stories and complaints about the Ontario governnment, many proposing secession from southern Ontario.