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Trans-Canada Trip, Part II

I'm looking at taking pretty much the entire month of February to do this trip.

An offer for 50% fares from Toronto to Vancouver have just been announced from VIA Rail, which was a sign that this should happen...

Since I don't know anyone in Saskatoon, Edmonton or Jasper (that I know of), I'll skip station stops there and extend my time in Winnipeg (if that's okay with the boys in Winnipeg!)

I'll go directly from Winnipeg to Vancouver and spend four days there before taking Amtrak to Seattle and spend the last weekend of February there before flying home on Monday...


The cost of Amtrak from NYP->MTR is $62.00.

The cost of economy trips from Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto and a sleeper car from Toronto to Winnipeg and Vancouver is $847.69 (Canadian) and includes meals on the Toronto->Vancouver portion. There is WiFi from Montreal to Toronto, but not beyond.

Amtrak from Vancouver to Seattle is $35-$40 (some services are coaches?!?)

This would make the trip look like this...

... So, even though I'm jobless, I'm still working on this plan!! Once I commit to it, I'll start contacting people for accommodations in their respective cities.

Montreal ... No idea at this time, perhaps a hostel or couch-surf (it's one night!)
Ottawa ..... Alex or Nigel
Winnipeg ... Mutt will probably arrange
Vancouver .. unknown
Seattle .... Maybe Matt K.? I don't know yet...

Most importantly: I'm putting up this information in order to be a sounding board to get suggestions and comments from people. The last post I made dramatically effected my plans (as you can see!) Thanks to everyone for your help and advice!! I'm still hoping that any potential missed opportunities and/or snags will be discovered by you, my friends!!

Please comment on these plans HERE on my blog, not on Twitter nor Facebook!! That way I can keep a thread of conversation in one place.



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Nov. 26th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
Semi-trans canada trip
Chaz, am so disappointed i will miss you in Toronto - you leave on the 10th. I arrive on the 11th for Dwayne's birthday bash. Sigh.
But there are aswesome people out there for you and sounds like an amazing trip
You still left out the eastern bit though...
Halifax would welcome you too
Nov. 26th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Semi-trans canada trip

I've already been everywhere east (from PEI to Windsor and Sudbury), but I haven't been out west... That's why I'm doing this trip like this.
Nov. 26th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
Finns on Ottawa
I hope you will stay with me !
Nov. 26th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
A little cold in February but enjoy. If Calgary is having one of the Chinook Winds, it will be about 70 during the day.

Nov. 26th, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)

I've never been to Calgary, I don't know if you're being serious or not.
Nov. 26th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
I never lie; exaggerate maybe but never lie.
Chinooks – Warm West Winds

Key Topics

An Introduction to Chinooks
What are the impacts of Chinooks?
Red Belt
An Introduction to Chinooks

Along the eastern slopes of the Rockies, the Chinook wind provides a welcome respite from the long winter chill. Few people spend very much time along the eastern slopes without experiencing these wonderful warm winds. The change can be dramatic. On Jan. 11, 1983, the temperature in Calgary rose 30°C (from –17°C to 13°C) in 4 hours, and on February 7, 1964, the temperature rose 28°C (51°F°), and the humidity dropped by 43 percent.

In some of our earliest written records, the Chinook stands out. Alexander Mackenzie referred to the Chinook as a “perfect hurricane”, and in 1877, David Thompson stated that the temperature rose as much by heading west as it did by traveling south.

At the turn of the century, the Calgary Herald wrote.

“Those who have not the warm, invigorating Chinook winds of this country, cannot well comprehend what a blessing they are. The icy clutch of winter is lessened, the earth throws off its winding sheet of snow. Humanity ventures forth to inhale the balmy spring like air. Animated nature rejoices.” (1900–Calgary weekly Herald)

The winds are caused by moist weather patterns, originating off the Pacific coast, cooling as they climb the western slopes, and then rapidly warming as they drop down the eastern side of the mountains. The Chinook usually begins with a sudden change in wind direction towards the west or southwest, and a rapid increase in wind speed.

As moist weather patterns blow ashore on the coast, they run into a barrier of mountains. As they are forced to climb upwards to crest the mountains, they cool down at a specific rate. Weather patterns cool at rates of .54°C/100 m for moist systems, and 1°C/100 m for dry systems. For example, a coastal weather pattern beginning at -1°C near Vancouver will cool at the dry rate until it becomes saturated with moisture. From that point on, it will cool at the slower moist rate. If the saturation level is reached at 1,000 m, it will cool to -11°C to this point, and then slow to .54°C/100 m. When it crests the summit of a 3,050 m (10,000 ft) peak, it will have dropped to
-22°C. During this process of rising and cooling, it will release most of its moisture in the form of snow or rain. This results in rainforest conditions on the western side of the mountains, while the eastern side of the divide remains quite dry.

Once the now dry weather system crests the summit, it begins to move downhill. Dry weather patterns warm up with drops in elevation at almost twice the rate of moisture laden patterns. (1° C/100 m). This means that the above example, in dropping from 3,050 m (10,000 ft) to the valley bottom at 1,370 m (4,500 ft) will rise to -5.2° C. If the ambient temperature prior to the Chinook was -25° C, the site would see a rise of 19.8° C over a very short period.
Nov. 26th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Re: I never lie; exaggerate maybe but never lie.

Wow! I never know about that!!

... just when you thought the Bay of Fundy was remarkable!

Nov. 26th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
Well...you know (kinda/sorta) *me* in Edmonton... :o) Granted, we've only chatted face-to-face twice that I can think of, so dunno if you want to jump off the train for that... [[chuckles]]

I noticed the 50%-off Via-ad too -- after the train-trip with Tibor/tibortiger/Andy from Orlando to Ft. Lauderdale I'm TOTALLY sold on the sleeper car "1/2 cabin" thingy... Sweetest and most relaxed trip ever! :o)

Was thinking of doing the trip from Edmonton to Toronto...it'd cost almost as much as flying, but take as long as the Greyhound...it'd be hella worth it, though! :o)
Nov. 26th, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
Man am I jealous of THAT trip! I've always wanted to go cross country on Via. Hope you have a great trip!
Nov. 26th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
Due to the fact I will have a guest in NYC the first weekend of February, I need to completely re-think this trip and figure out a new plan.

I still want to go to Winterlude in Ottawa, Winnipeg for a while, Vancouver for a while and end up in Seattle on the last weekend of February...

I'll work on it when I have more time.... I'm heading out into downtown London now...
Nov. 26th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
re think your plans over
and let me know..
things do come up
and like you said "it wasnt
written in stone"
Nov. 26th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)

I'll re-work the schedule and call you when I return to NYC.
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