Category Archives: Railway Adventures across Canada
In three hours, our train journey travels 4,000 miles from the historic rail trails of Newfoundland into the heart of Canada and across to British Columbia. En route our videos explore historical and modern cities, rainforests, wildlife, culture and cuisine. (Photo: Matthew G. Wheeler)
Yachts, skiffs, canoes, house boats, short daily cruises – there are various ways to sail and explore the waters of Georgian Bay, Canada’s 6th Great Lake. What makes this Ontario lake so ideal are the many ports of call; the pink granite rocks, windswept pines and fantastic scenery made famous by the works of the Group of Seven; the lighthouses and history of the region; and the sense of personal discovery that greets you as you spot the remains of a shipwreck, the ruins of an old lumber mill or stop at a small town and find ice cream made from local berries. There are inlets and islands to explore and some lodges, like Killarney, offer further adventures and encourage sailors to enjoy their facilities en route. For more information: check out episode #65 in the Railway Adventures across Canada category.
We explore Canada’s smallest national park during the annual migration of birds and butterflies. Point Pelee is a sand spit located in Ontario on the most southerly point of the country’s mainland. We visit the towns of Kingsville and Leamington to check out accommodation, restaurants, and visit the island winery that is an added attraction to the region. For more information: check out episode #64 in the Railway Adventures across Canada category.
We drive from Baie-Saint-Paul to Tadoussac along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River and explore the Charlevoix region of Québec to experience this World Biosphere Reserve. Our tour includes beer tasting at a micro-brewery, sampling the gourmet cuisine of local chefs, viewing black bears and whales in their natural habitats, and watching potters and artists at work in their studios. En route we travel through many small villages and stay at lodges and historic properties. For more information: check out episode #63 in the Railway Adventures across Canada category.
We travel La Routes des Saveurs along the St. Lawrence River and visit the chefs and farmers who have found creative ways for locals and visitors to sample the culinary delights of the region while exploring the scenic beauty of Charlevoix in Québec. Our road trip experience includes sheep and fish farms, unusual vegetables and edible flowers, and a dairy where some of the cheeses for which the Canadian province is famous are made. For more information: check out episode #62 in the Railway Adventures across Canada category.
Rainbows, butterflies, a floral clock, whirlpool rapids, tacky fun attractions, and, of course, views from above, behind and below the Natural Wonder that is Niagara Falls. Summer or winter, any time is a good time to visit. Our cameras capture some of the spectacular scenery that annually attracts visitors from all walks of life and from all over the world. For more information: check out episode #61 in the Railway Adventures across Canada category.
At the onset of winter we travel to Parry Sound in Northern Ontario in search of White Gold and experience the fun of a polar bear swim, ice-fishing, dog sledding, snow-shoeing and snowmobiling. We discover a major system of wilderness trails where snowmobiling is a way of life and sometimes the only form of transportation. Our visit takes us dog-sledding through spectacular winter scenery and snow-shoeing with a guide from the local naturalist’s organization to learn about wildlife survival. We end our adventure with a sleigh ride. For more information: check out episode #60 in the Railway Adventures across Canada category.
We fly by small plane from Toronto to Polar Bear Provincial Park on the shores of James Bay in Canada’s Ontario Northland stopping at some of the small communities en route. It is a cultural experience in which we meet with the First Nations peoples of Moose Factory and Peawanuck, stay in tepees, enjoy local cuisine and explore the tundra in search of the elusive polar bear. For more information: check out episode #59 in the Railway Adventures across Canada category.
Over a century ago the trans-continental railway was built across 3,000 miles of rugged terrain opening up Canada to settlement and tourism. Today it is considered one of the greatest train journeys in the world and the stretch of track most vividly remembered is the section through the Rocky Mountains. We explore Jasper National Park in Alberta before boarding the Rocky Mountaineer and travelling to Vancouver in British Columbia stopping overnight at Kamloops. En route we experience the spectacular mountain scenery, gorges, wild rivers and spot bald eagles and osprey nests. For more information: check out episode #58 in the Railway Adventures across Canada category.
Mother Nature’s Studios presents the annual autumn foliage festival making its way from the northernmost tip of Ontario south into Gatineau and Algonquin Parks. The Algoma Central Railway takes us deep into the Agawa Canyon, the Segwun Steamship sails the Muskoka Lakes, climb the Dorset fire tower or visit the ruins in Gatineau Park, Ottawa. All these locations offer a variety of stunning views and fall colours as the aspen, birch, sumac, oak and maple trees, transform their leaves into brilliant reds and gold to herald the change of the seasons. For more information check out episode 57 in the Railway Adventures across Canada category.
Tucked away behind the busy urban facade of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, we discover hidden green spaces used by dog-walkers, cyclists, fitness enthusiasts and families. We explore the Belt Line an original railway built in 1892 and the Eastern and Western Beaches trails. For more information: check out episode #56 in the Railway Adventures across Canada category.
Since the mid 1970s, producer/host, Anne Martin, has been bringing stories to life through the medium of television. She thrives on tracking down the unusual and her work has encompassed history, geology, heritage and a positive outlook on the world around us. Read more about Anne Martin.