One of the best things about traveling in Canada by train or bus immediately after a snow storm is that it’s so pretty.
In fairness, it’s always pretty but the dusting of or piling of, fresh clean white snow makes everything look like it has been painstakingly crafted for a holiday special. But it’s not that commercial, it’s just Canada, home, in the snow.
With Via Rail or one of the bus lines driving, you can relax and enjoy the view. With power and WIFI at every seat, you can even get a little work done. Or write a blog post about, say, the pleasures of traveling by bus or train through Canada.
As expected into this winter wonderland a little pain-in-the-practicality must fall. Last night’s snow has slowed down the buses a little. The bus I’m on will be 45 minutes late arriving. (I’m traveling by Megabus today since it aligned better with my last minute plans than my preferred Via Rail.)
The snow also makes me miss luggage that was designed to be carried rather than wheeled. Dragging your luggage through the snow, and slush, isn’t really that much easier than carrying it, and the snow leaves the bottom of your luggage and wheels covered in snow and/or gunked up. Usually and. Years of experience have taught me to pack plastic bags at the bottom of my suitcases. They take zero room and are great for snow and crossing rivers (and separating dirty from clean with you are on the road). Anything that could be water damaged goes in a shoulder bag.
Now Travel Bunny and I are settled into our seats and taking in the view. Even getting a little nostalgic for winter travel past when Xmas meant cross country road trips in the snow.