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Canada by train in winter reveals dazzling Great White North

Canada by train in winter reveals dazzling Great White North

"It's as if we're in a permanent postcard," Karin Gedge said, gazing at the snow-swathed evergreens slipping by the broad dining-car window. "No, better, a permanent Christmas card. All that's missing is the cardinal."

It was last January, and my wife, Laurel, our friends the Gedges and I were well past the halfway point of our 2,775-mile, four-night journey from Vancouver to Toronto aboard VIA Rail Canada's flagship, the Canadian.

The morning before we'd paused at Saskatoon, a brave city in the heart of the vast Saskatchewan prairies, where, figuring in the wind chill, the temperature was 22 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. Many train passengers think only...

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