Saturday, November 21, 2009

Closet Canuck's Great Big Canadian Train Adventure DAY 11: West to Winnipeg and Saskatchewan


A frosty scene in Manitoba, a few hours east of Winnipeg. VIA Rail was running four hours late due to an issue with a freight train, so we only had an hour to spend in Winnipeg.

The Esplanade Riel is a pedestrian bridge across the Red River that connects the Forks in downtown Winnipeg with St. Boniface, Winnipeg's Francophile community. Winnipeg is home to more than 50 ethnic communities, and holds its annual Folklorama the first two weeks of August.


Collège Universitaire de Saint-Boniface and Saint Boniface Cathedral as seen from the train. Winnipeg was the original hub of the Canadian fur trade, due to its location at the junction of the Red, Assiniboine and Seine rivers.


Sunset in Western Manitoba as the train makes its way to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. We arrived late at night and it was only a 25-minute stop, so I didn't get off the train. But I sure would have liked some Saskatoon Berry Pie!


Agriculture is important to Manitoba's economy, and can be found mainly in the southern part of the province, along with spectacular sunsets.