They say timing is everything. Cliché, I know. But sometimes, opportunities arise where all signs tell you to jump on it like a fat kid on a box of Smarties. A short while ago, a former co-worker and fellow blogger, Katerine Rollet, sent out a message to many members of the Montreal food blog community about a trip VIA Rail was organizing for bloggers. I was intrigued, so I contacted the person in charge in order to pursue this potential opportunity. A couple of days later, I was selected as one of the 5 people to board their train, The Canadian, a unique trip traveling across Canada, from Toronto to Vancouver. It’s a pretty long ride, about 3 and a half days, but from what I hear, it’s wonderful.
Here are some of the details of the trip, and what I will be writing about in the next few days:
- Meeting with Martin Gemme, the head chef on The Canadian. I will be going behind the scenes with all the chefs, visiting the kitchen, new menu explanations, wine tasting, etc.
- 4 nights on board in a sleeper camper plus, with stops in Winnipeg (approx. 4 hours), Edmonton (approx. 1 hour), and Jasper (approx. 1h30 min.). Return trip included.
- 1 night stay in Vancouver with 3 meals/day.
- This trip is complimentary from Via Rail. I will be tweeting along way, as well as blogging about the experiences on board.
- Feel free to follow all of us on this trip by searching for the hashtags #VIAfoodies and #VIARail, as well as reading this blog and the posts from the other bloggers/traveling companions:
How often does anyone get the chance to travel across the country? I’m eager to see the countryside, ride through the Rockies, take in the scenery, eat some good food, and be reminded of how incredible Canada really is. At the end of the line is the beautiful city of Vancouver where I plan on getting lost, taking in the peaceful atmosphere, and of course, eating some more. Opportunities like this rarely occur. I am very lucky and grateful to experience such a trip. Please check back for more updates in the coming days. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook (links on the right) for other updates as well.