Journey through the engineering marvels, stations, and heritage sites of Canada’s western mountains.
Ride the rails through Canada’s western mountains to explore the many vestiges of the region’s spectacular and surprising railway heritage. Here is where grand railway hotels were built to attract tourists to the West’s beautiful scenery and bring profit to the railway lines as well. Rustic stations added to the allure. The challenges of conquering the mountains resulted in some of Canada’s most ingenious feats of engineering, such as spiral tunnels and soaring trestles (one of which was featured in The Amazing Race Canada).
Relive the days of rail on a steam train, the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer, or one of VIA Rail’s mountain journeys. Outdoor enthusiasts can follow the abandoned roadbeds of Canada’s more spectacular rail trails, like the legendary Kettle Valley Railway. Also included are some of Canada’s most extensive railway museums, which have helped to bring this vanished era back to life.
About the author
Ron Brown is a freelance travel writer and photographer. He has published twenty books on the visual heritage of Ontario, including The Lake Erie Shore: Ontario's Forgotten South Coast; Behind Bars: Inside Ontario's Heritage Gaols; The Train Doesn't Stop Here Any More: An Illustrated History of Railway Stations in Canada; Ontario's Ghost Town Heritage; and Top 100 Unusual Things to See in Ontario. He is past chair of the Writers Union of Canada, and is active with the Travel Media Association of Canada, Access Copyright, where he sits on the board of directors, and the Book and Periodical Council. He lectures and directs bus tours based on his book topics. He lives in Toronto.
Other titles by Ron Brown
Ontario's Ghost Town Heritage
Toronto's Lost Villages
Top 160 Unusual Things to See in Ontario
Canada's World Wonders
Dundurn Railroad 6-Book Bundle
Rails Over the Mountains / Rails to the Atlantic / Rails Across Ontario / and 3 more
Reclaim Your Life (Safely) with Hormones
Top 150 Unusual Things to See in Ontario
Backroads of Ontario
Rails to the Atlantic
Exploring the Railway Heritage of Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces
Dundurn Railroad 5-Book Bundle
In Search of the Grand Trunk / Rails Across the Prairies / Rails Across Ontario / The Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore / Rails to the Atlantic