Last year I decided to go to Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Being from Toronto I had no idea what to expect except for the advice people told me:
“You’re gonna be smoking a lot of pot!”
“They’re all hippies out there! You’ll for sure fit in.”
“It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world.”
These people had no idea what they were talking about since they had never been there (but they were right about the last one). I loved it! I visited Tofino, Victoria, and Vancouver while there. I had been coming home by plane and wanted to do something different coming home at the end of the year. I decided to go by train!
We departed from Vancouver and went all the way to Toronto; 3 days and 11 hours. Luckily I had a cabin but those can be really expensive but you could check the Express Deals (that’s where I got mine). It really opened my eyes to how beautiful the world is, well… how beautiful Canada is. Each province is completely different and each has something beautiful about it.
The first night I had such a hard time falling asleep, the train was very shaky and there was a noise somewhere in my cabin that would not stop! I listened to this song while I slept. I was on a train, I had to listen to Harry Potter. So I ended up falling asleep around midnight and set my alarm for 6:15am so I could be one of the first people to get breakfast. I ended up waking up at 5am and could not fall back asleep, not because of the shaking or the noise, but because it was so beautiful I couldn’t go to sleep.
Breakfast was a very unusual experience. You were put at a table with complete strangers so they can keep the tables full. At first it made me uncomfortable because I was put with a family that didn’t seem to speak english. That was until the lady asked me how my trip has been so far. It took me by surprise. The whole trip was like this, you talked to the people you sat with. I met a family from Brazil, a guy from South Africa, a lot of seniors, a couple that just retired, and a professor from the University of Toronto! It was an experience I’ll never forget and I hope to experience again. I do suggest that if you do this trip, make sure you’re ok with motion. Usually I get sick at the slightest shaking but I was fine the whole trip.