Some of these photos are from the eastward journey, while some were taken on the way back.
The beginning of the trip through the mountains. Hard to do them justice with a train-top photo, but the colours were stunning, with greys from the rock, the white of fresh-fallen snow, deep greens from the evergreen trees and the brilliant yellow of aspen and birch.
As is traditional we hold our breaths through tunnels, and this trestle bridge counted as a tunnel according to the kids. There was also a brief rock tunnel which was awesome.
On the train you're away from all the travellers' services that flank highways coursing through similar terrain ... and you don't see the roadway / railway beneath you. The wilderness seems wilder and more remote.
Though I prefer to live in the mountains, I certainly enjoyed the prairie scenery from the windows of the train. A million shades of wheat and yellow.
This is our train crossing the North Battleford River. After all the flatness of Manitoba and Saskatchewan this valley was spectacular.
More prairie colour with harvest textures. September really is a wonderful month for vacation travel. Another homeschooling advantage.