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Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History, has written more than 50 books specializing in British Christianity. These books include: The Monastery Murders, clerical mysteries; Lord Danvers Investigates, Victorian true-crime; The Elizabeth and Richard series, literary suspense; and Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England. She loves research and sharing you-are-there experiences with her readers.

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Day 5, Trans-Canada Train through Cottage Country, Arrival in Toronto, and Onward

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 23, 2019

Due to the leisurely pace and time spent sitting on sidings, enforced by the policy that gives priority to freight trains, and due to the extensive shipping of goods from one side of the continent to another, our trip on the Canadian has extended to another day. By Day 3 we were 11 hours behind schedule—absolutely no problem to me. Yesterday, crossing the Canadian Shield, we had a firm foundation of rock under our tracks, which made increasing speed possible. We made up 2 hours.

Today we journey through the St. Lawrence Forest which extends on both sides of the Manitoba-Ontario border north of Toronto. We are guaranteed to see billions of trees. Passengers are challenged to count.

We make an unscheduled stop to pick up Hitchikers standing on a wooden platform next to a wall of boulders. We are told that it is Canadian law that the train must stop. It makes sense. This provides a valuable service to those living in small communities along the route. It is good for tourism to provide this service to sportsmen who flock here for fishing, backpacking, and hunting. Perhaps most importantly, in the harsh winters here, this could be not merely a service, but a life-or-death rescue.

As yesterday, the landscape is dotted with lakes and rivers. We spot a beaver lodge on one and are fascinated by the small homes tucked among the trees. Those on tiny islands are especially captivating.

This is “Cottage Country” where more than 2 million people enjoy family retreats every year. We are especially interested because one of the cities incorporated in this area is Peterborough, where Stan’s family settled. In 2014 we visited Peterborough and found his family graves there.

Kudos go to the chef for the aplomb with which he feeds his guests on this extended journey. Today I enjoyed lobster ravioli for lunch, afternoon tea, and a roast beef dinner.

It is dark by the time we snake through the outskirts of Toronto. The good news is that we are only 6 hours late arriving. The bad news is that the convenient rental car agency we have booked with across the street from Union Station, is closed. We find one rental service at the airport still open, but out of cars. Stan calls Uber.

As with the incredible racing style driver we were gifted with at the start of our journey we are fortunate again. He tells us most drivers won’t go as far afield as Niagara-on-the-Lake, but he doesn’t mind.

It is an almost 2 hour drive around the tip of Lake Ontario. It is too dark to enjoy the scenery, but we couldn’t be happier to arrive at our hotel.

If you have missed any of the installments of our trans-Canada train journey, you can see them all here. Come back next week as the adventure continues on land with a very special time at Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History, has written more than 50 books specializing in British Christianity. These books include: The Monastery Murders, clerical mysteries; Lord Danvers Investigates, Victorian true-crime; The Elizabeth and Richard series, literary suspense; and Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England. She loves research and sharing you-are-there experiences with her readers.

www.donnafletchercrow.com

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