The VIA-Rail, Cross-Canada, Ocean-to-Ocean, Book-Tour Extravaganza

A friend suggested that, for the first leg of the trip, Toronto to Winnipeg,
I might prefer to travel by air.  I said,
what? Disrupt the integrity of the train
journey? This is an all-rail, cross-country, ocean-to-ocean, book-tour extravaganza. This is
Jack McClelland on steroids.This is celebrating cutting-edge Canada, as revealed in 50
Canadians Who Changed the World
, while following in the footsteps of those who created a nation by mapping a wilderness and running steel rails across
it. Call me old-fashioned, but I wouldn’t
miss this for the world.

The itinerary runs Toronto to Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean; then Toronto to Halifax and the Atlantic.

Main events include the following. Maybe I’ll see you at one of them

Winnipeg, Oct. 16: McNally Robinson.

Saskatoon, Oct. 20: McNally Robinson.

Calgary, Oct. 22: Pages on Kensington.

Canmore, Oct. 23: Café Books.

Vancouver, Oct 29: University of British Columbia.

Toronto, Nov. 7: Dora Keogh / Ben McNally Books.

Ottawa: Nov. 8: Books on Beechwood.

Montreal: Nov. 10: Paragraphe Books & Breakfast

Halifax (Dartmouth): Nov. 11: Alderney Gate Library


  1. George Payerle on February 1, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    Iron Horse and Jack McClelland from Sea to Sea! Count the ties, Ken.

  2. Anita Daher on February 1, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    I love the Toronto to Winnipeg leg, Ken. No wifi, which is a bit lovely, miles and miles of woodlands. I see you are presenting in Winnipeg the same day as Margaret Atwood–her event is in the afternoon. See you then!

  3. Bev Sayers on February 1, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    I would take the train from Toronto right through to the west coast. The sites would be amazing, all of it when you haven't seen it all before, or even if you had.

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