Near the west entrance to Yoho National Park in British Columbia, one of the frequent trains of Canadian National Railways heads eastward, directly into some of the most awesome mountain scenery you will ever see. |
Yes, Canada is gorgeous scenery, but this freight train is all business. Most of the cargo, products from BC forests; mines; farms and factories, is headed for the population centers of Ontario and Quebec.
Just like this powerful and purposeful train, Canadians are an enthusiastic and determined people. If you happen to overhear a conversation between Canadians, it will likely be the recounting of a recent hockey game, that fast-moving Canadian national sport. But sports is by no means their only passion. Canadians are deeply concerned about the direction of their relatively young nation. They endure such handicaps as their bilingual highway signs and taxes on just about everything. And despite rumblings that reveal discontent with national policies, Canadians, just like this train, are determined to climb the "mountains" ...and enjoy them too.