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Yes, the lakes may still be ice-covered, and shrinking snowbanks might yet line the roads, but the spring season in Canada’s western mountains may be the optimal time to board one of the spectacular train excursions to explore the canyons and peaks of Canada’s finest scenery.

After all, it is the time of year when daylight extends well into the evening and busloads of tour groups have yet to clog the attractions.

Dundurn Press has just released Foreign Voices in the House, a striking book published ahead of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Its 600 pages are filled with, among other things, the major speeches 64 world leaders like Nelson Mandela, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Boris Yeltsin, and Barack Obama delivered in our House of Commons over the past century. Alongside pithy bios of each leader, illustrated with the dramatic Parliament Hill photos of these history-makers, are many surprising facts about them, which you might never have suspected.

New People and Places

Posted on September 6 by Barbara Fradkin in Mystery

But fifteen years is a long time for a writer to spend with the same characters in the same place. I wanted to travel. I wanted to meet new people. So I put him, his long-suffering wife, and his loyal colleagues on the shelf, left the complex, subtly hued city of Ottawa, and set off into the wilderness, both literally and figuratively.

In 1988 VIA Rail launched an all-daylight tour train known as the Rocky Mountaineer between Jasper and Vancouver, giving riders unequalled views of Canada’s most stunning mountain scenery.

But in 1990, when Brian Mulroney’s Conservative government slashed VIA’s routes by half, the Mountaineer was sold to the Great Canadian Rail Tour Company. Today the railway offers four scenic all-daylight routes through mountain passes and along the steep canyon walls of Canada’s western mountain ranges.

Elizabeth Muir’s recent book Canadian Women in the Sky: 100 Years of Flight, shines a light on the often little-known contributions of Canadian women in aviation. Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail delves into Muir’s reasons for writing the book, and the surprising things she learned.

When Art Ross: The Hockey Legend Who Built the Bruins was published in early September, it was almost exactly ten years to the day since I first began working on it. It hasn’t literally been ten years of continuous work … but it’s certainly been ten years of living with it – and two or three years of work, at least. More, by far, than I have spent on any other project.

 "...if Art Ross had done all the things he did in baseball instead of hockey, there would already be several books about him."

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