By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We have friends from Britain travelling by train from Toronto to Vancouver via Jasper in late November. What range of temperatures can be expected? Can you please recommend clothing?

A: There's an upside and a downside response here. The upside is that traveling by rail anytime of the year allows visitors an opportunity to stay in a controlled weather environment.

In November, passengers are nestled inside the cabin with the heat turned up. Perhaps a wool blanket drapes over them as they curl up to read a good book while ingesting the breathtaking scenery.

Of course, the downside is that November will also introduce your friends to the first cold breath of Canada's Old Man Winter. So, prepare for a cold snap.

When I travelled by train along the aforementioned route on board Via Rail's Silver and Blue line, the thermostat plummeted when we reached Winnipeg, Manitoba. It was well below 0 Celsius in early October.

So, encourage your friends to pack the long johns, thick wool socks, and a couple of sweaters for layering. A warm hat, scarves and a pair of mittens can go a long way as these items don't take up much room in the suitcase.


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