I’ve been to most of the places that Amtrak can take me, so I’ve decided to go north this summer: I’m planning to cross Canada by rail. (I was going to travel Vancouver to Toronto last year, but wouldn’t you know, I was ticketed on one of the trains Via Rail cancelled to solve their problem with the lateness of the Canadian.) I’m going Fort Worth - Chicago - New York - Montreal - Halifax - Toronto - Vancouver - Seattle - Chicago - Fort Worth. Except for Vancouver and Chicago on the return, I’m staying at the nearest hotel to the stations. In Vancouver, I’m staying at a Holiday Inn and Suites downtown. In Chicago, I’m staying at the Palmer House. I’ve planned free days in Montreal, Halifax and Vancouver, and two free days in Toronto. I’ve got cabins for two on the Ocean and the Canadian. There are several things that I’d like to know about before I go. Are there any things that Via Rail does differently from Amtrak that I need to know about? On Amtrak, I usually charge up my phone, iPad and watch at night. Will there be power in my rooms to do this on Via? Is there power at the seats in the dome cars? (I like to track my progress using a map application on my iPad, and that eats up the battery.) Finally, I’m open to suggestions about what to do on my free days in the four Canadian cities.