Sixty Hours of Valerie Pringle

I realize that I’m in no position to comment, but I can’t believe that there’s a television show that consists entirely of 60 live hours of watching Valerie Pringle take a train across Canada.

We’re promised “the romance, grandeur and rugged beauty of Canada.” What we get is endless hours of watching Valerie Pringle eating lunch. And Valerie Pringle talking about rivers. And train guys talking about how people with headphones walking down the tracks get wiped out by freight trains. And shots of railway track. And Valerie Pringle talking to waiters. And shots of railway track. And Valerie Pringle talking about what a great trip she’s having. All with a royalty free soundtrack of jazzy elevator music punctuated by the rail “air traffic control” radio chatter.

It is arguably the most boring 60 hours of television ever produced.


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Pete Prodoehl on June 28, 2005 - 19:35 Permalink

That’s not what Valerie Pringle had to say about it!

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Pierre Berton on June 28, 2005 - 20:36 Permalink

I think the series of travelling across Canada on VIA Rail is kind of neat and kudos to CTV Travel for showing it. I think it’s a great departure from the blas

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Jane Burton on October 31, 2022 - 17:16 Permalink

I watched it and thoroughly enjoyed it at that time. I was also a fan of Valerie Pringle.
I’m 17 years late commenting on it as I was just looking up the info on it this afternoon and came across this on the internet.

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Betty Kennedy on June 29, 2005 - 00:58 Permalink

Very well spoken for a dead guy. Was expecting a National Dream or The Last Spike plug!

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valerie forever_69 on July 12, 2005 - 08:48 Permalink

how could you say that about valerie/ shes my hero and an insperation to my whole family. it is such disgrace that you speak of her this way. i love her so much infact i have a fan cliub that meets every tuesday you should come and see what its all about i know you will instantly fall in love with her. valerie forever,yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Rob on September 16, 2006 - 21:38 Permalink

Well for those of us who know and enjoy seeing the varied landscapes of Canada the show was enjoyable and Valarie was as bubbly as ever.

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barbara canil on March 16, 2008 - 05:10 Permalink

I watched the great train ride, and I loved every minute of it, and Valarie Pringle as well, and I have watched many of her other trips also, and have enjoyed those as well, so I hope they continue to televise those particular type of shows, very informative and interesting.
As a result of watching the train ride, my husband and I are going to travel from vancouver to halifax for our 50th wedding anniversary.(actually it will be vancouver island to halifax)
Is there a DVD to purchase of that particular trip?

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Gina Perry on January 1, 2009 - 01:08 Permalink

I have to say that Valerie is a wonderful travel host and that I am anxiously waiting and looking for her train trip across Canada to come out on DVD. How about it CTV?

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Karl W Klambauer on May 27, 2013 - 04:45 Permalink

I love trains. This is one trip i’ve always wanted to take as well. Congrats to CTV and Valerie Pringle for being kind hosts to this once in a life-time trip across Canada.

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Brian Leahy on February 20, 2018 - 14:07 Permalink

Is there any where I can buy these 60 hours of the train trip across Canada? I saw a couple of episodes but I want to see the whole thing.