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VIA Rail Canada

 

VIA Rail Canada

 

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As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate is to provide efficient, more environmentally-sustainable and cost-effective passenger transportation. Every week, VIA operates 503 intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking 450 communities across its 12,500-kilometre route network. VIA transports over four million passengers annually. Since 2007, the Government has invested nearly 1 billion dollars in VIA in order to meet growing demand and transform Canada's rail passenger service for the future.

 

Year round, VIA Rail Canada offers international and Canadian travelers the opportunity to experience the grandeur and ever-changing face of Canada. From season to season, region to region, the shifting vistas beyond the window are certain to deliver a memorable journey. Whether slipping through the snow-capped Rockies in winter, the fiery maple forests of Ontario in autumn or past the pure gold of the prairies under a clear blue, summer sky, VIA Rail is simply a more human way to travel.

 

For more information on train schedules or to book a trip anywhere in the VIA system, customers can visit VIA’s website at viarail.ca or contact their travel agent.

 

 

The Canadian

 

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From Toronto to Vancouver, no matter the time of year, the images are unforgettable: mountain sheep and elk loitering outside Jasper, the massive towering peak of Mt. Robson, the skyline of Toronto looming on the horizon.

 

canadian cabin for 2 nightIn Sleeper Plus class your trip begins with a Bon Voyage reception and continues with award-winning service that includes on-board fine dining and cozy sleeping accommodations. Passengers can enjoy the scenery from the large picture windows of their private rooms, or from the several 360° scenic domes positioned throughout the train.

 

Activity Coordinators combine education and good fun to entertain passengers, including wine and beer tastings, movie nights, train bingo games, and sometimes even Canadian musicians performing onboard. Come and see what a magnificent country Canada really is!

 

For more information on train schedules or to book a trip anywhere in the VIA system, customers can visit VIA’s website at viarail.ca or contact their travel agent.

 

Jasper-Prince Rupert

 

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A two-day journey (hotel accommodation in Prince George not included) from Jasper National Park in the Rockies to Prince Rupert on the Pacific Coast, past more beauty and wildlife than most people can imagine. The area is also renowned as one of the largest nesting grounds of the bald eagle and home of grizzlies and the rare Spirit bear. During the summer months (May – September) passengers can enjoy the added comfort of Touring class service on many departures, including a wonderful meal and panoramic and dome viewing cars. The train follows a breathtaking route along the Skeena River, and is filled with photo opportunities of waterfalls, totem poles and the magnificent Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

 

For more information on train schedules or to book a trip anywhere in the VIA system, customers can visit VIA’s website at viarail.ca or contact their travel agent.

 

Winnipeg-Churchill

 

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From Winnipeg, VIA’s sub-Arctic rail experience winds through fertile prairies and thick forests to the tundra and the shores of the frigid waters surrounding the town of Churchill, Manitoba. There, VIA’s Winnipeg-Churchill service enters the realm of the beluga whale and the elusive polar bear. And, if the season is right, the nights dazzle with the best viewing of the aurora borealis available in North America.

 

Overnight sleeping accommodations and onboard meals are available.

 

For more information on train schedules or to book a trip anywhere in the VIA system, customers can visit VIA’s website at viarail.ca or contact their travel agent.

 

Corridor Services

 

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Year round, VIA Rail Canada offers travelers the opportunity to experience the diversity and energy of the Ontario/Québec Corridor. From city to city, season to season, the shifting vistas beyond the window are certain to create a relaxing and memorable journey.

 

Whether sampling the award-winning ice wines of the Niagara region, gazing at the fiery maple forests of Ontario and Québec in autumn or experiencing the thrill of a Canada Day celebration in the Nation’s capital, a trip on VIA Rail is the perfect Canadian experience.

 

VIA Rail’s corridor services provide a glimpse into the diversity of Canadian culture while showcasing one of the most popular regions in the country. On most VIA corridor trains travelers can choose from Economy or Business class accommodations.

 

Corridor Business classBusiness class travelers are pampered while awaiting priority boarding to their car with comfortable seats and plenty of leg room. A choice of delicious entrees on a menu that changes every day is accompanied by a wide selection of beverages, including wine with your meal. A healthy assortment of snacks and beverages, offered to customers at their seat, is available for purchase in Economy class.

 

VIA’s Corridor services operate downtown to downtown so there is no long drive to and from airports, no wasted time checking in or waiting to board, no luggage or other security checks. VIA provides a stress-free travel alternative.

 

For more information on train schedules or to book a trip anywhere in the VIA system, customers can visit VIA’s website at viarail.ca or contact their travel agent.

 

The Ocean

 

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Departing three days a week from Montreal and three days a week from Halifax, VIA’s Ocean takes passengers on an overnight voyage through the picturesque Canadian Maritimes and the charming Quebec countryside. The Ocean is a memorable trip that encompasses everything.

 

Fertile farmlands to rugged, rocky coastlines. Culture, entertainment and Canadian heritage along the way.  The Ocean offers a refreshing overnight journey as passengers are treated to a continually changing landscape from the comfort of full-service train cars, and 360-degree panoramic views.

 

At night passengers are rocked to sleep by the gentle movement of the train from the comfort of their own bed, complete with cozy down duvets. Passengers have the opportunity to meet and mingle with other travelers, watch a movie or enjoy a meal inspired by local products and specialties served in the dining car as the train winds its way through the Atlantic landscape. An onboard Learning Coordinator brings Maritime history and culture to life with onboard vignettes and hands-on activities on everything from lobster trapping to regional tartans to chocolate.

 

For more information on train schedules or to book a trip anywhere in the VIA system, customers can visit VIA’s website at viarail.ca or contact their travel agent.

 

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VIA Rail Canada Inc.

Address: P.O. Box. 8116, Station "A", Montréal (Québec) H3C 3N3, Canada

Phone: 1 888 VIA-RAIL (1 888 842-7245)

Website: www.viarail.ca

 

 

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