Canada & USA Destination Planner 2019-20 Canada Destination Planner - Page 55

Canada / INDEPENDENT RAIL JOURNEYS VIA Rail From coast to coast, through mountains, prairies, forests and cities, you can explore all regions of Canada from the comfort and convenience of modern rail. VIA Rail operates over 500 trains per week in eight Canadian provinces, with a network of over 12,500 kilometres, making it Canada’s primary passenger rail service. The Corridor Service Toronto to Québec City (available in reverse) Choose from five major routes which offer a variety of train experiences: The Ocean Montréal to Halifax (available in reverse) The Canadian Vancouver to Toronto (available in reverse) This four-night journey departs from Vancouver and travels through the majestic Canadian Rockies to Jasper and on to Edmonton before crossing the prairies to Toronto. Travelling in Sleeper Plus class, by day you will sit back in comfortable armchairs; at night, attendants will transform your quarters into cozy bunks or a private bedroom. You will have access to domed lounge cars for 180-degree panoramic windows for spectacular viewing. Gourmet meals are included in the dining car while travelling in Sleeper Plus class. Upgrade to the new Prestige class, offering an elegant cabin that is 50 per cent larger than the cabin for two with a larger viewing window, private bathroom with a shower and a flat-screen TV. This is a very convenient, comfortable and scenic way to travel between the key cities of Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City. Services depart multiple times per day from central locations. You can choose the value of an economy seat or upgrade to business class, which offers exclusive check-in, lounge access at the train station and meals while on board the train. The Ocean train makes an overnight journey along the St. Lawrence before crossing the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The train leaves Montréal just as the sun sets over the fertile farmlands carpeting the southern shores of the St. Lawrence River and the Matapédia Valley, arriving in misty Chaleur Bay early the next morning. After breakfast, enjoy lessons on lobster traps, wine sampling and other activities in the panoramic car. You can choose the value of an economy seat or upgrade to the Sleeper Plus class for a cozier overnight accommodation. Jasper to Prince Rupert (available in reverse) Explore a region rich in First Nations culture and history. The Jasper to Prince Rupert train makes a two-day journey from the rugged splendour of the Jasper National Park and the Canadian Rockies to the stunning beauty of the Pacific Coast. You will disembark the train in Prince George for an overnight stay before continuing for a full day on the train to Prince Rupert. Choose the relaxing ambience and attentive service of economy class (available all year), or upgrade to touring class to enjoy exclusive access to dome car seating and meal service at your seat. Touring class is available on set departures from mid-June to late September. The Arctic Adventure Winnipeg to Churchill (available in reverse) The Canadian You will watch the beautiful Manitoba landscape transition from majestic prairies to towering boreal forest, from the cold lakes of the taiga to the barren beauty of the tundra on this 1700-kilometre journey to Churchill. Once in Churchill, in October and November you will be able to see polar bears up close from the safety of tundra buggies and watch the northern lights dance across vast Arctic skies. In the summer, kayak with belugas under the midnight sun. This service is available year round with the option of an economy seat or Sleeper Plus class. (This service is currently suspended due to railway infrastructure however it is expected to reopen during 2019). The Canadian Jasper to Prince Rupert The Arctic Adventure Canada The Corridor Service The Ocean Churchill BRITISH COLUMBIA ALBERTA Prince Rupert Prince George Vancouver SASKATCHEWAN MANITOBA Edmonton QUÉBEC ONTARIO Jasper Saskatoon Winnipeg Toronto The Ocean Mont-Joli Matapedia Rimouski Cambellton Rivere-du-Loup Bathurst Québec City Miramichi Moncton Truro Amherst Ottawa Montréal Halifax Kingston United States 53