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Canada VIA Rail > Introduction

Train is the fun and care-free way to explore Canada

VIA Rail Canada Station, London, Ontario

VIA Rail Canada makes a practical, affordable travel alternative to highway driving and airport queues. Shown: VIA Rail Canada Station, London, Ontario. Photo: Balcer.

Despite daunting distances and insufficient funding, Canada's national railroad continues to connect Canadians and visitors with world-class cities and singular wonders of nature. From Vancouver and the Pacific to Atlantic Canada, Bridging some 7750 mi (12,500 km) across eight Canadian Provinces and five time zones, VIA Rail routes connect over 450 stations. Additionally, requests for "Special Stops" at random points along vast stretches of wilderness railway are regularly honored. Each year, over four million passengers travel aboard VIA Rail Canada trains.
VIA Rail Canada routes connect vacationers and business travelers with many of Canada's most popular destinations. Streamlined boarding procedures are less intusive than airport security checks and on board travel is less stressful than battling expressway traffic.
Accounting for 90% of VIA Rail's traffic, some 400 weekly trains operate along Canada's 715 mi (1150 km) Corridor. Frequent intercity services connect Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa, Windsor, Québec City, Niagara Falls and intermediate cities. Daily cross-border service continues to New York City.
Crossing prairie grasslands, boreal forests and the Rockies, VIA Rail Canada's western routes reach north to sub-arctic James Bay, hook up with the Pacific cruise port of Prince Rupert, and stretch to bustling Vancouver where international service connects with Seattle and Portland.
Eastern trains head out of Montréal bound for First Nations lands to the north and roll along the Saint Lawrence Valley to the pristine Atlantic Canadian coasts of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Gaspé Peninsula.
This VIA Rail Canada train travel guide provides a quick overview of Canadian passenger railroad services. It profiles VIA Rail Canada routes and notes key destinations and scenic highlights along the way. Contents include information on buying tickets, special discounts, rail passes, station facilities, travel classes and accommodations, baggage and pet transport, sleeper services, baggage, amenities, food and beverages, special needs, rail travel for children, and border crossing by rail.
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