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VIA Rail

VIA Rail is a national rail service that provides passengers services across over 400 different Canadian communities. On our tour of Eastern Canada and The Cabot Trail, we travel on the VIA Rail Corridor line from Toronto to Montréal, then continue onwards to Québec; a spectacular one-day journey which affords wonderful views over Canada's stunning, vast landscapes. Economy Class facilities include complimentary Wi-Fi and comfortable, spacious seats. Light meals, snacks and drinks are available to purchase on the train, and there is a full service bar.

Established in 1977, VIA Rail was founded as a solution to Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau's call for rail service between cities to become essential. There were few options for passenger train travel before this, as much of the track in Canada was dedicated to freight service. VIA Rail became the first national passenger service in Canada at the time; it has now served passengers for more than 40 years.

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VIA Rail took over track from the Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Railways to create its first long-distance cross-country passenger route from Vancouver to Montreal for its flagship route. It named the train that ran the course the Canadian as a nod to its predecessors. This occurred in 1978, just one year after the line's founding. Since then, VIA Rail has expanded to reach over 400 cities and towns throughout Canada, including major destinations - such as Jasper, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, and Quebec City - and more elusive locales, including Churchill. There is a total of over 7,765 miles of track within the VIA Rail network.

Passengers can capture the changes in the vast Canadian landscape from the large picture windows that line the train cars. Most trains are equipped with power outlets, and some journeys even feature Wi-Fi Internet access. Guests are comfortable during travel in any season, thanks to full air conditioning and heating on all rail lines.

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