"Traveling by Train in Canada" Canada Transportation Tip by glabah

Canada Transportation: 110 reviews and 93 photos

The primary national passenger railway in Canada is VIA. This company took over the remains of the passenger services once operated by the freight railroads. Some of the equipment they operate today, especially on the longer distance route to the west, is still from the 1940s and 1950s.

Some of the routes only operate once every three days, so be particularly careful if making a reservation on a train that serves remote areas as it may be one that doesn't operate very often.

Minor passenger carriers also exist in Canada. These include the Ontario Northland railway, which operates freight and passenger service into some remote areas of Ontario using passenger trains on their own railroad, plus buses to reach other areas.

The Rocky Mountaineer train operates in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta and British Columbia. While the prices are quite high, they operate their services with the idea that they are a cruise ship running on rails. Also, they operate based entirely during the daylight hours so that it is possible to view the scenery - and the scenery along their lines is quite spectacular.

VIA web site:

Ontario Northland web site:

Rocky Mountaineer web site:

Type: Train

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  • Written Oct 12, 2011
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