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VIA Rail

5 Reasons Why You Should Take the Train Across Canada


The Canadian passing through Alberta (Photo: Jamie McCaffrey)

Via Rail’s long-standing passenger route across our homeland, aptly named The Canadian, is one of the most exquisite ways to experience the vast space between Toronto and Vancouver. Covering 4,466km, the train offers incredible views of the Rockies, the Coast Mountains, the Prairies and the pre-Cambrian shield. Here, we offer the five top reasons to experience this unforgettable journey.


VIA Rail’s Massive Layoffs: Track to the Future?


Photo: Canadian Pacific Railway

Let’s be real. In Canada, no one takes the train to get somewhere fast—or for the best price. A July weekend flight from Edmonton to Vancouver costs around $400 round-trip and takes 90 minutes. The same trip by train costs almost $100 more over 26 hours. (more…)

Future of Vancouver Island Rail Service Uncertain

Photo by Andriy Baranskyy

By Carissa Bluestone

Concerns about Via Rail service on Vancouver Island surfaced yesterday as the railway ferried the last of its Dayliner cars to the mainland over the weekend. Passenger service has been suspended on the Victoria–Courtenay route since March because of poor track conditions, including thousands of decaying railway ties.


Riding the Skeena: Northern BC to Jasper National Park

Mount Robson, Canada's highest peak. Photo by ceetap.

By Tim Johnson

Not all road trips must be taken on rubber wheels. After all, a ride on a train takes you along a railroad—Canada’s original mode of long-distance travel. And, winding from British Columbia’s picturesque Pacific Coastal Range, past quirky, cool places in the BC interior, all the way to the soaring Rockies and across the Alberta border to Jasper, VIA Rail’s “Skeena” (Prince Rupert–Jasper train) provides a railroad trip you won’t soon forget. (more…)

$923 Million Over Five Years Equals a Bigger, Better VIA Rail in 2011

Photo by shivapat

By Waheeda Harris

What does $923 million in funds invested in VIA Rail in 2007 and 2009 get you in 2011? A facelift that includes everything from green initiatives and new tracks to increased safety.

For the past five years, the federal government has been investing in VIA to upgrade, update and expand its service in Canada, in the single largest investment in the Canadian passenger rail company’s history.