VIA Rail Canada Makes Tracks with a 50% Off Promotion on Major Tourism Services


    Book by March 31 for Discounted Travel Aboard VIA's Western and Eastern
    Routes

    MONTREAL, Feb. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada is offering all the fun
for half the price this season on three of its most popular tourism services:
the Toronto-Jasper-Vancouver Canadian, Montréal-Halifax Ocean and
Montréal-Gaspé Chaleur. The discount is valid in both Comfort (Economy) and
Sleeper Class services.
    Voted by the International Society of Railway Travelers as one of the top
25 trains to experience, VIA's flagship Canadian is a four-night journey that
provides travelers with a glimpse into history itself. From the majestic Rocky
Mountains, through the vast expanses of the Canadian Prairies to the Canadian
Shield and lake lands of Northern Ontario, travellers can experience all this
and more at a savings of 50% off the regular peak fare when you travel no
later than May 31, 2009. Tickets must be purchased at least three days prior
to departure or by March 31 whichever comes first.
    Passengers can experience the entire cross country odyssey or opt for an
overnight trip from Vancouver to the town of Jasper, Alberta in the heart of
the Rockies. Choose from VIA's economical Comfort class or let yourself be
pampered with Silver & Blue sleeper class. Regional cuisine prepared freshly
by an on-board chef and accommodation are included in the price of Silver &
Blue class along with access to the train's 360 degrees panorama dome car.
    Prices for a one-way trip on the Canadian between Toronto and Vancouver
start at CAD $662 for an upper berth. An overnight journey in a double bedroom
from Vancouver to Jasper is available for CAD $447 plus tax, per person for
double occupancy.
    For travellers looking to experience the charm of Eastern Canada, VIA's
Ocean service between Montreal and Halifax, Nova Scotia and the Chaleur
between Montreal and the beautiful Gaspe region of Quebec are just the ticket.
And with savings of 50% on trips for travel until June 13, 2009, these are
sites worth seeing. Tickets must be purchased at least three days prior to
departure or by March 31 whichever comes first.
    On VIA Rail's eastern services, passengers wander through the beautiful
towns along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River before descending
through the Notre Dame Mountains in the Matapédia Valley. From there, the
Chaleur continues to Gaspé while the Ocean travels through New Brunswick en
route to Nova Scotia. Passengers can choose from VIA's Comfort Sleeper or the
economical Comfort Class.
    Prices for this overnight journey in Comfort Sleeper Class on the Ocean
in a standard double bedroom between Montréal and Halifax start at CAD $187
plus tax, per person for double occupancy. One-way travel in Comfort Sleeper
Class on the Chaleur between Montréal and Gaspé in a double bedroom is
available from CAD $164.50 plus tax, per person. Meals are extra on these two
services.
    To take advantage of this offer, for more information, or to book a trip
on any VIA service customers can visit viarail.ca or call (888) VIA-RAIL. (1
888 842-7245), or TTY 1 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired), or through their
travel agent.
    Only VIA Rail, Canada's national passenger rail service, offers an
original and unique rail experience across Canada's wondrous landscape for
travelers who value the journey as much as the destination.

    (*) All VIA Rail Canada rates quoted are per person, not including
    applicable taxes. Fares (and fare conditions) are subject to change
    without notice. Some fare plans require advance purchase and are subject
    to limited-availability. Other conditions may apply.



For further information: Media Contacts: Catherine Kaloutsky, (647)
228-1127, Catherine_kaloutsky@viarail.ca; Malcolm Andrews, (514) 871-6604,
Malcolm_andrews@viarail.ca