VIA Rail covers Canada with rail-inclusive packages thoughout the country



    Visit viarail.ca/packages for multi-destination getaways from coast to
    coast

    MONTREAL, March 19 /CNW/ - From the picturesque charm of Peggy's Cove in
Nova Scotia to the awesome wilderness of the Canadian Rockies, VIA Rail offers
travellers lots to choose from for this summer travel season. Offering a
variety of rail-inclusive vacation packages through Canada's most scenic,
cultural and adventurous regions, VIA's dedicated website helps travellers
find their dream getaway with a simple click or two. Whether exploring the
untouched Canadian northwest or sightseeing in Canada's most bustling,
historic cities, the something-for-everyone appeal of viarail.ca/packages
offers a perfect tour for seemingly any traveller.
    VIA's website enables consumers and travel planners to find vacation
packages based on their individual tastes, interests, and budget. Category
selections include:

    
    -  Type of vacation experience, such as outdoor/adventure, festival-
       hopping and cultural events. From skiing at Jasper's Marmot Basin, to
       world-class theatre in Toronto, and fabulous festivals like the
       International Jazz Festival in Montréal.
    -  Destination, VIA Rail takes travellers from spots as trendy as
       Vancouver and its chic boutiques, to the rugged tundra in Churchill,
       Manitoba, the Polar Bear capital of the world.
    -  Type of accommodation and price level. See Canada on a budget or
       pamper yourself at the prestigious Fairmont Hotels & Resorts available
       in many destinations serviced by VIA Rail.
    

    Upon finding a travel package of interest, one click brings visitors to
an overview of the itinerary and a direct link to the pre-screened
tour-operator providing the program. Travellers then book directly through
these tour operators. Some of the season's featured packages are listed below.
For more information about these packages please visit viarail.ca/packages or
call 1 888-VIA-RAIL (842-7245).

    Atlantic Canada aboard VIA's Ocean train
    ----------------------------------------

    "Discover Atlantic Canada" - Originating in Montréal, Discover Holiday's
"Discover Atlantic Canada" package includes a trip to Prince Edward Island
home of Anne of Green Gables, a tour of historic Halifax and an excursion to
Peggy's Cove, one of North America's most picturesque settings. Between
Montréal and Moncton, travellers enjoy VIA Rail's premier Easterly Class,
which features private sleeping accommodations, regional cuisine in the dining
car, and activities with the train's learning coordinator, who acquaints
travellers with the Maritime provinces. Packages begin at CAD $953, based upon
double occupancy, and are available June 1 - September 30, 2007.
    Website:
http://www.trainpackages.ca/packages/Discover-Atlantic-Canada.html

    "High Tides and Scenic Trains" - Discover the pleasures of overnight rail
travel between Montréal and New Brunswick on this ten-day, nine-night
round-trip voyage of discovery featuring two overnights in VIA Rail's premier
Easterly Class. Seven nights in a variety of hotels ranging from the elegant
and historic to the intimate and quaint. Other highlights include city
sightseeing, a Shediac Bay lobster dinner cruise and sightseeing at Saint
John's famous Reversing Falls. Rates begin at CAD $2,002 per person, based
upon double occupancy. This package is offered June 1 - October 31, 2007.
    Website:
http://www.trainpackages.ca/packages/High-Tides-and-Scenic-Trains--Cartan-Tour
s.html

    See Northwest British Columbia on the Skeena and Canadian
    ---------------------------------------------------------

    "Skeena Rail Trail" - Ushering passengers through the dense forests of
northern British Columbia and over the peaks of the Canadian Rockies, Anderson
Vacations offers travellers a five-day/four-night getaway. Highlights include
accommodations in Totem Deluxe Class onboard VIA's Skeena, with reserved
seating in the scenic domed Panorama cars and at-seat meal service. In Jasper,
enjoy a Maligne Lake hike or boat cruise. This package begins at CAD $1,028
per person, based upon double occupancy. Available year-round, the added
features of VIA's Totem Deluxe Class are offered May 16 - September 30, 2007.
    Website: http://www.trainpackages.ca/packages/Skeena-Rail-Trail.html

    "Scenic Skeena Rail Journey"- Originating in Vancouver, Cartan's
eight-day, seven-night "Scenic Rail Journeys" program features Silver & Blue
Class - private sleeping compartments, and regionally inspired cuisine in the
dining car - aboard VIA's flagship Canadian as well as Totem Deluxe Class
service on the northwestern Skeena service, with its unique scenic panorama
viewing cars. Once off the train, enjoy sightseeing tours in Vancouver, Jasper
and Prince Rupert. Combining premier rail and rustic inn and lodge
accommodations, this package is available May 12 - October 24, 2007 and priced
from CAD $1,967 per person, based upon double occupancy.
    Website:
http://www.trainpackages.ca/packages/Scenic-Rail-Journeys--Cartan-Tours.html

    Cross-country Adventure Aboard the Canadian
    -------------------------------------------

    "The Transcontinental Express" - For those vacationers who want to see it
all, there is no better choice than Trains Across Canada's "Transcontinental
Express." Operated between Vancouver and Toronto, the program provides a
relaxing way to see Canada's heartland and Canadian Rockies. The six-day,
five-night package features a three-day journey in VIA's premier Silver & Blue
Class aboard the Canadian, where amenities include private sleeping
compartments, regionally inspired cuisine in the classically romantic dining
car, and panoramic views of the breathtaking Canadian landscape from the
360-degree dome car. Book-ending the rail journey is the opportunity to
explore both Vancouver and Toronto, two of Canada's most sophisticated cities.
Available year round, rates for summer trips begin at CAD $1,999 per person,
based upon double occupancy.
    Website:
http://www.trainpackages.ca/packages/TransContinental-Express.html

    For more information on partners, available vacation packages, or on VIA
Rail Canada's 2007 Spring offers, products, and services call 1 888-VIA-RAIL
(842-7245) or visit viarail.ca

    VIA Rail Canada is the national passenger rail service, connecting some
450 communities from coast to coast. Demand for VIA's rapid inter-city
services in the Québec City-Windsor Corridor has grown in recent years, as
more Canadians turn to train travel as a hassle-free and cost-efficient
alternative to congested roads and airports. For a complete listing of train
departures, station and on-board services as well as fare plans, visit VIA at
viarail.ca Passengers can book their tickets by calling 1 888 VIA-RAIL
(842-7245), TTY 1 800-268-9503 (hearing impaired), at kiosks in major Corridor
stations, at viarail.ca or through their travel agents.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Catherine Kaloutsky, Corporate
Communications, (416) 956-7683, catherine_kaloutsky@viarail.ca; Seychelle
Harding, Corporate Communications, (514) 871-6119,
seychelle_harding@viarail.ca


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