VIA Rail Offers Families Quality Time Together



    TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - The first ever Family Day for Ontarians is just
around the corner, so why not spend a little extra time with the family? With
VIA Rail Canada, a long weekend getaway with the kids can be both fun and
easy. There's no need to worry about unpredictable weather conditions or busy
highway driving; taking the train is a stress-free, comfortable alternative.
And with over 320 weekly departures in the corridor alone, travellers have the
flexibility to create a weekend getaway or daytrip that best meets their
needs.
    Advance bookings indicate that this will be a heavy travel weekend as
many VIA services from Toronto to Montreal/ Ottawa are nearing capacity with
some trains already sold out. VIA Rail Canada wishes to advise travellers to
make their travel plans as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

    Family time can include a trip to any number of destinations including:

    A cultural escape to Ottawa and visit the plethora of museums and
galleries in the Nation's Capital. For the outdoor enthusiast, bring along
your skates and treat the family to some memorable moments on the Rideau
Canal, the world's longest skating rink and a UNESCO World Heritage site that
stretches all the way to Kingston!
    Experience big city excitement in Toronto by visiting the CN Tower, one
of the world's tallest free-standing structures or catch one of Toronto's
professional sports teams in action. A visit to the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum)
or the Ontario Science Centre will definitely provide some "hands-on"
activities the whole family can enjoy. Montréal, a popular weekend getaway no
matter what time of year, is hosting its winter "High Lights" Festival
offering a multitude of indoor/outdoor activities, concerts and of course
gastronomic pleasures.
    Because VIA's Corridor services operate downtown to downtown, there is no
long drive to and from airports, no waiting to board and no security hassles.
Plus with VIA's personal at-your-seat snack and beverage service, you won't
have to worry about endless pit stops along the way. When requested in
advance, families can sit in a quad facing each other; perfect for playing
cards or planning out the day's adventures. Children travelling on board also
receive VIA's children's Activity Pak with an activity book, crayons and train
cut-out. With VIA Rail, the journey can be just as memorable as the
destination itself!
    For more information on train schedules or to book a trip anywhere in the
VIA system, customers can visit VIA's secure Web site at viarail.ca.
Passengers also can book their tickets at self-ticketing kiosks in most Québec
City-Windsor Corridor stations, by calling 1 888 VIA-RAIL (1 888 842-7245),
TTY 1 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired), or through their travel agent.
    As Canada's national passenger rail service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate is
to provide efficient, environmentally sustainable and cost effective passenger
transportation services, both in Canada's business corridor and in remote and
rural regions of the country. VIA serves more than 450 communities with a
network of inter-city, transcontinental and regional trains. Increasingly
travellers are turning to train travel as a hassle-free and cost-efficient
alternative to congested roads and airports as well as a more environmentally
responsible way to travel.




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Catherine Kaloutsky, Corporate
Communications, (647) 228-1127, Catherine_kaloutsky@viarail.ca; Martin Roy,
Corporate Communications, (514) 871-6119, Martin_roy@viarail.ca


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