Train Talk: Via Rail Canada featured in "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown" on CNN

MONTREAL, May 9, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - While food remains the focus of Anthony Bourdain's newest television venture with CNN, "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown" VIA Rail Canada ( made a cameo appearance in the most recent episode, "Canada" (Ep. 4). Bourdain, along with Fred Morin and Dave McMillan, co-owners of the Montréal restaurant Joe Beef and avid train buffs, traveled in VIA Rail's Business Class from Montréal to Québec.

"We are very excited that Parts Unknown selected VIA Rail to show the product and service of VIA Rail in Canada. Canada's history and growth are closely tied to train travel so it truly is wonderful to see that story being told on such a popular program," said Steve Del Bosco, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer of VIA Rail. "We invite all viewers to see our breathtaking country aboard the train - it's an unforgettable experience."

Highlighting train travel as an integral part of Canada's history, the trio enjoyed all of the amenities of VIA Rail's Business class on this popular route as well as privileged access to the in-station Business lounges, priority boarding, complimentary newspapers, Wi-Fi and on-board hot breakfast. While discussing Canada's train evolution, the group enjoyed picturesque views of the Eastern Canada's landscape.

The "Canada" episode is set to air again on CNN on Saturday, May 11th at 10 p.m. ET, 1 a.m. ET, 4 a.m. ET, and on Sunday, May 12th at 8 p.m. ET. To view the episode, please visit the CNN channel on YouTube.

About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada's mandate is to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation service, in both official languages of our country. VIA operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking 450 communities across its 12,500-kilometre route network, and safely transports nearly four million passengers annually. The Corporation was awarded seven Safety Awards by the Railway Association of Canada over the last eight years, and is recipient of the 2012 Agent's Choice Award voted by Canadian travel agents and presented by Baxter Travel Media. Since 2007, the Government of Canada has invested almost a billion dollars in VIA Rail. Follow the progress of our transformation at

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SOURCE: VIA Rail Canada Inc.

For further information:

Mylène Bélanger
Senior Media Relations Advisor
VIA Rail Canada
514 871-6137 | 1 877 393-8787


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