Celebrate Canada Day 2009 with VIA Rail Canada

    Take a Family Train Ride to Ottawa this July 1

    OTTAWA, May 29 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada detailed its plans today
for the July 1st 2009 Canada Day celebrations in the nation's capital, with a
decided emphasis on family.
    With a host of activities planned, everyone in the Ottawa region is
invited to enjoy the celebrations and surprises under VIA's Canada Day tent at
Majors Hill Park. Visitors can get an autograph from paralympic athlete Benoît
Huot, chat with this year's EnviroExpo finalists (www.viaenviroexpo.ca) -
recently back from the Canada-wide Science Fair in Winnipeg, catch a magic
show or two, take a ride on VIA's miniature train and much more.
    "VIA's involvement in the Canada Day festivities is a natural outgrowth
of the fact that a unified Canada was built in part on the promise of a rail
system reaching from coast to coast," said Paul Côté, President and CEO of VIA
Rail Canada. "Today that system provides an economic lifeline and unique way,
for Canadians and visitors, to explore this country's vibrant cultures and
astounding natural beauty."
    VIA offers frequent daily train service to Ottawa from Toronto, Montreal
and other destinations in Quebec and Ontario. Special discounts are available,
including VIA's popular Kids Travel Free plan, effective from June 1 to
September 15. For more information or to reserve tickets customers can visit
viarail.ca or call 1 888 VIA RAIL (842-7245).

    About VIA Rail:

    As Canada's national passenger rail service, VIA Rail Canada provides
efficient, environmentally sustainable and cost effective transportation
services to more than 450 communities, with a network of inter-city,
transcontinental and regional remote trains operating across the country.

For further information:

For further information: Ashley Doyle, Corporate Communications, (416)
956-7613, Ashley_doyle@viarail.ca

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