From Coast to Coast - Captivating Colours, Seasonal Celebrations and
Special Events to Enjoy
MONTREAL, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - Canada's leaf-peeping season is short, sweet,
and as spread out and massive as the country itself. From vineyards at harvest
time to vast maple forests, the magnificent seasonal colours serve as
inspiration and setting for celebrations of nature, culture and tradition. And
with value-added discounts - especially for extended vacationers and senior
citizens - VIA Rail lets fall foliage fans get more fiery reds, awesome
auburns and magnificent magentas for less of their hard-earned greenbacks. And
with VIA at the driver's seat, your hands are free to capture the moment with
camera in hand.
For travellers eager to experience autumn where Mother Nature does its
best, there is no better option than VIA Rail's Windsor-Québec City Corridor.
VIA's convenient Corridor services provide safe, affordable and comfortable
travel. And with multiple daily departures - why drive hours between
destinations? Choose from VIA 1 first class or Comfort class seating.
Travellers can also take advantage of the onboard pay-for-use wireless
Internet access. Relax with loved ones, enjoy VIA's outstanding at-your-seat
service, and marvel at the changing season drifting past large picture
Travellers with more time to experience the country's fall landscape can
choose from VIA's signature transcontinental services - the Canadian
(Vancouver to Toronto), the Ocean (Montréal to Halifax) or the Chaleur (along
the Gaspé Peninsula).
Travel with VIA and Catch the Savings
At this time of the year, there are a variety of passes and discounts
leaf peepers can choose from when planning their trip. Travellers planning a
multi-destination or extended stay to Canada can take advantage of either of
VIA's value-added rail passes. The CorridorPass offers 10 days of travel in
the Ontario-Québec Corridor, available in VIA 1 or Comfort Class. Adult fares
are $750 for VIA 1 and $314 for Comfort class.
Looking to see even more of Canada's fall offerings? VIA's CanrailPass
offers 12 days of travel in Comfort class over a 30-day period. The pass is
good for travel anywhere within the VIA Rail nation-wide system and upgrades
to VIA 1 or various Sleeper classes can be purchased by paying a simple
surcharge. Adult fares for the CanrailPass through October 15, 2008, are $879
and drop to $549 for the extended off-season. Visit viarail.ca/travelpasses
for more information.
VIA's "Flexi Fares" and senior companion fares provide a perfect
opportunity for sharing the harvest of the fall season. Depending on
availability, passengers may choose from Regular Fares, with no service
charges for changes or cancellations, Discount Fares, offering discounts with
some flexibility or Supersaver Fares, representing great value for travellers
who do not foresee the need to make changes to their tickets. VIA's senior
companion fares allow passengers age 60 and over travelling in Comfort class
to bring a companion, of any age, along for free. For sleeper class, a
senior's travel companion receives a 75% discount off the regular adult fare.
(Space is limited and some conditions do apply). Visit viarail.ca/senior for
more information. For young adults from 18 to 25, VIA's Youth Fare is valid
for a 25% discount off the adult regular fare in Comfort class.
The following are some of the best reasons for exploring Canada with VIA
Rail this fall.
Ontario-Québec Eastern Corridor
Toronto/Niagara region - The Niagara Wine Festival (September 19-28)
proudly displays this renowned region's wide range of vineyards and wineries.
Visit www.grapeandwine.com. Enjoy a guided group tour of two of Toronto's most
popular public parks, Edwards Gardens and Sunnybrook Park, which promise
travellers a leisurely scenic walk for viewing fall leaves and the park's
Ottawa - As Canada's capital, visitors of Ottawa can enjoy a short walk
from Parliament Hill to Gatineau Park for the city's Fall Rhapsody (October
3-October 19). The highlight of this three week event is the hike along an
interpretive path to Luskville Falls where travellers have the best vantage
point to observe the blazing Ottawa Valley.
Montreal - With over 22,000 plants, 30 thematic gardens, and a variety of
international exhibitions, travellers can enjoy the serenity of foil foliage
in the Montreal Botanical Gardens. The seasonal Magic of Lanterns festival,
with hundreds of silk Chinese lanterns, illuminates the garden's tree canopy
creating a dazzling illumination of color. The Orgue et Couleurs Fall Festival
(September 26-October 5) combines the changing leaves with organ and
organ-inspired music performed by musicians from around the world. More than
7,000 people are expected to attend the concerts, talks and exhibitions. Visit
Quebec City - Travellers looking to get in touch with nature can visit
Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area for the opportunity to view thousands of
snow geese against the autumn backdrop of the rugged outdoors.
Looking to discover the undisturbed beauty of Québec's Gaspé Peninsula,
VIA Rail's Chaleur takes passengers on an overnight journey from Montreal
along the St. Lawrence River and through the Matapedia Valley.
Gaspé - With the area's trees falling victim to the vibrant seasonal hues
of red, yellow, and maroon, one of the best vantage points is from the blue
waters of the Bay of Chaleur. As forest covers the mountains of the Bay,
recreational sports such as sea kayaking or sailing are ideal to appreciate
the vista from afar.
The Maritime Provinces
The Ocean takes passengers from Montréal's hustle and bustle to the charm
of Canada's Maritimes. An overnight journey, the train rolls by glistening
lakes and scenic countryside, and allows passengers to experience multiple
cultures en route, including the Acadian heritage of New Brunswick and the
Scottish lineage of Halifax. Through October 18, passengers in Easterly Class:
A Maritime Learning Experience will be ingratiated into the Maritimes with
brief lectures and presentations.
New Brunswick - Held against the backdrop of magnificent mountains and
rushing rivers, Kedgwick's Fall Festival (October 4-12) is one of New
Brunswick's best with live music, dance demonstrations, sporting events,
theatrical shows and a parade. And this town is serious about their leaf
peeping, keeping daily records of the season's colour transformation.
Nova Scotia - As a sign of fall harvest, visit the Halifax Farmers Market
to find fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, baked goods and wines. Fresh food in
hand (or stomach), head for Kejimkujik National Park for a picnic of overnight
campout where you can enjoy one of the parks trails and beautiful autumn
The Canadian Rocky Mountains
The Canadian is VIA's flagship service, taking passengers on a
three-night journey between Vancouver and Toronto. And though the
continental-wide route provides countless leaf-peeping opportunities, none are
more special than in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
Jasper National Park - Jasper National Park is the ultimate escape for
those who seek outdoor adventure and the full spectrum of autumn's hues. With
glistening lakes, canyons, hot springs, and waterfalls, there is seemingly no
better way to appreciate the breathtaking beauty of the fall foliage other
than exploring the terrain while horseback riding, boating, canoeing, biking
or hiking - all of which are available in the park.
Looking to be inspired by more events taking place across the country?
Travellers can visit viarail.ca/calendar featuring more than 250 major events
across Canada accessible by train.
For tour programs that highlight VIA services, please visit
viarail.ca/packages. For more information on VIA Rail services or promotions,
customers can also visit VIA's website at viarail.ca to book a trip anywhere
in the VIA system, or by calling 1 888-VIA RAIL (842-7245) or 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 responsible and cost effective passenger
transportation services, both in Canada's busiest 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: VIA Media Contacts: Malcolm Andrews, (514)
871-6604; Ashley Doyle, (416) 956-7613