The Curtain May Be Going Down On Summer, But It Is Still Up In Stratford

    VIA's Toronto to Stratford Services Take Centre Stage

    TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - VIA Rail's Toronto to Stratford services are
just the ticket for an entertaining getaway to one of the regions preeminent
theatre centres. And there's still plenty of time in the season to catch some
of the critically acclaimed theatre productions at this year's Stratford
Festival. With matinee and evening performances to choose from, combined with
VIA's flexible Windsor-Québec City corridor schedule, theatre enthusiasts can
make it a one-day or weekend getaway trip.
    Using VIA's Toronto to Stratford services, theatre-goers can choose from
a number of packages offered at or plan their own getaway.
Consider a "same day return trip" to include a matinee and dinner. For those
with a little more time to spare, make it an overnight trip to include one or
more plays, a stay-over in the picturesque town of Stratford, dinner and
brunch. Use the added time to take a leisurely stroll through Stratfords's
beautiful gardens or admire the graceful swans as they float along the river.
There's even a wide assortment of trendy and tasty boutique shops along the
main street. The possibilities are endless.
    With VIA in the driver's seat, you're free to be the director of your

    Train        Departs Toronto       Arrives Stratford           Days
    No. 85          10:50 a.m.              1:06 p.m.             Daily
    No. 87           5:40 p.m.              7:55 p.m.             Daily
    No. 89          10:10 p.m.             12:20 a.m.        Except Saturday

    Train       Departs Stratford       Arrives Toronto            Days
    No. 86           6:11 a.m.              8:28 a.m.        Except Saturday
                                                                and Sunday
    No. 84           8:48 a.m.             11:00 a.m.             Daily
    No. 88           8:54 p.m.             11:05 p.m.             Daily

    Some of the acclaimed productions featured at this year's Stratford
Festival until November 4, 2007 include:
    -  King Lear
    -  Oklahoma
    -  The Merchant of Venice
    -  To Kill a Mockingbird
    -  An Ideal Husband

    For a complete listing of the 2007 Stratford Theatre production schedule

    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 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. Demand continues
to grow, as more Canadians turn to train travel as a hassle-free and
cost-efficient alternative to congested roads and airports. For information
regarding any VIA product or service, please visit, call
1 888 VIA RAIL (842-7245), TTY 1 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired), or contact
your travel agent.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Catherine Kaloutsky, VIA Rail,
Corporate Communications, (416) 956-7683,;
Darrell Schuurman, VIA Rail, National Sales, (416) 956-7628,

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