VIA's Canadian - "Centennial Train" Joins in Celebrating Jasper Park's 100th Anniversary

    EDMONTON, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - Canada's Jasper National Park, part of the
Canadian Rocky Mountains Park UNESCO World Heritage Site, is celebrating its
100th anniversary and VIA Rail is going along for the ride. In recognition of
this milestone, VIA's flagship Canadian will be dubbed "The Centennial Train"
for two departures on September 13th and 16th. With a number of on-board
activities planned, customers travelling on these two trains will have an
opportunity to be a part of the centennial festivities.
    Beginning with VIA's westbound train No. 1 from Edmonton to Jasper on
September 13th and ending with eastbound train No. 2 on September 16th from
Jasper to Edmonton, travellers will have an opportunity to learn more about
Canada's fifth National Park from a Parks Canada representative.              
 Interpretation sessions will be available to both Comfort (economy) and
Silver & Blue (sleeper car) class passengers from two of the train's domed
observation cars. In addition VIA's on-board staff will be serving up
"Centennial" cake to all passengers.
    "As the country's national passenger rail service, we are proud to be a
part of this celebration," said Steve Del Bosco, VIA's chief customer officer.
"Each year we welcome thousands of travellers from around the world on board
the Canadian, and we know that many of our customers make Jasper National Park
a stopover point on their cross-country journey."
    Customers wishing to join in the celebrations taking place in Jasper from
September 14-16, can use VIA's services to travel in comfort and style to
Jasper. And for those interested in making this a weekend to celebrate Jasper,
the close of the summer season, or a preamble to a colourful fall season,
Exclusively Canada has designed a unique package to take advantage of this
once-in-a-lifetime celebration that includes train, hotel and tours. For more
information visit or
    Centennial events information is available at
    Customers can visit VIA's secure website at to book a trip
anywhere in the VIA system, by calling 888-VIA RAIL (842-7245) or TTY 800
268-9503 (hearing impaired), at a local VIA station or through their travel

    As Canada's national passenger rail service, VIA Rail connects the entire
world to the West's vibrant tourism industry. With more than 700 employees in
Western Canada, VIA is dedicated to improving the quality of passenger
service. From Northern Manitoba, across Saskatchewan and Alberta, to British
Columbia's Pacific Rim, VIA serves more than 100 communities. VIA continues to
develop, market and deliver services to meet the needs of Western Canadians,
in partnership with the people, communities and businesses served by passenger

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Catherine Kaloutsky, VIA Rail
Canada, (416) 956-7683,; Gloria Keyes-Brady,
Parks Canada, (780) 852-6150,

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