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Old 01-02-2017, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Train in North America is pathetic, third world like. Actually, plenty of third world countries have better train service.
Does this make you feel better?
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Old 01-02-2017, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I don't.
You can't stay in France forever. Unless there is something you aren't telling us.
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Old 01-02-2017, 08:14 PM
 
Location: East coast-New England
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It is possible to take an Amtrak train from NYC to Toronto. The crossing point is the Niagara Station. Recently I took a train from the Niagara, NY station to NYC and the train was delayed there for quite a while before the Niagara passengers were allowed to board due to the unusually long time it took U.S. Customs officials to go through the train.
I actually wasn't aware, and never looked into taking a train into Canada. I'm in Massachusetts, and it takes about 5 hours or so to drive to Montreal from where I live. But id like to go to a different part of Canada, cause I've been to Montreal a few times now already.

I would definitely look into the NYC train to Toronto!
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Old 01-04-2017, 11:27 AM
 
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I actually wasn't aware, and never looked into taking a train into Canada. I'm in Massachusetts, and it takes about 5 hours or so to drive to Montreal from where I live. But id like to go to a different part of Canada, cause I've been to Montreal a few times now already.

I would definitely look into the NYC train to Toronto!
It will take 13-14 hours, and at a price of $150 one way to cover 470 miles.
Enjoy your beautiful trip.
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Old 01-07-2017, 08:49 AM
 
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A Navy friend from Vermont stated he got out of the Navy in early 60's, then changed his mind and re-enlisted. His orders were to an aircraft carrier in Bremerton Washington.


He stated he crossed into Canada and rode the train from east to west entirely on the Canadian side and had a great experience.


A shame that this route no longer exists.
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Old 01-08-2017, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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A Navy friend from Vermont stated he got out of the Navy in early 60's, then changed his mind and re-enlisted. His orders were to an aircraft carrier in Bremerton Washington.


He stated he crossed into Canada and rode the train from east to west entirely on the Canadian side and had a great experience.


A shame that this route no longer exists.
Really? I was talking to a couple from Saskatchewan lately and they said the transcontinental route was still in operation.

I guess I should go see for myself.

ETA: But maybe they were talking about this:

https://www.viarail.ca/en/explore-ou...es-and-pacific
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Old 04-19-2017, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Alberta, Canada
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A Navy friend from Vermont stated he got out of the Navy in early 60's, then changed his mind and re-enlisted. His orders were to an aircraft carrier in Bremerton Washington.


He stated he crossed into Canada and rode the train from east to west entirely on the Canadian side and had a great experience.


A shame that this route no longer exists.
No, it still exists. You change trains at a couple of places, and two provinces are left out, but it is possible to take a train across Canada.

Let's say you want to start in Vancouver, BC. You board the Toronto-bound train in Vancouver ("The Canadian"), and over the next three days, you pass through Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, and a whole bunch of Canadian Shield country before you get to southern Ontario and Toronto.

In Toronto, you board a train bound for Montreal ("The Lakeshore," if memory serves).

In Montreal, you board the Halifax-bound train ("The Ocean").

And when you get to Halifax, you've crossed eight provinces of Canada, with the exception of Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland; and you've crossed five time zones. It's taken you about five or six days (depending on schedules), but you've seen a lot. I've done it; it is a fascinating trip, and one I'd happily recommend to anybody.
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Old 04-20-2017, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Tulsa
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Really? I was talking to a couple from Saskatchewan lately and they said the transcontinental route was still in operation.

I guess I should go see for myself.

ETA: But maybe they were talking about this:

https://www.viarail.ca/en/explore-ou...es-and-pacific
The cost is prohibitive.
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Old 04-25-2017, 01:44 AM
 
Location: Alberta, Canada
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The cost is prohibitive.
It is and it isn't. If you're looking for a way to get someplace on "The Canadian," it is; but if you're looking for a "rail cruise," then you might like it. Cost is much more than air between Vancouver and Toronto, but there is no rush, no hurry; VIA will get you there, more or less on time, like a sea cruise. Book a sleeper, and meals are included. I note from the link that VIA now has three classes on The Canadian, the lower two of which deny access to the Park Car at certain hours, so that top-class passengers can enjoy a complimentary cocktail hour, or somesuch, before attending their reservations in the dining car. I can only conclude that The Canadian is now a rail cruise, and you'll pay an according fare, as you would on a sea cruise.

"The Lakeshore" is, as it has always been, frequent downtown-to-downtown service between Ottawa/Montreal and Toronto, and stops up and down the line (Port Hope, Belleville, Kingston, etc.). Fares are higher than the bus, but lower than air, and food/booze is available for purchase.

"The Ocean" is a cross between the two above. It's an overnighter, like The Canadian, but people use it to get places, like The Lakeshore. When I rode it out of Montreal, it was full; by the time we got to Halifax, only one-third of the passengers who boarded in Montreal were left. Again, reasonably-priced, but meals in the dining car, and drinks/snacks cost extra.

In the end, GoodHombre, I'd disagree that a cross-Canada trip by rail is cost-prohibitive--some wealthy customers who might otherwise take a sea cruise might be willing to give it a try. But for us average folks just trying to get someplace, you are correct: such a trip across the country certainly is. It's a shame, as Canada was built on the railway, and average Canadians can no longer afford to ride the rails that built Canada. I'm glad I had the opportunity to do coast-to-coast before VIA got into the cruise business.

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