Canada by Train

We’re heading to the Maritimes this weekend and rather than flying or driving, we’re taking the train.

The girls have never been on anything other than the GO Train, so taking VIA Rail to Montreal and then through to Moncton should be a great new experience for them.

Ginny on the train back in 2002.

Ginny and I have done this trip many years ago and we’ve also taken VIA’s The Canadian on a few occasions. We both love riding the train.

Once we get to Moncton, we’ll rent a car, and make our way around New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. We’ll fly home, mostly to save money, but also because it’s a fair bit faster.

Stainless and Renaissance

The Ocean, which is VIA Rail’s train between Montreal and Halifax isn’t quite the same as it was when we rode it last time. Back then it was all stainless steel vintage Budd rail cars.

These days, it’s what VIA calls Renaissance cars – newer sleeper cars that VIA bought which were supposed to be used for an overnight service through the Channel Tunnel between the UK and France.

VIA still tacks a Budd stainless dome Park Car on the end of the train that provides a great place to watch the world go by. While I wish the entire train was Budd equipment, I suspect it’ll be nice to have our our bedrooms in these newer cars.

I’ll likely write about our East Coast Adventure here over the next couple of weeks.