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The Beauty of Train Travel - Contest

Posted by Aviva Wolpert on

Congratulations to our contest winner, Heather Starastin!

Heather is the winner of a $500 VIA Rail travel voucher. Her contest entry:

"My teenage son and I only moved to Canada a couple of years ago, and we would love to explore the country more. So far, we haven’t had the opportunity, not least because I don’t drive – so rail is the ideal mode of transport for us. My absolute dream would be to ride the Canadian from Toronto to Vancouver…
Incidentally, I almost always travel for pleasure."



Traveling by train is relaxing, exciting, efficient, and affordable. North Americans are discovering the railroad as an environmentally friendly and convenient means of travel.

Forget about reading maps or road signs from a car, dealing with traffic and congestion or arriving hours before a flight. Take the train!


  1. Flexible and Spontaneous

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There are last minute deals and numerous daily departures to choose from. It can be an ideal way to see several towns and landmarks along the way by pre-booking stopovers on a multi-city option.


  1. Comfortable

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Seats and private cabins are generally more spacious and comfortable than cars and planes. Passengers are free to move about the train at all times and enjoy the scenery. Sleeper-class travelers have private cabins with bedding for a comfortable night's rest. Train travel does not have the turbulence often experienced in airplanes, the seasickness felt in boats, nor does it feel cramped like car travel.            


  1. Amenities

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Many trains have a full-service dining car offering a variety of meals and a lounge car with sandwiches and drinks. There are restrooms, electrical outlets at your seat, free WIFI and on-train entertainment systems including kids’ programming depending on the route. Private sleeping cabins provide washrooms with showers and towels.    


  1. Reliable

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Trains are not subject to road conditions therefore travel times are more efficient and consistent. They are also less affected by adverse weather conditions. And there are no issues with lost luggage!


  1. Convenient

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Trains serve nearly every city, most of them multiple times per day, running hourly if not more often. Major stations are usually right in the center of the city, with shops, restaurants and hotels just a couple of steps away. Baggage is within reach if you need quick access to your belongings. And you can bring fluids (shampoo, water) and your own food! Only have to arrive 30 minutes before departure with minimal hassle.


  1. Environmentally Friendly

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Train travel is a more fuel-efficient means of transport, producing over 90% less CO2 than an equivalent flight. It also decreases the amount of carbon producing cars on the road.


  1. Economical

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Cost-effective compared to other modes of transport, with deals, packages and discounts. NO baggage fees or airport transport fees and you can save the cost of lodging if you travel overnight.


  1. Business Friendly

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Be productive on the go with free WIFI, cellphone usage, outlets and four-seater sections for business meetings or single seats to work quietly. Some stations offer lounges for business travelers conveniently located in the heart of urban centers. 


  1. Family Friendly

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Kids love trains! They’re free to move around, play games and watch the scenery or the kids’ on-line entertainment programs. Four-seater sections are ideal for family travel and dining cars make mealtime easy. Portable playpens and foldable strollers are allowed as carry-on baggage and there are microwaves to heat baby food and baby bottles.


  1. More Than Transportation

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A train ride can be a destination in and of itself. Dramatic routes wind through spectacular scenery; historic rail lines pass iconic sights and remote railways traverse isolated landscapes. 


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  4. Eagle Creek™ Sandman Eyeshade
  5. Cabeau™ Evolution Cool Travel Pillow
  6. GoToob™ 3 Pack 3oz. Travel Tubes
  7. Eagle Creek™ TravelLite Large Towel
  8. Revlon® Travel Hair Dryer
  9. Lug® Clearview Envelopes 
  10. HybridLight™ Journey 160 Flashlight/Phone Charger
  11. Pacsafe® TravelSafe Portable Safe
  12. ScotteVest® RFID Blocking Women’s Vest
  13. Briggs & Riley® Kinzie Canadian Carry On 4 Wheel Upright
  14. Eagle Creek™ Pack-It™ Original Cube Set
  15. Pacsafe® CitySafe CS400 Anti-Theft Travel Tote
  16. Fisher™ Brushed Chrome Bullet Space Pen
  17. Eagle Creek™ Converge™ Convertible Weekender BackPack Bag
  18. Memobottle® A5 750ml Flat Water Bottle
  19. Bananagrams
  20.  Munchkin™ Are We There Yet Travel Tray
  21. Herschel® Kids Settlement Backpack


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  • I am utterly thrilled to win this, thank you so very much! I’m going to let my son choose where we go… he has integrated here so well despite the extra difficulties of being autistic and initially not speaking much English (we came here from Germany), I think he deserves a treat!

    Heather Starastin on

  • Ce sera un plaisir de me rendre dans les Rocheuses par train.

    Nicole Couture on

  • I usually travel for pleasure, but very seldom via train. I’d love to visit Banff National Park by train! I’ve been there once & fell in love with the gorgeous lakes…but I’ve read that there are landscapes that can only be observed when traveling by train. I’ve love to have that experience! Thank you!

    Eileen on

  • I travel a lot by train with my husband. Really would like to go to Churchill, Manitoba for pleasure watching whales

    Karen Kahl on

  • Would like to travel across Canada for pleasure.
    Paula Weber on

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