Friday, June 20, 2014

Unlimited Rail Travel in Canada

Canada has some of the world's iconic train journeys, particularly the trip right across the country from Halifax NS to Vancouver BC. On this route you see a lot of trees, but also lakes, towering mountains, prairies, farms and some fascinating cities. It rivals the Trans-Siberian as one of the most interesting rail trips around.

This summer you can enjoy unlimited rail travel with Via Rail (,) but there is a catch. You need to be between 12 and 25, or over 25 and the possessor of an ISIC student identity card. Travel must take place between July 1 and August 31, in economy class only.

There are two options--a pass for travel within the Quebec City to Windsor ON corridor goes for $499 Canadian, or a pass for system-wide travel costs $999 Canadian.

Unlimited travel options are rare now, and this could be a good option for a young person who loves trains. It is almost interesting enough to persuade us older folks to go back to school in order to qualify for a student card. If you don't qualify for this pass, or if you don't want to travel that much, Via continues to offer its very reasonable Escape fares this summer for travel in the Quebec City-Windsor corridor.


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