Via Rail

First Nations Blockade Hits Passengers

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada

NAPANEE, Ont. - Via Rail service on the busy Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal line is to resume Thursday after a First Nations blockade forced Via to bus passe...

Via Rail May Stop Serving An Entire Region Of The Country

CBC | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada Business

Via Rail says it could cancel passenger service from Quebec to the Maritimes if CN doesn't find an investor to buy a portion of its railway in norther...

Why I Support the Save VIA Rail Campaign

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

The "Save VIA" Campaign began as a grassroots response to the VIA Rail cuts that the federal government announced in 2012; but with a huge amount of public support it has grown into a nationwide appeal to restore passenger rail service. Mr. Harper's government needs to listen to the Canadians who are clearly saying that we need to retain and improve Canada's rail services.

Train Trip Through Canada Offers Changing Views of Time

Christine Negroni | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Travel
Christine Negroni

One does not decide to spend four days on a trip that can be accomplished in 5 hours by air without some weighing of the pros and cons. On the upsid...

Investigators Re-Enact Collision

CBC | Posted 11.28.2013 | Canada

Investigators from the Transportation Safety Board and from Ottawa police’s collision unit are at the site of a fatal bus crash that shook the natio...

Via Rail Service Expected To Return To Normal

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.20.2013 | Canada Travel

OTTAWA - It was exactly 8:48 a.m. and everyone on the bus knew it.The Ottawa city bus, OC Transpo route 94 Millennium, was halted at the same rail cro...

Bus Driver ID'd

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.19.2013 | Canada

Dave Woodard has been identified by CBC as the bus driver in the deadly Ottawa train and bus collision that took place Wednesday morning. At 8:48 ...

Via Rail Considers Tougher Security

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2013 | Canada

OTTAWA - Taking a train in Canada could soon become more like boarding an airplane as Via Rail considers greater scrutiny of checked baggage, more ins...

Good News For Travellers In Toronto

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada Travel

TORONTO - Ontario's transportation minister says the province is on track to begin construction of a new express station linking train service to Pear...

Mass Delays After Via Train Kills Pedestrian

CBC | Posted 09.02.2013 | Canada Travel

A Via Rail train en route to Toronto struck and killed a pedestrian early this morning near Kingston station, causing mass commuter delays as the fami...

We Have A Deal

CP | Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada Business

UPDATE: The Canadian Auto Workers union says it has reached a tentative agreement with VIA Rail, avoiding a strike. Some 2,000 Via employees were i...

Don't Worry, Via Rail Has A Strike Contingency Plan

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.10.2013 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Via Rail says if its customer service and other employees go on strike this week, management will continue to offer basic railway services....


The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.04.2013 | Canada Business

Some VIA Rail workers could be out on strike as soon as next Friday, after the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union issued a strike notice to the rail ca...

'We Only Check ID When Necessary'

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada Travel

OTTAWA - Via Rail says it is contemplating whether to ask all of its travellers for identification as it considers ways to buttress security in the wa...


The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada Travel

Passengers on board a Via Rail passenger train were left with minor injuries after their locomotive derailed near the border between Saskatchewan and ...

What's Security Like At Via Rail?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.22.2013 | Canada Travel

It's a service that moves over four million passengers every year and on Monday afternoon, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced that Via Rail,...

Americans Crack Canada Jokes After Alleged Terror Plot Foiled

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada

The RCMP announced Monday that it has foiled a terror plot aimed at a Via Rail and Twitter was quick to make sure the world knows just how quaint it i...

Severe Spring Snowstorm Delays Train

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.22.2013 | Canada Alberta

TAKO, Sask. _ A Via Rail train with 154 passengers was moving again Friday after being delayed for more than a day in western Saskatchewan due to a se...

Via Rail Ups The Canadiana With On-Board Entertainment

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Travel

Via Rail passengers looking for an entertainment system closer to those found on planes will soon get their wish. The company announced today that tr...

'Why Couldn’t It Happen Again?': Ex-CN Supervisor

CBC | Posted 04.28.2013 | Canada Travel

A deadly high-speed VIA Rail train derailment in Burlington, Ont., last year might have been prevented had CN heeded warnings and removed or upgraded ...

One Year Later

CBC | Posted 04.27.2013 | Canada Travel

It's been a year since a VIA Rail train went off its tracks in Burlington, Ont. — leaving three dead — but surviving passengers say they still str...

Overheard on the VIA Train: "Indians Are Lazy"

Marko Sijan | Posted 03.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Marko Sijan

A study made last summer by Nanos Research and the Institute for Research on Public Policy ranks aboriginal issues as the least important concern among Canadians. I was recently delayed at Union Station for four hours due to an Idle No More blockade. An attendant announced in a surly tone that the train had been stopped due to "une manifestation d'Indiens." Contrary to news reports, my fellow passengers weren't "taking it in stride." Many groaned but didn't speak; I wrote down some of the comments others shared about "the lazy Indians."

WATCH: This Guy Built A Life-Size Train In His Basement

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada

A ride on Jason Shron's train might be a little unorthodox, as this guy built a full-size VIA Rail train in his basement. Shron, a self-described ...

Woman Dies Aboard Via Rail Train

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada

PARRY SOUND, Ont. - A woman was found dead on a Via Rail passenger train early Saturday morning. The company says the Vancouver-to-Toronto train st...

The Stunningly Beautiful Belle Province

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.18.2012 | Canada Travel
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

A lifelong Torontonian, I've seen startlingly little of the rest of our beautiful country, a reality of which I'm not proud. This reality was the impetus behind my most recent family travel venture. With the summer quickly winding down and Labour Day beckoning, I boarded a train with the family and headed East. La Belle Province was our destination, Montreal to be exact.