VIA Rail operates a coast-to-coast passenger rail network. Canada’s national passenger rail operator focuses on three areas:
- The Quebec City-Windsor Corridor
- Transcontinental railway services
- Remote railway services
VIA Rail’s Corridor Service
VIA Rail runs numerous trains in the corridor between Windsor and Quebec City, through Toronto, Montreal and other cities along the way. The corridor carries thousands of people every day.
These services generally operate daily along several overlapping routes:
- Toronto – Kingston – Montreal
- Toronto – Kingston – Ottawa
- Quebec City – Montreal – Ottawa
- Toronto – London – Windsor
- Toronto – Niagara Falls
- Toronto – London – Sarnia
Transcontinental railway services focus on the world-famous transcontinental Canadian as well as the eastern Ocean, the longest-running named passenger train in North America.
The Canadian operates from Montreal to Vancouver and back. The Ocean runs between Montreal and Halifax. Both are Canadian trains with sleeper cars.
Remote railway services are part of VIA Rail’s mandate. These provide rail service to remote areas that are difficult or impossible to get to by road.
- Winnipeg-Churchill (formerly known as the Hudson Bay)
- Sudbury-White River (RDC service)
- Jasper – Prince George – Prince Rupert (formerly known as the Skeena)
- Montreal – Senneterre and Montreal – Jonquiere
Former VIA Rail Services
Trains previously operated by VIA Rail that were cancelled over the years include:
- The Vancouver Island Malahat
- The Chaleur serving Quebec’s Gaspe peninsula
- The Atlantic between Montreal and Halifax via Saint John, NB