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Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Tips for Riding the Rails


With the high price of airfares and gas, this may be the summer to consider taking that train ride you always talked about. And to beat the summer heat, why not step aboard the train in Canada where temperatures are cooler and the scenery spectacular.

And what better way to travel with kids? Lots of room to walk around, plenty to see along the way and no stops for bathroom breaks.

To make sure your train trip is everything you want in a vacation, VIA Rail Canada offers the following tips for mom and dad on getting the most from train travel.

Guide for Mom and Dad

• Preparation - Get the kids excited about their train trip by providing books and videos to watch before the trip. Seymour Simon's Book of Trains, Little Mammoth Media's The Big Train Trip, and The Polar Express are just a few recommendations. And what train trip would be complete without that old childhood favorite - The Little Engine That Could?

• Food - VIA Rail offers kids' menus on long-distance trains, and every train has healthy snacks available. It also never hurts to pack a favorite snack just in case.

• Entertainment - Cardboard train cut-outs and Kids Activity Books are available on most trains and aboard VIA's Canadian. Games, activities and video showings organized in the domed Skyline car are an added daily morning feature for passengers traveling in Silver & Blue class sleeping accommodations. During the summer months in VIA's Easterly Class aboard the overnight Ocean service between Montréal and Halifax, a dedicated Learning Coordinator presents mini-lectures to help immerse travelers into the history and culture of the Maritime provinces - a wonderful way to combine learning with leisure for the kids.



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