Thursday, June 04, 2009

Travel Via Rail Canada's Garden Route from coast to coast

Entrance to The Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Vancouver Island
Photo by Sue Frause

What a lovely way to see both beautiful gardens and colorful Canada -- via the Via Rail Garden Route. The route runs from Victoria all the way to Halifax, and includes a series of 15 gardens and 30 Communities in Bloom, which are all winners of the prestigious 5-Bloom Award. In 2009, many of the featured gardens have added attractions so visitors can maximize their garden experience.

VIA Rail Canada's website has a map on its Garden Route page (linked above), from Victoria's Butchart Gardens to the Halifax Public Gardens. There is also a list of the 5-Bloom Communities located in seven provinces and the Via Rail trains that run along the Garden Route. They include:

  •  The Ocean (Montréal-Moncton-Halifax)
  • The Chaleur (Montréal-Québec City-Mont-Joli-Percé-Gaspé)
  •  Québec City-Windsor corridor trains (southern Ontario, southern Québec)
  • Toronto-Niagara Falls (with stops in Aldershot)
  • Toronto-London-Windsor (with stops in Aldershot)
  • The Canadian (Toronto-Vancouver)