Sue Frause is an American writer and photographer. She's had a major crush on Canada ever since she visited British Columbia as a young girl. Even if your heart doesn't pitter patter over all things Canadian, read on. You'll find photos, travel tips, road notes and the latest news and thoughts about our friends north of the 49th parallel. Cool idea, eh?
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Go Easterly, Travelers!
Enjoy the end of summer and early autumn with VIA Rail’s Easterly Class: A Maritime Learning Experience. This unique program is in its fourth year, and the seasonal upgrade features premier-class sleeper service on VIA's Ocean route and education programs from VIA Rail's nationally certified Learning Coordinators. It runs through October 18, 2008.
Passengers will enjoy such summer celebrations as the 100th Anniversary of Anne of Green Gables and the 250th Anniversary of Democracy. New Easterly Class amenities include expanded menu items such as Irish Whiskey Atlantic Salmon, wine pairings during meals and a custom newsletter.
Easterly Class is a seasonal upgrade to the Ocean route's Comfort Sleeper class. The Ocean operates year-round, six times per week in each direction between Montréal and Halifax, while the learning component upgrade is featured throughout summer and early fall.
All meals on board – three in total from Montréal to Halifax – are included in the ticket price for Easterly Class passengers. The Ocean’s cozy sleeping accommodations include duvet bedding, plump pillows, towels and a shower kit, bottled water and chocolates.
Autumn in Montreal
Photo by Sue Frause
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Another perk of Easterly class is being able to visit the domed Panorama car.
The last time I rode the Ocean, I spent hours in the dome car watching the coast roll by. Very relaxing!
I've never taken the Ocean -- have only been as far east as Montreal on VIA Rail. It's on my bucket list!
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