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Intercity train services and routes in Canada

GO Train, Exhibition Station, Toronto, Ontario

Regional railroads combine with VIA Rail Canada's national train service to extend passenger rail to over 1000 US destinations. Shown: GO Train, Exhibition Station, Toronto, Ontario. Photo: © Ibagli.

National

Montréal, QC

VIA's far-reaching service stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific; and from the 49th parallel to the sub-Arctic Territories. Frequent trains ply VIA's bustling Windsor-QuČbec Corridor, a stretch that includes Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara Falls and Montréal. Alternatively, VIA Rail's Toronto-Vancouver "Canadian" crosses Prairie fields and Rocky Mountain peaks on its transcontinental run. Other services include the Victoria-Courtenay route along Vancouver Island's coast; Jasper-Prince Rupert across the northern reaches of the Canadian Rockies; Winnipeg-Churchill linking Manitoba's capital to the "The Polar Bear Capital" on Hudson Bay; and the MontrČal-Halifax Ocean connecting French Canada with Atlantic Canada's maritime coast.

Ontario

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Otherwise inaccessible settlements and outposts rely on this Lake Superior-based railway for year-round access to the outside world. Scenic highlights along its its 296 miles/476 km run to Hearst, Ontario include Agawa Canyon, boreal forests and Canada's mountainous Shield.

Toronto, Ontario

GO (for 'Government of Ontario') Transit serves 62 destinations from its downtown Toronto, Union Station hub. Trains operate along seven lines: Lakeshore East (Oshawa), Stouffvillle, Richmond Hill, Barrie, Kitchner, Milton and Lakeshore West (Hamilton, Niagara Falls).

North Bay, Ontario

Along a remote line stretching into Northern Ontario, ONR operates Polar Bear Express trains between Cochrane and Moosonee (James Bay). Dream Catcher Express from North Bay to Temagami runs in early fall only. Northlander service between Toronto and Cochrane has been suspended as of September 2012.

Québec

Montréal, Québec

The AMT's five lines serve 51 stations. Two, Deux-Montagnes and Mont-Saint-Hilaire, operate out of Central Station. The other three, Dorion–Rigaud, Blainville–Saint-JČrŮme, and Delson–Candiac operate out of Lucien L'Allier terminus. A sixth line, Train de l'Est to Mascouche, is currently under construction.

Sept-Illes & Schefferville, Québec

A trio of First Nations (Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam, Kawawachikamach and Matimekush– Lac John) jointly operate this 356 mi/588 km line. Twice weekly service travels via Emeril Junction, Labrador.

Yukon British Columbia

Skagway, Alaska and Carcross, Yukon Territory

World-class engineering marvel scales 2885 ft/879 m White Pass summit-- onetime crosspoint of Alaskan stampeeders bound for the gold-rich Canadian Klondike. 67 mi/108 km narrow-gauge railway travels via Lake Bennett, British Columbia.

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