All Aboard! A Montreal-Quebec Trip On VIA Rail Canada

by Owner on February 7, 2009

I’m trying to do as much train travel as possible in my attempt to live a greener life. It is by far the most eco friendly way to travel. I just love watching the countryside go by as the train zooms to its destination. It evokes images of years past, and I find it immensely peaceful as I let the stress and burdens of the last few months leave me.

Last October I made a trip to Montreal and Quebec City. I flew to Vermont (The Amtrak Vermonter unfortunately could not be worked into the itinerary) and then took a Greyhound bus across the Canadian border. The bus is almost as good as the train, but bumpier and not quite as peaceful. It didn’t take too long to get to Montreal, which was a gorgeous city full of friendly people (who were patient with English-only visitors despite the Quebecois stereotype to the contrary.)

After spending a few days walking around gawking at the many magnificent cathedrals and other sights, I boarded a VIA Rail Canada train headed for Quebec City, the provincial capital. VIA is Canada’s rail travel equivalent to Amtrak, except it’s run much better and more efficiently.

It was a great train ride. It was smooth and the service was spot on. My only quibble was the Internet wi-fi service they offered, which was terrible. I couldn’t connect to anything. There wasn’t much need to be distracted by the Internet, though. The countryside whizzing by was mesmerizing and beautiful. It was mile after mile of farmland and quaint villages and gorgeous countryside.

The trip took  about two hours. After arriving and checking into a bed & breakfast inn, I set out to explore Quebec City. It is small, and can be entirely navigated on foot.

Quebec City was gorgeous in the splendor of autumn, and I’m attaching a few pictures of it below this post for you to see. It was a picture perfect couple of days, with azure skies and chilly temperatures that were not unpleasant but made you enjoy scooting into a coffeehouse to sip a hot cup of coffee. There were many sights to see, from the iconic Chateau Frontenac hotel to the romantic streets selling paintings by local artists.

If you’re looking to do some eco friendly travel that won’t bust your budget you may want to give Montreal and Quebec City a look. Both cities are totally walkable and have plentiful mass transit options, they both abound in culture and sights to see, and are connected by Canada’s wonderful rail travel service.

Check out the tourism web sites for Montreal and Quebec City for lots of information about what’s available.

Enjoy the pics!






{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Vivian, VIA's virtual tour guide February 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Such gorgeous snaps, Joe!
Thanks for the plug!


Joe Barrios February 9, 2009 at 2:09 pm

You bet, and I hope to get back soon. Thanks for stopping by!


Montreal Travel Watch August 10, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Via Rail is a great way to get around, it’s awesome being able to watch the scenery change by the minute.


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