to the Great White North and Hudson's Bay
From Lake Ontario to James Bay on the Arctic Coast, Ontario Northland Railway, The Little Bear and Polar Bear Express, offer a uniquely Canadian experience. This popular "Northern Rails" tour begins at Toronto's famous Union Station, next to the Royal York Hotel, with connections to North Bay, Temagami, Cobalt and points north. From Cochrane, a day long excursion crosses the Abitibi and Moose Rivers to Moosonee, where visitors board a native freighter canoe to historic Moose Factory. On this remote island, the first permanent English speaking settlement was founded in 1673 by the Hudson's Bay Company. While the route is a trip back in history, passenger coaches offer modern comforts, and there's dinner in the diner, with a top chef presiding. Those who yearn for the call of the wild, will experience seemingly endless miles of rugged, virtually untouched terrain. Others who appreciate early Canadiana, native culture, wildlife and historical relics will thank us for the suggestion. Contact: Ontario Northland, 555 Oak St. E., North Bay, ON P1B 8L3 (705) 472-4555.
railways were instrumental in establishing a chain of great
hotels. Across Western Canada, the palatial Banff Springs
and Chateau Lake Louise, Victoria's elegant Empress, Hotel
Vancouver, Edmonton's Mac, Saskatoon's Bessborough, Regina's
Hotel Saskatchewan and Calgary's Palliser are all prime
examples. Further east there's the Fort Garry, Royal York,
Chateau Frontenac and Laurier - the list goes on.
Via Rail Canada adds
Ottawa-Montreal trains with AirConnect service
Our editors have many great stories to bring you about rail travel in Ontario and Quebec. Our experiences on the Toronto- Montreal corridor and the Quebec City line for starters. What a super way to see the countryside and appreciate Canada 's beauty and bounty in all seasons.