“The trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep…”

“Don’t go far off, not even for a day,
because, because…I don’t know how to say it :
a day is long and I will be waiting for you,
as in an empty station
when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep.” – Pablo Neruda

As Winter slipped easily into Spring, what better way to enjoy the Canadian landscape, which still showed remnants of a recent snow storm, and immerse oneself into the charm that is Québec City, than to throw caution to the wind and hop on a train.  Reservations on Canada’s rail system are easily handled VIA Rail Canada’s website although tickets can be purchased in person at Montréal’s Gare Station, near the Metro’s Station Bonaventure, and the trip itself is only a couple of hours.

Montréal’s Gare Station.
© David-Kevin Bryant

When you exit Station Bonaventure, follow the signs overhead for the train station.  It may seem like a maze at first, as you pass through a number of meandering corridors and doors, but the signage is clear and it will only take a few minutes before you find yourself in the station’s waiting area.

© David-Kevin Bryant

The Canadians approach train travel the way the Europeans do, i.e., the journey is as important as the destination.  The trains, therefore, play a vital part and should be thought of as something more than just a means of transportation.  VIA Rail Canada’s trains are comfortable, stylish and should you choose to upgrade to business class, packed with amenities.  Meals and snacks, for example, are served on dinnerware and beverages are poured into glasses.  Yes, glasses.

Departing Montréal’s Gare Station.
© David-Kevin Bryant

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