VIA Rail Service Update

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

UPDATED 4th March

Most VIA Rail services are now in full service, please find full list of information below: 

 

  • The Corridor
    • Montreal/Toronto & Toronto/Ottawa     Partial service resumed Tuesday, March 3rd
    • All other routes                                              In full service
  • The Ocean
    • Montreal/Halifax                                            In full service
  • Senneterre – Jonquiere                                              Full service to resume Wednesday, March 4th
  • Winnipeg – The Pas                                                     In full service
  • The Canadian
    • Toronto/Vancouver                                       Full service to resume Wednesday, March 4th
    • Vancouver/Toronto                                       Full service to resume Friday, March 6th

 

VIA Rail’s regular service between Winnipeg and The Pas will resume starting Sunday, March 1.

Overview of service resumptions*

 

Route

Service

Toronto-London-Windsor

In full service

Toronto-Sarnia

In full service

Toronto-Niagara Falls

In full service

Québec City-Montréal-Ottawa

In full service

The Ocean (Montréal-Halifax)

Full service to resume
starting Friday, February 28

Winnipeg-The Pas

Full service to resume
starting Sunday, March 1

 

*This information is subject to change without notice.

 

Since all other VIA Rail services remain cancelled until further notice, with the exception of Sudbury-White River (CP Rail) and Churchill-The Pas (Hudson Bay Railway), VIA Rail has cancelled all affected departures as per the table below.

Overview of service cancellations*

 

Route

Service

Cancelled until (inclusively) :

Toronto-Ottawa

Cancelled

Sunday, March 1

Toronto-Montréal

Cancelled

Sunday, March 1

Senneterre-Jonquière

Cancelled

Sunday, March 1

Prince Rupert- Prince George-Jasper

Cancelled

Wednesday, March 4

The Canadian

Cancelled

Sunday, March 1

*This information is subject to change without notice.

 

UPDATED: 20th February

VIA Rail received a notification from CN allowing a resumption of service in Southwestern Ontario.

Beginning Thursday morning, February 20, all trains running between Toronto-London-Windsor, Toronto-Sarnia and Toronto-Niagara will resume service. For operational and safety reasons, please note that trains may encounter certain delays.

Due to a new blockade near St-Lambert (Québec), VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) has no other option but to cancel the resumption of its service between Montréal and Québec City, which was initially scheduled for Thursday February 20. 

 

Please note that with a cancellation of The Canadian on Wed, Feb 26th from Toronto this also means that

The Canadian from Jasper to Vancouver will be cancelled on Saturday Feb 29th.

 

CANCELLATIONS

Since all other VIA Rail services are not operating until further notice, with the exception of Sudbury-White River (CP Rail) and Churchill-The Pas (Hudson Bay Railway), VIA Rail has cancelled all affected departures until the end of the day on Thursday, February 20

 

Rail Europe would like to advise that due a strike in Canada VIA Rail services have been suspended. 

All services for the 18th February are cancelled. 

Cancellation of services are made on a progressive basis, depending on the evolution of the situation. As soon as VIA Rail confirm that a train will be canceled, Rail Europe will be notified and reimbursed. Due to the volume of transactions that we process in these exceptional circumstances, reimbursement can take a minimum of 15 days for Rail Europe to receive from VIA Rail.  We will then endeavour to refund you as soon as possible. 

Passengers holding a ticket for which the first trip’s scheduled departure that is no later than Saturday, February 22, have the option to cancel their booking with full refund and no service charges.  Passengers may also get a refund for a return ticket scheduled after February 22, as long as the first portion of the trip was scheduled no later than that date.

Should you have any questions please contact our Great Train Journeys team:

Australia: gtj@raileurope.com.au or 03 8779 4828

New Zealand: gtj@raileurope.co.nz or 09 377 5420

 

Kind regards, 

Rail Europe team. 

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