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I did the same as you a couple years ago. I checked my ticket and had no assigned seat. What happens, from my memories, is that it will basically be a first-come, first-served assignment of seats. There is no big crowd or anything, just everyone gets on board pretty much at the same time and picks a seat. On my train, every traveller or couple had his own ...


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Officially, such a thing certainly does not exist in Sweden. But, if you are in the far, far north, north of the Arctic circle, far out of sight of anyone with an office or otherwise a care for such details as rules and regulations, and only if you have friends in the right places (such as in the cab of the train) and travel when few others are travelling…: ...


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Not a map as such, but Wikipedia has a list of ViaRail routes. Then when you click one of the routes, for example - the Ocean route, you can see on the right a list of every single town stopped at along the route. On the Corridor routes it actually has a 'map' (diagram) of the stations along this route including between Toronto and Ottawa. Remember, if ...


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For what it's worth, this is only really available on the Sudbury-White River (formerly Lake Superior) route on Via. Having used this to traverse the north quite often when I was younger, it was not unusual to see people alight from various locations that weren't stations - including with quads or watercraft. (Usually canoes). This is indeed a thing, and ...


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I've seen this on the Polar Bear Express between Cochrane and Moosonee, Ontario, though that is an Ontario Northland train rather than Via. Virtually all the "stations" between those two are flag stops that seem to exist solely for ticket pricing purposes, the few people not travelling the whole distance got off elsewhere.


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So I contacted Via Rail's social media account, and they had this to say: Hi Mark: No comprehensive report, but requests accepted/considered at Customer_Relations@viarail.ca or media@viarail.ca. ^MA So it seems like you're out of luck in terms of published reports, but you can possibly get a per-route one if you contact their customer relations email ...


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The HI Hostels web site says that the Discount Type should be set to Corporate Rate and the Discount Code to 810945. When I tried this, it did indeed take $11.60 off a $116 Escape fare booking.


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On the Schedules page, you can download PDFs of the schedules for specific routes. If you open the one for Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, you can see all of the stations on that route: Toronto Guildwood -Oshawa Port Hope Cobourg Trenton Jct. Belleville Napanee Kingston Gananoque Brockville Smiths Falls Fallowfield Ottawa You could then use the ...


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These days, you can find per-route stats at www.trainstats.ca. (This site did not exist yet when the question was asked, I believe.)


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I've just travelled on this train in the opposite direction, all the way from Vancouver to Toronto, about a month ago. This is about the Via Rail trip, which I assume you're taking instead of the tourist-focused Rocky Mountaineer. I don't know much at all about the latter train, so this is about the Via Rail one. Long-distance passenger trains in North ...


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How is the train ride from Jasper to Vancouver? Depends on when you decide to take the train, presumably the Canadian and not the Rocky Mountaineer, and if the train is on time. The schedule says 0900(MT) and if you get to ride on schedule it will be nice. Try sitting on the left initially in the direction of the journey if you want to take pictures. I was ...


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After taking the trip, I can describe the actual situation on the ground as of October 2016 (which is very different from what the other answer suggests): Checked baggage is useless for luggage storage when taking a USA-bound train. The luggage needs to pass through a USA customs pre-clearance first, and customs only opens shortly before the train leaves (...


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In Vancouver there is also a luggage storage option called BagsAway Luggage Storage They have storage locations in different parts of the city and you can see them on their map.


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BagBnB might help anyone who checks out earlier than their flight or train ride. They have 3 locations so far in Vancouver, BC.


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I believe you will indirectly pay more, because you can't buy in advance. I just tried to book tickets online from Toronto to Montreal for tomorrow, and the cheapest price was $135 in economy. I switched to the first Thursday in June, and the cheapest price was $39 in economy, $89 in business. Looking further ahead did not make it cheaper. If you can get ...


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