So forget about road trips, and consider taking the train instead. On a train you get to just sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of our country while being chauffeured to your destination. And did I mention that train tickets are cheap as hell?
If you're looking for cheap fares, I highly recommend you do your hunting on a Tuesday. That's because Via Rail significantly drops the prices of its fares on Tuesdays. Check out some of the amazing deals I stumbled upon today.
The first Ocean line train of 2021 will depart Halifax on August 11 and Montreal on August 15.
"As it had been done for the other VIA Rail services, the return to operation will occur progressively beginning with one weekly round trip," the company said in a press release.
"To follow and respect guidelines and recommendations from public health authorities and provincial governments, we could not provide our passengers the service and frequencies offered under normal circumstances," VIA Rail CEO Cynthia Garneau stated.
"Our objective has always been the safe resumption of the Ocean when conditions allowed it, and we could not be happier to be able to finally proceed with this gradual return to service in this region."
Canada Day falls on a Thursday this year. Whether you're spending the day moving, partaking in COVID-safe celebrations or attending a vigil/protest, Thursday will probably have a different feel to it than the rest of the week.
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The video appears to have been posted in late March 2021, but the origin of the video, as well as the circumstances surrounding it, are unclear. It's also unclear when the incident captured in the video occurred.
An STM spokesperson told MTL Blog in March that the company has investigated the video, but had not received reports of such an incident at the time it occurred.
There are also no cameras aboard this model of train, the MR-73, the spokesperson said.
On May 10, they explained that due to a lack of information, the file has been closed.
What can STM customers do in case of an emergency on the metro?
"Remember that to assist, customers aboard a train can use the intercom that communicates with the train operator or activate the emergency brake for major cases where safety is at stake," the spokesperson said.
"Customers on the platform can go to the assistance point where there is an emergency phone that communicates with the metro control center and a switch to cut off power to the tracks, thus preventing trains from moving, again for major cases where someone's life is in danger."
"It is always possible to contact the STM personnel as well."
Via Capitale du Mont-Royal real estate agent Charlyse Amoussou created the maps and compared "the prices for 2020 and the first quarter of 2021 so you can see the evolution and know the current median prices." Every train stop on the maps "represents a municipality or area."
According to these maps, one of the most expensive spots near an exo train station to live in this year is around Lucien-L'Allier station, with its area median 3+ bedroom home price being over a million dollars — $1.568 million to be exact.