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VIA Rail announced Friday that its Ocean line between Montreal and Halifax would relaunch in August following a more than year-long suspension due to the pandemic.

The last VIA Rail Ocean line train left Halifax on March 13, 2020.

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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.

Here's a partial list of what's open and closed in Montreal on July 1.

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A viral video posted to multiple social media platforms appears to show an unconscious person on a Montreal metro train floor with a rodent near their face.

This article contains graphic content that might not be suitable for some readers.

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Ever wonder exactly how much you're going to need to save to buy yourself a home? Well, these Quebec exo train maps show the median price for 3+ bedroom homes near every stop on the six exo train lines to help you get an idea.

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." 

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The first winter tests on the RĂ©seau Express MĂ©tropolitain (REM) network are underway outside Montreal.

On January 27, the first train, consisting of two cars, ran on the 3.5-kilometre testing segment in the South Shore. Tests will go on for about 13 months. 

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In the week of October 19, Vincent Leblanc, 20, also known on TikTok and Instagram as @vince.erc, filmed himself doing a backflip onto a Montreal metro car. 

The self-proclaimed "adrenaline junkie" moved to Montreal recently from New Brunswick.

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In a video posted to Instagram on October 20, a man can be seen doing a backflip onto a Montreal metro train from a station platform above the track.

The video shows him land successfully on top of the train but fall off after a few steps while attempting to jump down.

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Guess what Montreal? The moment we've all been waiting for is finally here. The first Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM) passenger cars have finally arrived and are getting ready to be tested! 

Wrapped in a "plastic cocoon," we can't actually see the cars right now but "they will be revealed to the general public in the coming weeks," REM spokesperson Emmanuelle Rouillard-Moreau told MTL Blog.

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Despite Minister Christian Dubé's remarks that Quebecers could save Christmas by cancelling Thanksgiving, there will be at least one thing missing this holiday season: Montreal's favourite festive train has been cancelled for the first time in its 21-year run.

Canadian Pacific announced this week that it would be hosting a virtual concert and donating to Canadian food banks on its usual route in lieu of its regular holiday train programming.

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Almost overnight, a cool mass of air swept away the summer heat, announcing the quick approach of fall. And in just a few more weeks, the crisp fall breeze will become the icy breath of winter. Fall in Quebec ends almost as quickly as it begins, so it's important to seek out those fleeting foliage views before, suddenly, it's too late. The Train de Charlevoix might be one of the best ways to do that.

The train travels between La Malbaie and Baie-Saint-Paul from July to mid-October, transporting passengers along the shore of the Saint Lawrence past sweeping seascapes and swooping valleys that, in the autumn months, erupt in fiery yellows, oranges, and reds.

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Back in March, a company called Transpod was eyeing Montreal as a possible site to built a Hyperloop train. And now the Montreal-Toronto route has been named one of the strongest candidates for the Hyperloop One route.

For those who don't know, Hyperloops are basically a mode of transportation that uses pressure to move a pod through a tube, faster than a jet. Even better, the Hyperloop doesn't create any carbon emissions because it's solar powered.  

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I absolutely ADORE taking the train from Montreal to various places in North America, and I 514% have to say that the Ocean View train from Montreal to Halifax is STUNNING! Not only does it offer majestic views, but half the train is actually a sun-roof or is you would like to say a mobile terrarium. 

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