When train travel is all but extinct compared to what it was 50 years ago the Montreal-Halifax route is a real crowd-pleaser. ”The Ocean” is a passenger train that runs 6 times a week each way between Montreal and Halifax.
On the Montreal-to-Halifax leg, “The Ocean” leaves Montreal in the evening and the traveler gets to see the townships along the St. Lawrence before drifting off to sleep. In the very early morning Chaleur Bay comes into view as the train heads south across New Brunswick. It stops in Moncton just before noon and arrives in the historic Halifax train station in mid-afternoon. Going back the “The Ocean” leaves Halifax in the afternoon and arrives in Montreal the next morning.
Comfort Class: Economical. You can stretch out your legs, lean back into the headrest and at night, a service attendant will offer you a pillow and blanket.
Service Car: A service counter where all passengers can order refreshments, snacks and sweets. Also, there is a baggage compartment where extra or bulky items can be stored. In addition there is a special suite where persons with reduced mobility can travel in an environment specially designed to make their journey pleasant. As well, it serves as a lounge area.
Passengers on Easterly Class have dinner in the evening and breakfast the next morning. Also included is entrance to the dome car for sparkling wine. Examples of the dining includes tasty Nova Scotia smoked salmon and crab appetizers as well as chicken breast with berry sauce, Prince Edward Island potatoes and Maritime vegetables. Dessert has been known to be scrumptious apple caramel cake topped with whipped cream. There is also a sleeper arrangement but it is rather spartan and this was the only part where we were disappointed.
VIA 1 Lounge: This is for 1st Class passengers. Dome Car: See the sights in a 360 degree view.
It is a great trip and many Americans can take it by first jumping the Amtrak from New York to Montreal.