Had an enjoyable trip from Ottawa to Toronto before Christmas, travelling for a change on Via Rail. It was quite an adventure, really, as our first time on a train in decades, but it was well worthwhile. Having someone else driving had its charms, only setback being a tad too much jolting aboard the rickety old coach on the outbound route. It was a whole lot smoother in a more modern coach on the homebound leg.
Via staff were just fine, with special thanks due to the Ottawa station rep who booked us into the low cost but perfectly adequate Escape category. (Dealing on the spot with a live person was a distinct pleasure after a frustrating effort at booking on line.) Getting needed baggage handling help on boarding was also appreciated. Sandwich fare was unexciting but quite adequate – tasting better than it looked, in fact. All in all, a comfortably hassle-free journey.
Managed to snag a few tolerable cell phone photos along the way, just to see if it could be done.
Brisk neighbourhood walks and ever-satisfying Danforth Avenue shopping filled much of a brief but thoroughly enjoyable Toronto sojourn visiting son Ron, his spouse Lee and our precious granddaughter Bridget.
Saw her participate in “Wonder”, a marvellous performance by students at Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts. Hundreds of teenage dancers, singers, actors and musicians thronged the stage in a rapid-fire succession of magnificently choreographed acts and sketches.