Ride the VIA Rail Pride Train to Toronto Pride

by  Justin Ocean | Jun 18, 2010
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All aboard! If you're planning on attending the main festivities of the 30th anniversary celebration of Toronto Pride Week (June 25-July 4), why not extend your trip to another Canadian gateway and arrive in memorable style? VIA Rail, Canada's national railway, official Pride sponsor and long-time supporter of LGBT rights in general in a country on the forefront of them, is offering a "Ride to Pride" package on specifically designated VIA Pride Trains.

Departures are available Thursday, July 1st (Canada Day) and Friday, July 2nd from Montreal, Ottawa, and Windsor, with stops to pick up revelers in London, Cornwall, Hamilton, and Kingston. So whether coming from the north, south, or east, you can begin the party the moment you hop on board. All departures include a complimentary drink, a gift bag, and a $10 donation to the local Pride organizers in the town where you board. Onboard snacks and free Wi-Fi are standard, too. Those alighting in Montreal will also have access to an exclusive Pride Bar Car where there'll be music, entertainment, and plenty of oo la la from Quebecois drag personalities.

One way economy fares begin at $57 USD plus tax, comparable both to bus and plane routings and already discounted from full fares. Special rates from Quebec City and Halifax (as well as for Business Class) are also available upon request. For more information and to book, visit full-service LGBT travel agency Conxity or call 1-800-387-1240.

Interested in skipping the train and heading straight to the party? Conxity also offers various accommodation/event packages such as the Leather Package, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Package, a Wedding Package and, our favorite, the Gala Package, which offers 5-nights hotel, a ticket to the Pride Gala and VIP reception, a gay history walking tour, and sightseeing entries around town starting at just $926 per person (plus tax).

For general trip planning info, check out our Toronto Travel Guide, or visit Tourism Toronto or local mag Xtra for gay-specific options and events.

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