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Posted 18 February 2012 - 10:11 AM

Toronto Union Station: Technically not an Amtrak Station as the Maple Leaf is a VIA train between the Border and Toronto…..but there are always questions here from those connecting to and from VIA's Canadian about accommodation and things to do……so here goes:

Union Station is located downtown in a busy area. It opened in 1927 and is currently undergoing a $640 million restoration so be prepared for lots of construction. One of the major new features will be the "day lighting" of the train-shed with a new glass Atrium over (fly-thru video here).



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The former Canadian Pacific Railway - Royal York Hotel (now a Fairmont) is across the street and for someone wanting to experience the total classic railway journey…..it's perhaps the place to say before or after a ride on the Canadian.

Royal York in upper-left with the Canadian just ready to leave:

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But for the railfan looking for a room with a view…..my favorites are the Intercontinental and the Marriott Renaissance in Rogers Place (Skydome). Both overlook the Union Station Rail Corridor which is constantly busy with VIA and GO action. For a good outdoor place to view the action….walk to the end of the Skywalk accessed through the west end of the Union Station "Great Hall"

Viewing Platform at the end of the Skywalk (these photos are taken from the Intercontinental hotel)

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Restored CPR Roundhouse (middle right)

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Union Station Rail Corridor (that's the Renaissance Hotel under the retractable stadium roof)



Intercontinental Hotel (middle):


Union Station from the Intercontinental:


.....and a shot of the Maple Leaf from the Viewing Platform:


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Posted 18 February 2012 - 10:22 AM

The TTC (Toronto Transit) has an extensive network of Subways, Streetcars and Buses. A Day-Pass is $10 so do some exploring. About half the Subway is above ground so there is a view and the large streetcar network…..unlike the newer LRT systems…..has tracks within the streets: North-south lines meet east-west lines at intersections.


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And GO Transit has several lines radiating out of Union Station:


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Posted 18 February 2012 - 05:32 PM

Great write-up and pics! :cool: ...As seems to be the usual for you! :)

Looking at the picture of the restored CPR roundhouse, it reminded me of my 2001 visit to Steam Whistle Brewing Company, which is located in the roundhouse. A great place for some refreshment! :D

Edited by The Davy Crockett, 18 February 2012 - 05:33 PM.

I wish I was a headlight on a northbound of the border train.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:19 PM

Great photos and information. We were in Toronto a few years ago and stayed at the Fairmont, so we walked across the street to see the station. It's a lovely old station. We are hoping to do VIA RAIL from Toronto to Vancouver later this year, and we would definitely stay at the Fairmont again. And we absolutely love your subway system. We parked the car in the hotel and got around totally on the subway system. Since there's access to a station from right inside the hotel, we didn't even have to go outside to get it. Great city!


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