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).
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:
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)
Restored CPR Roundhouse (middle right)
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:
Edited by NS VIA Fan, 18 February 2012 - 10:24 AM.