On this web site, I have learned that booking Sleeper Plus is a more affordable option and just as pleasant and offers most of the same amenities than Prestige Class on The Canadian in the off-season. Registering for the VIA Guest Rewards Program is a good idea. Making a phone reservation for the trip and requesting a Roomette in the last Manor Car is a good idea. Expecting to arrive in Toronto late is almost a given.
The date of departure is still of some concern for me. But, I am sure that I will see Winter-type weather as The Canadian goes to Toronto. One of my most memorable Amtrak trips was on the Empire Builder in February from Seattle to Chicago. The winter scenes are indelible in my memory! May I expect such on The Canadian at this time of the year?
Opinions, information: all are welcome before I call VIA Rail.