Canada’s VIA Rail celebrates Car Free Day, has 50% off tickets

Have you ever wanted to embark on a little train-centric joyride around Canada? Now may be your chance! If you purchase VIA Rail tickets online between September 15 and 22 for travel between September 22 and December 14 (with Oct. 10-13 as blackout days), you can request a special e-coupon for 50% off travel anywhere on the Quebec City-Windsor corridor in Comfort class (read: coach). The Quebec City-Windsor corridor is VIA’s most heavily-traveled route and includes destinations such as Toronto and Montreal. (If you want to set your sights outside Canada as well, then Amtrak offers US rail connections to VIA at both Toronto and Montreal via New York City.)

Car Free Day is an annual event celebrated every year on September 22 by over 100 million people, according to the CNW Group press release – although Wikipedia notes that no one has really been able to verify that particular statistic. At any rate, the event attempts to highlight our world’s dependence on the automobile and the issues that entails – including carbon emissions, stress and safety – as well as emphasizing the need for additional public transportation. Sounds like a good cause to me.