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  1. #1
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    Take the Train - Bring Your Bike. Bike Train to North Bay Aug 7-10

    Explore Ontario's Near North by Bike - Get There by Train.
    August 7-10

    The Bike Train is excited to announce the launch of the Ontario North Bike Train to North Bay. The Bike Train will take passengers from downtown Toronto to the unspoilt wilderness, clear lakes and diverse landscapes of North Bay. Passengers travel in comfort in a passenger car while their bicycles are securely stored in a baggage car with bike racks.

    Passengers will travel on Ontario Northland's passenger rail service, winding through scenic back country of Muskoka and the Algonquin Highlands. There are many activities planned for passengers upon their arrival including

    * Welcome from Honourable Monique Smith, Ontario Tourism Minister
    * Group rides led by North Bay cycling groups
    * Special rates at Partner hotels

    North Bay has countless mountain bike on trails at its doorstep. Come and explore the diverse landscapes of North Bay a stone throw away from downtown.

    For more information and to book tickets, visit

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    not bad concept, bikes and trains... hope it works out.

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    Sounds like a good idea. Is this going to be affected by the possible Via strike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dgage
    Is this going to be affected by the possible Via strike?
    The passenger service train service between T.O. & North Bay is provided by Ontario Northland Railway, so I don't think so.

    From the Via Rail Canada website

    Updates - Work stoppage
    VIA Rail Canada has announced that its representatives are currently negotiating with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference union, which represents some 340 locomotive engineers. Earlier today, the union gave notice to the Corporation of its intent to go on strike on Friday, July 24, 2009 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

    A mediator has been appointed by the government to assist the parties in the negotiation process.

    VIA remains hopeful that an agreement will be reached before the set deadline. Unfortunately though, VIA has no choice but to begin to cancel certain departures of long-distance trains to ensure that passengers will not be stranded en-route in the event of a strike.

    In general, VIA will ensure that passengers departing prior to noon (EDT) this Friday are transported to destination, either by train or by alternate means.

    After noon EDT this Friday, all VIA trains will be cancelled, until a settlement is reached. No alternate transportation will be provided. Trains on the Sudbury-White River and Victoria-Courtenay routes will remain in service, as they are operated by third parties on VIA’s behalf.

    Information, including specific affected trains and any exceptions, will be updated regularly. Customers may also contact VIA at 888 VIA-RAIL (842-7245) or 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired).

    VIA sincerely regrets any inconvenience that this situation may cause its customers.
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