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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: My brother is coming in from out of town with his nine-year-old son and he wanted to visit the Niagara wine country. I canít drive but thought maybe the train might be nice. Could you please give me some details on rail travel there? Heís got a bike and was going to bring it down with him. Any information you have is appreciated.

A: A rail trip is the perfect route for your dilemma. Sit back in comfort and relax as you catch up on family stories aboard this scenic journey that winds through Hamilton, zooms across the Welland Canal and into Niagara fruit country. Currently, VIA Rail Canada is offering some great summer deals.

When you book one ticket for an adult, senior or student 18 years or older, kids between the ages of two and eleven get a free ticket if they travel with you. This summer deal is effective now through September 15, 2007. Your brother can even take his bike on the trip. VIA is offering a new Bike Train program between Toronto and Niagara from June until September.

Now you can transport your bike thanks to new on-board racks. VIA Rail Canada reports this sustainable tourism project aims to increase bicycle tourism in the region and reduce traffic and pollution.

For more details visit www.biketrain.ca.

Lastly, if wine is going to be the topic, be sure to inquire about VIAís wine and cheese car available this summer on select departures between Toronto to Niagara Falls. When you book your ticket, you can enjoy complimentary samples of Jackson Triggs wines and samples of assorted cheeses as you ride the rails.

For more information on select departures and to book your tickets visit www.viarail.ca or call toll-free 1 888 842-7245

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