gprimr1 wrote:1.) What's the hotel situation around Toronto Union Station?
There are many hotels nearby. Too many to list them all.
The most famous I would think is the Fairmont Royal York, formerly a CP hotel. It is located across the street from Union Station, but it can be very expensive. The Renaissance Skydome Hotel is right in the Rogers Centre and has some rooms with a view of the Blue Jays' playing field. Again, it is pricey. For economy minded travelers, many have recommended the Strathcona Hotel which is about a block away from Union.
2.) Any rental car companies around Union Station?
Some rental car companies have recently set shop up in the station just across the Great Hall from the VIA Rail ticket counters. I believe they include Alamo, Budget, and Thrifty. Hertz has been at Union Station for years and, although Avis was there for a long time, I think they left quite a while ago.
3.) Things to see on board the train?
Having never travelled the entire route, I can only say what I've heard about the southern portion. The best views are going up the Hudson River, on the west side of the train. The scenery north of Albany is not very spectacular. Crossing the bridge at Niagara Falls you may get a glimpse of the falls looking out the left side. In Canada, the train rounds Lake Ontario and there are some points where the lake can be seen on the east side of the train. The view climbing out of Hamilton up to Aldershot is not bad.
Ken V. Moderator: Most things Canadian.
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