Dining on “The Canadian” — rightly touted as VIA’s flagship—is truly going First Class…even for Coach passengers.
The 2 onboard dining cars both offer the same superb food to all.
The big bonus on “The Canadian” is that 3 hot meals per day are included in the First Class fare. Coach passenger pay-as-they-go at prices which are remarkably competitive with boring old stationary eateries.
I’ve been consistently impressed by the variety of healthy [and not-so-healthy] choices, as well as the quality of the dishes…all served on white porcelain with linen by an attentive and friendly staff.
One of the pleasures of on-board dining is the chance to chat with other travellers. In face, it is impossible not to: all the tables seat 4 and are filled at random by the Steward. What a stark contract from air travel, where seat-mates might have dueling elbows but rarely share more than a perfunctory greeting, if that.
I’ve met people from across Canada and the U.S. as well as from Scotland, Greece and Australia, and found most fellow diners quite convivial and eager to share stories of their joureys on the rails and maybe of their other life as well.
The down side is that I am eating more and exercising less on this trip. So they may have to roll me off by the time I get to Halifax.