Discussion of Canadian Passenger Rail Services such as AMT (Montreal), Go Transit (Toronto), VIA Rail, and other Canadian Railways and Transit

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  by gaspeamtrak
Notsure if this the right place?
Can anybody tell me what the food service is like on the "Northlander" and "Polar Bear Express is like at this time of the year?
What are the prices and what types of food do they serve/brands?
  by labaienordique
I'm not sure what the Polar Bear Express has, but the Northlander's dining car offers more snack-like food than meals. Prepackaged sandwiches, canned soup, muffins, cookies, fruit & beverages (pop, juice, etc). I believe the Northlander also sells alcohol exclusively for consumption in the dining car. Prices are slightly expensive (comparable to Via Rail's) and I don't believe interact is offered on the train, so I would recommend bringing some physical cash.
  by Pensyfan19
On March 10th, 2021, Ontario Northland operated a test passenger train from Cochrane to North Bay for the first time since 2012. This could hint at a possible return to passenger service along the route, most likely the Northlander, and hopefully service all the way to Toronto.

  by dowlingm
I don’t know if Northlander is coming down the tracks for real, but the next Ontario election sure is (no later than June 2, 2022), it wouldn’t be surprising to see this be one of many goodies ladled out in the next 9-12 months, not least given it as a very public promise before the last one. I still think it’s a mistake to reinstate it in full as an end to end ONR service, but political realities in North Bay may preclude other outcomes.
From the archives......the Northlander at North Bay in 1983