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First publish date: 05-22-2006
VIA Rail Introduces First Casino Car to Niagara Falls Region
VIA Rail Canada in partnership with Fallsview Casino Resort and Peller Estates Winery is pleased to announce the new 2006 summer schedule to Niagara Falls featuring the Fallsview Casino Car, the first of its kind in Canada.

From May 19 to September 8, on select departures throughout the summer, the car will be the scene for a variety of activities that have made the Niagara region so popular with visitors from Canada and around the world.

Ontario s Niagara Region is one of the worlds fastest growing tourism destinations averaging more than 14 million tourists a year. This summer, VIA has added an additional seasonal departure to Niagara Falls featuring Fallsview Casinos learn to play sessions and Peller Estates wine sampling experience. The new services will operate during the busy summer season when highway congestion to and in the region is at its highest, providing travellers with the flexibility of a fun filled day trip or more relaxing overnight getaway.

"Niagara Falls has so much to offer as a summer destination and now with our partnership with VIA, it is easier than ever to get here. From world class resorts and casinos to wineries to championship golf, Niagara has many exciting attractions to showcase this summer along with the majestic Falls and our breathtaking parks," said Steve Wolstenhome, General Manager of Fallsview Casino Resort.

VIAs luxurious Glenfraser lounge car will be "wrapped" as a Fallsview Casino Resort slot machine. On board the car, passengers will be able to relax and enjoy a complimentary Peller Estate wine sampling while they learn to play poker or blackjack from a professional Fallsview Casino Resort dealer. The learn to play and wine experience will be available on Friday and Saturday departures to Niagara Falls. (Wine sampling is only available to passengers 19 years of age and older).

"VIA is pleased to partner with the Fallsview Casino Resort and Peller Estates Winery to bring to our passengers a travelling experience they will never forget," said Pierre Santoni, VIAs Senior Director, National Sales. "Given its innovative and creative approach, this was a perfect fit for the type of experiences VIA has been offering to our passengers over the past several years."

"We have an excellent opportunity to provide guests with their first taste of Niagara when they step on board", said John Peller of Peller Estates. "From sampling some of the finest wines in Niagara in the luxury of VIAs lounge car to learning the finer points of blackjack, passengers are treated to an extraordinary experience - one we are delighted to be a part of."

Train Toronto To Niagara Falls Train Niagara Falls To Toronto
97 08:30 - 10:26 (Daily) 90 06:40 - 08:34 (Mon-Fri)
93* 10:00 am - 11:48 (Daily) 92* 2:15 p.m. - 4:08 p.m. (Sat/Sun)
98 5:45 p.m. - 7:42 p.m. (Daily)
95(xx) 5:45 - 7:38 p.m. (Daily) 94* 9:20 p.m. - 11:09 p.m (Daily)
* Fallsview Casino Car will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday
throughout the summer and feature wine and cheese. The learn-to-play
experience(xx) (in addition to wine and cheese) will be available on VIA
Train 95 Toronto departures on Friday and Saturday.
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