Amtrak Cascades service to Vancouver is back, which means easier Canadian getaways
From The Points Guy:
A key section of an iconic train route is once again available for those looking to travel through the Pacific Northwest. For the first time in years, you can now ride Amtrak’s Cascades Train beyond the northern border, all the way to Vancouver, British Columbia.
On Sept. 26, Amtrak resumed the northernmost portion of its Cascades Train for the first time since the start of the pandemic. The restoration of this 140-plus-mile portion of the popular route means train enthusiasts and other travelers looking for a scenic trip through Oregon, Washington state and, indeed, British Columbia, can finally enjoy the entire trip again.
The change came at a good time, too: Canada just dropped its final remaining COVID-19 entry requirements at the start of October, so if you’re looking for a fall getaway, you can ride the rails to northwest Canada without having to test, enter vaccination information or fill out health data on an app.
It’s also just the latest example of Amtrak restoring Canada service as demand for train travel has rebounded; the rail operator restored its service between New York City and Toronto earlier this year for the first time since the pandemic started.
For the newly reinstated portion of the trip between Seattle and Vancouver, a train will depart Seattle at 7:45 a.m. Pacific time each morning and four hours later arriving in Vancouver at 11:45 a.m.
Southbound trips will include a 5:54 p.m. departure from Vancouver, with arrival in Seattle at 10:10 p.m.
This portion of the service will include just one round trip each day, though Amtrak noted it is hoping to add a second daily round trip between Seattle and Vancouver as staffing and equipment allow.
In addition to the Canada portion of the service, there are three daily round trips available between Portland and Seattle.