South Eastern Ontario is teaming up with VIA Rail and Landsby to heat up the winter season by offering exclusive new Rail + Roam packages that encourage travellers to ride the rails and safely explore well-known gems, best-kept secrets and off-the-beaten-path adventures across the region.
From now until March 15, 2022, Rail + Roam allows locals and visitors alike to indulge in a wide array of culinary, adventure and wellness-themed experiences that can be booked through www.landsby.ca/rail-and-roam/.
These experiences offer unique ways to get out and soak in the small-city warmth and hospitality of places such as Kingston, Brockville, Gananoque, Cornwall, Belleville and more.
Stretching from Lake Ontario all the way to the Quebec border, South Eastern Ontario follows along the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River and encompasses the laidback charm of Prince Edward County, historic architecture of Kingston, stunning views of the 1000 Islands and the UNESCO-designated Rideau Canal.
The region also backs up its claims as a true culinary hub, offering food lovers and wine aficionados alike a myriad of opportunities to sip, sample and savour their way through award-winning wineries, craft breweries and restaurants serving locally sourced, farm-fresh fare.
Bonnie Ruddock, executive director for the Regional Tourism Organization of South Eastern Ontario (RTO 9), said: “We’ve seen a lot of people — including Snowbirds — who are planning on staying closer to home this winter, so it’s the perfect time for people to book an escape and explore smaller towns across the region.”
Ruddock continued: “South Eastern Ontario is Ours to Re-discover again, and Rail + Roam offers so many ways to relax, recharge and get rejuvenated by taking part in unforgettable experiences while also supporting local businesses in our own backyard.”
Some examples of the Rail + Roam packages include:
- A two-night ‘Glamping’ experience’ inside a Mongolian-style yurt at Apple Hill’s Springfield Farm, including transfers from either the Cornwall or Alexandria VIA stations from $399 CAD for two nights plus tax
- A two-night ‘Seaway and Cider Experience’ in Kingston that includes suite accommodations at the Residence Inn by Marriott, a private Seaway and Helicopter tour of the 1000 Islands archipelago and lunch at the region’s newest cider mill for $969 CAD per couple plus tax
- A two-night culinary experience in the village of Morrisburg including a stay at the historic Russell Manor B&B and a gourmet three-course meal at its bistro for $620 CAD per couple plus tax
- A two-night stay at the Victorian-style Secret Garden Inn in Kingston that includes a gourmet private chef-curated three-course meal for two with wine pairings and breakfast service for $439 CAD per couple plus tax
- * A three-night stay at the historic Cove Country Inn in the village of Westport on the banks of Rideau Canal with passes to nearby Foley Mountain for $299 CAD per couple plus tax
- A luxurious two-night ‘Modern Lakeside Retreat’ where guests are welcomed as friends at Prince Edward County’s stunning new Mirazule Inn set high on a cliff overlooking Lake Ontario for a 3-day/2-night luxurious stay with delicious breakfast and all beverages included for $1,380 CAD per couple plus tax
Landsby has developed a series of packages that combine accommodations and local experiences unique to this region. Packages are available for all ages, interests and price points.
Train travel by VIA Rail to and from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and the surrounding region can be added on to all packages (for an additional fee) to add an extra element of ease to travellers’ visits.
Jason Sarracini, founder of Landsby, observed: “The travel industry, and the people we serve, are in a phase of recovery. To that end, Canadians are yearning for authentic travel experiences that satisfy a need for both adventure and comfort, that support our local businesses and aid in our collective growth.”
Sarracini continued: “The Rail + Roam packages in South Eastern Ontario embrace this trifecta, providing Canadians with opportunities to explore the beauty and wonder of their own country.”