Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Arriving soon on Via Rail: Heritage Minute by WiFi

A Via Rail train takes on passengers at Dorval Station in Montreal.

Peter Mccabe/The Canadian Press

Via Rail Canada Inc. says it will begin offering television shows and films for all passengers with a laptop, smart phone or tablet.

With a deliberately Canadian slant, travellers will be able to access through the train's local WiFi network free CBC programming, animated and documentary movies from the National Film Board of Canada and the Heritage Minute series of short films on Canadian history.

This wide catalogue of on-board shows, in French and English, including up to 50 hours of NFB films to choose from, is unique on North American passenger trains, according to Via.

Story continues below advertisement

The service will first be introduced along the Quebec City to Windsor route this Spring.

Report an error Licensing Options
About the Author

Guy Dixon is a feature writer for The Globe and Mail. More


The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Globe Newsletters

Get a summary of news of the day

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at