1 Getting to Halifax can be part of the experience, especially if you take VIA Rail’s The Ocean train from Montreal. This rail journey has been running for more than 100 years. It traverses 1346km, takes 22 hours and costs a few hundred dollars more than flying for a private sleeper-cabin with shower but along the way I gaze on forests, waterways, towns and farmland from my cabin and the domed viewing car. There are three enjoyable meals with fellow passengers in the dining car; two classical musicians, heading to stages in Halifax, perform in the bar. As a bonus, I arrive in central Halifax rather than at the airport, located 35km inland from town — a $C60 ($66) taxi fare — to minimise sea-fog closures; viarail.ca/en.