Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A refreshing experience: An enjoyable train ride to Ottawa

In early February 2017, I took the train from Toronto to Ottawa on a very cold and wintry morning.  It was a typical Canadian winter's day but I was ready as I could ever be and I would say that I was pleasantly surprised when it came to my journey.

Courtesy of the Canadian Council of the Blind, I traveled first class to receive an award from them and it was first class all of the way.  The staff members aboard the train were so very accommodating and were so aware of my needs as a vision-impaired person.

They read the breakfast menu to me, told me exactly what was on my plate when they brought it to me, assisted me to the washroom whenever I asked, and helped me with my luggage on and off the train.  During the course of the four and a half hour trip they stopped several times to check on me.

Thank you Via Rail for having made my trip a super one.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day. 

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