April 15, 2012
Several changes have been announced to the VIA Rail Garden Route program.

The most obvious change is the name to Canada’s Garden Route.

The change is to open up the route to garden experiences throughout the country, regardless of whether they lie in close proximity to the main cross-country railway track, or not.  

The most recent Travel Activity and Motivation Study (TAMS) Report, commissioned by federal and provincial tourism ministries, states that in any given two year period, 27 million adult Canadians and Americans visit gardens of Canada while on an out-of-town trip of one or more nights. The same study showed that visiting a botanical or garden themed attraction while on a trip is among the top ten cultural activities undertaken by holiday travelers in Canada.

Canada’s Garden Route is organized by the Canadian Garden Tourism Council with the support of Landscape Ontario and Canadian Nursery Landscape Association.