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EDC to encourage year round use of tour train

Tuesday, December 03, 2013   by: Darren Taylor

City Council has passed a resolution authorizing the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to work with CN in examining every opportunity to operate the Agawa Canyon Tour Train on a year round basis.

The resolution, passed at Council’s regular meeting Monday, comes in the wake of CN’s November 19 announcement that it was terminating operation of the Agawa Canyon Snow Train.

CN stated despite its best efforts, Snow Train passenger numbers have stagnated at approximately 1500 per season, and that it would focus only on continued operation of its successful summer and fall Agawa Canyon trips. 

The Snow Train ran for six Saturdays each winter.

The CN announcement caused frustration for officials with Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, a division of the EDC.

The EDC has stated that CN’s decision to cancel the Snow Train violates the spirit of an agreement between itself, CN and the Ontario government’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).

CN does not agree, and a November 25 conference call between the company and Tourism SSM did not change CN’s view. 

Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Debbie Amaroso told Council that CN had informed her Monday that it has no intention of reviving the Snow Train.

Notwithstanding, the EDC feels that after working with CN and the province to obtain and invest $11.2 million for much-needed Tour Train upgrades, time is needed for the Snow Train operation to grow.

The 1500 passengers who used the Snow Train represented a $500,000 economic impact for the community.  

Tourism SSM Director Ian McMillan told Council Monday that opportunities exist for the Tour Train to operate year round.

It should be noted that cancellation of the Snow Train does not affect passenger and cargo train service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst.  

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GrampaF 12/3/2013 12:53:23 PM Report

Typical of CN - hold the hand out for the provinces finacial help and cry poor after and try and walk away from a deal made. 6 tips to the canyon is a small service to provide. While EDC is discussing things with CN maybe they can do something with the unfair passenger service fares. You can ride return from the Sault to Trout Lake return for $44.70 and if you want to go 4 miles past there(Mekatina) the return cost for the fare is $96 (more than double to go four more miles) I guess CN want to take care of the retired ACR employees that travel to Trout Lake at the cheap fares. The fares as far as Batchewana station should be no more than the Trout Lake cost. Again CN takes the Provinces funds and reduces passengers travelling the train by unfair fares charges.
Sam C 12/3/2013 12:55:20 PM Report

I can't say that I disagree with CN. If there are not sufficient passengers to make the "Snow Train" viable, why run it?
Just Curious 12/3/2013 2:47:30 PM Report

Hey, how about they run a short spur right into the Skihill. One engine, a couple of cars, on a twice a day run holidays and weekends, once a day thru the week. I'm sure there are a lot of people out there that would rather not drive the Searchmont highway in the winter. Just park your car at the mall, or the hotel you are staying at and ride the train. You could have a few drinks at the Hill without worrying about ride programs on the way back.. Good for everyone all around..:)
crashed13 12/4/2013 8:49:27 AM Report

If it is $45 to trout lake and back then Searchmount would be like $100 plus $50 for a lift ticket.
One heck of a expensive ski-day.

I think people would rather drive ,you can put a lot of gas in a car for $100.
AlexWhy 12/5/2013 1:23:33 PM Report

RE: Sam C

Understood, but the bottom line is that CN has an agreement in place that they have simply decided to walk away from, hence why people are upset. More on it below:

http://www.saultthisweek.com/2013/12/03/edc-ready-to-take-on-cn-rail-over-snow-train

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