Via Railway Station, Niagara Falls

Via Railway Station, Niagara Falls

The Via Railway Station, situated in Niagara Falls, Ontario, functions as the endpoint for the GO Transit's Lakeshore West line to Toronto and the Maple Leaf train that runs between Toronto and New York City. The station building, constructed in 1879 in a Gothic Revival style, is recognized as a heritage railway station and listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

In 1879, a passenger depot was destroyed by fire, and the Great Western Railroad promptly erected a new depot using red brick in a Gothic architectural style. The replacement depot consisted of a two-story central section and east and west wings that were 30 meters long each.

Initially, the station's two waiting rooms had separate entrances before they were connected in 1951. The station's ceilings were 4.6 meters high, and it had wooden plank flooring. The waiting rooms contained a center circular ticket booth and a large pot-bellied stove that heated both areas. The station also housed a restaurant/saloon known as the "Great Western Restaurant" from 1853 to 1860.

From 1879 to 1882, the station served as the Great Western Railway's terminus, and from 1923 to 1967, it was the Grand Trunk Railway's station. It was the busiest and most magnificent station owned by the railway during that time. The station underwent renovations in 1951 and was partially demolished in 1967 when the east wing, formerly used as a restaurant, was removed.

GO Transit began operating a single weekday train trip to and from Niagara Falls in January 2019, and in September 2019, the formerly summer-only weekend train service became year-round.

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Sight Name: Via Railway Station
Sight Location: Niagara Falls, Canada (See walking tours in Niagara Falls)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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