The train to Gaspé is one of the few routes I did not take in 1978, so when I was in Montreal in 1996, I took a few days to ride this train, which was supposed to be one of the most scenic routes in North America. The train included one of Canadian Pacific’s dome cars and, while it was scenic, it doesn’t compare with the Coast Starlight between Oakland and Los Angeles or the California Zephyr between Denver and Salt Lake.
Although the view outside the window in this graphic shows Percé Rock, which is supposed to be the scenic highlight of the trip, the couple shown in the coach seats don’t seem too interested in looking at it. This brochure, like an early Amtrak brochure, must be folded correctly to see this image, as the right and left sides are really the two ends of the brochure.
“Chaleur” means heat in French. But, as in English, it also implies passion. I suspect that the latter meaning is intended for the name of the train.