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Get Your Summer Travel Plans On Track With The Canada 150 Youth Pass

 

At just 150, Canada is a relatively young country within the global context, but it’s still a significant milestone for our nation. Though we’re 3 months away from the official date, most of the country is already figuring out ways to celebrate such an important anniversary. In February, we spoke of Parks Canada’s nation-wide Discovery Pass, which allows free admission to any of the national parks, historic sites, and marine conservations found in this great land. And now, VIA Rail is joining in on the festivities.

In March, VIA Rail offered the Canada 150 Youth Pass to customers aged 12–25. These passes, priced at just $150, lets the ticket holders travel anywhere in the country along the VIA Rail network as many times as they want in the month of July. This means, they can travel across country or between specific corridors throughout Canada’s birthday month and save while doing so.

Originally, only 1,867 passes were made available — 1867 being the year of Canada’s Confederation—but it became apparent quickly that this wasn’t enough. Unfortunately, like most things that happen over the Internet in Canada, the rail company’s website crashed once word of this fantastic deal hit the web. Unlike Parks Canada, which also crashed due to the overwhelming traffic for its Discovery Pass, all was not solved once they went back online. VIA received a huge backlash over their limited number of passes, as people were disappointed when they couldn’t nab a ticket for their own. The press was so negative that the company increased the number of these youth passes to 4,000.

Of course, every one of these passes have been snatched up, so if you don’t already have your ticket, you won’t be able to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Sorry! But if you have, it’s time to start planning your trip — or trips!

The pass’ popularity was due in part by its incredibly low cost — something anyone living on a student budget can appreciate. But even though $150 is the cheapest way you’ll get to travel this country, it’s still an expensive trip. You’ll lose out on a whole month’s worth of work you were planning on saving for the fall semester, and you may end up paying for rent on an apartment you barely use.

As you pull out the map to figure out where you want to go, don’t let your finances weigh you down. If you share an apartment with your friends, you can sublet your room to earn some cash for your travels. But if you’re in between dorms for the entire summer, you aren’t without hope. Give us a call. We have short-term storage options that are perfect for students. We have space available at one of our many facilities located throughout the GTA, and we think that it will fit within your budget.

We only have one request. If you’re one of the lucky 4,000 youths in the country able to travel with this pass, and you end up renting a mini storage unit with us, we just ask that you let us know how it goes. We’re envious of the opportunity!

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