New York

This Relaunched Train Route Offers Service from Toronto to New York City

There are stops in Niagara Falls, Rochester, Albany, and more along the way.

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Artem Zavarzin/Shutterstock
Artem Zavarzin/Shutterstock

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With airports in disarray and ticket prices continuing to skyrocket, travellers may be looking for an alternative to flying between some hot summer destinations. Now, Amtrak has just the ticket with a newly relaunched service connecting New York City with Toronto.

Amtrak’s Maple Leaf service has resumed cross-border service as of June 27, once again offering a connection between the United States and Canada. Along the way, it stops at destinations like Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Rochester, and Albany. The trip takes about 12 hours, including two hours for customs and immigration as it crosses the border.

Tickets start at less than $300, although they can be more depending on the timing and whether or not you opt for Business Class.

You can book your tickets and find out more information on Amtrak’s website, and check out the route map below:

Image courtesy of Amtrak
Image courtesy of Amtrak
Image courtesy of Amtrak

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New York

Get Free Citi Bike Passes This Weekend for the Return of NYC's Summer Streets

The annual car-free event kicks off on August 6.

Photo courtesy of Summer Streets
Photo courtesy of Summer Streets
Photo courtesy of Summer Streets

New York’s favorite car-free event is back.

On August 6 and for the next two consecutive Saturdays (August 13 and August 20), Summer Streets will take over Park Avenue for a day of arts, culture, and, most importantly, no cars from 7 am–1 pm. Aimed at encouraging New Yorkers to celebrate the city’s streets in a more sustainable way, the annual car-free event will welcome participants to run, walk, play, and even bike along the route.

For the occasion, Citi Bike will be giving away free day passes on the first day of the event, on August 6. By using the code SUMMER22 in the Citi Bike app, New Yorkers will receive unlimited 30-minute rides on a classic Citi Bike for 24 hours, and will be able to join the Summer Streets celebration while helping out the environment.

Summer Streets will stretch along Park Avenue between the Brooklyn Bridge and East Harlem, and along the route, it will feature several wind-down areas, dubbed “Rest Stops.” Free performances, events, and art installations will take place there, and visitors will get the chance to find their favorite rest stop to have some fun.

At the Lafayette Street Rest Stop, between Duane and Worth Streets, Unlimited Biking will be providing free bike rentals for those participating in the Summer Streets event. There will be 100 complimentary bikes at three rest stops along the way. At Foley Square, a Topo Chico Beverage Zone will take over on August 6, and guests will be able to enjoy a DJ set from 10 am–1 pm for a proper dance party. Visitors can also choose to head over to the Fitness Class Stage in Cooper Square (between Wanamaker Place and 8th Street), where fitness classes will be open to anyone looking to get some movement in.

Summer Streets is free for anyone to attend. For more information and to check out a full list of event and performances, you can visit the Summer Streets website.

Here’s a map of this year’s route:

Image courtesy of NYC DOT
Image courtesy of NYC DOT
Image courtesy of NYC DOT

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