Tuesday, November 20, 1906 The Globe (Toronto) Page 1, col. 3

Toronto to Parry Sound.

With characteristic absence of ostentation—the Canadian Northern Railway Company began yesterday morning its regular passenger service on the route between Toronto and Parry Sound. From each end of the line a train started for the other end, and completed its journey easily on schedule time. Each train was made up of a first-class passenger car, a first-class smoker, and a mail and express car. The accommodation for passengers was of the most up-to-date sort. The cars were solidly built, handsomely equipped, and provided with effective springs. The roadbed is as near perfection as possible, and therefore the running of trains was as smooth as it is on the oldest and best equipped railways. Quite a number of passengers, in addition to the few guests of the company, patronized the trains and were delighted with their experience.

The route of this new service is exceptionally interesting from a scenic point of view. The trip up the Don valley is even at this season picturesque, and when the many trees are in full foliage it will be much more so. Across the lofty plateau which here forms the water parting between Lake Ontario and Lake Simcoe there is the usual diversified landscape. The railway skirts the eastern shores of Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching, and then traverses the well-known Laurentian region with its panorama of forest, lake, and rock, until it reaches Parry Sound. This part of the line, if it does not open up a new sportsman's paradise, at least makes and old one much more accessible. Of Parry Sound itself there is no reason to say much; the only remark that seems to be called for is that to all appearance the Canadian Northern Company will find it worth while to consider the practicability and expediency of making that celebrated harbor the point of transhipment of grain from upper lake steamships to freight trains running to tidewater.

The opening of this new route for traffic is an important incident in the history of Toronto. The line will be continued to Sudbury, and will eventually form part of the company's transcontinental railway, of which several links have already been constructed. With indomitable perseverance and inexhaustible patience, the founders of this great enterprise, Mackenzie & Mann, have for many years been building lines or acquiring them, and apparently it will not be long till Toronto is the headquarters of a railway system comprising a trunk line from the Rockey Mountains to Nova Scotia and numerous branches thrown out a various points to serve as its feeders.

Heretofore Toronto has been connected with our only transcontinental railway by a mere branch. Stimulated by the enterprise of a competitor, the Canadian Pacific Company is completing with all practicable speed its new route from Toronto to Sudbury. By force of circumstances, whatever the management may plan in the matter, the completion of that connection will have the effect of putting Toronto, for passenger traffic at least, on the main line of the Canadian Pacific. This city has flourished beyond the most sanguine forecasts, in spite of its having been so long sidetracks. It is not safe to put limits to its growth when both the Canadian Pacific and the Canadian Northern give it direct connections with Sudbury, and regions farther west and north.

Much of the route of the new Canadian Northern line is admirably adapted to attract various classes of people during the summer vacation outing season. For those who desire to remain near the city and prefer inland highlands to open water the Don valley and its adjacent hills will afford locations innumerable. For those who like an expansive inland lake of great natural beauty and quiet scenic effects, there is the long stretch of Lake Simcoe shore, of which the quaint old village of Beaverton is at present the best-known spot. Those who have come under the irresistible spell of resinous forests, canoe routes, trout fishing, and game hunting can gratify their craving by complying with the call of the wild anywhere from Washago to Parry Sound. The line keeps the west of Lake Muskoka and Lake Joseph, and passes many smaller and picturesque lakes en route.

Railways: C.No.Ry.

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