Credit Valley Explorer
Credit Valley Explorer
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Sheeshin
Toronto67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I'm surprised I'm the first to review the Credit Valley Explorer.

I traveled on the CVE during the summer and it was wonderful.

The trip is a total of three hours traversing the Escarpment and Forks of the Credit from Orangeville to North Brampton and back again.

Everyone associated with the CVE is very friendly and informative and the lunch onboard was quite tasty.

The train itself are two 1950s cars restored with very comfortable leather seats and air conditioning (heated during the winter months).

The vistas are lovely with golf courses, forested areas, rivers and farm lands. We even saw a buck!

Everyone I spoke with really enjoyed the trip including a family from Florida. My own family was also quite taken.

I would highly recommend this gentle rail trip!
Written June 27, 2008
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Lily P
Toronto, Canada53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
In May, I received tickets to the Credit Valley Explorer as a gift for my birthday (and a random date night). I never heard of this dinner/train ride, imagined it be an inconvenience with terrible food, awful smells in the cabin and well, … I thought … old people (sorry! No intention of offending anyone in anyway… but I am still used to dinner dates in downtown lounges that have 5 itty, bitty menu choices because you are eating at 11pm while drinking … and standing). Boy, was I surprised 
Let me breakdown my experience for you:
1) Man-friend purchased the tickets as part of birthday/our surprise random date nights. If you are in a relationship – do this! So much fun… simply divide the year – every other month one of you plan a date night and make it completely unexpected things to do in your local area. Never in my wildest dreams would have I thought to do this and still don’t know what words he used in his Google search
2) We got dressed up! We do this … and live by the motto … you can never be overdressed or overeducated. Suit/tie and long gown dress – check! You feel like something special is going to happen on any night you get in your best and if it doesn’t – a night feeling like your best is one of the greatest feelings.
3) Arrive early – I really appreciate the opportunity we had to scope out the scene and take cheesy pictures with the train before all the crowds arrived. We had a sold out train that night and people from all ages were there (see not just old people!). I didn’t realized how many people fit on one of these trains until I saw the crowds boarding. (Yes… my worry level mounted… I was still thinking smells, crowded and what if I have to use the washroom – gasp!)
4) Embrace the ambience – So many details go into this ride that you may not notice. The gentleman welcoming you on the train in a complete conductor uniform, the timeless musician playing music in the station before you board, the HOT food coming to your table, the cold glass of wine on a (what felt like the only) hot night this Summer, the beautiful Ontario landscape you are whisking by PLUS the heritage of our region that the ride explores. Like I said, a lot to take in, as you move for three hours through a 4-course plated meal. And if you are in good company, having great conversation… you may actually miss some of this!
5) The food – Soup/Salad/Entrée/Dessert meal was pretty good. The soup was good (I’m not a soup fan… but all around me people were loving it), came hot and promptly for all guests. The salad was great – crisp, fresh, nice mix of flavors. The Entrée – your choice of beef, chicken or vegetarian – was surprisingly HOT when it got to our table and it needed to cool. I opted for Chicken, Man-Friend went for the beef and both were eatable and satisfying. Not incredible but surprisingly tasty for a meal on a train in the middle of (my city girl attitude) no-where. The dessert… awesome – how can you go wrong when its heavenly chocolate mousse on your plate with excellent coffee. Wine options were standard house selections (At $6 a glass… not bad for boxed wine) and there was beer and cooler options.

Overall, I really enjoyed this journey on the Credit Valley Explorer. It was such a nice change from the 4-wall restaurants that I frequent way too often. I would recommend going to do something “different”. Two thumbs up!
Written August 19, 2014
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RescueTeam 🇨🇦
West Grey, Canada109,840 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
It is very unfortunate, but the Credit Valley Explorer has ceased operations. All railcars have been moved off site and the office is closed.

The station is only operated as a shelter for GO Bus riders.
Written May 26, 2018
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Samantha V
Caledon, Canada11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Couples
I am also one of the passengers that was supposed to take the February 9th tour. We were given the tickets as an anniversary gift. There was no communication at all from the company that the tour would be scheduled. When I finally did reach someone personally they actually had the nerve to lie to me and say that she had actually reached all the passengers with the the exception of three groups, mine being one supposedly. There was no emails or calls, both of which information was provided to the company. Did she actually expect me to believe that if she had contacted everyone as she said people would have driven from two hours away only to stand in an empty cold parking lot wondering what was going on. It's such a shame as I've heard great things about this train ride. The only explanation given to me was that the locomotive suffered a mechanical failure and they were unsure if it could be fixed or a new one would have to be purchased. Such a disappointment.
Written February 12, 2014
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zanezed
Brampton, Canada48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2010
This was a really nice way to spend a summer evening. I lived in Caledon and saw places and things I did not even knew existed - so its a really interesting tour. I was surprised how good the food quality was, and the seating is very comfortable - similiar to business class seats on board an airliner. Air conditioned too, very comfortable. Nice modern rebuild of the station in Orangeville.
Written May 20, 2011
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contentedcanadians
Dundas, Ontario, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Couples
My husband and I took my 93 years old father on the Credit Valley Explorer on Canadian Thanksgiving Day 2011. I found their web site very informative and bookings were easy to make. Upon arrival at the train station we found plenty of free parking, toilets and information in the booking office, and had no problem exchanging our downloaded booking receipt for our tickets. We were rather worried after reading the review from the person who said they had a bad experience with their booking arrangements. However, everything went smoothly and we needn't have worried. We were also concerned whether my Father would be able to manage the steps into the train at the age of 93 but the conductor put out a large step and the staff assisted Dad on and off the train. We were really impressed with the smoothness of the organization and the friendliness of the Conductor and staff.

As it was Thanksgiving we were served a turkey lunch, with the trimmings, which was surprisingly good considering it was served on a train. We were also able to purchase wine and beer during the ride which made for a relaxing enjoyable journey. The scenery was great and we had the extra advantage of seeing the Fall colours. On the return journey the Conductor suggested that we all exchange our seats with the table on the opposite side of the train and therefore everyone got to see the best views.

The train stopped at a little village for 20 minutes on the way back which gave people the chance to stretch their legs, smoke, etc. and we were served with dessert and coffee immediately upon being reseated.

We found the outing to be extremely good value, well organized and would recommend this attraction to everyone. We'll certainly go again another year.
Written November 18, 2011
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Jaymay77
Orangeville, Canada12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Couples
Got my parents this train ride for Christmas hoping they would see a winter wonderland in February. However, all they got was a cold 30 mins in a parking lot with other angry guests who did not get to go on a train ride. I checked my email to see if I missed a cancellation email or something, but nope there was no communication. No notice on the door of the station, no personal to let anyone know, just a lot of disappointment. I checked online via their "booking reservations" and all it said when I put in our code was "cancelled and see reasons below." The reasons below was a code which meant nothing to us and no where could you find out what it meant. I called the contact number on the website and again no one there to answer the phone. Apparently they only have phones answered Monday to Friday, even though trains are supposed to run on weekends as well. My advice, save your money and take a more reliable train in the winter. Maybe this train is okay in fall, but don't get your hopes up in the winter, because it may not run and no one is there to tell you why or if you'll get another reservation date or money back. All in all, this is not a good gift to give to anyone if you actually want them to receive something.
Written February 9, 2014
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Michael M
Thornhill, Canada187 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
We like trains and we like food and that makes the Credit Valley Explorer very enjoyable. Trains are on time and we meandered through the Credit Valley to the north end of Brampton from Orangeville. The scenery was interesting with the fall colour about 50%. The day was sunny with some clouds so not too hot or too cool and no rain. It is interesting to see the countryside from the inside and not from the roadside. The food was good and the service was very good to match it. A glass of wine was available for purchase if desired. The commentating was very explanatory describing where we were. On the return trip, the train did stop and allow you to get off in the small town of Inglewood whose only attraction that we could see would be the General Store. We saw one waterfalls and the train stopped to provide a longer view. It was about 2.5 to 3 hours and quite relaxing. We would do it again. The Pamphlet is quite detailed and outlines some history and facts about the trip.
Written November 15, 2014
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Lynnievan
Cambridge, Canada18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
My husband and I went on this tour on October 4, 2014. We were under the impression that this was a dinner train. We were sadly disappointed when our "meal" was crackers, cheese and 4 grapes. The scenery was nothing special, the seats are very close together, so you are always bumping knees with your neighbour. We were also in a section that had a lot of kids, now this would be really boring for children. There were a lot of kids crying, and frustrated. I felt sorry for the kids, parents and the rest of the passengers. I would not recommend you spend your hard earned money on this experience, go to a nice restaurant instead.
Written October 6, 2014
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Mike B
Rockwood7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Friends
On july 2 2011 my father, my wife and myself had a resevation for the credit vally explorer( it was to be my fathers day present to my father). When we arrived and tried to register, we were told that our reservation had been cancelled and money refunded,no other explaination. The best the check in person could do was give us a stupid shrug of his shoulders, not even an appology for the inconvienience of driving all the way to orangville.Another group of 5 people was also told the same thing. We figured that they had over booked and the last people to have booked were bumped, however, after checking other people in line others that were allowed to go on the tour had booked three weeks after our resevation was made. When we retuned home, we found that we had been sent an email, notifieing us that the trip had been cancelled,which was a lie as we were there watching others leave on the tour! The email was at 1.59 pm the day of the tour, about two hours after we had already left for the day.It stated that the email was to backup the phone call, another lie, we never recievedsuch a call. I would strongly suggest no one books this trip, and will continue to tell as many people as I can about our lousy treatment.
Written August 11, 2011
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