The Victoria – Courtenay train is operated using Rail Diesel Cars, seen here in Qualicum Beach.

The Victoria – Courtenay train (formerly the Malahat), commonly known as the Dayliner,[1] is a passenger train service operated by Via Rail between Victoria, Nanaimo, and Courtenay on a rail line owned by the Island Corridor Foundation who also contracts out freight operations to the Southern Railway of Vancouver Island (formerly known as the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway).[2] The train was formerly operated with one or two Budd Rail Diesel Cars.[2] Via Rail has operated the passenger train since 1979.[3] The service has been threatened with discontinuation several times. Currently, service has been suspended indefinitely since March 19, 2011, due to track replacement work.[4][5]Prior to further inspection of the track, service along the segment between Nanaimo and Victoria was originally planned to resume on April 8.[6] On May 10, nearly two months after suspension, the old Budd cars were moved from the roundhouse in Victoria to a secure yard in Nanaimo, in future hopes of starting commuter service from there.[7] On November 5, they were taken off the island to be returned to Eastern Canada, which they will be replaced by a new three-car train stock when service resumes.[8]



The train operates one daily round trip, departing Victoria in the morning, and returning from Courtenay in the evening. The 225-kilometre (140 mi) trip takes 4 hours and 45 minutes each way.[9] There are future proposals to include a commuter service to operate morning service from Nanaimo to Victoria[5] and an inter-rail run between Cowichan and Victoria.[4]


From south to north the stations and request stops along the line are:[9]

Head station
0 Victoria
Stop on track
6 Esquimalt
Stop on track
10 Palmer (Ft. Victoria)
Stop on track
13 Langford
Stop on track
32 Malahat
Stop on track
40 Cliffside
Stop on track
42 Strathcona Lodge
Stop on track
45 Shawnigan Lake
Stop on track
50 Cobble Hill
Stop on track
55 Hillbank
Stop on track
58 Cowichan
Stop on track
64 Duncan
Stop on track
68 Hayward
Stop on track
82 Chemainus
Stop on track
93 Ladysmith
Stop on track
105 Cassidy
Stop on track
108 South Wellington
Stop on track
111 Starks
Station on track
117 Nanaimo
Stop on track
124 Wellington
Stop on track
142 Nanoose Bay
Stop on track
153 Parksville
Stop on track
164 Qualicum Beach
Stop on track
177 Dunsmuir
Stop on track
190 Deep Bay
Stop on track
203 Buckley Bay
Stop on track
211 Union Bay
End station
225 Courtenay
Station Distance (km) Information image
Victoria 0
Esquimalt 6 stops on request
Palmer (Ft. Victoria) 10
Langford (Via Rail station) 13 stops on request
Malahat 32 stops on request
Cliffside 40
Strathcona Lodge 42
Shawnigan Lake 45 stops on request
Cobble Hill 50 stops on request
Hillbank 55
Cowichan 58 stops on request
Duncan 64 DuncanBCStation.jpg
Hayward 68
Chemainus 82 stops on request Chemainus Station.jpg
Ladysmith 93 stops on request
Cassidy 105 stops on request
South Wellington 108
Starks 111 stops on request
Nanaimo 117 Nanaimo Station with Budd RDC.jpg
Wellington 124 stops on request
Nanoose Bay 142
Parksville 153
Qualicum Beach 164 stops on request Qualicum train 1.jpg
Dunsmuir 177 stops on request
Deep Bay 190
Buckley Bay 203
Union Bay 211 stops on request
Courtenay 225

See also


  1. ^ Cleverley, Bill (October 29, 2009), "'Wrong way' rail may be righted", Times-Colonist (Victoria, BC CAN: Canwest),, retrieved 2010-01-25 
  2. ^ a b Johnston, Bob (May 2008), "British Columbia's backcountry locals", Trains (Waukesha, WI USA: Kalmbach Publishing) 68 (5): 50–55, ISSN 0041-0934 
  3. ^ "Chronological City History". Victoria Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  4. ^ a b "Island's Dayliner train parked indefinitely due to track problems". Times Colonist. April 7, 2011. Retrieved April 7, 2011. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b "E&N rail service doomed without huge injection of government cash says operators". April 26, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ "VIA prepares to reinstitute partial train service April 8". Via Rail. March 29, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Dayliner leaves today for safekeeping in Nanaimo". Times Colonist. May 10, 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ "E&N Rail cars leaving Island for good". VicNews. November 5, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Victoria-Courtenay train - Schedules". Via Rail. Retrieved 2009-01-16. 

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