LE TRAIN DES NEIGES
The first excursion trains started to run in 1927. It was a joyful and colourful period for the Laurentians. In 1927, as many as 170,000 skiers rode these trains to get up north. In 1938-39, 14 trains of 10 wagons with 84 seats each operated on the weekend, with eight running on Sunday. In 1950, a record of 11,000 skiers traveled during a single weekend. Station chiefs directed traffic and a train arrived every 20 minutes. The fare for a round trip from Montréal was $1.50 on the weekend instead of $2.10. During the Depression, young boys offered to tie skiers’ boots for a penny.