March 29, 2017 12:33 pm
Updated: March 30, 2017 9:24 am

Via Rail resumes sale of all-you-can-travel Canada 150 Youth Pass after ‘technical difficulties’

A Via Rail promotion marking Canada 150 has proven to be overwhelmingly popular.

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UPDATE: Via Rail’s Canada 150 Youth Pass is now sold out 

Via Rail has resumed selling its Canada 150 Youth Pass after a day-long delay due to high demand.

The national rail service says customers sales could still be delayed intermittently. Via Rail promised to provide more information once the situation was resolved.

“Due to a persistent instability of our reservation system and higher traffic on our website, you may experience delays during your purchasing process,” the website reads.

The Canada 150 Youth Pass offered travellers aged 12 to 25 all-you-can-travel train service within Canada for the month of July for $150. The pass was also available to those over the age of 25 who hold an International Student Identity Card (ISIC).

The pass was created by Via Rail to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Via Rail will also spend over $2 million in various other initiatives as part of Canada 150 celebrations across the country.

READ MORE: Ontario father, son unable to get train tickets with valid VIA Rail gift cards

This isn’t the first Canada 150 promotion to see overwhelming demand: The Parks Canada website was swamped in December by eager nature-lovers looking to get their hands on a free 2017 national parks pass.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect that Via Rail will spend over $2 million in various initiatives as part of Canada 150 celebrations which unrelated to the Canada 150 Youth Pass.

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