Independent VIA Rail Tours
Winter Rail Tours
Trans Canada By Rail & the Rockies - 12 Day Tour
There is no better way to travel across Canada than by train, and the very best of the country awaits you on this 12-day tour through five of Canada's provinces. Your journey begins in the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. From here travel east on VIA Rail's Canadian, admiring charming alpine towns, unspoiled natural scenery, and amazing wildlife along your route. As you travel through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, enjoy stops in beautiful Jasper, tranquil Lake Louise, and tony Banff before continuing your journey across Canada to Toronto.
Your rail adventure across Canada and through the Canadian Rockies includes first-class train accommodations including access to the Canadian's Skyline and Park Cars, superior or deluxe hotel accommodations, sightseeing, ample time at your leisure, and more!
- Guaranteed Departures
- Seven nights hotel accommodations
- Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour
- Four nights aboard VIA Rail's Canadian in Sleeper Plus including a private bedroom (one night from Vancouver to Jasper and three nights from Jasper to Toronto), access to dome viewing cars and all meals while onboard train are included.
- Station to hotel transfer in Jasper
- Transfer service from Jasper to Lake Louise and Lake Louise to Banff
- Full day motorcoach sightseeing excursion from Banff to Jasper with a trip onto the Columbia Icefields aboard an Ice Explorer (Icefields close Oct 17)
- Hotel to station transfer in Jasper
- Toronto Hop On/Hop Off city sightseeing tour**
- Hotel to airport transfer in Toronto
- Transfer from Vancouver hotel to VIA Rail station
- Hotel Taxes, entrance fees, GST and service charges on included features
Day 1 - Vancouver
Arrive in the coastal city of Vancouver and check-in to your hotel. Located in the heart of the city, you're close to many of the city's attractions, shops, and restaurants. Take the day to explore Vancouver on your own. Overnight Vancouver.
Day 2 - Vancouver Sightseeing and Departure for Jasper
Today enjoy a Hop on/Hop Off city tour, allowing you to visit all of Vancouver's most impressive attractions including Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, English Bay Beach, the urban oasis of Granville Island, Chinatown, the Robson Street shopping district, and much more! This evening transfer by taxi (included) from your hotel to the train station for your 8:30 pm train departure. Settle in to your Sleeper Plus accommodations on the Canadian and prepare for your trip to the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Your first-class accommodations convert from a sitting room by day to comfortable upper and lower berths by night. Overnight train.
Day 3 - Enroute to Jasper
Awake this morning to the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy breakfast and lunch in the Dining Car prior to your arrival in Jasper. Take advantage of your exclusive access to the Park Car and Skyline Car, offering panoramic views of the passing scenery. Upon arrival in Jasper this afternoon, transfer from the rail station to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Jasper on your own. You may elect to go on a hike, bike the surrounding area, or ride the Jasper Tramway. Overnight Jasper. (B, L)
Day 4 - Jasper to Lake Louise
Enjoy a full-day scenic transfer en route to Lake Louise. Travel along the Icefield Parkway, a scenic two-lane road that parallels the Continental Divide. A highlight of the day is a stop at the Columbia Icefield, where you will board an Ice Explorer and journey onto the massive Athabasca Glacier. Upon arrival at the Chateau, take time to view the lake and explore the grounds before dinner. The original Chateau was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway over the course of several years as a means to entice wealthy travelers to vacation by rail in the West. Overnight Lake Louise.
Day 5 - Lake Louise to Banff
Travel east today to Banff, a resort town surrounded by the Sulphur and Cascade Mountains. The town, originally settled by the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880's, is a veritable playground, offering an assortment of activities including hiking and biking paths and pristine ski areas. One of Banff's most popular attractions is the Banff Upper Hot Springs located in Banff National Park. Overnight Banff.
Day 6 - Banff
Take the day to fully explore the exciting town of Banff. Take advantage of all of the outdoor activities available to you, enjoy a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountains, or explore Banff National Park, Canada's oldest National Park. Be sure to carve out time to visit the grand Banff Springs Hotel, a former railway hotel constructed in the Scottish Baronial style in 1888. Overnight Banff.
Day 7 - Banff to Jasper
The morning is yours to enjoy Banff at your leisure. Later today, transfer from Banff to Jasper. Overnight Jasper.
Day 8 - VIA Rail Jasper to Toronto
The day is yours to revisit some of your favorite sights in Jasper. Travel to the rail stations late this afternoon to board VIA Rail's Canadian for your 5:30 pm departure east. Later this evening the train travels through Alberta's capitol city of Edmonton as you head east toward Toronto. Overnight train. (D)
Day 9 - En Route to Toronto
Today's travels take you through Saskatoon, Canada's leader in the high technology and mining industries, and Melville, named after Charles Melville Hays, President of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad Company. Spend the day chatting with your fellow travelers and enjoying panoramic views from the Skyline Car. This evening stop in Winnipeg, the capitol of Manitoba and once the hub of the Canadian fur trade. You will have three hours to explore the city's downtown area before re-boarding the train to continue your journey to Toronto. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - VIA Rail to Toronto
A highlight of today's scenic trip includes Longlac, which, located at the northern tip of Long Lake, played an important role as part of the historic canoe route for fur traders. On your last full day on the Canadian, spend time in the Park Car enjoying its three salons and observation deck as well as the Skyline Car with an observation dome offering 360-degree views of the ever-changing landscape. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - Toronto
Awake this morning as you near your final destination of Toronto. Your train is scheduled to arrive at 9:30 am. Embark on a Hop On/Hop Off city sightseeing tour that will get you acquainted with the best of Toronto. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the city on your own, enjoying the unique shopping and dining experiences the city offers. Overnight Toronto. (B)
Day 12 - Toronto
Your rail tour through the Canadian Rockies ends this morning. You may wish to extend your stay in Toronto to better explore this cosmopolitan city. Or, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Hotels include Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver, Sawridge Hotel Jasper, Chateau Lake Louise, and Rimrock Resort Banff. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Touring Class in a private cabin. Meals are included onboard the train along with exclusive access to the Park car with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views.
Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Fairmont Banff Springs. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Touring Class in a private cabin. Meals are included onboard the train along with exclusive access to the Park car with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities.
* Ice Explorer Tours onto the Columbia Icefields are subject to seasonal operations.
Call 877-929-7245 today to book Trans Canada By Rail & the Rockies.
Senior discounts are available for travelers age 60+. Child rates are available for travelers age 2-11.
Call for single and triple rates.
Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy and subject to change.
**Toronto Hop On/Hop Off tour is availabe from May 1-October 10, 2013. A Toronto CityPass will be substituted for travel outside of those dates.