Independent VIA Rail Tours
Winter Rail Tours
Canadian Snow Train: Toronto to Vancouver
Experience the best of the Canadian wilderness in winter and discover spectacular scenery as well as vibrant Canadian cities. Winter is an ideal time to travel as the rates are lower, the trains are less crowded and the staff has more time to share their "tales of the rails" with you. You'll meet traveling companions from around the world; Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, who will delight you with stories of their own cultural heritage. Be a part of this exciting adventure onboard VIA Rail's Canadian Train as you hear the "call of the wild."
Pre and Post Trip Options
Many of our guests choose to spend additional nights in Toronto and Vancouver. Vacations by Rail would be happy to make hotel and sightseeing arrangements for you.
- Airport transfers in Toronto
- Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
- Toronto CityPass
- Four overnights aboard VIA Rail's Canadian in Sleeper Plus, private bedroom from Toronto to Vancouver with access to the lounges and domed viewing cars and Park cars
- Meals aboard the train
- Vancouver "Hop On/Hop Off" trolley tour
- Transfers from VIA Rail station to Vancouver hotel
- Hotel taxes and GST on applicable items
Day 1- Welcome to Toronto, the Capital City of Ontario
Your journey begins in Toronto, Canada's largest city and cultural center of the country. When you arrive at the airport, you'll enjoy complimentary transportation to your hotel. The luxurious Fairmont Royal York, built in 1929, remains one of Toronto's most popular and historic hotels. Ideally situated in the heart of downtown, you're just minutes from the city's famous sights and attractions. Be sure to explore the hotel's many wonderful amenities -- the gracious lobby, relaxing pool and spa -- before you head out.
Overnight - The Fairmont Royal York
Day 2 - Toronto Sightseeing/VIA Rail Toronto to Vancouver
Take advantage of your opportunity to explore this cosmopolitan city with your Toronto CityPass, offering admission to the city's most popular attractions including CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, the Ontario Science Centre and the Toronto Zoo.
VIA Rail's Canadian train departs at 10:00 pm from the station right across from your hotel. As a passenger on VIA Rail's Sleeper Plus, your first class treatment begins with a special check-in area. Plan to be at the rail station one hour prior to boarding so you can check your bags and board at your leisure. Onboard, you'll enjoy deluxe accommodations with a sitting room by day that converts to upper and lower berths at night as well as all meals in the dining car and access to the lounges and domed skyline car, which provides unparalleled viewing and photography opportunities. Hot tea and coffee are available in the lounge area throughout the journey.
Overnight - VIA Rail Sleeper Car
Day 3, 4 & 5 - Crossing the Canadian Wilderness
As the train begins to head west, you'll travel through five of Canada's Provinces, including Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. You'll pass by snow-covered forests, lakes, and streams, painting a shimmering picture of Mother Nature at her best. Be sure to spend time in the domed viewing car to catch sight of a bear, an elk or moose in the snow. Enjoy a few hours in Winnipeg, once the capital of Canada's fur trading industry. As the train heads into Jasper, you'll begin to see jagged mountains and unusual geological formations that become the magnificent Canadian Rockies. Then, you'll cross into British Columbia and notice that the terrain gives way to plains and fields as the Pacific Ocean comes into view.
Overnights - VIA Rail Sleeper Car
Day 6 - Arrive Vancouver - Host of the 2010 Winter Olympics
You'll arrive in the morning, rested and waiting to explore fabulous city. Transfer by taxi (included) to your centrally-located hotel. While your hotel room may not be available, drop your bags off with the concierge and begin your special day. With your "Hop On/Hop Off" trolley tour. The city's most famous spots include: Gastown, with its cobbled streets and great shopping, Stanley Park, the Aquarium, Granville Island and Science World. Hungry for more? Vancouver boasts art galleries, unique boutiques and delightful restaurants. Or play a round of golf, hike or go to the top of Harbour Centre Tower, the tallest building in British Columbia.
Overnight - Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver
Day 7 - Depart for home or extend your stay
Transfer on your own to the airport. Return home filled with memories of this Canadian winter wonderland that will remain with you forever. Or, extend your stay for a few more days in Vancouver, Victoria or Whistler.
Hotels include the Fairmont Royal York and the Fairmont Vancouver (or similar). VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities.
Senior discounts are available for travelers age 60+.
Call 877-929-7245 today to book the Canadian Snow Train - Toronto to Vancouver.
Call for triple rates. Child rates are available for travelers 2-11.
Prices are per person and subject to change.
A stop-over in the Canadian Rockies can be added to this package with a charge for additional hotel accommodations.