Great Canadian Rail Journey
Make the great rail journey across Canada’s wild expanse aboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian.
This breathtaking tour crosses Canada using the scenic railroad. It features spectacular scenery, including an excursion to Niagara Falls, where you’ll enjoy a cruise to view the falls from the river level; an excursion from Jasper to Maligne Lake, the largest glacially formed lake in the Canadian Rockies, where you’ll cruise to Spirit Island; a thrilling Ice Explorer ride on the 750-foot-deep Columbia Icefield; a stop at stunning Lake Louise with its green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria; and much more.
In Toronto, board the art deco cars of VIA Rail’s The Canadian train for the highlight of this Canada tour…your 3-night rail journey through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Watch the scenic countryside, lakes, and sun-dappled forests from your windows as you relax in first-class, refurbished cars from the 1950s. Enjoy premium service, exquisite cuisine, and incredible views as you sit back and enjoy this marvelous train journey.
Experience out-of-the-ordinary adventures on this Canada tour. In Victoria, learn why Victoria is considered Canada’s most haunted city during a private presentation by a storyteller and historian. Other fun included experiences are a narrated scenic cruise on Maligne Lake to see famous Spirit Island and an amazing dinner with stunning views atop CN Tower in Toronto.
All of this and more await you on this spectacular tour through Canada!
Highlights and Inclusions
- Transportation on VIA Rail's The Canadian (3 nights on train)
- All meals aboard The Canadian
- 9 nights' hotel accommodation
- Breakfast daily, 1 brunch, 2 lunches and 7 dinners including a farewell dinner in Vancouver
- Dinner atop the CN Tower in Toronto
- Niagara Falls Sightseeing Cruise
- Cruise to Spirit Island in Maligne Lake
- Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield
- Sightseeing in Banff National Park
- Victoria orientation tour
- Gulf Islands scenic ferry ride
- Sightseeing in Vancouver
Day 1 - Arrive in Toronto
Welcome to Toronto! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
Day 2 - Toronto - Excursion to Niagara Falls
Drive along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. For the adventurous, your Tour Director will suggest optional flightseeing over the falls. Then, enjoy a Niagara Falls sightseeing CRUISE for a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering falls from river level. Return to Toronto for dinner atop the 1,815-foot-tall CN Tower. (B, D)
Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. Favorable conditions usually exist from May to mid-October. When the weather is unfavorable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.
Day 3 - Toronto - VIA Rail the Canadian - Ontario
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Toronto and free time to explore downtown. This afternoon, transfer to Union Station for the Canadian, VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental train. Spend the next three days and nights on this classic trip across Canada’s heartland. Your Sleeper Plus class rail cars are refurbished art-deco cars from the 1950s. Domed observation cars let you enjoy views of the Canadian countryside as you roll past Ontario’s landscapes. All meals are included, and you won’t want to miss any of them, as the chef offers a tempting array of soups, salads, main courses, and desserts. (B, D)
On VIA Rail, beds in your private cabin are arranged by day in arm chair style. By night, beds are converted to upper and lower bunkbed-style arrangement. Guests must be able to climb a ladder to reach the upper bed. Train travel is subject to unforeseen delays.
Day 4 - VIA Rail the Canadian - Ontario
- Winnipeg, Manitoba
Watch the scenic countryside from your windows as you relax in first-class refurbished art deco cars from the 1950s. Travel past the sparkling lakes and sun-dappled forests of Ontario. Try the observation dome for unparalleled views or enjoy quiet conversation in one of the comfortable lounges. Enter Manitoba with its endless golden prairies and vast cultivated fields. In the late evening, arrive in Manitoba’s capital city of Winnipeg, where you may choose to disembark the train. Reboard the train and continue west into Saskatchewan. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - VIA Rail the Canadian - Through Manitoba & Saskatchewan
Continue through the prairies and winding rivers of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. View the ever-changing landscape with ease and comfort as you meet and mingle with fellow passengers or enjoy freshly prepared meals that showcase Canadian cuisine and regional specialties. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - VIA Rail the Canadian through Saskatchewan & Alberta - Jasper
Travel from Saskatoon to Jasper as the train roughly parallels the famed Yellowhead Route, Canada’s historic trail of westward expansion. This afternoon, arrive in Jasper for local sightseeing. Later, enjoy an excursion to Maligne Lake for a fully-narrated cruise to Spirit Island. (B)
Day 7 - Jasper-Columbia Icefield-Lake Louise - Banff
This morning, travel through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway to the 750-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling Ice Explorer Ride. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into Banff National Park. (B, D)
Day 8 - Banff
This morning’s sightseeing includes the Bow River and Falls. The rest of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies. (B)
Day 9 - Banff - Kelowna
This morning, travel through the spectacular beauty of Yoho National Park, one of Canada's most popular recreational areas and site of pre-Cambrian fossil finds. On to Canada's Glacier National Park, where the motorcoach climbs 4,379-foot-high Rogers Pass, a perfect spot for photos of the surrounding mountain cliffs and glaciers. Continue to the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the shores of Okanagan Lake. The evening is at leisure. (B)
Day 10 - Kelowna - Victoria
Catch a BC Ferry to Vancouver Island and the very British “Garden City” of Victoria. Upon arrival, visit world-famous Butchart Gardens. Later, your orientation tour of Victoria includes the gardens of Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. Over dessert this evening, enjoy a presentation with a local storyteller and historian who will entertain you with stories of the city’s interesting characters and colorful events. (B, D)
Day 11 - Victoria
Today is at leisure for independent sightseeing and shopping. Your Tour Director suggests an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street's elegant shops and Market Square's collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this harbor city. (B)
Day 12 - Victoria - Vancouver
This morning, take the Ferry and sail through the Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Arrive in Vancouver for a city tour that includes the harbor and beaches, Chinatown, historic Gastown, and Stanley Park with its towering evergreen forests and totem poles. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 13 - Vancouver
Your tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. (B)
Rail Your Way
Add more flexibility to your rail vacation by choosing when and where to begin and end your vacation. Whether you want to go east to west, west to east, north to south, south to north, start at the beginning, travel the reverse itinerary or begin in the middle, Rail Your Way allows you to tailor make your rail vacation so you can have the experience you want.
Look for the Rail Your Way icon to identify those vacations that offer customized rail connections or joining points. Ask your rail specialist how you can have Rail Your Way!
Add a Cruise
Many of our rail vacations begin and end in popular port cities. Spice up your vacation by adding an ocean or river cruise aboard your preferred cruise line to your itinerary and experience the best of both worlds. Popular cruises include Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Panama Canal, New England and Eastern Canada, and historic river towns along the Mississippi River.
Look for the Add a Cruise icon to identify those vacations that offer pre- or post-cruises. Ask your rail specialist how you can Add a Cruise!
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotel accommodations include the Marriott Toronto Downtown Eaton Centre, Chateau Jasper, Banff Park Lodge, Delta Grand Okanagan Resort (Kelowna), Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort, and Westin Bayshore Vancouver.
Your Train The Canadian is VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental train. Sleeper Plus class features premium service, exquisite cuisine highlighting regional dishes, superb standards of accommodation, and exclusive access to stylish lounges with local artists and music.
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Our tour guide and bus driver were excellent. Very professional, knowlegable and lots of fun. The train cabin was smaller than I thought it would be but service on the train was excellent.
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