Embark on a cross-country Canadian excursion from Vancouver to Montreal with a scenic journey through the country's interior.
About the Tour
Two of Canada's most popular cities combine with an exciting train journey across the country to create one fantastic vacation. Enjoy all the pleasures of train travel as the Canadian takes you from Vancouver through an ever-changing landscape east to Montreal. You'll have amazing views of vast prairies, calm lakes, and snow-capped mountains.
Kick off your adventure with two nights in Vancouver; you'll have time to explore the city and visit the Lookout Tower. Vancouver offers a variety of parks, museums, and amazing dining. Next, travel by train to Toronto aboard VIA Rail’s Canadian. You'll pass through Jasper National Park, full of beautiful wilderness and wildlife; the majestic Canadian Rockies; Edmonton; Saskatoon; and Winnipeg.
Next, you’ll arrive in Toronto, which has an eclectic mix of city skyscrapers and relaxing green spaces. Experience the beauty of Niagara Falls on a full-day sightseeing trip. Then board VIA Rail and begin your journey east through Quebec.
Once you arrive in Montreal, take a guided tour of this bustling city. You also have free time to explore the city's art scene, wander the cobbled streets, or indulge in French cuisine to top off this ten-day adventure.
This itinerary is also available from Montreal to Vancouver based on your travel preference.
- Four nights aboard VIA Rail’s Canadian from Vancouver to Toronto
- VIA Rail’s Corridor Service from Toronto Montreal
- Hotel accommodations for 5 nights
- Meals included while onboard trains
- Vancouver Lookout
- Niagara Falls Sightseeing Tour
- Heart of Montreal Motorcoach Tour
- Transfer from Hotel to Rail Station in Vancouver
- Hotel taxes and GST on applicable items
Day 1 - Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver, check into your hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring this scenic city on your own. Included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout, offering panoramic views of the city. Your centrally-located hotel puts you steps away from many of the city's attractions, shops, and restaurants. Overnight Vancouver.
*Vancouver Trolley Attraction Tour & Lookout Tower will not be available on December 25.
Day 2 - Vancouver Sightseeing / VIA Rail to Toronto
Spend the morning taking in all Vancouver has to offer. Visit Granville Island, historic Gastown, or take a hike through Stanley Park. This afternoon, transfer by taxi (included) from your hotel to the train station, settle into your Sleeper Plus accommodations on VIA Rail’s 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. (D)
Day 3 - En Route to Toronto
Awake this morning to the beauty of the Canadian Rockies as the train heads towards Jasper. Upon arrival, disembark the train to stretch your legs in this wildlife sanctuary. Jasper is said to be one of the most photographed locations in the world. As the Canadian continues eastward, enjoy dinner in the Dining Car, visit with your fellow passengers and settle in for the evening as your train brings you closer to Toronto. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - East 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, enjoying the sweeping views from the sightseeing lounges, or relaxing in your comfortable accommodations. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - 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. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Arrival in Toronto
Your train is scheduled to arrive in Toronto this afternoon. On your last 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 Toronto. (B, L)
Day 7 - Visiting Niagara Falls
This morning, depart on a full-day sightseeing excursion to Niagara Falls. Travel through the orchard laden Niagara Peninsula to Niagara Falls, one of the great wonders of the world. Highlights of today's excursion include a lunch buffet while overlooking the waterfall, plus a trip of the world-famous The Hornblower, which travels to the base of the majestic Horseshoe Falls. Also included is a trip along the beautiful River Road, which winds its way along the Niagara Gorge. Stops are made at the Floral Clock and at the historical community of Niagara-on-the-Lake before returning to Toronto. Overnight Toronto. (L)
*Sightseeing Tour of Niagara Falls will not be available December 25, 26 and January 1.
Day 8 - Toronto to Montreal
Spend the morning at your leisure, enjoying Toronto as you like it. Depart on a mid-day train to Montreal on VIA Rail's Corridor Service. Get acquainted with the city on your own this evening. Overnight Montreal.
Day 9 - Heart of Montreal Motorcoach Tour
Enjoy a tour of Montreal as your guide introduces you to the highlights of this diverse city that's full of history. Your motorcoach will stop at selected sites where you can grab pictures and explore further. Discover Old Montreal, the Olympic Stadium, Mount Royal Park Lookout and Saint Joseph's Oratory. Overnight Montreal.
*Select Thursday Departures in December, as well as Mondays January - March will not include the Heart of Montreal Motorcoach Tour
Day 10 - End of Tour
Your Canada rail vacation comes to an end this morning. You may want to extend your stay in Montreal to fully explore the city and all of its incredible sights. Or, head to the airport on your own with memories to last a lifetime.
Hotels include the Delta Hotel Vancouver Downtown, Chelsea Hotel, and Delta Montreal. VIA Rail accommodations on the Canadian are in Sleeper Plus Class in a semi-private berth. Meals are included onboard the train along with access to lounges. VIA Rail accommodations on the Corridor Service are in Economy Class and include a seat with picture window. Light meals, snacks, and beverages are available for purchase.
Hotels include the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, the Hotel Le Germain Toronto, and Marriott Chateau Champlain. VIA Rail accommodations on the Canadian are in Sleeper Plus Class in a private cabin. Meals are included onboard the train along with access to lounges. VIA Rail accommodations on the Corridor Service are in Business Class and include a seat with picture window, access to the in-station Panorama Lounge, priority boarding, and a delicious meal including wine.
Hotels include The Fairmont Waterfront, The Fairmont Royal York, and The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. VIA Rail accommodations on the Canadian are in Sleeper Plus Class in a private cabin. Meals are included onboard the train along with access to lounges. VIA Rail accommodations on the Corridor Service are in Business Class and include a seat with picture window, access to the in-station Panorama Lounge, priority boarding, and a delicious meal including wine.
Hotels include The Fairmont Waterfront, The Fairmont Royal York, and Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth with accommodations in upgraded rooms. Onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian, each Prestige Cabin has a modular leather L-shaped couch by day and a Murphy bed for two by night facing the window with electric radiant heated cabin floors and walls that maintain a comfortable and constant temperature. Highlights of Prestige Class include personalized dedicated service by a Prestige Concierge; a spacious cabin, large windows, and a private washroom with shower; flat-screen TV with video selection; complimentary minibar stocked with a selection of beverages; exclusive access to the Park Car (select hours) with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views and more.
Accommodations on VIA Rail’s Corridor Service are in Business Class and include a seat with picture window, access to the in-station Panorama Lounge, priority boarding, and a delicious meal including wine.
Additional departure dates available, please speak with a rail specialist for details.
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