Take a cross-country Canadian excursion to visit the nation's biggest cities and best spots in nature.
About the Tour
Getting a look at Canada’s most magnificent cities and enchanting destinations has never been easier than with this comprehensive tour. Over the course of 19 days, this rail experience puts the excitement of cities such as Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City alongside the beauty of the Canadian Rockies and the sheer majesty of Niagara Falls. You will have the opportunity to tour through these exciting destinations both on your own and with the help of guides. The journey itself is just as incredible as the varied cities you visit, as you will transfer between locales using VIA Rail’s network of trains. Quicker trips will be accomplished aboard VIA Rail’s Corridor Service, and all overnight journeys will take place along the storied tracks of VIA Rail’s Canadian. As you travel across the provinces, the colorful vistas change before your eyes; from big cities to small towns, from mountains to plains and from wide-open expanses to lush forests, your eyes will be delighted by every turn. Complete with opportunities to explore the country's culture and cuisine, comfortable Sleeper Plus accommodations aboard the Canadian and luxury Fairmont hotel accommodations, this rail tour makes traveling through Canada the experience of a lifetime.
This itinerary is also available from Quebec City to Vancouver based on your travel preference.
- Rail travel on VIA Rail in Sleeper Plus Class between Vancouver and Jasper (1 night) and in Prestige Class between Jasper and Toronto (3 nights)
- Hotel accommodations for 14 nights
- Meals on board the trains
- Vancouver Sightseeing, including Capilano Suspension Bridge
- Jasper nature tour with Maligne Lake cruise
- Niagara Falls Tour
- Ottawa Hop-on Hop-off tour
- Montreal Sightseeing
- Quebec City Sightseeing
- Private transfers between Vancouver airport, hotel and VIA Rail Station
- Private airport transfer in Quebec City
Day 1 – Arrive in VancouverWelcome to Canada! Upon arrival in Vancouver, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the unique beauty that only Vancouver can offer. Marvel over the contrast of the city buildings, deep blue Pacific Ocean and the mountains; explore the unique districts and historical sites or simply meander through one of the beautiful parks in the city. Overnight Vancouver.
Day 2– Vancouver City & North Shore TourToday set off on a tour that offers a fascinating look at Vancouver. Points of interest include Canada Place, Robson Street, Chinatown, and historic Gastown. You will stop in Stanley Park en route to the Capilano Suspension Bridge located in the North Shore rainforest. The tour caps off with a visit to Granville Island, where you will have time to explore the shops, public market, eateries and galleries along the water. Overnight Vancouver.
Day 3 – VIA Rail to Jasper
Spend the day leisurely exploring Vancouver. Perhaps check out one of the many critically-acclaimed restaurants throughout the city for a breakfast or brunch to remember. Later this afternoon, your private transfer will take you to Vancouver’s train station, where VIA Rail’s Canadian awaits. Once you are settled in, take a look at the passing scenery from your picture window, chat with other passengers or relax in your private cabin. Overnight train.
Day 4 – Arrival in JasperTake your morning aboard the train to enjoy the views of the mountain terrain you’re traversing. You can do so from the comfort of your onboard accommodations or from one of the Lounge or Observation cars. The train is scheduled to arrive in Jasper this afternoon. Transfer to your hotel, ideally located in the heart of Jasper National Park along Lac Beauvert, and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight Jasper.
Day 5 – Jasper SightseeingEmbark on a tour of one of the most spectacular areas of Jasper National Park. Your first stop is at Maligne Canyon, where 10,000 years of erosion have created a deep gorge. You will take a short walk to marvel at the Maligne River as it thunders through the canyon in a series of waterfalls. From here continue to Medicine Lake and then to Maligne Lake for an interpretive boat cruise bound for the world-renowned Spirit Island. Overnight Jasper.
Day 6 – Jasper at LeisureYou have a full day to explore the townsite of Jasper and the surrounding National Park. Perhaps embark on an optional wildlife viewing tour, take a ride on the Jasper SkyTram, or take a guided tour to the famous Columbia Icefield and explore the Athabasca Glacier. Overnight Jasper.
Day 7 – VIA Rail to Toronto
After a leisurely breakfast on your own, transfer back to Jasper’s train station to re-board the Canadian, this time bound for Toronto. During this stretch of your journey, you will enjoy all of the perks of Prestige Class travel, such as a larger private cabin, a personal concierge, and access to the Park Car on the train. Settle into your cabin for the first of three overnights aboard this iconic train. Overnight train.
Day 8 – En Route to TorontoTake in the beautiful, changing scenery as the train approaches Saskatoon. Quaint mountain towns combine with rural scenery to make for relaxing vistas. Spend the day chatting with other travelers aboard the train and enjoying exclusive access to first-class lounges, dining on superb meals, and delighting in impeccable service. Overnight train.
Day 9 – En Route to TorontoMake use of the train’s amenities as you travel through Ontario. Begin your day with a scrumptious breakfast in the Dining Car, then perhaps enjoy some time in one of the lounges. Lunch and dinner will also be served onboard, and in between meals, you will be treated to included drinks and snacks. Complimentary cookies, hot tea, coffee, and fruit are available in the lounges. Keep your eyes peeled for the dramatic changes in scenery as the Canadian moves through small towns, open rural landscapes, and deep forests. What a wonderful day of travel. Overnight train.
Day 10 – Arrival in TorontoLeave the wide-open spaces of rural Canada behind as the train makes its way toward Toronto. Upon arrival, transfer independently to your centrally located hotel. Spend the afternoon getting acquainted with this cosmopolitan town located on beautiful Lake Ontario. Toronto is well-known for its colorful nightlife scene, so enjoy dinner and drinks, and then stay out for live music, shows, seasonal sporting events and plenty of places to spend your time once the sun goes down. Overnight Toronto.
Day 11 – Niagara Falls SightseeingThis 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 on the world-famous sightseeing boat, 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.
Day 12 - VIA Rail to OttawaToday you will depart Toronto for Ottawa. The 4 ½ hour journey by train gives you enough time to relax and take in the scenery as the train travels eastbound. Upon arrival in this new destination, transfer to your hotel independently, and then you will have ample time to walk around and explore the city’s landmarks. Whether it is historical sites, parks, beautiful government buildings or museums you seek, Ottawa delivers. Overnight Ottawa.
Day 13 –Ottawa SightseeingEnjoy a sightseeing tour of Ottawa, Canada’s national capital. You will explore the Parliament Buildings, embassies, universities and museums. The Canadian Mint, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of History, the residence of the Prime Minister and the National Arts Center are among some of the stops included in you Hop-on Hop-off pass. You will also drive through scenic gardens and parklands and along the Rideau Canal, one of Ottawa’s picturesque waterways. Overnight Ottawa.
Day 14 – VIA Rail to MontrealDepart Ottawa today for Montreal. The trip is approximately 2 hours in length - the perfect amount of time for a quick nap, a bit of reading or a light bite to eat. Upon arrival, the day is yours to explore Montreal at leisure. Spend time in Old Montreal, visit the Bonsecours Market, the Old Port and the Montreal Science Centre. You will not want to miss underground Montreal with its fabulous shopping. Overnight Montreal.
Day 15 – Montreal SightseeingEmbark on your Montreal sightseeing tour to more than 200 points of interest throughout the city. Highlights include Notre Dame Basilica, historic Old Montreal, the Olympic Complex, McGill University and a breathtaking view from the top of Mount Royal. Spend the remainder of the day exploring Montreal's colorful neighborhoods on your own. Overnight Montreal.
Day 16 – VIA Rail to Quebec CityThe final leg of your rail journey brings you to one of the most historic cities in Canada, Quebec City. A leisurely ride on VIA Rail’s Corridor Service takes you to this final destination; upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Spend the remainder of the day getting acquainted with the city on your own. Stroll the cobblestone streets, visit the unique shops and delight in the city’s sidewalk cafes and street entertainers. Overnight Quebec City.
Day 17 – Quebec City SightseeingToday embark on a sightseeing tour of Quebec City. You will see both the historic and modern sides of this enchanting city during visits to the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Citadel, the Fortifications, the National Assembly, Place Royale and the Basilica among many other points of interest. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the city at your leisure. Overnight Quebec City.
Day 18 – Charlevoix Whale Watching
Get ready for an amazing experience as you travel through the Charlevoix Region and onto Baie-Ste-Catherine for an exciting whale watching cruise. A naturalist guide will teach you about the beluga and finback whale environment, underwater marine life and the majestic Saguenay Fjord. Overnight Quebec City.
Day 19 – Tour ConclusionYour time on this trans Canada adventure ends today. Upon checking out of your hotel, a private transfer will take you to the airport for your flight home.
Hotels include the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Winnipeg, Fairmont Royal York, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, and Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac.
VIA Rail accommodations between Quebec City and Montreal, Montreal and Ottawa, and Ottawa to Toronto are in Business Class. Business Class travelers will receive exclusive access to in-station Business class lounge, priority boarding, complimentary Wi-Fi, spacious seats, and included food and cocktail service.
VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus Class in a private cabin between Winnipeg and Jasper and Jasper and Vancouver. Meals are included onboard the train along with access to the Park Car with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views. The journey from Toronto to Winnipeg will be in Prestige Sleeper Class. Each Prestige Sleeper 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 this Prestige Class include: a personalized, dedicated service by the Prestige Concierge, a spacious cabin, large windows and a private washroom with shower; flat-screen TV with video selection; minibar stocked with a selection of beverages and more.
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Cabins purchased on VIA rail for a single traveler are Cabins for 1. For upgrade options, ask your rail specialist for details.