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Dining Aboard the Canadian

16 October 2019

Travel by rail, and traverse Canada in style. The Canadian Train, operated by VIA Rail, runs all the way from Toronto to Vancouver. In just four nights and three days, journey 4,466 kilometers on a luxury train across Canada highlighted by sumptuous meals and gourmet snacks. Dine across the country as this Toronto to Vancouver train takes you through some of Canada's most memorable locales, from Sudbury Junction to Sioux Lookout to Winnipeg. Continue onto Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper, and Kamloops, before reaching Vancouver. With stunning mountain peaks and prairie fields just beyond your window, dine on a variety of local foods. On VIA Rail's Canadian Train, fine dining comes to you.

Choose Your Experience

The Canadian offers train travelers three ticket options. For a particularly comfortable trip, complete with sleeping accommodation in a private cabin or semi-private berth, choose a Prestige or Sleeper Plus class ticket. Best of all, Prestige and Sleeper Plus class passengers enjoy lavish meals in the Canadian's dining car. Locally sourced ingredients give you a taste of the provinces right on board. With multiple courses and a range of menu items, you are sure to find your perfect meal. Prestige class travelers can also look forward to appetizers and alcoholic beverages included in the price of their ticket. Dietary restrictions? No problem. Just be sure to place any requests at least ten days before departure.

Dining with a View

Each table in the Canadian's dining car sits beside a picture window, perfect for sightseeing. The Canadian's dining car has the ambiance of a fine restaurant. Fine china, fresh cut flowers, and white tablecloths create a charming view on board too.

By morning, choose from a range of breakfast options. Sweet and savory dishes abound, from French toast to made-to-order eggs to creamy oatmeal. Complete your meal with sides such as bacon and sausage. Try something new each day. Omelets of various kinds, pancakes with various toppings, a continental breakfast: the choice is yours. Other mornings feature brunch, with meals like lobster ravioli, stuffed French toast, duck confit benedict, a citrus salad, or a chef's omelet. Begin your day with your favorite foods.

Lunchtime has just as much variety. Try a sandwich or wrap one day, a salad another, and a burger the next. One afternoon's menu might include a Canadian bison burger, a brown rice veggie burger, a grilled salmon-loaded salad, or a delicious chicken brochette. You are spoiled for choice. As you dine, look out at the passing sunlit waters and towering trees.

Finally, a typical dinner aboard the Canadian offers soup or salad to start, followed by a spectrum of entrées. Every main course guarantees a meat dish, a fish option, and a vegetarian alternative. One evening, the menu might feature a Cajun-spiced veal chop or Canadian lake trout, as well as gluten-and-lactose-free choices from pan-seared duck to stuffed Portobello caps. Other nights might include prime rib of Canadian beef, halibut with fresh fruit salsa, or rack of lamb coated with Dijon mustard and breadcrumbs. As you dine, enjoy Canadian wines from across the provinces, available by the glass or bottle. The menu will even recommend the ideal wine for your chosen meal. Then, top it all off with dessert, before relaxing in your berth or cabin for the night.

The Canadian's fine dining extends beyond breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Wine and beer tastings give Sleeper Plus and Prestige class passengers an extra dose of excitement between meals. More, the Canadian's "Activity Cars" always have both hot and cold beverages available. They serve a variety of snacks as well, from fresh fruit to baked goods. And, of course, you are welcome to pack your own snack foods. You can even bring your favorite wines for your cabin.

Rich Scenery and Food

As your train winds along Canada's woods and waters, embark on a culinary adventure. Consider Vacations By Rail's Canadian Rockies by Rail for an included one-night trip from Vancouver to Jasper aboard the Canadian. Or, for four nights of fine dining while you journey between Toronto and Vancouver, try the Trans Canada by Rail featuring VIA Rail's Prestige Class.