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Canada Coast to Coast

4.9 stars(10 reviews)

Immerse yourself in beauty of nature, the excitement of the city and everything in between as you make your way through the scenic Canadian landscape.

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17 days From $7,270 per person
Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2022 Tour code: TC-CCCE-22

About the tour

Let the rails guide your adventure on this 17-day coast-to-coast Canadian tour. The journey begins in coastal Vancouver, where you board the famed Rocky Mountaineer for a scenic ride to Kamloops. We reboard the train the next morning for a trip through the Rockies to Banff. It is in Banff that you have the opportunity to soak in all the natural majesty this region has to offer, with guided and independent touring through some of the area's most iconic sites. Spend the night at Lake Louise before visiting Banff and Jasper National Parks, Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier en route to Jasper.

It is in Jasper that the true rail adventure begins, as you board VIA Rail's Canadian for a 3-day train ride to Toronto. Upon arrival, you will have ample time to tour the city and Niagara Falls before moving on to Montreal using VIA Rail's Business Class train. Use the day to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city before reboarding VIA Rail for the final leg of your tour. Though the scenic landscapes of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick lies Halifax, the place where this 4,000-mile tour comes to a close.

This itinerary is also available from Halifax to Vancouver based on your travel preference.


What’s included


Day 1 - Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 2 - Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia's interior. On today's journey, you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser River valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountains, to the desert-like environment of the interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake and into Kamloops. Overnight Kamloops. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 - Rocky Mountaineer to Banff

Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today's highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends in the resort town of Banff this evening. Overnight Banff.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 - Banff Sightseeing

Today enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff, where highlights include visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. The rest of the day is free. Overnight Banff.

Day 5 - Banff to Lake Louise

Today explore the natural wonders of Lake Louise and Yoho National Park. Highlights include a walk along Johnston Canyon, Moraine Lake, the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint, Emerald Lake and Takakkaw Falls, the second highest waterfall in Canada. Your tour ends in Lake Louise this afternoon, where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight Lake Louise.

  • Lunch
Day 6 - Lake Louise to Jasper

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Arrive in Jasper late this evening. Overnight Jasper. 

  • Lunch
Days 7-9 - VIA Rail to Toronto

Late this morning, transfer to the Jasper train station to board VIA Rail's Canadian. Say goodbye to the peaceful mountain town of Jasper as you depart for Toronto, the economic center of Canada. Continue traveling across the Great Central Plains of Canada, through Winnipeg to rugged Ontario. Overnight train. 

  • Day 7 - Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 - Arrival in Toronto

Arrive in Toronto on VIA Rail this afternoon, and check into your centrally located hotel. Spend the remainder of your day exploring the great restaurants, museums, and shopping this great city has to offer. Overnight Toronto.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 - Niagara Falls Tour

Enjoy a full-day motorcoach tour to Niagara Falls, one of the great natural wonders of the world. Included is a cruise on The Hornblower to the base of Horseshoe Falls. Return to Toronto early this evening. Overnight Toronto. 

Imax Theatre or Journey Behind the Falls is substituted when The Hornblower is not operating

  • Lunch
Day 12 - Toronto at Leisure

You have a full day to explore the cosmopolitan city of Toronto. Make use of your included Hop-on Hop-off pass and let the friendly and knowledgeable guides educate you on the fun facts and history of Toronto as they take you through the city. Featured stops include CN Tower, Hockey Hall of Fame, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto's Harbourfront and more. Overnight Toronto.

Day 13 - VIA Rail to Montreal

Travel by VIA Rail in Business Class from Toronto to Montreal. Overnight Montreal.

  • Lunch
Day 14 - Montreal Sightseeing

Enjoy a half-day guided city tour of Montreal today. Scheduled stops include Old Montreal, Notre-Dame Basilica, Olympic Park, Mount Royal and McGill University. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore this vibrant city on your own. Overnight Montreal.

Day 15 - VIA Rail to Halifax

Spend the day sightseeing independently in Montreal before boarding the VIA Rail train to Halifax. Overnight train.

  • Dinner
Day 16 - Halifax

Enjoy the beautiful Nova Scotia and New Brunswick landscapes before arriving in Halifax this evening. Spend the rest of the day exploring this small Atlantic coastal city. Overnight Halifax. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 17 - Conclusion

Your vacation comes to an end upon check-out from your Halifax hotel.

Additional information

Pricing Plans

Superior Accommodations
Hotels include Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Sawridge Hotel Jasper, Post Hotel, Rimrock Resort Banff, Delta Montreal, Hotel Le Germain, and The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is in SilverLeaf service and includes travel in a single-level dome car featuring panoramic views and hot meal service at your seat.

Deluxe Accommodations
Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Montreal, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Royal York, and Westin Nova Scotian. 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. Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is in GoldLeaf service and includes travel in a bi-level dome car featuring panoramic views on the upper level and an elegant private dining room to take breakfast and lunch.

Prestige Accommodations
Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Royal York, Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth and Westin Nova Scotian in upgraded room categories (where available). Each Prestige Sleep 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.

Please note

Taxes are not included on rail portions and are subject to change. Prices for triples and children are available on request.

Please note all accommodation in Kamloops is of moderate standard.

3-night minimum stay in Montreal during the Gran Prix. Ask your rail specialist for details.

Cabins purchased on VIA rail for a single traveler are Cabins for 1. For upgrade options, ask your rail specialist for details.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


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4.9 stars4.9 / 5 · 10 reviews

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Annette D, Denver, CO

5 stars

Submitted 17 Dec 2018

Everything was perfect. We felt so taken care of throughout the trip. All the staff were so amazingly professional and kind- (such a contrast from the airlines we had to deal with!) The scenery was exquisite- every detail was wonderful. Thanks for all your expert assistance!

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Ernest Z, Venice, FL

5 stars

Submitted 12 Dec 2018

Very well organized itinerary with so much to see and do while riding across Canada. A wonderful experience enjoying the sheer awesomeness of the Canadian Rockies.

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Edward L, Santa Cruz, CA

5 stars

Submitted 07 Nov 2018

Everything down to the last detail was thought of and taken care of. And with the Rocky Mountains as well as the remainder of Canada as the backdrop, how could you go wrong. This was truly one of the best trips that we have been on and will highly recommend it to our friends.

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Donna Pensinger

5 stars

Submitted 20 Oct 2018

This was the trip of a lifetime and couldn??t have been more well planned. Everything we needed and wanted was included and that made it easy for such an excursion.

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Patty S, Wading River, NY

5 stars

Submitted 13 Feb 2018

All arrangements made were seamless, everything, from initial booking to transfer to hotels. Very impressive

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Sharon L, Pasadena, CA

4 stars

Submitted 10 Feb 2018

Our vacation across Canada by rail was the trip of a lifetime! Many thanks to your reservation agent for her personal attention in planning our vacation, and for her attention to every last detail. I have already recommended Vacations By Rail to several friends!

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