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Canadian Snow Train

4.4 stars(25 reviews)

Travel across Canada, wind through the Rockies, and explore cosmopolitan cities on this winter journey that takes you through five provinces.

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7 days From $2,380 per person
Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2023 Tour code: TC-CSTE-23

About the tour

Experience the best of the Canadian wilderness in winter and discover spectacular scenery as well as vibrant Canadian cities. Winter is an ideal time to travel as the rates are lower, the trains are less crowded, and the staff has more time to share their "tales of the rails" with you. Be a part of this exciting adventure onboard VIA Rail's Canadian train as you hear the "call of the wild."

This tour takes you through five of Canada's provinces, as you travel east from the oceanside city of Vancouver where you have time to explore and spend one night in this town. Then the heart of your journey begins as you settle into your train for a four-night trek through the amazing scenery of Canada in winter. Enjoy views of the snow-capped Canadian Rockies, as you twist and turn along parts of the landscape you can only reach via rail. The domed skyline car gives you great views of the passing scenery as you enjoy the landscape and search for wildlife.

As you bid goodbye to the Rockies, you'll approach the country's largest city, Toronto. You'll arrive in Toronto relaxed, refreshed, and ready to discover all the treasures of this city.

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


What’s included


Day 1- Arrive Vancouver

Your journey begins in Vancouver, an oceanside gem located on Canada's West Coast. As you arrive at the airport, you'll transfer on your own to your centrally located hotel, then the remainder of the day will be yours to soak in the awe-inspiring beauty of this city. Spend your free time exploring one of the many parks and walking paths, dine at fabulous local restaurants or simply relax at your hotel. Included is admission to FlyOver Canada, a thrilling multisensory journey across Canada aboard the latest in flight ride technology. Discover the country's most famous sights without leaving your seat. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 2 - VIA Rail Vancouver to Toronto

VIA Rail's Canadian departs today from Vancouver's Pacific Central Station. As a Sleeper Plus passenger, your first-class treatment begins with a special check-in area. Arrive at the rail station one hour before boarding so you can check your bags and board at your leisure. Settle into your onboard accommodations as the train begins its journey east. Overnight train.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 3, 4 & 5 - Crossing the Canadian Wilderness

As the Canadian begins its easterly journey, you will travel through five of Canada's provinces, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. You will pass through beautiful cities and charming rural towns, as well as through the diverse landscape of Canada. In British Columbia, plains and fields come into view as you move away from the Pacific Ocean. Snow-covered peaks, forests, lakes, and streams paint a picture of Mother Nature at her best. Moving into the Canadian Rockies, you will follow winding mountain tracks through tunnels and across bridges. Amazing vistas await around each bend, and you can take them all in from your seat or from the domed windows of the sightseeing car. You might even catch sights of a bear, elk or moose in the snow. Approximately halfway through the 4,466-kilometer journey, the train will stop in Winnipeg, once the capital of the fur trading industry and now a hub of history, art, and culture, for a few hours of leisure time off the train. Wild Canada begins to fade as the  Canadian moves closer to Toronto. Overnight train.

  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Arrive 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 - Tour Conclusion

This morning, you will be transferred to Toronto's airport, at which time your time in Canada will come to a close. Return home filled with memories of this Canadian winter wonderland, or extend your stay for a few more days with a trip to one of the country's other popular destinations.

Additional information

Pricing Plans

Deluxe accommodations include the Fairmont Room at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and the Fairmont Room at the Fairmont Royal York. 

Prestige accommodations include the Deluxe City View Room at the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel and the Deluxe Room at the Fairmont Royal York.

VIA Rail Cabin
VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with access to lounges and observation cars.

Prestige Class
The Prestige Sleeper Class provides an exciting new level of comfort and service for travelers on the Canadian, one of the world's greatest train journeys. 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

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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5 stars

Submitted 19/Mar

Everything about the trip was terrific, including being rocked to sleep by the train motion at night! Having disrupted internet and cell coverage was great. Forced downtime.

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5 stars

Submitted 10/Jan

Absolutely Breathtaking Scenery. The service was Exceptional!

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3 stars

Submitted 5/Jan

Staff were efficient, courteous

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5 stars

Submitted 30 Nov 2022

The experience is wonderful, the crew outstanding, the food delicious, and the scenery beautiful. If the beds were slightly larger it would be perfect.

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3 stars

Submitted 28 Mar 2020

Sadly mechanical issues hindered the very start of the trip on train. Add to this the start of the pandemic with all kinds of change in plan’s the trip was a different thing! The train staff was great! Great food, fun people!

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4 stars

Submitted 26 Apr 2019

I already did.

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