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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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Offer Ends July 16th: Save up to $200 per person on select 2024 Independent Canada Vacations, offer varies by tour. Prices as marked online.

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2024 Tour code: TC-CSTE-24

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.

Flyover Canada is not available for select departures in January due to maintenance.

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What’s included

Itinerary

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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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
• Hotels include standard rooms at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and Fairmont Royal York or similar; subject to availability at the time of confirmation.
• VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus Class in a private cabin with en suite washroom.
• Meals are included onboard the Canadian in the dining car and you will have access to the Park Car.

Prestige
• Hotels include upgraded rooms at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and Fairmont Royal York or similar; subject to availability at the time of confirmation.
• VIA Rail accommodations are in Prestige Class in a private cabin featuring a large, comfortable leather couch, fold-down double bed, private washroom with shower, flat-screen TV with video selection, fully stocked minibar, and personalized service by the Prestige Concierge.
• Meals are included onboard the Canadian in the dining car with priority access to dining car reservations. You will have access to the Park Car.

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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4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 28 reviews

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VICTORIA LEEANN STONER

5 stars

Submitted 21 Feb 2024

Sleeper cabins with private toilet, food included, non alcoholic beverages included, snacks, and entertainment on the train is fantastic. The shared shower is a little less fantastic, might need and automated sanitization system. The experience was 10/10 would recommend.

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HOOJA KIM

5 stars

Submitted 15 Feb 2024

Beautiful nature,very nice staffs,good food and meets new peoples and share each other. Beautiful snow covered mountains ,fields and rivers.

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Kevan Bunting

5 stars

Submitted 03 Nov 2023

The journey takes you where you wouldn't ordinarily be able to go. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

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DIANA ALICE STORK

5 stars

Submitted 19 Mar 2023

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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JOHN MARK ZEHM

5 stars

Submitted 10 Jan 2023

Absolutely Breathtaking Scenery. The service was Exceptional!

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DAVID GREEN

3 stars

Submitted 05 Jan 2023

Staff were efficient, courteous

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