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Two of Canada's most popular cities combine with an exciting train journey across Canada to create one amazing Canadian train vacation.

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7 days From $1,484 per person
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2023 Tour code: TC-TCRE-23

About the tour

Two of Canada's most popular cities combine with an exciting train journey across Canada to create one amazing Canadian train vacation. Enjoy all the pleasures of train travel as the Canadian takes you from Vancouver through an ever-changing landscape east to Toronto.

Your 7-day tour includes time at leisure in Vancouver, first-class sleeping accommodations aboard VIA Rail's Canadian, and access to the Skyline Car and the Park Car for amazing views of the passing scenery. 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.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1- Vancouver

Arrive in the coastal city of Vancouver and check-in to your hotel. Located in the heart of the city, you're close to many of the city's attractions, shops, and restaurants. Spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Opt to add admission to FlyOver Canada, a thrilling multisensory journey across Canada aboard the latest in flight ride technology. Or, choose to explore the Capilano Suspension bridge and park. Overnight Vancouver.

There is so much to see and do in this iconic city. Speak to your rail specialist about adding additional nights and sightseeing experiences in Vancouver. Some highlights include a city or food tours, a day trip out to Victoria, or whale watching.

Day 2 - Depart Vancouver onboard VIA Rail Canadian

Spend the morning and early afternoon at leisure taking in all Vancouver has to offer. Or, opt to fill your free with adding a food tour in Granville Market before making your way to the train station for your afternoon departure. Visit Granville Island, historic Gastown, or take a hike through Stanley Park. Later on, head back to the hotel to grab your luggage before transferring on your own to the train station. Once on board the train, settle into your Sleeper Plus accommodations on VIA Rail's Canadian and prepare for your trans-Canada rail journey. Overnight train.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 3 - En Route to Jasper

Awake this morning to the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Take advantage of your access to the Park Car and Skyline Car, offering panoramic views of the passing scenery. Overnight train.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - En Route to Toronto

Today's travels take you through Saskatoon, Canada's leader in the high technology and mining industries, and Melville, named after Charles Melville Hays, President of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad Company. Spend the day chatting with other travelers, enjoying the sweeping views from the sightseeing lounges, or relaxing in your comfortable accommodations. Overnight train.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - VIA Rail to Toronto

A highlight of today's scenic trip includes Longlac, which, located at the northern tip of Long Lake, played an important role as part of the historic canoe route for fur traders. Overnight train. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - 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. After settling into your hotel opt to add admission to CN tower to have 360 degree view of Toronto at night. Overnight Toronto.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 - Conclusion

Your rail tour through the heart of Canada ends this morning. Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

There is so much to explore in the largest city in Canada. Speak to your rail specialist about adding additional nights and sightseeing activities in Toronto.

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Pricing Plans

Moderate Accommodations
Hotels include the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel and the Chelsea Hotel. VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus Class in a semi-private berth. Meals are included onboard the train along with access to the Park Car with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views. 

Superior Accommodations
Hotels include the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre and the Hotel Le Germain Toronto. VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus Class in a private cabin. Meals are included onboard the train along with access to the Park Car with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views.

Deluxe Accommodations
Hotels include The Fairmont Waterfront and The Fairmont Royal York. VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus Class in a private cabin. Meals are included onboard the train along with access to the Park Car with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views.

Prestige Class
Hotels include The Fairmont Waterfront and The Fairmont Royal York, with accommodations in upgraded rooms. Onboard VIA Rail's Canadian, each Prestige 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 personalized dedicated service by a 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.

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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ROGER PHILLIPS

4 stars

Submitted 09 Nov 2022

Staff was amazing !

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ZOILA NIEHAUS

4 stars

Submitted 02 Nov 2022

Very enjoyable experience: excellent service by the staff. All meals were outstanding. The only negative was the toilet would not flush , off and on for a couple of days.

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ELIZABETH MELENDEZ

5 stars

Submitted 01 Nov 2022

Everything about the trip went beyond my expectations! Everything on the train — the comfort, the food, the dome car, the activities, the staff, the cleanliness, the people we met — was A+. The scenery was beautiful. The train from Toronto to Quebec was superior, as were our hotels in Toronto and Quebec. I’ve recommended this trip to quite a few friends! Thank you Efi for guiding us through the reservation process.

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MARIA EMMA PERNAS OJEDA

5 stars

Submitted 28 Oct 2022

Everything was excellent I really enjoy I will love to repeat the experience.

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JUDITH CAROLINA ZELAZNY

5 stars

Submitted 26 Oct 2022

Excellent amazing views

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PATRICIA CLOYD

5 stars

Submitted 06 Aug 2022

Great trip

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