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From Toronto and Niagara Falls to the Canadian Rockies and Vancouver, take in the frosted panoramas of wintertime Canada on this exciting cross-country adventure aboard VIA Rail’s Canadian.

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10 days From $2,395 per person

2022 Tour code: GR-CWWA-22

About the tour

A cross-continental adventure, this 10-day expedition exposes the breathtaking frozen panoramas of the Canadian Rockies and the warm ambiance of Canada's great cities in the winter. Our journey begins upon arrival in Toronto, where we embark on a full-day tour of one of the world's great wonders, Niagara Falls, and board one of Canada's most iconic trains, VIA Rail's Canadian, for a journey across the country to Vancouver. The train spends 4 days winding through the ever-changing landscape, presenting cities, towns and remote and wild expanses. We enjoy several opportunities to disembark the train during the route, including in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Jasper. The amenities of the train are truly top-notch, with its domed-glass sightseeing lounge, delectable chef-prepared cuisine and onboard entertainment. On arrival in Vancouver, a sightseeing tour introduces us to the best of the city, then you are at leisure for the remainder of the trip to enjoy the sights of Vancouver independently. The beauty of Canada in winter is undeniable, and with this tour, you have the grand opportunity to experience it first-hand.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Toronto

Arrive in Toronto, and make your way to the Sheraton Center Toronto Hotel to meet your group and Tour Manager. Check-in for the first of two nights here, and then take some time to get acquainted with this cultural melting pot of a city. Toronto is brimming with fantastic museums, including the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Art Gallery of Ontario, and has an inviting atmosphere that welcomes exploration. Overnight Toronto.

Day 2 - Niagara Falls

This morning, we embark on a full-day excursion to one of the world's most impressive natural wonders, Niagara Falls. Take in vistas of the roaring water as we lunch in the Falls View Restaurant at the Sheraton Hotel. Following, we have plenty of time to explore the falls, which somehow, are even more dramatic in the winter. Thick snow lies upon the ground, and icicles frame the waterfalls. Overnight Toronto.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 3 - The Canadian

The journey of a lifetime awaits as we transfer to Union Station this morning and board VIA Rail's iconic Canadian. We follow a route that travels across plains and through the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, eventually arriving in coastal Vancouver. Settle into your berth, and watch as the urban landscape fades into the distance. Overnight train.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 4 - Toward Winnipeg Aboard the Canadian

Sweeping views of the Canadian Shield surround as we spend our first full day on the Canadian. Views of frozen lakes and vast snowy wilderness are complemented by lush evergreen forests. You may wish to savor these scenes from the glass-enclosed lounge car or from the dining car, where fantastic chef-prepared cuisine is served. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife near the track, including moose, elk and possibly even bear. Overnight train.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - En Route Aboard the Canadian

We continue through the province of Saskatchewan today, passing through snow-covered plains and enjoying views of coniferous forests. The train makes a quick stop in Saskatoon this morning and then presses on toward Edmonton. Take the day to enjoy the amenities of the train, including the onboard entertainment options and the wonderful views from the sightseeing cars. Overnight train.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Jasper and the Canadian Rockies

Before the sun comes up, VIA Rail's Canadian begins its climb into the rolling foothills of the Canadian Rockies.  We arrive in Jasper early this morning and enjoy time to take in the quiet ambiance of this resort town before the hustle and bustle begins. Settle back into your seat on the train, and enjoy the mountainous scenery as we continue toward the coast. This stretch of the journey is incredibly scenic as we pass along broad glaciers and plunging canyons. Icy lakes and frozen waterfalls come into view as we wind through the rugged landscape. Overnight train.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Vancouver Sightseeing

Enjoy a delicious chef-prepared breakfast onboard this morning as the gleaming buildings of Vancouver come into view. We depart our train and begin our time in the city with a guided sightseeing tour. Highlights of the excursion include Gastown, Chinatown and Stanley Park, with its beloved Seawall and famous totem poles. Following, we transfer to our hotel, the Sheraton Wall Centre, for the first of three nights. The remainder of the day is yours to continue sightseeing at leisure. This city is filled with immense culture and offers an exemplary gastronomic scene. Overnight Vancouver.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 8 - Vancouver at Leisure

Vancouver enjoys an idyllic natural setting, with beautiful snow-capped mountains and deep blue ocean framing the modern skyscrapers of the city. Today is yours to explore Vancouver at your own pace. You may wish to visit one of the fantastic museums that dot the city or to further explore the offerings of Stanley Park. Alternatively, you have the option to escape the city with a visit to Grouse Mountain, where you can ride up the mountain on the Skyride Cable Car or try your hand at winter sports, such as skiing or snowboarding. Tonight, we join together once again for a dinner at the "Top of Vancouver," a revolving restaurant that offers spectacular views of the city.Overnight Vancouver.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 9 - Independent Explorations in Vancouver

Take the day to continue your explorations at leisure. This is a great opportunity to seek out the murals throughout the city or to seek out some of Vancouver's famous seafood. You could also walk across the beautiful Lion's Gate Bridge and take in the iconic views that surround. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 10 - Tour Conclusion

As you check out of your hotel, you are free to make your way to Vancouver's international airport for your return home at leisure. 

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

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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Sheraton Centre Hotel Toronto

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Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver

Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver

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