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Canada's railway system is vast and well-established, and an integral part of this network is VIA Rail Canada. Established in 1977, VIA Rail was founded as a solution to Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau's call for rail service between cities to become essential. There were few options for passenger train travel before this, as much of the track in Canada was dedicated to freight service. VIA Rail became the first national passenger service in Canada at the time; it has now served passengers for more than 40 years.

VIA Rail took over track from the Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Railways to create its first long-distance cross-country passenger route from Vancouver to Montreal for its flagship route. It named the train that ran the course the Canadian as a nod to its predecessors. This occurred in 1978, just one year after the line's founding. Since then, VIA Rail has expanded to reach over 400 cities and towns throughout Canada, including major destinations - such as Jasper, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, and Quebec City - and more elusive locales, including Churchill. There is a total of over 7,765 miles of track within the VIA Rail network.

Passengers can capture the changes in the vast Canadian landscape from the large picture windows that line the train cars. Most trains are equipped with power outlets, and some journeys even feature Wi-Fi Internet access. Guests are comfortable during travel in any season, thanks to full air conditioning and heating on all rail lines.

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Mt Washington Cog Railway
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The Canadian at Christmas
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St Joseph Oratory Montreal
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Jasper Northern Lights
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Elk In Jasper National Park
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Iconic View of Morants Curve
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Mendenhall Glacier and Lake in Juneau Alaska
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Train in Canadian Rockies
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Canadian Snow Train with Jasper
21 Mar 2020
CES
5 stars
“The Canadian Snow Train with three nights in Jasper was just spectacular! We always wanted to take a train across Canada and this one filled the bill. This trip takes you through five Canadian Provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. I highly recommend doing this trip in winter because the snow just makes everything so beautiful and you are sitting on the train just taking it all in, not even wearing a coat! The three nights in Jasper was also wonderful and yes, you will need a coat but not as many layers as you might think. Yes, it is cold but it is a dry cold and not the damp coldness we have in the east.
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Winter in the Rockies
06 Dec 2019
PATRICIA
5 stars
“Train trip was interesting-food was very good. Hotels were lovely. It was very cold but the recent snowfall made the scenery seem like winter wonderland. I would recommend it to friends
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Vancouver to Montreal Trans Canada Adventure
21 Nov 2019
LINDA
5 stars
“What a relaxing way to travel! Good food, good service and comfy beds! Will definitely travel this way again!
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Quebec City, Nova Scotia, & Prince Edward Island
21 Oct 2019
NANCY
5 stars
“We were always expected and welcomed with each of our reservations and everything went according to plan. Some idea of how long the drive was from one destination to the next would have been helpful during the driving leg of our excursion.
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Canadian Rockies by Rail
11 Oct 2019
CHRISTOPHER
5 stars
“Everything went exactly as they said. All transfers were smooth and everything that they described happened.
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Across Canada by Train
07 Oct 2019
BECKY
5 stars
“It was a wonderful trip and the employees are great! They make sure you have great meals, lean rooms and fun times. Don?t hesitate booking a trip!
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Trans Canada by Rail
06 Oct 2019
Tamara
5 stars
“Vacationsbyrail was great! When they didn't have the answer they found it and got back to us in a timely Manner. Very helpful. Trip was great. Wish the route accommodated seeing more of the Rockies ( went thru much of them at night) but I guess that's another trip where you stay in the national Parks and travel on the train by day. This trip was about riding the train and sleeping on it so we were super happy with it all!
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Lakes, Mountains & The Rockies
04 Oct 2019
MS C BENNETT
5 stars
“I had a marvelous time on my first Vacations by Rail! I had never taken an overnight train trip before and found the experience very relaxing. The food was exceptional as was the kind, knowledgeable and friendly staff. The bus portion of the trip was also exceptional. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. The bus drivers were above excellent,especially going up into the mountains on curved roads! It was a great experience overall and I look forward to booking another trip in the near future!
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Canadian Rail Adventure
16 Sep 2019
Keith Buteyn
5 stars
“We had a great experience using Vacations by Rail for our tri to Canada. Everything went as scheduled and the tours and accommodations they set up for us were wonderful. I will definitely use them again sometime.
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