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A true classic, the original line that put VIA Rail on the map, the Canadian is an overnight rail line that speaks to the experience of long-distance rail travel in years long ago. This train follows a course of approximately 2,775 miles, traversing through mountainscapes, lush evergreen forests, and wide-open prairies during its journey between Vancouver and Toronto. Along the way, VIA Rail's Canadian makes stops in wonderful cities and towns that highlight the country's diversity. Passengers may elect to begin their trip in either bookend location or join the train in one of its stations along the way.

One of the most scenic stretches of the entire route is between Kamloops and Jasper, a resort town surrounded by Jasper National Park and the Rocky Mountains. The train travels along the Fraser River and offers a glimpse at Hell's Gate, a portion of the river that narrows rapidly, forcing the water to erupt at an incredible speed. The Canadian also joins the North Thompson River and offers views of Pyramid Falls and Mount Robson - the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies - before stationing in Jasper.

Hints of yesteryear are detectable on the fully restored 1950s railcars, which were first used when the Canadian Pacific Railway offered its passenger line - also called the Canadian - between Montreal and Vancouver. VIA Rail's Canadian still follows a condensed version of this same course several times a week year-round, presenting all the natural grandeur of Canada as was always intended.

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Moraine Lake in Banff
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4.3 stars(164 reviews)
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Train in Canadian Rockies
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St Joseph Oratory Montreal
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Rocky Mountaineer
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Valley Ten Peaks Banff
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Quebec City Park
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Banff National Park
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Canadian Snow Train
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Montreal Skyline
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Elk In Jasper National Park
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Iconic View of Morants Curve
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Canadian Rockies by Rail
17 Jul 2024
RENEE K INOUYE
5 stars
“Staff exceptionally professional
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Vancouver to Montreal Trans Canada Adventure
17 Jul 2024
Lawrence Korenman
5 stars
“We truly enjoyed our trip. This was our first experience traveling by and sleeping on a train. We new it would be an adventure and it did take some adjusting to but after we acclimated to it we really enjoyed it The journey was more relaxing than simply “getting to...
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Trans Canada by Rail
07 Jul 2024
DONNA HEIM
5 stars
“This was a wonderful, once in a lifetime trip that we took to celebrate our 65th anniversary. I would recommend it to anyone ! Beautiful scenery, wonderful staff on the train and food selections that were top class.
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Trans Canada By Rail Featuring VIA Rail's Prestige Class
04 Jul 2024
Mr. STEPHEN MACKEY
5 stars
“The train was comfortable and relaxing. The entire staff was extremely friendly and aaccommodating. Highly recommended.
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Lakes, Mountains & The Rockies
19 Jun 2024
KIM PAULSON MILL
5 stars
“Great trip except for a lack of communication for the first day in Jasper...our hotel was changed and the pickup location for the first tour was also changed without notifying us...after that the trip was wonderful!!
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Across Canada by Train
13 Jun 2024
Kathleen Myers
5 stars
“I really enjoyed our VIA rail tour. It was everything I had hoped it would be!
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Canadian Rail Adventure
12 Jun 2024
NANCY LORD
5 stars
“We chose the "Independent" Vancouver to Toronto itinerary and found it suited our preferred travel style perfectly. Transport, lodging and activities arranged by Vacations by Rail were all excellent.
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Winter in the Rockies
11 Apr 2024
Helen Adams
5 stars
“This was a great trip; the hotels were beautiful and we loved the overnight train! Just the right amount of coordination by Vacations by Rail so that our time was our own but all of the transportation details were arranged conveniently and expertly. This was our second Vacations...
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Canadian Snow Train
21 Feb 2024
VICTORIA LEEANN STONER
5 stars
“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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