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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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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
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“What a relaxing way to travel! Good food, good service and comfy beds! Will definitely travel this way again!
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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
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“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
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“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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Best of the Rockies
26 Aug 2019
RANDALL
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“Beautiful train ride on the Rocky Mountaineer and the Canadian Rail system. As a passenger train, we were low on the priority list, so had to give way to freight trains. But it was worth it, as it provided an opportunity to take in more of the scenery and watch the passing trains! Service was excellent and the food was great. Breakfast and lunch included on the Rocky Mountaineer. Due to traffic and frequent pull overs, we were 2 & 1/2 hr late getting into our town. The chef threw together a great dinner for us, which was a great treat!
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