Travel across Canada, wind through the Rockies, and explore cosmopolitan cities on this winter journey that takes you through five provinces.
About the Tour
Experience the best of the Canadian wilderness in winter and discover spectacular scenery as well as vibrant Canadian cities. Winter is an ideal time to travel as the rates are lower, the trains are less crowded, and the staff has more time to share their "tales of the rails" with you. Be a part of this exciting adventure onboard VIA Rail's Canadian train as you hear the "call of the wild."
This tour takes you through five of Canada's provinces, as you travel east from the oceanside city of Vancouver where you have time to explore and spend one night in this town. Then the heart of your journey begins as you settle into your train for a four-night trek through the amazing scenery of Canada in winter. Enjoy views of the snow-capped Canadian Rockies, as you twist and turn along parts of the landscape you can only reach via rail. The domed skyline car gives you great views of the passing scenery as you enjoy the landscape and search for wildlife.
As you bid goodbye to the Rockies, you'll approach the country's largest city, Toronto. You'll arrive in Toronto relaxed, refreshed, and ready to discover all the treasures of this city.
Pre and Post-Trip Options
Many of our guests choose to spend additional nights in Vancouver and Toronto. Vacations By Rail would be happy to make hotel and sightseeing arrangements for you.
This itinerary is also available from Toronto to Vancouver based on your travel preference.
- Four overnights aboard VIA Rail's Canadian from Vancouver to Toronto in Sleeper Plus Class
- All meals aboard the train
- Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
- Admission to the Vancouver Lookout Tower
- Transfer from Vancouver hotel to VIA Rail Station
- Transfer from Toronto hotel to airport
- Hotel taxes and GST on applicable items
Day 1- Arrive VancouverYour journey begins in Vancouver, an oceanside gem located on Canada’s West Coast. As you arrive at the airport, transfer to your centrally located hotel, then the remainder of the day will be yours to soak in the awe-inspiring beauty of this city. Spend your free time exploring one of the many parks and walking paths, dine at fabulous local restaurants or simply relax at your hotel. Admission to the Vancouver Lookout is included, offering panoramic views of the city. Overnight Vancouver.
Day 2 - VIA Rail Vancouver to TorontoVIA Rail's Canadian departs today from Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station. As a Sleeper Plus passenger, your first-class treatment begins with a special check-in area. Arrive at the rail station one hour before boarding so you can check your bags and board at your leisure. Settle into your onboard accommodations as the train begins its journey east. Overnight train.
Days 3, 4 & 5 - Crossing the Canadian WildernessAs the Canadian begins its easterly journey, you will travel through five of Canada’s provinces, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. You will pass through beautiful cities and charming rural towns, as well as through the diverse landscape of Canada. In British Columbia, plains and fields come into view as you move away from the Pacific Ocean. Snow-covered peaks, forests, lakes, and streams paint a picture of Mother Nature at her best. Moving into the Canadian Rockies, you will follow winding mountain tracks through tunnels and across bridges. Amazing vistas await around each bend, and you can take them all in from your seat or from the domed windows of the sightseeing car. You might even catch sights of a bear, elk or moose in the snow. Approximately halfway through the 4,466-kilometer journey, the train will stop in Winnipeg, once the capital of the fur trading industry and now a hub of history, art, and culture, for a few hours of leisure time off the train. Wild Canada begins to fade as the Canadian moves closer to Toronto. As the city’s magnificent skyline comes into view, your time aboard this iconic train comes to a close. Overnight train. (3B, 3L, 3D)
Day 6 - Arrive TorontoYour 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. Overnight Toronto. (B, L)
Day 7 - Tour ConclusionThis morning, you will be transferred to Toronto’s airport, at which time your time in Canada will come to a close. Return home filled with memories of this Canadian winter wonderland, or extend your stay for a few more days with a trip to one of the country’s other popular destinations.
Deluxe accommodations include the Fairmont Room at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and the Fairmont Room at the Fairmont Royal York. Prestige accommodations include the Deluxe City View Room at the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel and the Deluxe Room at the Fairmont Royal York.
VIA Rail Cabin
VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with access to lounges and observation cars.
The Prestige Sleeper Class provides an exciting new level of comfort and service for travelers on the Canadian, one of the world's greatest train journeys. Each Prestige Sleep 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 a personalized dedicated service by the 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.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities.
Tour Dates & Prices
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Senior discounts are available for travelers age 60+. Call for triple rates. Child rates are available for travelers 2-11. Cabins purchased on VIA rail for a single traveler are Cabins for 1. For upgrade options, ask your rail specialist for details.
*A change in the schedule of VIA Rail's Canadian goes into effect beginning April 29, 2019, resulting in slight changes to the itinerary and inclusions beginning October 2019. Please speak with a rail specialist for details.