Take a cross-country trip to enjoy views of the stunning Canadian landscape—including mountains, lakes, and wildlife—only available by train.
About the Tour
Canada’s snowy landscape awaits on this grand winter adventure. You will experience the culture of Vancouver, see the stunning beauty of the Canadian Rockies and be enamored by the hustle and bustle of Toronto. Best of all, all of your travel is done aboard one of VIA Rail’s most famous rail lines, the Canadian. Your journey begins in Vancouver, where you will have ample time to sightsee on your own. From Vancouver, you board VIA Rail’s Canadian for a luxurious overnight train ride to Jasper in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. With two days to snowshoe, hike, ice skate and explore the winter landscape, you can take on this mountain town however you see fit. The final leg of this Canadian Snow Train tour takes you the rest of the way through Alberta, into the vast landscape of Saskatchewan and through the “big sky” prairies over the course of three nights. As the train pulls into the station in Toronto, you will have one more day of adventure, in which you will explore the city’s center by tour and then experience the vibrancy of Toronto on your own. With the contrast of big cities and peaceful mountains and onboard amenities that make your travel time seem as though you are moving on a hotel on wheels, this winter rail vacation is one to remember.
This itinerary is also available from Toronto to Vancouver based on your travel preference.
- Four nights aboard VIA Rail's Canadian, Sleeper Plus Class in a private single or double room
- Hotel accommodations for 5 nights
- Vancouver Lookout
- Transfer from Vancouver hotel to VIA Rail Station
- Transfers between Jasper train station and Jasper Park Lodge
- Transfer from Toronto hotel to airport
- Hotel taxes, GST and service charges on all included features
Day 1 - Arrive VancouverWelcome to Vancouver, the starting point for your rail journey across Canada. You will transfer on your own from the airport to your hotel, and once checked in, you will have the rest of the day to get acquainted with your new coastal surroundings. Included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout, offering panoramic views of the city. Overnight Vancouver.
Day 2 - VIA Rail Vancouver to JasperAfter a leisurely breakfast on your own this morning, you will be transferred to Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station where your train, VIA Rail’s Canadian, will be waiting. Arrive at the rail station 1 hour prior to boarding, and head straight to the special check-in area for Sleeper Plus passengers. Once onboard, the staff will see that you are settled into your room. Your bedroom is VIA Rail's "top of the line" accommodations in which our sitting room by day converts to upper and lower berths at night. As a Sleeper Plus passenger, your fare includes all meals, use of any of the lounges and access to the domed skyline care for spectacular viewing. The VIA Rail staff will brief you on the dining schedule and will inform you that hot tea and coffee are available in the lounge area throughout the day and evening. Take a look around as the city scenery fades into the distance and views of the plains and prairies immerge. Overnight train.
Day 3 - JasperThe Canadian will arrive in Jasper where you will be transferred to Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. The Lodge is wilderness luxury at its finest. The day is yours to enjoy the splendor of nature. Perhaps set out on a walk or hike through the woods, enjoy the offerings of Jasper townsite or relax in the spa. Overnight Jasper.
Day 4 - JasperYou are at leisure to enjoy the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, or venture out and skate on Lac Beauvert, cross country ski, go dog sledding or visit some of the town's local establishments. Overnight Jasper.
Day 5 - JasperToday brings another full day to explore Jasper. You may wish to embark on a guided excursion to Maligne Canyon to see rivers and waterfalls frozen in time. The delicate frozen cascades of Angel Falls and the Queen are a spectacular sight not to be missed! Overnight Jasper.
Day 6 - Jasper to TorontoThe Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge will take you to the station this morning after breakfast on your own. Your VIA Rail attendant will see that you are settled into your room for the continuation of your trip. Moving through the mountains, it is the perfect time to head up to the domed sightseeing car. Check out panoramic views of the impressive landscape; you may even spot a moose or bear. Your concierge will ensure your room is converted into sleeping quarters for the night. Overnight train.
Day 7 & 8 - En Route to TorontoContinuing on, the Canadian will move through stunning peaks of the Canadian Rockies, into the vast prairie lands of Saskatchewan and even near the junction of the Red, Assiniboine and Seine Rivers as you approach Winnipeg, the previous capital of Canada’s fur trade. You will love the up-close look at nature as the train winds through Manitoba’s emerald green forests, lakes, streams; natural beauty abounds as far as the eye can see. Moving closer to Toronto, the Canadian Shield comes into view. This region of billion-year-old rock lies between the Great Lakes and Hudson Bay. Here, ancient glaciers scoured thousands of lakes, clean-bottomed and filled them with remarkably clear water. On their rocky shores, outcroppings of granite, pink, grey, and black for rounded boulders that breathtakingly tower over the tracks. Overnight train. (2B, 2L, 2D)
Day 9 - Arrive Toronto
Make the most of your last day on the train before pulling into Toronto this afternoon. Upon arrival, collect your bags and transfer on your own to your centrally located hotel. Spend the afternoon getting acquainted with this cosmopolitan town located on beautiful Lake Ontario. This evening, dine at one of Toronto's more than 7,000 restaurants that reflect tastes, cultures, and ingredients from around the world. From upscale to comfort food, you will find dining experiences and culinary adventures to satisfy any craving. Overnight Toronto. (B, L)
Day 10 - End of TourAs you wake today, soak in Canada’s unique ambiance one last time as you reflect on the adventures of this tour. You will be transferred by shuttle to the airport, at which time your winter adventure comes to a close.
Hotels include the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, and the Fairmont Royal York (or similar). VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars.
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. 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.
Cabins purchased on VIA rail for a single traveler are Cabins for 1. For upgrade options, ask your rail specialist for details.