Holidays By Rail

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Trans Canada By Rail - East meets West on this 7-day cross-Canada train holiday.

From: £1,619

Trans Canada By Rail

Combine two of Canada’s most popular cities with an exciting train journey across Canada to create one amazing Canadian rail holiday. Enjoy all the pleasures of train travel as the Canadian takes you from Toronto through an ever-changing landscape west to Vancouver. Your 7-day journey includes a full day of sightseeing in Toronto, first-class sleeping accommodations aboard VIA Rail’s Canadian, and access to the Skyline Car and the Park Car for amazing views of the passing scenery. You’ll arrive in Vancouver relaxed, refreshed, and ready to discover all the treasures of this coastal city.

VIA Rail's Canadian
VIA's Canadian from Toronto to Vancouver

Tour Inclusions & Scenic Highlights

  • One-way rail transportation aboard VIA Rail’s Canadian from Toronto to Vancouver
  • Meals onboard the train
  • Train accommodation for four nights aboard VIA Rail’s Canadian in Sleeper Touring Class (first-class) including access to the Skyline and Park Cars
  • Special in-room train amenities including shower kit, bottled water, and ear plugs
  • Priority boarding from exclusive pre-boarding lounge
  • Hotel accommodations for one night at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto
  • Hotel accommodations for one night at the Cascadia Hotel & Suites in Vancouver
  • One-way transfer from Toronto Airport to the Fairmont Royal York
  • Toronto Hop On/Hop Off city sightseeing tour
  • Vancouver city sightseeing tour
  • Maps and destination information
  • Hotel taxes and GST on applicable items
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
  • Toronto
  • Sioux Lookout
  • Winnipeg
  • Saskatoon
  • Edmonton
  • Jasper
  • Kamloops
  • Vancouver

Tour Map

Trans Canada By Rail Map
Trans Canada By Rail Map


Day 1 – Toronto, Canada’s Largest City
As the arts, entertainment, and cultural centre of Canada, Toronto offers visitors a plethora of memorable sights and experiences. Transfer by shuttle bus from the airport to your hotel in the heart of the city. The day is yours to get acquainted with Toronto on your own.

Your first must-do activity is riding to the top of CN Tower, the world’s tallest free-standing structure with unparalleled views of the city and its outlying area. Be sure to visit Eaton Centre for shopping and dining, Chinatown, Old Town Toronto, and the city’s many fascinating ethnic markets. Toronto is well-known for its nightlife. Enjoy your evening dining at a gourmet restaurant, sampling the fare at one of the city’s smaller ethnic restaurants, or listening to some local music. Once the sun sets, the Toronto comes alive with shows, clubs, and seasonal sporting events. Whatever your interests, there are sure to be many options from which to choose! Overnight Fairmont Royal York or similar.

Day 2 – Toronto City Sightseeing
Embark on a Hop On/Hop Off sightseeing tour of Toronto, taking you to 20 stops on a 12-mile route through the city centre and showcasing some of the city’s most impressive landmarks. Enjoy the sights and unique shopping as you travel around the city. Indulge in some fine dining before you embark on your cross-Canada train journey at 22:00. You’ll depart from Toronto’s Union Station, conveniently located across from your hotel. Settle in to your first-class accommodations complete with a comfortable sitting room by day that converts to upper and lower berths at night. Overnight train.

Day 3 – VIA Rail Toronto to Vancouver
As you awake this morning, the train is nearing the small town of Gogama, Ontario. Head to the Dining Car for a hot breakfast before exploring the amenities on board the train. First-class passengers have access to all of the lounges on board the train as well as to the Skyline Car, your exclusive entertainment centre with an observation dome offering 360-degree views, and the Park Car with three different salons and an upper observation deck. Be sure to bring your camera as you explore the train to take advantage of the unique vantage point available from the exclusive lounge cars. Overnight train. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – VIA RAIL’s Canadian to Vancouver
When you awake this morning the train will be pulling into Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba. Winnipeg was originally the hub of the Canadian fur trade due to its location at the intersection of three important rivers. This area is now known as The Forks and is the location for some of Winnipeg’s exclusive restaurants, shopping, and live entertainment. You will have the opportunity to disembark the train and explore the town for a couple hours before continuing your journey west.

This afternoon the train crosses the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border, signalling the mid-point of your rail journey. The first important town you will come across is Melville, named after Charles Melville Hays, President of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad Company who died in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Spend the day chatting with your fellow travellers and enjoying exclusive access to first-class lounges, dining on superb meals, and delighting in impeccable service. Overnight train. (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Canadian Rockies to Vancouver
Awake this morning in Alberta’s capital city of Edmonton, often regarded as the gateway to the north because of the prominent roles it played in fur trading, the Yukon gold rush, and the Alberta oil discoveries. Make the most of your last full day on the train, admiring the passing scenery, mountain towns, towering forests, and tranquil lakes from your private room or from one of the train’s observation decks.

This afternoon finds you in Jasper, located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Jasper National Park is a wildlife sanctuary so be on the lookout for elk and mule deer. Late this afternoon, the train passes Mt. Robson and travels into British Columbia, the last province on your Canada rail journey. This evening enjoy your last sumptuous dinner aboard the train. Take in the stunning views and reflect on your breathtaking voyage across five provinces. Overnight train. (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Arrival in Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver, Canada’s third largest city, a little after 9:30. Spend the day exploring this coastal city on a Hop On/Hop Off bus tour—the perfect way to see the city’s most important sights. Must-see attractions include Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, English Bay Beach, Granville Island, Chinatown, the UBC Museum of Anthropology, and the Robson Street shopping district. Stroll the cobbled streets of Gastown, view some of the city’s Olympic sites, and dine in one of Vancouver’s amazing restaurants this evening. Overnight Cascadia Hotel & Suites Vancouver or similar. (B)

Day 7 – Vancouver
Your Canada rail holiday comes to an end this morning. You may wish to extend your stay in Vancouver to fully explore the city and all of its incredible sights. Or, return to the airport on your own with memories to last a lifetime. (B)

This itinerary is also available in reverse.

The Toronto Hop on/Hop off bus is available from 1st May through 10th October.  A Toronto City Pass will be substituted outside of these dates.

  1. Dates & Pricing
  2. Trains & Transportation
  3. Accommodations

Dates & Pricing

SeasonTwin Double
1 May - 30 June, 2013 £1,619
30 June - 31 August, 2013 £1,997
1 September - 14 October, 2013 £2,015
Packages from Toronto start on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Packages from Vancouver start on Thursday or Saturday.
Prices are per person based on double occupancy. All prices are subject to change without notice.

VIA Rail’s Canadian

The Canadian travels three times per week between Toronto and Vancouver, cutting across 5 provinces and past immense forests, pristine lakes, tranquil prairies, and the majestic Canadian Rockies. Learn more about VIA Rail’s Canadian


Fairmont Royal York: This world-class 1,356-room hotel offers luxurious accommodations right in the heart of Toronto. Rooms are equipped with the high-speed Internet access and the hotel includes five superior restaurants, four lounges, a business center, a spa, indoor pool, and fitness center.

Cascadia Hotel & Suites Vancouver: Located in downtown Vancouver, the hotel features an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, fitness center, bistro and bar, business center, wireless broadband Internet, coin-operated guest laundry, and currency exchange.

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