The rugged Canadian Shield, open prairies, the magnificent Rocky Mountains ending on the Pacific coast. VIA Rail's classic Canadian between Toronto and Vancouver, BC is one of the world's classic long-distance rail journeys. Our tour includes accommodation in sleeper compartments with legendary hotels including 5 nights in the magnificent Canadian Rockies.
2019 Departure Dates & Cost
Departures each Thursday and Saturday from Toronto May to December*
* Winter departures available with changes in tours. Please ask for details and pricing.
Berth (lower) - shared washroom facilities
Bedroom - has upper/lower berth and own toilet & sink in each compartment
lower/lower bedroom - has 2 lower berths and 2 toilet in larger compartment
First class is 4 star accommodation
Premier is 5 star
Spring Season - May 1- May 31
Sleeper class: Berth $2,409 CAD | Bedroom $2,709 CAD | Lower/lower Bedroom $3,389 CAD
Single Occ ADD $789 CAD
Premiere Category: Berth $3,149 | Bedroom $3,449 | Lower/lower Bedroom $4,019
Single Occ ADD $1,439
Summer Season - Jun 1- Oct 21
Sleeper: Berth $3,449 | Bedroom $ 3,959 | Lower/lower Bedroom $5,139
Single Occ ADD $ 889
Premiere: Berth $4,449 | Bedroom $4,999 | Lower/lower Bedroom $6,259
Single Occ ADD $1,489
Fall Season Oct 22- Dec 31
Sleeper Class: Berth $1,899 | Bedroom $2,199 | Lower/lower Bedroom $2,879
Single Occ ADD $ 569
Premiere: Berth $2,179 | Bedroom $2,479 | Lower/lower Bedroom $3,159
Single Occ ADD $ 789
5 nights' accommodation in 4 or 5 star hotels
4 nights in VIA Rail Silver & Blue sleeping car accommodation
Transportation and transfers, as described
Select sightseeing, activities, and admissions, as described
10 meals: 4 breakfasts; 3 lunches; 3 dinners
5% Goods & Services Tax; meals (other than listed); baggage handling; optional gratuities; optional travel insurance; personal expenses; custom tour add-ons.
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Day 1 Toronto / VIA Rail's Canadian (Thursday / Saturday)
Your classic rail journey begins late evening. Silver & Blue guests enjoy several onboard services, including freshly prepared meals in the dining car and views of Canada's vast landscapes from the scenic dome car. Overnight VIA Rail.
If you prefer to begin your journey in Vancouver - departures are each Tuesday and Sunday
Day 2 VIA Rail's Canadian (Friday / Sunday)
Enjoy Canada's grand wilderness through the train's large picture windows. Overnight VIA Rail, breakfast, lunch, and dinner in dining car included.
Day 3 VIA Rail's Canadian (Saturday / Monday)
The scenery changes markedly from Canadian Shield wilderness to the wide-open prairies, with a brief stop in Winnipeg, Manitoba. You will have enough time, check out some sights before boarding the train to continue your journey. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner in dining car are included.
Day 4 VIA Rail / Jasper National Park (Sunday / Tuesday)
Morning stop in Edmonton, Alberta as your cross-Canada journey brings you closer to the Rockies. By early afternoon, you'll catch glimpses of snowy mountain peaks. Guests often see bighorn sheep as the train approaches Jasper. Keep your camera and binoculars in hand! Overnight Jasper ? breakfast & lunch in dining car included.
Day 5 Jasper / Icefields Parkway / Lake Louise (Monday / Wednesday)
Full-day sightseeing tour of Icefields Parkway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Breathtaking scenery, from soaring mountain peaks to broad valley vistas, greets you at every turn on this 142 mile (230 km) scenic highway. Includes Athabasca Falls, Columbia Icefields Center, Crowfoot Glacier, Peyto Lake, plus a once-in-a-lifetime ride aboard the Brewster Ice Explorer, a vehicle specially designed to traverse the glacier. Overnight Lake Louise.
Day 6 Lake Louise / Banff (Tuesday / Thursday)
Mid afternoon motor coach departure for the Mountains, Lakes and Waterfalls Tour. Visit beautiful Yoho National Park, the Great Divide, and Takakaw falls Overnight Banff.
Day 7 Banff / Jasper (Wednesday / Friday)
Discover Banff with morning half-day tour, including Cave and Basin National Historic Site. You'll also ride the Banff Gondola with panoramic 360° views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Mid-day break followed by afternoon transfer to Jasper. Overnight Jasper.
Day 8 Jasper National Park (Thursday / Saturday)
Discover the beauty of Jasper National Park with part-day sightseeing tour, including Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake, where, during the summer season, you'll enjoy a scenic boat cruise. Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight Jasper.
Day 9 Jasper / VIA Rail's Canadian (Friday / Sunday)
Morning at leisure followed by afternoon departure aboard VIA Rail's Canadian train. Watch for wildlife and magnificent Mount Robson - the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies -chat with fellow travelers over dinner in the dining car, then relax in your Silver & Blue sleeping car accommodations as the train rolls through the night toward Canada's Pacific Coast. Overnight VIA Rail- dinner in dining car included.
Day 10 VIA Rail / Vancouver BC (Saturday / Monday)
Rise early for Full breakfast prior to morning arrival in vibrant Vancouver BC, nestled between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Tour concludes with transfer within Greater Vancouver BC, including YVR (Airport).