Canada Rail Tours
The second largest country in the world, Canada stretches west from the Atlantic to the Pacific and north to the Arctic Ocean. Canada was built around the railroad and the country is very proud of its rail heritage. A tour by rail is the ideal way to experience the stunning scenery that Canada has to offer. You can travel across the entire country from Toronto to Vancouver on board VIA Rail’s premier train, The Canadian; a fascinating four night journey sleeping on-board the train. Or cross the Rockies on-board the Rocky Mountaineer, one of the iconic rail journeys in the world. Whichever route you take, you’ll have plenty of time to soak in the atmosphere and watch out for wildlife, imposing peaks, sprawling forests, wide rivers and gigantic glaciers under massive open skies.
Travelling by rail is the easiest and most laid-back way to see the country, and there are a number of different rail tours to choose from, all offering a different view and a different kind of train travel experience.
One of the six iconic rail journeys in the world, a trip aboard the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer is without doubt an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. Much more than just a train, Rocky Mountaineer is an experience in itself, where you can witness Western Canada’s untamed wilderness as you cross the stunning scenery of the Canadian Rockies during daylight, passing glistening snow-capped peaks and deep blue glacier fed lakes that reflect the sky above and their mountain surrounding; cascading waterfalls and soaring forests. Keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife – bears, moose and mountain sheep – all while you soak up the incredible five star service.
Choose from three incredible routings departing east from Vancouver or west from Banff or Lake Louise, First Passage to the West, Journey Through the Clouds or Rainforest to Goldrush. Be sure to upgrade to their GoldLeaf service to enjoy the panoramic views from the bi-level glass domed car as well as an exclusive outdoor vestibule – perfect for spotting wildlife. A journey on the Rocky Mountaineer is a perfect addition to an Alaskan cruise or tour of western Canada to make the ultimate holiday experience.
The best way to see Canada and connect the country’s prominent cities and small towns is on VIA Rail’s extensive train network, criss-crossing the provinces from coast to coast. Travel between exciting destinations like Montreal and Quebec City or Toronto and Ottawa on comfortable day trains, efficiently making the short journey between each city. For a classic overnight rail adventure, board one of VIA Rail’s long-distance trains and connect exciting destinations like Vancouver, Jasper National Park and Toronto or Quebec City and Halifax.
Travel across five magnificent provinces Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia on VIA Rail’s flagship service “The Canadian”. This route links Canada’s largest city Toronto and cosmopolitan Vancouver on a fascinating four night journey. Try VIA Rail’s ‘Corridor’ service to connect the incredible eastern cities of Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City for a fantastic multicentre holiday or even experience the fantastic ‘Ocean’ overnight service between Montréal and Halifax in Nova Scotia.