A Canada train tour is one of the best ways to see the country. Travelling the whole way from Vancouver to Toronto – or vice versa – you’ll see vast prairies, bustling cities and spectacular mountains.
There are numerous options for Canada train tours, so it’s important to select the right journey for you. There’s a variety of experiences available from a single night on board the iconic VIA Rail Canadian to a 14-day adventure that includes Glacier National Park, Banff and Jasper.
The Canadian runs from Toronto to Vancouver, with stops in Winnipeg and Edmonton along the way. This classic Canada train journey is a great way to explore some of the most vibrant, cultural and artistic destinations in the country.
Branded Rainforest to Goldrush, formerly the Fraser Discovery route (mid-April to mid-October): This trip is all about getting off the beaten track into gold-rush and timber country. You’ll see the mighty Fraser River and the canyons where bald eagles, buffaloes and grizzly bears live.
During your journey you’ll get a taste of the best of what the West Coast has to offer, from wilderness lodges to wildlife viewing and grizzly bear sightings. You’ll also visit Churchill, Northern Manitoba and the Polar Bear Capital of the World, where you spend three days searching for this endangered species.
The ‘Canadian’ is a comfortable train ride with lots of legroom and plenty of room to stretch out and relax in the Panorama car. The cabins are spacious and comfortable with a curtain for privacy, and there is an on-board lounge where you can enjoy snacks and drinks.
This is a good option for those wanting to save money on a train trip but still want to see some of the amazing scenery. You can book a ‘roomette’ in the sleeper car for an affordable price, or if you’re looking for a little extra comfort, then consider booking a private cabin that offers a bed and a balcony.
From Quebec City and coastal towns and villages to Montreal and Halifax, there’s a lot to see and do on this journey. There Canadian train trips are day trips to a number of coastal destinations, and you can even split the journey over two or more days.
It’s also possible to add on a tour to Peggy’s Cove for a memorable day out on the water and a chance to spot some of Canada’s most famous lighthouses. This can be a really unique experience, and you’ll have time to explore the town after your trip, before heading back to the train station.
Rocky Mountaineer: First Passage to the West, Vancouver to Calgary
This incredibly scenic rail journey through the Canadian Rockies is the perfect way to see this area of the country. You’ll be able to take in the beauty of Glacier National Park and Banff, as well as the majestic glaciers of Lake Louise. You’ll also get to experience the Ice Explorer, which is an interactive vehicle that takes you closer to Athabasca Glacier than any other type of transportation in the region.
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