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CANADA BY TRAIN? NO TROUBLE.

Canada is a vast country, and what better way to explore this beautiful land than on a train? Whether you’re discovering the charms of the Eastern provinces or seeing the iconic sites of Western Canada, it’s easy to make a rail adventure part of your Canadian holiday. If you’re looking to travel in style, hop aboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer and enjoy gourmet dining in the luxurious carriages, as you admire Western Canada’s stunning scenery. Or, if you want to travel between cities with ease or journey from coast to coast, then VIA Rail’s routes have you covered.

Canada rail holidays give you the chance to travel without the stress of having to drive yourself, so you can just sit back, relax, and take in the incredible views. Train travel in Canada is like nowhere else as you’ll be surrounded by dramatic landscapes of rugged mountains, open prairie lands and crystal-clear lakes. Plus, the impressive rail network connects cities and provinces from east to west – so you can cover a lot of ground very easily. 

The Rocky Mountaineer only covers the western provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, but there are a variety of routes you can take. You could start in the dynamic city of Vancouver and travel east through Kamloops into the heart of the Rockies towards Banff or Jasper. Or, from Vancouver, ride the train north to Whistler, travel along the historic gold rush route, and finish up in Jasper.

Meanwhile, VIA Rail is Canada’s national rail provider, with a network of tracks criss-crossing the whole country. This is a more budget-friendly way to travel by train through the Rockies – and it’s also a great option for hopping between Eastern Canada’s cities, if you don’t want to hire a car. While the onboard service might not be as luxurious as the Rocky Mountaineer, the carriages offer comfortable seating and café areas, and some routes have reclining sleeper chairs. If you’re taking a longer journey, you can also expect double or quadruple cabins, as well as a glass-domed viewing carriage.

Whatever your travel plans, a Canada rail holiday is sure to be relaxing – even if it’s just one part of your trip. Tempted? Speak to our Travel Specialists to find out more.

Rocky Mountaineer

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Canada Rail Tours

Rocky Mountaineer

Upgrade your Canada rail holiday when you board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer and journey through the majestic mountains. You’ll have a few stunning routes to choose from. You could opt for the First Passage to the West, which runs from the coastal city of Vancouver to the beautiful alpine town of Banff. The Journey Through the Clouds route takes you through the Rockies and ends in scenic Jasper, while the Rainforest to Gold Rush route travels out of Vancouver, up to the Whistler, through the canyons of Quesnel, and on to Jasper.  All routes can also be done in reverse, so you could end your journey in Vancouver if that better suits your travel plans.  

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Whichever route you’ll choose, you’ll experience world-class service from the second you step onboard. Silver Leaf service provides comfortable, reclining seats and attentive hosts, while the dining options include regionally inspired dishes, sweet desserts and tasty snacks. Plus, there’s an outdoor viewing area. But, if you upgrade to the Gold Leaf service, you’ll have access to a designated dining car – where à la carte meals are served – and an additional viewing car, where the glass-domed ceiling gives you for panoramic views.

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VIA Rail

VIA Rail has a large network of routes available throughout Canada, which makes travelling between cities and provinces more affordable and convenient. The Maritime Way meanders all the way from Montreal in Quebec through New Brunswick and on to Halifax in Nova Scotia, right on the Atlantic Coast. You can travel though this diverse region in just a day and a night if you wish – or you could hop off the train wherever takes your fancy.

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Elsewhere, the Great Western Way route weaves from Toronto in Ontario all the way to Vancouver. This incredible journey takes four nights and four days, covering a staggering 2,775 miles. You’ll travel though Central Canada’s open plains and prairies, then journey though the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, before pulling up in vibrant Vancouver.

Whether you book an Economy seat or upgrade to Business for your Canada rail holiday, you can expect a comfortable journey. For a longer trip, you could consider boking a Sleeper Plus ticket – or upgrade to the Prestige service to sleep in a spacious cabin with your own en suite bathroom. Most trains have Wi-Fi, and you can enjoy delicious snacks or meals onboard.

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Rail & Cruise

From Canada’s West Coast you can embark on a cruise up the inside passage to Alaska – so why not pair a cruise with a rail journey to create an unforgettable holiday? The best way to combine the two is to book a west-bound route on the Rocky Mountaineer, from Banff or Jasper to Vancouver. Then you can spend a couple of nights in this bustling city, before boarding your cruise ship and sailing up the coast of British Columbia and on to the cold waters of Alaska.

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The Rocky Mountaineer and a cruise work extremely well together – and you can tick two iconic trips off your bucket list in one go. The rail journey will only be a night or two, so why not add on a couple of nights either side to spend some time on land, before heading out to sea. Not sure where to start? Speak to our Travel Specialists to create your dream itinerary.

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Canada Rail Tours

There’s never a bad time for your Canada rail holiday. It just depends whether you want to experience balmy sunshine and blue skies, or snow-capped mountains and thick powder on the ground. The Rocky Mountaineer operates in the warmer months from April to September, whereas the VIA Rail runs all year round – although the timetable is subject to change, due to the weather.

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Want to combine both the VIA Rail and the Rocky Mountaineer in one trip? Opt for the 15-day Trans Canada by Rail tour. You’ll start in Toronto, where you can spend a couple of days exploring the city and take a daytrip to Niagara Falls. Then, you’ll board a Canadian VIA Rail train and head through Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Spend some time hiking and kayaking in Alberta’s national parks, then hop on the Rocky Mountaineer in Banff, taking the First Passage to the East to Vancouver. You could enjoy a couple of days in this exciting metropolis, ticking off popular areas like Stanley Park, Granville Island and historic Gastown.

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Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer

Upgrade your Canada rail holiday when you board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer and journey through the majestic mountains. You’ll have a few stunning routes to choose from. You could opt for the First Passage to the West, which runs from the coastal city of Vancouver to the beautiful alpine town of Banff. The Journey Through the Clouds route takes you through the Rockies and ends in scenic Jasper, while the Rainforest to Gold Rush route travels out of Vancouver, up to the Whistler, through the canyons of Quesnel, and on to Jasper.  All routes can also be done in reverse, so you could end your journey in Vancouver if that better suits your travel plans.  

Show More
Show Less

Whichever route you’ll choose, you’ll experience world-class service from the second you step onboard. Silver Leaf service provides comfortable, reclining seats and attentive hosts, while the dining options include regionally inspired dishes, sweet desserts and tasty snacks. Plus, there’s an outdoor viewing area. But, if you upgrade to the Gold Leaf service, you’ll have access to a designated dining car – where à la carte meals are served – and an additional viewing car, where the glass-domed ceiling gives you for panoramic views.

Show More
Show Less

VIA Rail

VIA Rail

VIA Rail has a large network of routes available throughout Canada, which makes travelling between cities and provinces more affordable and convenient. The Maritime Way meanders all the way from Montreal in Quebec through New Brunswick and on to Halifax in Nova Scotia, right on the Atlantic Coast. You can travel though this diverse region in just a day and a night if you wish – or you could hop off the train wherever takes your fancy.

Show More
Show Less

Elsewhere, the Great Western Way route weaves from Toronto in Ontario all the way to Vancouver. This incredible journey takes four nights and four days, covering a staggering 2,775 miles. You’ll travel though Central Canada’s open plains and prairies, then journey though the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, before pulling up in vibrant Vancouver.

Whether you book an Economy seat or upgrade to Business for your Canada rail holiday, you can expect a comfortable journey. For a longer trip, you could consider boking a Sleeper Plus ticket – or upgrade to the Prestige service to sleep in a spacious cabin with your own en suite bathroom. Most trains have Wi-Fi, and you can enjoy delicious snacks or meals onboard.

Show More
Show Less

Rail & Cruise

Rail & Cruise

From Canada’s West Coast you can embark on a cruise up the inside passage to Alaska – so why not pair a cruise with a rail journey to create an unforgettable holiday? The best way to combine the two is to book a west-bound route on the Rocky Mountaineer, from Banff or Jasper to Vancouver. Then you can spend a couple of nights in this bustling city, before boarding your cruise ship and sailing up the coast of British Columbia and on to the cold waters of Alaska.

Show More
Show Less

The Rocky Mountaineer and a cruise work extremely well together – and you can tick two iconic trips off your bucket list in one go. The rail journey will only be a night or two, so why not add on a couple of nights either side to spend some time on land, before heading out to sea. Not sure where to start? Speak to our Travel Specialists to create your dream itinerary.

Show More
Show Less

Canada Rail Tours

Canada Rail Tours

There’s never a bad time for your Canada rail holiday. It just depends whether you want to experience balmy sunshine and blue skies, or snow-capped mountains and thick powder on the ground. The Rocky Mountaineer operates in the warmer months from April to September, whereas the VIA Rail runs all year round – although the timetable is subject to change, due to the weather.

Show More
Show Less

Want to combine both the VIA Rail and the Rocky Mountaineer in one trip? Opt for the 15-day Trans Canada by Rail tour. You’ll start in Toronto, where you can spend a couple of days exploring the city and take a daytrip to Niagara Falls. Then, you’ll board a Canadian VIA Rail train and head through Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Spend some time hiking and kayaking in Alberta’s national parks, then hop on the Rocky Mountaineer in Banff, taking the First Passage to the East to Vancouver. You could enjoy a couple of days in this exciting metropolis, ticking off popular areas like Stanley Park, Granville Island and historic Gastown.

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