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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.
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