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Sleeper Train Across Canada in Winter

Canadian Cross Country Journey in Winter

9

days

starting fromUS $3,590per person

  • Choose your own activities and experiences to make the most of your trip.
  • Have all the details of your trip organized and arranged for you.

Sleeper Train Journey in Winter

Journey across Canada by sleeper train in the heart of winter. Watch the frozen landscape pass by from your cozy cabin - a highlight is sure to be the snowy Canadian Rockies in all their winter glory. Enjoy tours on either end of your journey - see beautiful Niagara Falls shrouded with ice, and lush coastal Vancouver with a backdrop of mountains.

Trip Outline

9 Days / 8 Nights

Arrive Toronto 2 nights Toronto 4 nights VIA Rail 2 nights Vancouver Depart Vancouver

Cross Country Journey by Rail in Winter - Map

Availability

DecJanFebMar

Places Visited

VancouverToronto

Accommodation Style

HotelTrain

Your Train Experience

VIA RailSleeper Train

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

  • See icy Niagara Falls on a guided tour

  • Sleep onboard the famous 'Canadian' Train

  • Travel through the Canadian Rockies covered in snow

  • Explore beautiful coastal Vancouver

Common Questions

  • Is this an escorted tour?

    Our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

  • Can this trip be made shorter or longer?

    Absolutely! We personalize all our clients' trips to fit their exact tastes and needs. You can add days at locations that you'd like to explore and spend more time at. Or leave out certain areas that don't interest you as much. Discuss your travel goals with our Canadian Insiders who make sure that your trip fits your needs and budget.

  • Can I customize this trip?

    Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can get your FREE personalized trip plan and decide what you'd like to see and do.

    If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

  • Am I on the train the whole time?

    All of our trips include stops to get off the train to explore Canada's beautiful locations, national parks and unique cities. However, if you're keen to maximize your time onboard, we'll pair you up with the perfect train experience.

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    This trip features an overnight rail journey, and you'll get a comfortable private cabin on the train for the duration of your train ride. The trains feature common lounge areas and dining cars where you can socialize with fellow travelers.

    When not on the train, you'll be staying at various three to five star hotels or lodges along your route. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

  • What is the train experience like?

    Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in the US or Europe), the two main rail providers here are driven by tourism. You'll experience the romance of true trans-continental rail travel, with a wide selection of services, accommodation types, and great food.

    Featured train experiences:

      VIA Rail is Canada's national train provider, with routes running Coast to Coast and through remote parts of northern Canada. The type of train depends on your journey, and can vary from the classic trans-continental sleeper trains to daylight trains with overnight stops.

      Sleeper Trains feature a once in a lifetime adventure of sleeping on the train in comfortable cabins. You can relax in your private onboard accommodations, or enjoy local wines and chef-prepared meals in the dining car during this unforgettable trip.

  • How much does my trip cost?

    All our trips are personalized to fit our clients' schedule and budget. The price of your trip generally depends on the travel season, train service, accommodations, and the sightseeing tours you take. Please request your personalized quote which will provide you with the detailed information you need.

  • What is included in the price?

    Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive your detailed digital travel documents, and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal throughout your trip to answer any questions.

  • What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

    Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

  • When is the best time to see wildlife?

    That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

This Trip in Pictures

Cross Canada by train in winter.

Cross Canada by train in winter.

Start your journey in Toronto.

Start your journey in Toronto.

See icy Niagara Falls on a day tour.

See icy Niagara Falls on a day tour.

Board The Canadian train and enjoy first class service.

Board The Canadian train and enjoy first class service.

Watch Canada's winter scenery pass by outside.

Watch Canada's winter scenery pass by outside.

A highlight will be the Canadian Rockies and the mountains of British Columbia.

A highlight will be the Canadian Rockies and the mountains of British Columbia.

End your journey in beautiful Vancouver on the west coast.

End your journey in beautiful Vancouver on the west coast.

Recommended Itinerary

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized trip plan for you that matches your travel style, schedule and budget.

Day 1 – Arrive in Toronto

Arrive in Canada’s largest city, where a friendly driver takes you to your downtown hotel. After check-in, head out to see how Toronto embraces the winter. Visit the distillery district adorned with lights, try skating at Nathan Phillips Square, or sample one of the world class eateries that Toronto is famous for.

Overnight in Toronto.

 

Day 2 – Explore Niagara or Toronto

Choose from 2 activity options today:

 

Option 1: Niagara Falls Winter Tour

Join a small group tour to see Niagara Falls in its winter splendour. Frozen waterfalls cascade beside the rushing water and layers of snowy ice cover the river. Trees and fences are covered beautiful, frozen mist and make for great photos in the sunlight. You’ll visit some of the main attractions, including the Skylon Tower and the Journey Behind the Falls.

Activity rating: Easy

Option 2: Toronto Sightseeing Tour

A small group tour highlights the must-see attractions and sites in the city. Visit  Casa Loma, the famous St. Lawrence Market, Nathan Phillips Square, and more.

Activity rating: Easy

 

Feature Dinner in Toronto

We want to make sure you eat at the best spot in Toronto – and what better spot than the CN tower at night? Marvel at the twinkling city lights as you eat world class cuisine.

Overnight in Toronto.

 

Day 3 – Board VIA Rail’s Canadian Train 

Your cross-country rail journey begins this morning as you climb onboard the famous “Canadian” train. Prepare for your first overnight sleep in a cozy cabin with a large picture window and seats that become a comfortable nighttime bed. Spend some time in the lounge or viewing cars to meet your fellow travellers. Throughout your journey you’ll dine on freshly prepared meals in the dining car.

Overnight onboard the train in your private cabin.

 

Day 4 and 5 – Canadian Train Journey West – Onboard the Canadian Train

The scenery changes as you leave behind northern Ontario and travel across the undulating plains of the Prairie Provinces. Watch the sun glint off the snow-covered fields, with the occasional small town or grain elevator marking the distance.

Overnight onboard the train in your private cabin.

 

Day 6 – Into the Canadian Rockies – Onboard the Canadian Train

The exhilaration of your Canadian train trip continues when in the distance you see the glorious, snow-covered peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Soon you’ll be travelling through the pine forests of Jasper National Park so keep your camera ready for the wildlife, rivers, and lakes that make this park so spectacular. By evening, you’ll be continuing onwards through the mountains of British Columbia.

Overnight on board the train in your private cabin.

 

Day 7 – Arrive in Vancouver

Today your train arrives in coastal Vancouver – you’ve made it over 4000 kilometres to the west coast! A friendly driver meets you at the train station to take you to your hotel.

Surrounded by rainforest, mountains and ocean, a typical day in Vancouver can include a sail on the harbour, a round of golf, and a snowshoe in the nearby North Shore Mountains. Head out and enjoy the city’s restaurants – Vancouver is one of the top culinary destinations in the world.

 

Included Admission: Vancouver Lookout Tower

Enjoy a 360º aerial view of Vancouver and the snowy North Shore Mountains from the panoramic observation deck. Guided tours are available learn about Vancouver’s history, or you explore the interpretive displays at your own pace.

 

Feature Dinner in Vancouver

This evening we’ve arranged dinner at one of our favorite harbourfront restaurants. Enjoy your meal as you watch seaplanes land on the Coal Harbour, while the lights of the North Shore Mountains glitter in the background.

Overnight in Vancouver.

 

Day 8 – Explore Vancouver

Spend some time getting to know Vancouver on a guided tour.

 

Included Activity: Privately Guided Sightseeing

There is so much to see in Vancouver – we recommend spending the day with a private local guide, on a tour catered to your interests. At your own pace, discover historic Gastown and the 2010 Olympic Cauldron before heading to Stanley Park – an oasis of towering rainforest surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. Savour the laid-back beach vibe of English Bay, eclectic Granville Island Market, and the lush VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Activity Rating: Easy

  

Day 9 – Depart Vancouver

Much too soon, you leave the clean air and colorful sights of Canada behind as your Cross Canada train vacation comes to an end. A private driver will take you from your hotel to the airport in time for your flight.

Start Dates

2021-22 Dates Starting in Toronto
November 3 – March 30
Mondays and Fridays

2021-22 Dates Starting in Vancouver
November 1 – March 28
Wednesdays and Saturdays

Tip: To see the snowiest winter landscape, we recommend doing this trip between December and mid-March

Pricing

Prices of this trip vary by departure date, hotel class and the choice of activities. Request your quote to check availability or to book this trip.

  • Train Experience

    Train Experience

    Learn more about the onboard service and look inside the trains you will be traveling on during this trip.

    Read about the VIA Rail train

    VIA Rail

    VIA Rail trains take passengers across the vast country of Canada through some of the most amazing scenery in North America. The service includes sleeper cars, gourmet meals, and lounge and viewing areas.

    Read about the overnight train trips

    Sleeping on the train

    Experience a once in a lifetime adventure of an overnight train journey. Sleep on board the train and enjoy chef-prepared meals in the dining car during this unforgettable trip.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodations

    In addition to the sleeper train cabin, below are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.

    Fairmont Royal York Hotel

    Fairmont Royal York Hotel

    Another of the original historic Fairmont properties, close to shopping and dining, and just steps to Union Station and the theatre district. The hotel features 5 restaurants, a bar, a health club, and shops.

    Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

    Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

    This luxury hotel is located in Vancouver’s inner harbour, minutes from Canada Place, the cruise ship terminals and gastown. Sit back and relax in your room as you watch floatplanes take off and land right in front of you with the beautiful north shore mountains as your backdrop. Plus you have the luxurious common amenities that come with staying at any Fairmont hotel.

  • What's Included

    What's Included

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    Accommodations:
    • 4 nights of hotel accommodation
    • 4 nights in a private cabin onboard the Canadian train

    Train Experiences:
    • Sleeper Plus Class for Comfort and Superior level
    • Prestige Class for Deluxe level

    Toronto Activity Options:
    Choose 1 of 2:
    1. Niagara Falls Sightseeing Tour
    2. Toronto Sightseeing Tour

    Vancouver Activity Inclusions:
    • Privately Guided Sightseeing Tour
    • Vancouver Lookout Admission

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Private transfers between Toronto airport and hotel
    • Private transfers between Vancouver hotel, train station, and airport

    Other Inclusions:
    • Digital Travel Documents
    • Gratuities for private transfers (unless otherwise noted)
    • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests

    Important Trip and Schedule Notes:
    • Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur.
    • Activity options are limited over Dec 24–26 and on Jan 1, your Vacation Advisor will provide advice on your available options.
    • Tours and activities are subject to change due to Covid-19 regulations


    Not Included

    • Meals and activities unless otherwise mentioned
    • Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
    • Gratuities (unless otherwise indicated)
    • Canadian Sales Taxes
    • Trip Cancellation and Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended – please ask for a personalized quote)

    Ideas to customize your trip

    Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

    • Ask us about the option of staying in more secluded mountain lodges, for a true alpine experience
    • Optional winter activities, including skiing (downhill and cross-country), glacier helicopter tour or skating
    • Extra nights in Vancouver or Toronto
    • Northern Lights Viewing Package

Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you

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  • Get a trip that covers everything you want to see.
  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
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