Cross country train trip

Canadian Cross Country Journey



starting from US $4,580per person

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Sample Itinerary

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Day 1 – Your Canadian Vacation Begins in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Arrive in Canada's largest city, Toronto, and be whisked away to the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake on a transfer that takes you directly from the airport to your hotel for the evening. Surrounding you are rolling vineyards and blooming flowers, framing Lake Ontario. Eagerly check in to your appealing accommodations before heading out to explore the town. Take in the fun atmosphere as residents celebrate the beauty of the region.

Feature Dinner in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Take delight in cuisine inspired by locally sourced products from the fertile Niagara region. Sip and savor award winning wines expertly paired with your meal. Relax, as you start to make great memories from the very beginning of your holiday.

Overnight in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Day 2 – Niagara Falls Sightseeing or Niagara Wine Tasting
Today is yours to explore the Niagara region on your choice of tour.

Here are
2 options to choose from today:

• Option 1: Niagara Area Sightseeing Tour
With a small group, venture to picture perfect Niagara Falls. Visit all the highlights of the area – The Upper Rapids, Niagara Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and Table Rock. Also included is a thrilling ride into the mist of Niagara Falls on a boat tour.
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• Option 2: Niagara Wine Tour
Travel the lush and scenic Niagara Peninsula on a wine tour. You will visit two renowned Niagara wineries for a tasting and enjoy lunch at a charming eatery on the Niagara Parkway.
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Whether you decide to witness the splendor of the Niagara Gorge, or the rolling woodlands of wine country, you will end your day full of wonder and discovery.

Overnight in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Day 3 – Discover Toronto
Travel back to the ‘big city’ this morning and spend the afternoon exploring Toronto at your leisure. From a visit to the bustling St. Lawrence Market, to the many vibrant neighborhoods this city has offers, there is no shortage of things to see!

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? Marvel at the spectacular views as you eat world class cuisine. Relax, because you’re traveling the Fresh Tracks Canada way – we have the inside scoop to ensure your vacation is off to a great start!

Overnight in Toronto.

Day 4 – Explore Toronto and Board VIA Rail’s Canadian Train Westbound
Your cross country train journey begins today as you board your train this morning. Climb aboard the famous “Canadian Train” where you prepare for your first overnight sleep in a cozy cabin with a large picture window and seats that become a comfortable nighttime bed.

Overnight on board the train in your private cabin.

Day 5 and 6 – Canadian Train Journey West – Onboard the Canadian Train
The scenery changes as you leave behind the beauty of northern Ontario and travel across the undulating plains of the Prairie Provinces. Settle into your seat and enjoy watching the sights from your window. The rich yellows and golds of the prairies are illuminated in the sunlight. In the distance you spot a lone red barn surrounded by an old wooden fence which strikes you as uniquely beautiful.

Overnight on board the train in your private cabin.

Day 7 – Travel into the Stunning Canadian Rockies
Wake up this morning after a restful night sleep. Dine on the freshly prepared meals on board as you take in the views. The exhilaration of your Canada train trip continues when finally, you see the distinctive jagged peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Keep an eye out for wildlife and watch for the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The train pulls through Jasper today before continuing onward for your across country journey.

Overnight on board the train in your private cabin.

Day 8 – Explore Vancouver
Today your train arrives into stunning Vancouver – you’ve made it to the west coast! Your friendly driver meets you at the train station to take you to your hotel.

Surrounded by mountains and ocean, a typical day in the city can include a sail on the harbour, a round of golf, a hike in the nearby North Shore Mountains or enjoying a bite to eat on the waterfront. Vancouver is popular for filming, has a thriving art, theatre, and food scene. With walkable neighbourhoods, drink and dine your way through the downtown area and enjoy what the beautiful city has to offer.

Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 9 – Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens
Travel to the charming city of Victoria today. Victoria is located on Vancouver Island and getting to this picturesque city involves a scenic cross-water journey.

Here are 2 options for travel between Vancouver and Victoria:

• Option 1: Whale Watching from Vancouver to Victoria
Spend the morning on an exhilarating boat journey from Vancouver to Victoria. Along the way your expert guides will seek out the majestic wildlife that calls these waters home throughout the year. Keep an eye out for the splash of a humpback whale tail or the distinctive fins of resident orcas. Your adventure brings you right from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Vancouver to Victoria Cruise
Cruise between Vancouver and Victoria in style. Enjoy panoramic ocean views while sitting in comfort onboard. Your journey includes a light 3-course breakfast or lunch and personalized service. Your cruise brings you directly from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria.
Activity rating: Easy

After checking into your hotel, you will have the afternoon to explore Victoria on your own. Boasting mountain views from the downtown Inner Harbour, this compact, pedestrian-friendly city features eclectic shopping, superb cuisine and wonderful attractions such as The Royal BC Museum. Also included is admission to the breathtaking natural wonder of Butchart Gardens, featuring exotic floral displays from all over the world.

• Included: Butchart Gardens Admission
Spend the afternoon exploring world-renowned Butchart Gardens, a privately owned 55-acre display garden. Just a short 35-minute shuttle north of downtown Victoria, you will be transported to another world as you wander through rose gardens and lush west coast vegetation. Shuttle from downtown Victoria runs hourly and is included with your experience.
Activity rating: Easy

Overnight in Victoria.

Day 10 – Depart Victoria
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.

Take the stress out of planning your trip to Canada with:

  • Every detail and arrangement taken care of for a seamless trip.
  • Suggestions to get the most out of Canada based on local insider knowledge.
  • Your own personal contact in Canada you can call before or during your trip.


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What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Hornblower cruise of the Niagara Falls - Hornblower cruise of the Niagara Falls
Hornblower cruise of the Niagara Falls
Private cabin on the train - Private cabin on the train
Private cabin on the train
Gourmet meals on the train - Gourmet meals on the train
Gourmet meals on the train
Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island - Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island
Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island
• 5 nights hotel accommodation
• 4 nights onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian train, in a private cabin*

Train Experiences:
• Sleeper Class onboard the Train between Toronto and Vancouver (includes access to dome car)*

Toronto Experiences:
• CN Tower Admission (includes dinner)*

Niagara Experiences:
Choose 1 of 2:
1. Niagara Area Sightseeing Tour*
2. Niagara Wine Tour

Vancouver to Victoria Cross-Water Experiences:*
Choose 1 of 2:
1. Whale Watching from Vancouver to Victoria
2. Vancouver to Victoria Cruise

Victoria Experiences:
• Admission to Butchart Gardens

Meal Inclusions:
• Feature Dinner in Niagara-on-the-Lake
• Feature Dinner at CN Tower in Toronto*
• Meals while on board the VIA rail train

Transfer Inclusions:
• Transfer between Toronto Airport and Niagara-on-the-Lake*
• Transfer between Niagara-on-the-Lake and Toronto hotel*
• Private transfer between train station and hotel in Vancouver
• Private transfer between hotel and Victoria Airport

Other Inclusions:
• Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
• Documentation package
• 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

Trip Class Notes:
✔ Comfort/Superior level hotel prices include Sleeper Plus Class on VIA Rail.
✔ Deluxe level hotel prices include Prestige Sleeper Class on VIA Rail
✔ Comfort/Superior level hotel prices include shuttle transfers to/from the Niagara region.
✔ Deluxe level hotel prices include private transfers to/from the Niagara region.

*Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
• Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur
• The Hornblower Voyage to the Falls is available from early May to late October (weather dependent). In the off-season tour will be substituted with the Journey Behind the Falls.
• CN Tower Admission and Dinner is only included on Westbound itinerary
• Whale Watching between Vancouver and Victoria is available for May 16
to Sep 12, 2019 westbound departures. A bus and ferry combo can be substituted when this option is not available. The Whale Watching option is not available for Eastbound departures.

Not Included
• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation & Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian Sales Taxes



Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Renting a car and exploring the area
Renting a car and exploring the area
Whalewatching in the Salish Sea
Whalewatching in the Salish Sea
Touring Eastern Canada by train
Touring Eastern Canada by train
• Add a Alaska Cruise along the Inside Passage from Vancouver
• Add time to explore Canada on road trip with a rental car
• Include a whale watching tour from Victoria
• Add an eastern Canada rail journey to your itinerary

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

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Fairmont Royal York

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

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.

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Fairmont Empress Hotel

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

The world famous Fairmont Empress hotel is located in the middle of the inner harbour of downtown Victoria. Enjoy the famous high tea that takes place each day in the elegant wine room or front lounge, or relax in the library. Be sure to upgrade to a deluxe harbour view room for great harbour views!


Trip Start Dates

2019 – Toronto Start Dates
Sun, Thu
April 28
May 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
June 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
July 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
August 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
September 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29

2019 – Victoria Start Dates
Sat, Wed
April 27
May 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
June 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
July 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
August 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
September 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
October 2, 5, 9, 12

Note: Some dates are already sold out for Prestige Class, speak to a Vacation Advisor for availability.

Trip Prices

Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

Comfort Level Hotels
from US $4,580to US $5,713per person

Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

Superior Level Hotels
from US $4,830to US $5,929per person

Our Superior Level provides amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.

Fresh Tracks Favorite
Deluxe Level Hotels
from US $7,290to US $8,198per person

On our Deluxe Level vacation, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.

What you'll love about
this trip

Savor the stunning scenery and locally inspired cuisine aboard VIA Rail’s Canadian train

Visit the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake

Experience the exhilarating Niagara Falls and vibrant Toronto

Take in the beauty of Vancouver and its many unique neighborhoods

Enjoy the quaint city of Victoria and famous Butchart Gardens

Common Questions

Where am I staying on this trip?

This trip features a sleeper train 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 local three to five start hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. 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 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 a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

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 request your free trip plan to 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.

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.

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.
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.

Is this an escorted tour?

With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, 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.

Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

How much does my trip cost?

All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

Travel by train from the metropolis of Toronto to the serenity of the Canadian Rockies and through to Vancouver. To begin and end your journey, stay in the charming towns of Niagara-on-the-Lake in the east and Victoria in the west. This legendary journey aboard the Canadian Train fulfills your desire for the energy of city life and the serenity of nature. As you travel across the country, experience first-hand the diverse landscape of Canada.

Trip Outline

Arrive Toronto 2 nights Niagara-on-the-Lake 1 night Toronto 4 nights VIA Rail 1 night Vancouver 1 night Victoria Depart Victoria * This trip is available in reverse

Canadian Cross Country Journey – Map The VIA Rail train on a cross country train trip from Toronto to Vancouver The charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake Viewing Niagara Falls Toronto city skyline at night The dome car onboard the Canadian train as it travels cross country The dining car onboard VIA Rail Visit Vancouver on a cross country train journey Watch for whales as you travel to Victoria on Vancouver Island Victoria
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Would you like to spoil yourself with an extra special vacation in 2019? Book a qualifying 2019 Canadian trip with Fresh Tracks Canada before February 28th, 2019 and you'll receive up to $1400 per couple in free travel credits. You can use the credits for extra nights, spectacular experiences, and unique guided sightseeing tours – to help make your personalized trip to Canada just that much more special.

So what can $1400 in travel credits get you? Here are a few ideas:

Add a free night in Vancouver, and enjoy one of the following:

These are just a few ideas – but many more options are available. Call or email the Fresh Tracks Canada team to personalize your perfect Canadian vacation! But hurry – space for 2019 travel is filling up very quickly. This offer is only available until midnight on February 28, 2019. Contact us to book your trip now!

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And here is another great reason – if you book one of our spectacular Canadian winter vacations before February 28, you'll receive up to $600 per couple in add-on travel credits to enhance your trip.

Here are some of our favorite add-on ideas:

  • Extend your trip – add a night in Vancouver or the Canadian Rockies.
  • Join a professional photographer on a private tour, to get the best pictures of Banff National Park in its winter splendor.
  • See the beautiful ice-formations as you snow shoe through crisp mountain snow.
  • Soar above the snowy Coastal Mountains of Vancouver, on a spectacular float plane tour.

Email or call our friendly Vacation Advisors today, and they'll help you plan your perfect winter experience. And remember, our Winter Wonderland Booking Bonus only lasts until midnight on February 28th, 2019.

Interested? Get this offer by contacting us: 1 877 395 5771

Terms and conditions apply, please speak wit our Canadian insiders for more details.