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Canada Coast to Coast by Train

22

days

starting from US $10,290per person

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Train Vacation Across Canada

Travel from sea to shining sea on this amazing adventure across Canada. You will start your journey in Vancouver and the trip will take you through the stunning snowcapped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Ride the rails through prairies and dense forests and alongside rivers and lakes. End your journey on the east coast in colorful and lively Halifax, after having experienced the fascinating diversity of this enormous country.

Trip at a glance

22 Days / 21 Nights

Arrive Vancouver 2 nights Vancouver 1 night Kamloops 3 nights Banff 1 night Lake Louise 2 nights Jasper 3 nights VIA Rail 2 nights Toronto 2 nights Montreal 1 night Quebec City 1 night VIA Rail 3 nights Halifax Depart Halifax

Canada Coast to Coast by Train – Map

Availability

AprMayJunJulAugSep

Places Visited

VancouverKamloopsBanffLake LouiseIcefields ParkwayJasperTorontoMontrealQuebec CityHalifax

Accommodation Style

HotelTrain

Train Experience

Rocky MountaineerVIA RailSleeper Train

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

This is the ultimate trans Canada trip, offering a glimpse at the best the country has to offer from coast to coast

Small group excursions mean that you get a more personalized experience

Enjoy two days on the Rocky Mountaineer, a luxurious train with amazing views

Stay for four nights aboard VIA Rail trains

Admire some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders of Canada, including Niagara Falls, Lake Louise and the Atlantic Coast

Stay in top notch hotels offering comfort and great service

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 star 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 your detailed digital travel documents, and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal throughout your trip to answer any 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 personalized 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:

  • Rocky Mountaineer operates daylight touring trains, which travel along three of the most spectacular routes in Western Canada. You'll enjoy onboard commentary, award winning service, and incredible food.
  • 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 personalized trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

This trip in pictures

Visitors biking around Stanley Park in Vancouver
The Rocky Mountaineer winds through mountains as passengers enjoy the views from the front car
Cascade mountain in Banff with town below
Front car of the 'Canadian' train from VIA Rail as it passes over a bridge
What the media say about journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer
Sunset cruise with view of Toronto's CN tower
The Hornblower boat tour at Niagara Falls, Ontario
A large castle set amongst the French Canadian countryside
The Chateau Frontenac overlooks historic Quebec city
A lighthouse sits on the edge of a cliff in Quebec
A kayaker passes by a clourful fishing town in Nova Scotia

About the Trains

Read about the trains you will be travelling on during this trip, learn about onboard services and see inside the trains.

Read about the Rocky Mountaineer train

The Rocky Mountaineer

The Rocky Mountaineer is a uniquely daylight-only train service to the Canadian Rockies, meaning you don't miss a minute of the view! Glass-domed cars, first-class service and exquisite food, make it world-famous.

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 sleeper trains

Sleeper Trains

Experience a once in a lifetime adventure of sleeping on the train in complete comfort. Relax in your private cabin or enjoy local wines and chef-prepared meals in the dining car during this unforgettable trip.

Accommodations

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodations. Please call us for the full list and to personalize your experience.

Georgian Court Hotel - Relax in the whirlpool spa or the steam room.
Georgian Court Hotel - Enjoy dining on the patio on a nice summer day.
Georgian Court Hotel - Sleep in a comfortable bed after a day of fun activities.

Georgian Court Hotel

An example of our Comfort accommodations

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, this elegant 12-story brick building offers 180 stylishly decorated guestrooms. The seasonal patio offers the option for al fresco meals and the complimentary wi-fi keeps you connected.

Hotel Place d’Armes - Exterior of Place D'Armes
Hotel Place d’Armes - Suite 701 serving modern brasserie cuisine
Hotel Place d’Armes - Dining and drinks al fresco on the terrace
Hotel Place d’Armes - Chic and elegant rooms
Hotel Place d’Armes - Modern bathroom

Hotel Place d’Armes

An example of our Boutique Hotel accommodations

This hotel exemplifies the culture, charm and sophistication of Montreal, offering luxury and exceptional service. It boasts art galleries and boutiques and has a fascinating history that goes back three centuries.

Fairmont Banff Springs - Hotel surrounded by lush forest overlooking the Bow Valley
Fairmont Banff Springs - Stylish interior designed as Scottish Baronial Castle
Fairmont Banff Springs - Enjoy relaxing spa treatments and other activities

Fairmont Banff Springs

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

Perched above the town of Banff and surrounded by lush forests and the rushing Bow River, the Banff Springs is a stately, beautiful hotel designed in the style of a Scottish Baronial Castle. From the expansive dining hall to the outdoor swimming pool to the fully equipped gym and the terrace with mountain views, staying at this hotel will make you feel like royalty. At the Banff Springs you can also enjoy many activities, including skiing, golf, spa treatments and much more.

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Sample Itinerary

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

Day 1 – Begin your Canadian Rockies Train Vacation – Arrival in Vancouver
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by towering mountains and sparkling ocean. From the very beginning, we ensure your vacation is off to the best start! Walk out of the airport and right into a private vehicle. Your driver will help orient you to our hometown, Vancouver!

Feature Dinner in Vancouver
We've booked dinner tonight, so you’ll be sure to enjoy some of the best food Vancouver has to offer at one of our favourite restaurants.

Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2 – Rocky Mountaineer Train – Vancouver to Whistler
Step aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for the start of a three-day train journey to the Canadian Rockies. Today you’ll travel from ‘sea to sky’ on a half-day train journey from Vancouver to the Olympic village of Whistler. Along the way, the train winds along the shores of Howe Sound, a deep fjord surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Then slowly it glides into the mountains, besides the rushing waters of the Cheakamus River, with waterfalls cascading down from the glaciers above. Upon arrival in Whistler, enjoy a relaxing afternoon and overnight stay amid the beauty of BC’s Coastal Mountains.

• Included: Whistler Peak to Peak Gondola Day Pass
Included in your stay is a Peak to Peak Gondola pass, to whisk you up to the alpine. Stroll meadows full of wildflowers and admire vast mountain valleys as far as the eye can see.
Activity rating: Easy

• Suggested Add-On: Whistler Tasting Tour (additional cost)
In the charming mountain village of Whistler lie culinary delights waiting to be discovered. Take a walking tour, with a group and guide, of some of Whistler’s best fine dining establishments.
Activity rating: Easy

Overnight in Whistler.

Day 3 – Rocky Mountaineer Train – Whistler to Quesnel
The Rocky Mountaineer’s whistle sounds and the smell of a delicious breakfast wafts from the galley as you pull out of Whistler heading north. Over coffee you may chat with your fellow passengers or simply gaze out of the window at some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Your train vacation is just beginning, so relax and take it in.

In a single day, you will travel through the majestic Fraser Canyon, by the winding shores of Anderson and Seton Lakes, and into the ‘cowboy country’ of the high-desert Cariboo Plateau. In the canyon, you may wonder – not for the last time – at the feat of engineering this railroad represents. As you gaze down from your window, thousands of feet to the rushing waters of the Fraser River below, spare a thought for the chutzpah of the 19th century railroad barons who conceived the project – and the skill and hard work of the engineers, surveyors and migrant workers who built it.

This evening, your train arrives in the small town of Quesnel where you are free to enjoy a dinner on your own and a night in a standard hotel.

Overnight in Quesnel.

Day 4 – Rocky Mountaineer Train – Quesnel to Jasper
This morning return to your home on the rails – the Rocky Mountaineer Train. This is the day you’ve been waiting for – the day you travel through the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Moose, bald eagle & bear are plentiful up here, so keep your eyes peeled! Seeing the high peaks of the Canadian Rockies for the first time is a thrilling moment and as you step off the train in the quaint mountain town of Jasper the smell of pristine mountain air fills your lungs. Everyday cares are far behind as you look forward to more days exploring the wonderful Canadian Rockies.

Overnight in Jasper.

Day 5 – Explore Jasper
Jasper’s wide-open valleys are enticing to a variety of wildlife and are incredibly breathtaking. Spend the day exploring Jasper National Park on your style of tour.

You have
3 options to choose from today in Jasper:

• Option 1:
Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
A sightseeing tour unlike any other for 1 or 2 passengers. From the freedom of the sidecar of a powerful Harley Davidson touring motorcycle and a professional driver – view famous lakes, historical viewpoints and attractions of the Jasper area.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2:
Privately Guided Nature Walk
See wildlife, rare alpine wildflowers, and magnificent valley views with one of the best, hand-picked mountain guides in Jasper. Enjoy a leisurely pace, and plenty of time for photos and discussion.
Activity rating: Moderate (approx 4 miles | 6.5km)

• Option 3: Maligne Valley Tour with Lake Cruise
Watch out for antlers peeking through the trees on this small group sightseeing tour by mini-coach to Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake. Enjoy a cruise to breathtaking Spirit Island.
Activity rating: Easy

Overnight in Jasper.

Day 6 – Icefields Parkway Tour – Jasper to Lake Louise
Travel along the spine of the Rockies, on what is surely one of the most beautiful roads in the world – the Icefields Parkway to picture perfect Lake Louise.

You have
2 options to choose from today along the Icefields Parkway:

• Option 1:
Small Group Sightseeing Tour
Travel south with a small group and guide, on one of the most scenic roads in the world – the Icefields Parkway. The road runs south down the spine of the Canadian Rockies, and your driver-guide will give an expert commentary so you don’t miss a thing. Near the highest point of your journey, a highlight is the ‘Ice Explorer’ ride onto the Athabasca Glacier itself where you can walk a little and get a sense of the glacier’s movement and crevasses. You will also have a chance for a spectacular view on the Glacier Skywalk.
Activity Rating: Easy

• Option 2: Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience (additional cost)
Spend the day with a private guide, to explore the Icefields at your own pace. Then, step away from the crowds and take a helicopter tour abundant in natural beauty, glaciers and waterfalls. Leave from an exclusive Icefields base and soar over cline pass and over Cline, Lion and Lioness Glaciers. You’ll also view a spectacular 900ft waterfall flowing from two aqua green lakes!
Activity rating: Easy

Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 7 – In the Canadian Rockies – Lake Louise to Banff
This morning you wake up in the heart of the Rockies in what must surely be one of the most beautiful places on the planet – Lake Louise. Whether the sun is shimmering on the water or a mist hangs over the surrounding peaks and glaciers, the magic of this place is unmistakable. The water is often so turquoise that you almost want to jump right in despite its freezing temperature!

• Suggested Add-on: Lake Louise Gondola (additional cost)
If you have additional time in Lake Louise, add on a 14-minute ride up the Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola. At an elevation of 2088 m / 6850 ft, see magnificent mountain views, wildflowers, and wildlife.

Later on, a guided interpretive transfer brings you to Banff, with plenty of time for photo stops. A lively mountain town with great restaurants, Banff is a welcome change of pace. Enjoy strolling Banff Avenue or try one of the numerous outdoor adventures offered in this outdoor playground.

Overnight in Banff.

Day 8 – Explore Banff
Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration.

You have
3 options to choose from today in Banff:

• Option 1:
Banff Sightseeing Tour and Gondola Ride
Enjoy an entertaining small-group tour to discover Banff’s folklore and natural history. Stop at some of the area's most scenic viewpoints, before riding a gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2:
Sunshine Village Walk with Scenic Gondola
Begin your day with a scenic gondola ride up to a mountainside resort. Take in the spectacular views before a guided walk through Sunshine Meadows. Your guide will teach you all about the fascinating ecosystem above the treeline.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3:
Lake Minnewanka Cruise
See the Canadian Rockies from a fresh perspective on a Lake Minnewanka scenic cruise. Choose from daytime or dusk tours - or enhance your experience with an evening Craft Beer Voyage, pairing the beautiful scenery with a sampling of local brews.
Activity rating: Easy

Overnight in Banff.

Day 9 – Depart from Calgary
Much too soon, you leave the clean air and breathtaking beauty of Canada’s Rockies behind. Your vacation concludes as you travel through the foothills of the Canadian Rockies to Calgary Airport for your flight home. Yet you take with your memories to revisit and treasure for a lifetime.


Day 1 – Coast to Coast Train Vacation Begins – Arrive in Vancouver
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by mountains and ocean. From the very beginning, we take care to ensure your vacation is off to the best start! Walk out of the airport and right into your own personal private vehicle. Your driver will help orient you to our hometown, Vancouver!

Feature Dinner in Vancouver
Since Vancouver is one of the top culinary destinations in the world, we want to make sure you have the chance to have an amazing meal in the best setting. Having everything planned-out for your first night, ensures that you are simply focused on making memories over a great meal!

Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2 – Explore Vancouver
Today you have the full day to explore Vancouver and the surrounding area.

You have 3 options to choose from today:

• Option 1: North Shore Tour
Vancouver is consistently voted one of the world’s most livable cities as it is uniquely situated between mountains and ocean. This tour allows you to venture into the local mountains and temperate rainforest. Take an exhilarating walk across the suspension bridge at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, enjoy the gondola to Grouse Mountain and enjoy an unparalleled view of Vancouver.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Hop On Hop Off Tour with Flyover Canada
Explore Vancouver’s unique neighbourhoods and top downtown attractions at your own pace on this premium Hop On, Hop Off tour. Then see Canada like never before and take off into a huge dome screen with the latest in projection and ride technology creating a true flying experience (complete with wind, scents, and mist!).
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 3: Foodie Walking Tour
Join a culinary tour and visit some of Vancouver’s most mouth-watering eateries. Depending on the day of the week, your tour can bring you through the historic neighbourhood of Gastown or to the Granville Island Market.
Activity rating: Moderate

Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 3 – On the Rocky Mountaineer – Vancouver to Kamloops
A lonesome wail sounds from the Canadian Rockies railroad whistle as the Rocky Mountaineer train leaves Vancouver on the first leg of its journey through the Canadian Rockies.

Over lunch you’ll climb the steep Fraser Canyon, past the thundering water of Hell’s Gate, and take a trip through the high desert of British Columbia’s interior. Relax, chat, read, or stretch your legs while taking in the unique scenery of British Columbia.

This evening, your train arrives in the small town of Kamloops where you are free to enjoy a dinner on your own and a night in a standard hotel.

Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 4 – On the Rocky Mountaineer – Kamloops to Banff
The second day onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, anticipation builds over breakfast for your first sighting of the high peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Along the way, you’ll learn about the history of the Canadian Rockies, and the railroad. Keep your eyes peeled for elk, bald eagles and bears.

Finally, you enter the famous Spiral Tunnels – ascending slowly, round and round through the darkness, until, blinking, you emerge to find yourself high in the Canadian Rockies, surrounded by high mountain peaks.

This evening, your train pulls into the town of Banff where you will enjoy dinner on your own. Banff is a unique destination, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the charm of a small mountain community surrounded by high mountain peaks.

Overnight in Banff.

Day 5 – Explore Banff
Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration.

You have
3 options to choose from today:

• Option 1: Sunshine Village Walk with Scenic Gondola
Begin your day with a scenic gondola and chairlift ride up to a mountainside resort. Take in the spectacular views before a guided walk through Sunshine Meadows. Your guide will teach you all about the fascinating ecosystem above the treeline.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2: Evening Wildlife Tour and Gondola Ride
Enjoy a scenic gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain to reach the viewing area and boardwalks to take in the spectacular views of Banff. After a day taking in Banff from above, join an early evening nature tour to explore the areas outside the town and if you're lucky, spot some wildlife.
Activity Rating: Easy

• Option 3: Lake Minnewanka Cruise
See the Rocky Mountains from a new perspective while touring beautiful Lake Minnewanka on a panoramic 1-hour interpretive cruise. Beginning from the western end of the largest lake in Banff, the Lake Minnewanka Cruise sets sail under towering peaks. Take in breathtaking mountains and emerald-green water as you keep a watchful eye on forested slopes and rocky shorelines for wildlife and waterfalls. As us about an evening beer-themed voyage!
Activity rating: Easy

Overnight in Banff.

Day 6 – Banff Discovery
Continue to explore Banff National Park today on another exciting day tour.

You have
3 options to choose from today:

• Option 1: Discover Grizzly Bears, Lakes & Waterfalls
See an orphaned grizzly bear named Boo in his mountainside habitat. Next, enjoy a spectacular gondola ride for a meal at the top of Kicking Horse Mountain. Stops also include beautiful Emerald Lake, Takakkaw Falls and Spiral Railway Tunnels in Yoho National Park.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Banff Springs Culinary Tour
On a special access tour, discover the fascinating history, art and architecture of the Fairmont Banff Springs whilst sampling sumptuous food curated by one of the hotel's culinary masters. Beverage pairings are included.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 3: Privately Guided Sunrise Photography Tour (additional cost)
Wake up early to experience the magical wilderness of Banff National Park at sunrise. Explore with a private guide and learn how to take great photos. Ideal for the amateur photographer wanting to increase their skills with a manual camera. This is a sure way to make friends and family at home jealous!

Activity rating: Moderate

Overnight in Banff.

Day 7 – Deeper into the Rockies – Banff to Lake Louise
On an interpretive transfer, meander your way from Banff to Lake Louise this morning. Finally, you’ll see one of the most famous views in the Canadian Rockies – the turquoise water of Lake Louise, surrounded by glaciers tumbling down from the high peaks. This is a place to relax, stretch your legs on a stroll or a hike, or go for a paddle in a canoe.

Insider tip: Ask your Vacation Advisor for our Lake Louise activity menu to add experiences like a classic Afternoon Tea or ride up the Lake Louise Gondola.

Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 8 – The Icefields Parkway – Lake Louise to Jasper
Travel along the spine of the Rockies, on what is surely one of the most beautiful roads in the world – the Icefields Parkway.

Choose from
2 options for exploring the Icefields Parkway today:

• Option 1: Small Group Sightseeing Tour
With a small group and guide, explore the Icefields and its main attractions. Stop to enjoy a picnic lunch, walk on the Athabasca Glacier, and marvel at the Glacier Skywalk. In the late afternoon arrive in the Jasper area, the picture perfect overnight stop in the Canadian Rockies.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience (additional cost)
Explore the Icefields at your own pace with a private driver-guide. Step away from the crowds and take a helicopter tour you won’t soon forget. Marvel at the natural beauty, glaciers and waterfalls. Leave from the Icefields Base and soar over Cline Pass and multiple glaciers. Snap a picture of a spectacular 900ft waterfall flowing from two glacial lakes!
Activity rating: Easy

Insider tip: This can be one of the fullest days of your Canadian adventure. If you prefer a more relaxed pace or unique activities, ask your Vacation Advisor about alternative transportation options.

Overnight in Jasper.

Day 9 – Explore Jasper
Jasper’s wide-open valleys are enticing to a variety of wildlife and are incredibly breathtaking. Spend the day exploring the jewel of the Rockies, Jasper.

You have 
3 options to choose from today in Jasper:

• Option 1: Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
Explore winding mountain roads and beautiful scenery on a thrilling sidecar motorcycle tour (for 1 or 2 passengers).
Visit your choice of Athabasca Falls, Maligne Canyon and Medicine Lake or Mount Edith Cavell. Enjoy the sights as you cruise along past rivers, mountains and beautiful forests.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Privately Guided Nature Walk
See wildlife, rare alpine wildflowers, and magnificent valley views with one of the best, hand-picked mountain guides in Jasper. Enjoy a leisurely pace, and plenty of time for photos and discussion. 
Activity rating: Moderate
(approx 4 miles | 6.5km) – more challenging hikes are available on request.

• Option 3: Maligne Lake Tour with Cruise
Visit the beautiful natural wonder of Maligne Lake with your friendly local tour guide. Walk along Maligne Canyon, where the raging river has eroded the rock for thousands of years. Visit Medicine Lake and the tranquil blue-green waters of Maligne Lake, where you will take a boat cruise to scenic Spirit Island.
Activity rating: Easy

Overnight in Jasper.

Day 10 – Board VIA Rail’s Canadian Train – Journey East
This morning you are transferred to the train station. A cabin with a large picture window and seats that become a comfortable nighttime bed awaits you on VIA Rail’s Canadian Train. Your across Canada train vacation continues as you leave the Rockies and slowly glide into the Canadian prairies.

Insider tip:
The Canadian Sleeper train offers many styles of onboard accommodations. Speak to your Vacation Advisor to find out if a Cabin for 1 or 2 is better for your journey, or consider upgrading to Prestige Class for an unforgettable all-inclusive service.

Overnight on board the train in your private cabin.

Days 11 and 12 – Canadian Train Journey East Continues
The scenery changes as you travel across the undulating plain of the Prairie Provinces. Settle into your seat and enjoy watching the sights from your window. The rich yellows and gold 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. Who knew such flat land could be so stunning?

Overnight on board the train in a private cabin.

Day 13 – Arrive in Toronto
As the Canadian Train travels across Canada, it speeds up and slows down with the rhythm of the little towns it visits and the freight trains it passes. This afternoon your train pulls into the heart of Toronto. Toronto has many quaint and colorful neighborhoods, wonderful ethnic restaurants and bars, museums, Broadway shows, concerts and galleries.

Overnight in Toronto.

Day 14 – Explore Toronto or Niagara Falls
You have the full day to explore Toronto or venture farther to famous Niagara Falls.

Choose from the following
3 options in Toronto today:

• Option 1: Full Day Tour to Niagara Falls with Lunch
Join a VIP small group tour to see one of the great natural wonders of the world – Niagara Falls. The Hornblower Voyage to the Falls takes you close enough to the falls to feel the spray on your face. Nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake is a charming Canadian town, and the perfect place to unwind on your vacation. With a dedicated driver plus guide, you’ll enjoy a premium sightseeing experience.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Small Group Tour of Toronto
Discover Toronto on a small group sightseeing tour. Head up to the observation deck of the CN Tower, drive through the city as you visit the famous Casa Loma, and take in the city's skyline onboard a Harbour Cruise.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 3: St. Lawrence Market Food Tour
Visit the iconic St. Lawrence Market, voted the best food market in the world by National Geographic, and discover the long history of the market and Old Toronto. Learn about different areas of the city and of course sample some delicious foods along the way.
Activity rating: Moderate

Insider tip: Toronto is Canada’s largest city and is full of exciting activities to discover. Ask your Vacation Advisor about adding more time for a twilight bike ride to the scenic Toronto Islands, an evening dinner cruise, or tickets to a hit show.

Overnight in Toronto.

Day 15 – A New Canadian Culture Awaits – Toronto to Montreal by Train
The Corridor train carries you into the next province of Canada – Quebec! Train travel is the most scenic route you can take in Canada. Enjoy the views along the shore of Lake Ontario, the open farmland of rural Quebec and the shore of the St. Lawrence River.

Feature Dinner in Montreal
As an introduction to French Canada, we have selected one of our favourite restaurants for you in Montreal. With a menu created with a certain ‘French flair’, enjoy a showcase of the finest, freshest regional products.

Overnight in Montreal.

Day 16 – Montreal Sightseeing
Bienvenue à Montréal!

You have
3 options to choose from in Montreal today:

• Option 1: Montreal Sightseeing Tour
Enjoy a fully guided, small group tour to all the "must see" areas of Montréal such as Mont Royal, Old Montréal, and the city's picturesque riverfront. Highlights of the tour include a visit to the Notre-Dame Basillica, taking in the 360 degree views from the Observatoire Place Ville Marie, and a scenic river cruise along the beautiful St. Lawrence River.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Private Walking Food Tour
Taste your way through Old Montréal and discover specialty shops and boutiques. As you follow the narrow and winding streets, indulge in culinary delights whilst learning about the city’s unique history.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Old Montreal Walking Tour
Explore the winding cobblestone streets of Old Montréal on a guided walking tour. Travel back in time to Fort Ville-Marie in 1642, to today’s modern city and find out more about all the eras that shaped Montréal.
Activity rating: Moderate

Overnight in Montreal.

Day 17 – VIA Rail’s Corridor Train – Montreal to Quebec City
Travel three to four hours by train through Quebec’s picturesque countryside as your across Canada train vacation heads towards Quebec City. Step into Quebec City’s colorful history as you visit authentic Quebecois shops, and discover the pride that the residents feel for their city.

Overnight in Quebec City.

Day 18 – Discover Quebec – Board VIA Rail’s Ocean Train to Halifax
Explore Quebec City on a tour of your choice. Discover the winding streets of the Old city. Your train leaves late this evening, but you’ll have access to your hotel room until departure.

Québec City is one of North America’s oldest and most magnificent settlements. Its picturesque Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a living museum of narrow cobblestone streets, 17th and 18th century houses and soaring church spires, with the splendid Château Frontenac towering above it all.

Today you have
3 options to choose from to help you enjoy Quebec and its surrounding area:

• Option 1: Private Walking Tour
On a leisurely walking tour, explore the unique art, architecture, and history of Quebec City’s upper and lower towns. Your guide is equally passionate and knowledgeable about their home town.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 2: The Food Tour
So confident are the folks that run this tour that they simply called it ‘The Food Tour’ – the only food tour you will need to take! This tour covers seven different venues, and samples about 15 different products. Try food of French Canadian origin from crepes to organic wine.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Quebec Sightseeing Tour
Spend the day discovering Quebec City’s French-Canadian culture on a group bus tour. From your comfortable seat, enjoy the beautiful architecture of the fortified city, visit historic sites commemorating the battles between French and English, and take in the sights of this unique city.
Activity rating: Easy

Insider tip: If you prefer the atmosphere of a private tour but are not up for walking the sometimes sloped, cobblestoned streets of Quebec City, ask your Vacation Advisor about upgrading to a private city tour by vehicle.

This evening you will be transferred to the train station where you will board VIA Rail’s Ocean train. Travel past rolling hills, and quaint coastal villages that appear from times long past as you make your way across Atlantic Canada.

Overnight on board the train in a private cabin.

Day 19 – Arrive in Halifax
This morning, relax in the panoramic dome car and count the sails out on the water. Late this afternoon you will glide into Halifax and transfer to your hotel. Explore the welcoming Celtic atmosphere of the Canadian Maritimes’ largest city.

Overnight in Halifax.

Days 20 – Explore Halifax
You have 3 options to choose from in Halifax today:

• Option 1: Private Historical Halifax Tour
Relax as a private driver guide tours you around Halifax, viewing historic buildings and modern high rises lining the streets. Visit Fairview Lawn cemetery where Titanic victims are buried, pass by Province House National Historic Site, the 1802 Old Town Clock, 1750 St. Paul’s Anglican Church and many other sites of interest.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Historic Halifax Photo Tour
This enriching tour tells you the story of Halifax with the help of old maps, photographs and paintings. The tour guides take you off the beaten path to great vantage points for photography. Catered to all abilities, from the absolute beginner to seasoned professional. If you only travel with a camera phone or iPad, your tour guide will teach you how to get the best photos with texture and depth. Highly recommended!
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Halifax Tasting Tour
Engage the senses with a food tour! Visit historic landmarks, stroll along the waterfront, and taste the best local food in Halifax. From fresh market offerings to local dishes this tour gives you an authentic taste of the downtown core.
Activity rating: Moderate

Overnight in Halifax.

Days 21 – Discover Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia has a rich Celtic heritage and sea faring history, not to mention rugged coastlines with fishing villages perched on the Atlantic Ocean.

You have
3 options to help you explore the area around Halifax today:

• Option 1: Private Peggy’s Cove and Coastline Tour
On this privately guided tour by van,
take in dozens of coves, beaches and fishing villages in and around St. Margarets Bay. Arrive at the quaint lighthouse village of Peggy’s Cove, the iconic lighthouse basks in the Maritime glow as fishermen sail to sea.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Annapolis Valley Wine Tour
Enjoy a winery tour to the beautiful Annapolis Valley where you will visit 3 wineries. Learn all about what makes this region perfect for creating their award wining red, white and sparkling wines.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 3: Sunrise Photography Tour to Peggy’s Cove
Beat the crowds and get to Peggy’s Cove in time to take brag worthy photos! If you’re a photography beginner only traveling with a camera phone, or seasoned professional with all the gear, this tour can work for you. Learn how to get the best photos with texture and depth.
Activity rating: Moderate

Overnight in Halifax.

Day 22 – Train Vacation Ends
Much too soon, your across Canada train vacation comes to an end as you leave the fresh air and colorful sights of Canada behind. Enjoy a personalized and private transfer to the airport – top service every step of the journey.

What Clients Say

It's very hard to pick just one favorite!

It's very hard to pick just one favorite!

Star Rating 5

Everything went smoothly and all of our chauffeurs and tour guides were on time and professional. Vancouver, Kamloops and The Rocky Mountaineer were terrific. So much good food! We loved each stop in the Rockies - especially Canada Day in Banff. The long delays on the VIA Rail were no problem for... read more

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What's Included In Our Prices

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

Overnight and day tours on five trains - Overnight and day tours on five trains
Overnight and day tours on five trains
Gourmet meals on the trains - Gourmet meals on the trains
Gourmet meals on the trains
Sightseeing tour in Vancouver - Sightseeing tour in Vancouver
Sightseeing tour in Vancouver
Hornblower cruise of the Niagara Falls - Hornblower cruise of the Niagara Falls
Hornblower cruise of the Niagara Falls
Accommodations:
• 17 nights of hotel accommodation
• 3 nights onboard The Canadian train, in a cabin for 1 or 2
• 1 night onboard the Ocean Train, in a cabin for 2

Train Experiences:
• 2 days on the Rocky Mountaineer daylight train
• Sleeper Plus Class, onboard the Canadian Train between Jasper and Toronto
• Daytime journeys on the Corridor Train, between Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City
• Sleeper Plus Class, onboard the Ocean Train between Quebec City and Halifax

Vancouver Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3:
1. The North Shore Tour
2. Hop On Hop Off Tour + Flyover Canada
3. Foodie Walking Tour

Banff Experiences:
Day 1 – Choose 1 of 3:
1. Sunshine Village Walk with Scenic Gondola
2.
Evening Wildlife Tour and Gondola Ride
3.
Lake Minnewanka Cruise

Day 2 – Choose 1 of 3:
1. Discover Grizzly Bears, Lakes & Waterfalls
2. Banff Springs Culinary Tour
3. Privately Guided Sunrise Photography Tour (additional cost)

Icefields Parkway Experiences (between Lake Louise and Jasper):
Choose 1 of 2:
1. Small Group Sightseeing Tour (Includes picnic lunch, Ice Explorer, and the Glacier Skywalk)
2. Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience (additional cost)

Jasper Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3:
1. Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
2. Privately Guided Nature Walk
3. Maligne Lake Tour with Cruise

Toronto Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3:
1. Full Day Tour to Niagara Falls with Lunch
2.
Small Group Tour of Toronto
3. St. Lawrence Market Food Tour

Montreal Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3:
1. Montreal Sightseeing Tour
2. Private Walking Food Tour
3. Old Montreal Walking Tour

Quebec City Experiences:
Choose 1 of 3:
1. Private Walking Tour
2. The Food Tour
3. Quebec Sightseeing Tour
Optional Upgrade:
• Private City Tour by Car (additional cost)

Halifax Experiences:
Day 1 – Choose 1 of 3:
1. Private Historical Halifax Tour
2. Historic Halifax Photo Tour
3. Halifax Tasting Tour

Day 1 – Choose 1 of 3:
1. Private Peggy’s Cove and Coastline Tour
2. Annapolis Valley Wine Tour
3. Sunrise Photography Tour to Peggy’s Cove

Meal Inclusions:
• Feature Dinner in Vancouver
• Feature Dinner in Montreal
• 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches on the Rocky Mountaineer Train
• Meals onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian Train
• 2 meals onboard VIA Rail’s Ocean Train

Transfer Inclusions:
• Personalized and private pick up from your arrival airport
• Interpretive sightseeing transfer between Banff and Lake Louise
• All train station transfers
• Personalized and private departure transfer, in time for your flight home

Other Inclusions:
• Digital Travel Documents
• Gratuities for most private tours and 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.

Inclusion Notes:
Comfort and Superior hotels are paired with SilverLeaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer train. Deluxe hotels are paired with GoldLeaf service.
Comfort level includes Economy Class on the Corridor Train. Superior and Deluxe level include Business Class

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
• Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur
• Daily tour availability may vary based on the season and may not be available for all departures. For more information, please speak to your Vacation Advisor.

Not Included
• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare
• Gratuities for rail, hotel and scheduled tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation or/and Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian Sales Taxes

Ideas to customize this trip

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

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 and wildlife tours
Whalewatching and wildlife tours
Golfing at world-famous resorts
Golfing at world-famous resorts
• Upgrade, or mix and match hotel and lodge accommodations
• Upgrade onboard the trains and receive additional gourmet meals and first class service
• Add a cruise to your trip, along Alaska’s Inside Passage
• Ask us to arrange a car rental, and drive through the Rockies at your leisure
• Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies for such activities as guided walking, a round of golf, a thrilling helicopter ride, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax.
• Ask us about the alternative tour options to suit your interests
• Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens
• Visit the Olympic city of Whistler, and take in the sights and activities by spending a night or two there

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Trip Start Dates

2020 Vancouver Start Dates
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Jun 7, 14, 21, 28
Jul 5, 12, 19, 26
Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Sep 6, 13, 20

2020 Halifax Start Dates
Apr 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Jun 7, 14, 21, 28
Jul 5, 12, 19, 26
Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Sep 6

Pricing For This Trip

Our prices vary by departure date, hotel class, train service and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our Canadian Insiders to get your personalized quote, or hit the button below.

Comfort Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $10,290 to US $12,949 per 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
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $11,290 to US $14,029 per 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.

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Deluxe Level Hotels
GoldLeaf Train Service
from US $13,260 to US $16,837 per 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.

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Why book your trip with us?

Fresh Tracks Canada Team
  • We make planning a trip to Canada really easy!
  • We are experts in creating personalized itineraries.
  • Our itineraries are built around your specific needs, interests and budget.
  • We promise friendly and personal service every step of the way.
  • Consider us your personal contact in Canada before and during your trip.
  • We're based in Vancouver with first-hand ‘insider’ knowledge of Canada.
  • Over the past 20 years, we have personalized more than 15,000 Canadian vacations.

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  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
Schedule a call or call us directly toll-free:
1 877 395 5771

Customer Reviews & Testimonials

It's very hard to pick just one favorite!

Star Rating 5
July 17, 2018

Everything went smoothly and all of our chauffeurs and tour guides were on time and professional. Vancouver, Kamloops and The Rocky Mountaineer were terrific. So much good food! We loved each stop in the Rockies - especially Canada... read more Day in Banff. The long delays on the VIA Rail were no problem for us. We enjoy train travel and the dome car and prestige class made the experience such a privilege. We loved the vast canola fields. Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City had so much to offer! Halifax and Peggy's Cove capped off a most memorable tour. It's very hard to pick just one favorite!

Your team was very personal and professional

Star Rating 5
October 20, 2017

Your team was very personal and professional. They are great with attention to detail. We couldn't be happier. We enjoyed all the cities, the beauty of the countryside and the people we interacted with. The people on our trip were... read more fun and interesting. The two food tours we took in Montreal and Quebec City were outstanding. The tour guides were versed in both food and history.

Thank you very much for the way every part of our trip was organized

Star Rating 5
July 16, 2015

We enjoyed our trip enormously, thank you very much for the way every part of our trip was organized. Hotels, transfers, tours were all wonderful. I particular loved the hotels in Montreal and Quebec. I have told friends about... read more how we were more than satisfied with Fresh Tracks Canada.

The itinerary you devised was spot-on for our needs

Star Rating 5
June 4, 2015

We had a fantastic time and greatly appreciate the assistance you provided. The itinerary you devised was spot-on for our needs. I also need to thank you again for facilitating all the changes we had to make when we changed from... read more February to April. The locations of the hotels you booked for us in the various cities was absolutely perfect and they were very comfortable and generally the rooms were on the large side, which was great. We have mentioned Fresh Tracks to a number of friends and we frequently mentioned your company whilst we were travelling and we're happy to recommend your services to anyone who intends visiting Canada. You never know, we may be in contact in the future to do something a bit different in Canada! Once again thanks for all your help!

It was our trip of a lifetime

Star Rating 5
May 13, 2014

The trip across Canada was amazing. It was our trip of a lifetime. Everything was so well planned by you and your company. There were a few things that went wrong but those things were the airlines fault. Also I wanted to mention... read more another incident that I caused which had me in a panic. We boarded a Sundog Tour bus in Jasper to the Icefield Parkway tour to Banff. We stopped at Lake Louise, The Fairmont Chateau. We looked through the Chateau and the shops and looked at Lake Louise, then we went on the Banff. When I reached in for my wallet to give the tour guide, Grauden Pike a tip, I did not have my wallet. I had left it in the restroom at the Chateau. Grauden said that he was going back by the Chateau the next day and he would look for it. I called the Chateau and they referred me to the housekeeping lost and found, which they said no one had turned a wallet in. I feared the worst, thinking about all the money, credit cards and drivers license that were all gone. Grauden Pike called the next day and he had asked the front desk at the Chateau and someone had turned it in to the front desk and they had put it in the safe. I instructed them to give it to Grauden because he said there was another tour guide coming back into Banff and he would leave it at the bus station in Banff. We went to the bus station in Banff and picked up the wallet and everything was in the wallet. Not anything was missing. So many wonderful, honest people were looking out for a stranger. I can't thank them enough. I wish you could contact Sundog Tours on my behalf and tell them how Grauden Pike helped a stranger out. He deserves some recognition for going beyond the call of duty to help a customer out.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to any travellers

Star Rating 5
September 5, 2011

We had the best time travelling across your glorious country with VIA Rail and have to thank you all for creating our itinerary. The pace was leisurely and we made the most of each and every day. Met some lovely people on the way... read more and have heaps of happy memories to recount to family and friends. You guys are just amazing and so helpful, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to any travelers coming your way. Thanks again.

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  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
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1 877 395 5771
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