Trans-Canada Rail Adventure: Vancouver-Toronto


12-day Independent Tour

First-class

The Tour

Take this legendary Trans-Canada rail tour on two first-class trains: The Canadian, with VIA Rail’s lovely service, including its new, luxurious Prestige Class, and the all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer train.

New for 2017: Sonora Resort, Canada’s premiere wilderness resort, is the perfect complement to your train journey. Add two (or more) pre-nights at this all-inclusive lodge, accessible only by float plane or boat from Vancouver. Enjoy hiking and biking trails, experience a guided salmon-fishing outing, or go on a grizzly bear viewing tour. Call / e-mail us for details.

Society of IRT Added Value: Get a free, one-way limo transfer (U.S. dollar value +$100) to/from Seattle or Vancouver airports when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website. Get free limo transfers both ways when you book the Grand Rail Circle tour.)

Take this legendary Trans-Canada rail tour on two first-class trains: The Canadian, with VIA Rail’s lovely service, including its new, luxurious Prestige Class, and the all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer train.

See Niagara Falls, and spend four days exploring the pristine wilds of Lake Louise, Jasper and Banff National Parks. Tour runs between Vancouver and Toronto. Cross northern Ontario’s scenic lake lands, the prairies of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta and the towering Canadian Rockies, before ending on the Pacific Coast.

Experience VIA Rail’s newest tier of service, Prestige Class, on the classic Canadian sleeper train. Board in Toronto and alight three days later in Jasper – the heart of the Canadian Rockies. There your tour continues with sightseeing and adventure, courtesy of the Rocky Mountaineer. Make your way through the Rockies and all the way to the coast to Vancouver.

Time permitting, add a day at the beginning of your journey and experience an exciting day of whale watching in Victoria, where you’ll see orcas, humpbacks, and minkes.

For westbound Trans-Canada Rail: Toronto-Vancouver itinerary, please click here.

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news on the Rocky Mountaineer and other of our World’s Top 25 Trains™.

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The Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver
Arrive and spend time exploring scenic Vancouver on your own. Included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout. IRT Virtuoso amenity: complimentary limo transfer airport to hotel. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 2: Vancouver to Kamloops
Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer. Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 3: Kamloops to Banff
Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer. Overnight in Banff.

Day 4: Banff Sightseeing
Begin the morning with a sightseeing tour of Banff. Visit Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola is included. The rest of the day is free. Overnight in Banff.

Day 5: Banff to Lake Louise
A half-day tour into Yoho National Park. See the Spiral Tunnels and Emerald Lake. Overnight at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Day 6: Lake Louise to Jasper
Tour Banff and Jasper National Parks via the Icefields Parkway. Highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Athabasca Falls, and ride on an Ice Explorer. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 7: VIA Rail from Jasper to Toronto
This evening, begin your four-day VIA Rail journey across the Prairie Provinces and Ontario with all meals on board included. Overnight on VIA Rail.

Days 8-9: Onboard VIA Rail
Continue your rail journey across Canada to Toronto. Overnight on VIA Rail

Day 10: Toronto
Arrive in Toronto on VIA Rail this morning. Overnight in Toronto.

Day 11: Niagara Falls Tour
Enjoy a full-day motorcoach tour to Niagara Falls. Included is a boat tour to the base of Horseshoe Falls. Return to Toronto early this evening to stay overnight. (Imax Theatre or Journey Behind the Falls is substituted when the Niagara Falls boat tour is not operating.)

Day 12: Toronto
Trans-Canada Rail Adventure holiday ends with checkout from your Toronto hotel.

2017 Dates:

August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
September 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
October 1, 5, 8, 12

2018 Dates:

April 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, 30
May 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
June 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
July 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
August 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
September 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
October 4, 7, 11

The Prices

Pricing varies considerably from high season to low season — and depending on the class of service you choose.

We highly recommend that you book GoldLeaf on the Rocky Mountaineer portion of this train and in Prestige Class on the Canadian. You can also request that we upgrade your hotels from standard to more deluxe rooms. The tour operates in the early Spring and late into the fall – but we recommend choosing a more moderate time to travel, from June through August.

The starting price for 2017 departures is roughly $7,500 pp (two persons sharing) using Prestige Class and GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer and four- and five-star hotels (except in Kamloops, where accommodations are moderate), transfers and sightseeing as noted.  Sole use of all the same hotels and train equipment would be about $14,000.  All pricing is subject to reconfirmation.  A 20% deposit is required at time of booking.

The starting price for 2018 departures is roughly $8,000 pp (two persons sharing) using Prestige Class and GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer and four- and five-star hotels (except in Kamloops, where accommodations are moderate), transfers and sightseeing as noted.  Sole use of all the same hotels and train equipment would be about $14,500.  All pricing is subject to reconfirmation.  A 20% deposit is required at time of booking.

Contact us today for a quote.

Prices are per person and are subject to change.

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The biggest news since the Canadian’s birth in 1955 is the introduction — 60 years later, in 2015 — of the elegant new Prestige Class. Book early to ensure your space.

See Rocky Mountaineer train description for explanation of SilverLeaf, GoldLeaf and Goldleaf Deluxe service.

B=Breakfast Included, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

*Note: The Vancouver-Toronto (eastbound) itinerary is 12 days, with one day less in Jasper, than the 13-day Toronto-Vancouver (westbound) itinerary outlined above. Please click here for westbound itinerary.

Deposit Required:  20% of trip base rate

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news about the Canadian’s new Prestige Class as well as other news about our World’s Top 25 Trains™.

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The Highlights

  • Spotting Canadian wildlife from trains’ domes—big-horned sheep, elk, black bears, bald eagles, osprey
  • Enjoying VIA’s Canadian, with all meals included, wine-tasting in the dome car, and your private compartment
  • Tasty meals in the lovely diners of Canadian and Rocky Mountaineer
  • Tours of Banff, Yoho National Park, Icefields Parkway and Niagara Falls
  • Time to explore Lake Louise, Banff and Jasper
  • Riding on some of the best equipment in the world on the Rocky Mountaineer’s GoldLeaf service, the double-decked dome cars with open-air platforms and on the Canadian with its great dome observation cars
  • Suggested upgrades: deluxe hotels throughout and ask for a suite on the Canadian so you’ll have a lower, double bed, breakfast in bed and more.

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news on this and other of our World’s Top 25 Trains™.

Bi-level GoldLeaf dome car on Rocky Mountaineer.
Bi-level GoldLeaf dome car on Rocky Mountaineer.
Photographers love the large open-air vestibule on Rocky Mountaineer. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
Photographers love the large open-air vestibule on Rocky Mountaineer. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
VIA Rail's Canadian train rounds the bend.
VIA Rail's Canadian train rounds the bend.
New Prestige Class Cabins on the Canadian with large double Murphy bed. IRT travelers report that Prestige Class Cabins are luxurious and "worth it"!
New Prestige Class Cabins on the Canadian with large double Murphy bed. IRT travelers report that Prestige Class Cabins are luxurious and "worth it"!