Trans-Canada Rail Adventure Toronto-Vancouver

13-day Independent Tour


The Tour

New in 2017: Sonora Resort, Canada’s premiere wilderness resort, is the perfect complement to your train journey. Add two (or more) post-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 private sedan transfer (U.S. dollar value +$100) to/from Vancouver airport when you book this or any other Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website.

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 Toronto and Vancouver. 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.

For eastbound (Vancouver-Toronto) Trans-Canada itinerary, please click here.


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The Itinerary

Day 1: Toronto
Arrive Toronto, and explore Canada’s largest city at your leisure. Overnight in Toronto hotel.

Day 2: Niagara Falls
Enjoy a full-day private tour to Niagara Falls, one of the world’s great wonders. Includes Hornblower Cruise (formerly Maid of the Mist; subject to cruise schedule) and lunch. Overnight in Toronto hotel. (L)

Day 3: Depart Toronto
In the morning, begin four-day journey across Ontario and Prairie Provinces on board the Canadian. Settle into your cozy cabin and overnight on VIA Rail’s Canadian.

Days 4-5: On board Canadian
Continue rail journey across western Canada toward Jasper, with all meals included on the train. Overnight on VIA Rail’s Canadian.  (B, L, D)

Day 6: Jasper
Early morning arrival in Jasper, surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery and teeming with wildlife. Transfer to Jasper hotel for a two-night stay.  (B, L)

Day 7: Jasper
Jasper National Park is a World Heritage Site and Canada’s largest National Park. Today you will enjoy a short scenic tour including the many natural attractions, rugged peaks, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of some of the many animals that call this mountain park home. The remainder of the day is free to explore Jasper at your leisure. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 8: Lake Louise
Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. A stop will be made at Athabasca Falls before arriving at the Columbia Icefield. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point our some interesting geological features. Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 9: Yoho Tour, Lake Louise-Banff
This morning is at your leisure in Lake Louise. Afternoon half-day tour into Yoho National Park. See the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and natural rock bridge spanning Kicking Horse River. Overnight in Banff.

Day 10: Banff
Tour Banff—Bow Falls, Banff Gondola, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner, the Hoodoos. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your leisure in Banff. Overnight Banff hotel.

Day 11: Banff-Kamloops
Board the Rocky Mountaineer for daylight trip to Kamloops. Travel between high peaks of Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes through tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across ranchlands. Experience the Continental Divide, Spiral Tunnels—a remarkable feat of railroad engineering, Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass, Craigellachie (where last spike of Canadian Pacific Railway was driven), glaciers and snow-capped Canadian Rockies peaks. Most exciting spot on the train: the open-air observation platform. Overnight in Kamloops.  (B, L)

Day 12: Kamloops-Vancouver
Reboard the Rocky Mountaineer for another full day on board. The scenery changes to desert interior through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and lush green fields of Fraser River Valley. Be on the lookout for the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate. Arrive Vancouver. Overnight Vancouver hotel.  (B, L)

Day 13: Vancouver
Tour ends with checkout from Vancouver hotel.

2019 Dates:

July 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
September 2, 9, 16

The Prices

Pricing varies depending on the class of service you choose and the time of year you travel.

We highly recommend that you book GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer portion of this trip and 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 2019 departures begins at roughly $9,898 pp (two persons sharing) during low season (April-late May, October), and $10,760 pp during the high season (late May-late September), 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.

Our Process / How to Book Your Trip:

This journey is especially time- and labor-intensive for our travel professionals.

Because of the time involved, we charge a $250 “plan to go” fee per person (or $500 for solo travelers) after we have had a brief courtesy phone conference with you, during which we will answer any preliminary questions you have and collect the necessary information to begin planning your trip. Please provide us with a wide range of availability in travel dates.

If your dates are not available, you will be refunded the “plan to go” fee.

If you take this trip, you will be refunded the “plan to go” fee after you return, minus any professional fees required for changes/additions to this itinerary.

Our “plan to go” fee ensures we are able to maintain an extremely high standard of service for all of our valued travelers!


Please click the following link to begin planning your trip. One of our Canada specialists will contact you as soon as possible.

Click here to begin planning your Trans-Canada Adventure!


Prices are per person in US Dollars and do not include Canadian GST (5%) or fuel surcharge. Prices for singles are available on request.

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

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

Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news on this and other tours on 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 double use of a triple bedroom on Canadian so both travelers have lower beds

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

The Rocky Mountaineer rounds a bend on its way to Vancouver from Kamloops. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
The Rocky Mountaineer rounds a bend on its way to Vancouver from Kamloops. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
Bi-level GoldLeaf dome car on Rocky Mountaineer.
Bi-level GoldLeaf dome car on Rocky Mountaineer.
Happy travelers in the GoldLeaf dome car. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
Happy travelers in the GoldLeaf dome car. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.