Rocky Mountaineer

North America
First-class

The Rocky Mountaineer has graduated to international status, as it has added Seattle, Washington to its repertoire in addition to Western Canada. The train is comfortable and classy. Its luxury GoldLeaf Service, with custom-built glass dome coaches, offers fine dining on the lower level, including local wines, plus wind-in-the-face, outdoor viewing at the rear platform.

There are four routes offered by this train: Vancouver to Banff and Lake Louise; Vancouver to Jasper via Kamloops; Vancouver to Jasper via Whistler and Quesnel and Vancouver to Seattle.

Canadian

North America
First-class

The Canadian is VIA Rail Canada’s flagship train. It runs between Toronto and Vancouver three times a week, traveling 2,775 miles.

IRT recommends VIA’s new Prestige Class, introduced in 2015, with large bedroom with double bed, full en suite bathroom, plus a host of amenities including flat-screen TV (for videos only), unlimited free drinks, including alcoholic drinks, 24-hour butler service and first choice for meals (included in your fare). A major delight is exclusive access to the great dome cars for seeing the sights day or night.

The schedule from Toronto to Jasper allows three nights on board (10 p.m. departure Vancouver, 1:00 p.m. arrival Jasper.) All the way to Vancouver is four nights (three days, 14 hours and 42 minutes!) Arrival in Vancouver is scheduled for mid-morning.