VIA Rail's 'The Canadian'

Canada Rail Holidays

From the iconic Rocky Mountaineer to VIA Rail’s “The Canadian” journeying  across the breadth of country, rail travel offers a relaxing and convenient way to experience the scenic beauty of this vast nation. Whether as an additional experience on a tailor made Canada holiday or as the main theme of your travels, consider letting the train take the strain… at least some of it.

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Rocky Mountaineer

See the remarkable landscapes of Alberta and British Columbia, among the most spectacular in Canada, on board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer – one of the world’s most impressive rail journeys and undoubtedly Canada’s most famous.

The Rocky Mountaineer travels between Vancouver and the Rockies via three different scenic routes throughout the summer.

The 2-day journey offers an unforgettable and relaxing way to explore the great backbone of North America, a towering wilderness of forests, lakes, alpine meadows and ice fields. Treat yourself to the Gold Leaf Service and take advantage of the train’s domed viewing carriage for uninterrupted mountain views. Several of our Canada holidays feature the Rocky Mountaineer, or as specialists in tailor made travel we can create an itinerary exactly to suit you, so whether you choose a taster 3.5 hour journey from Vancouver to Whistler or opt for a 2-day classic to Banff, Jasper or Calgary, this is one of Canada’s iconic experiences, not to be missed.

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VIA Rail

More extensive year round rail coverage is provided by VIA Rail, with a nationwide network offering the chance to travel right across the country from Vancouver to Halifax – via Jasper, Toronto and Montreal – in 6 days. Shorter routes from Winnipeg to Churchill or Jasper to Prince Rupert offer the chance to kick back and relax, making the journey part of your holiday experience.

For a truly memorable adventure, travel on an epic 2,700-mile journey on board the VIA Rail transcontinental Canadian train, departing from Toronto and ending in Vancouver. Travelling in your own private cabin, en route you’ll take in sights including the prairie heartlands, majestic Rocky Mountains and Jasper National Park, Okanagan’s wineries and beautiful Vancouver Island. So sit back and relax as you soak up the views!

Choosing your rail experience

Choose from two different rail services in Canada.

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Rocky Mountaineer

  • Three different scenic routes
  • 2 or 3-day journeys
  • Choice of Gold or Silverleaf
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VIA Rail

  • Choice of routes
  • From 1-6 days
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