Trans Canada Rail Adventure

Trans Canada Rail Adventure

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  • Jun-Sep
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VIA Rail's 'The Canadian'

Trans Canada Rail Adventure

from £4,705 excluding flights

  • 15 nights
  • Jun-Sep

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Travel from coast to coast on board VIA Rail and the Rocky Mountaineer

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

Travel through the heart of the Rocky Mountains

Québec City skyline

Explore the cities of Halifax, Montreal, Québec, Toronto and Vancouver

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Witness the thunderous Niagara Falls from a boat cruise

Views from Sulphur Mountain, Banff

Take your choice of included activities in Banff, Montreal and Halifax

Glacier Skywalk

Step out onto the Glacier Skywalk for breathtaking views

Why this trip...

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How you travel

This holiday features transport that is an integral part of the overall experience

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Activities included

This itinerary features a range of included activities

Overview

Take an unforgettable rail journey across Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific. This epic adventure commences in the eastern Maritime province of Nova Scotia and traverses the country via the Rockies, culminating on Canada's west coast in the beautiful city of Vancouver.

From historic Halifax you'll board VIA Rail's 'Canadian' train for the scenic route west. Pass through rural villages and the endless forests of New Brunswick, visit the French Canadian cities of Montreal and Québec, and spend time at Niagara Falls as you continue through Ontario. From here the landscapes give way from lakes and forests to the spectacular golden prairies of central Canada, as you make your way through the heart of Canada to Edmonton, Alberta.

On arrival in Edmonton you'll continue by coach to the breathtaking Rocky Mountains – a total contrast from the previous days' flat terrain. Time will be available to experience the best of Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff, before taking to the rails once more. The final leg of your journey will be on board the legendary Rocky Mountaineer to Vancouver.

During your adventure you'll have plenty of opportunity to meet locals and fellow-travellers, and enjoy a choice of included excursions such as a visit to Niagara Falls, city sightseeing tours, wildlife viewing and a glacier experience. On arrival in Vancouver you can enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Pacific Ocean and look back on your incredible journey across the world's second largest country.

Itinerary

Day 1 Halifax, Nova Scotia

On arrival in Halifax make your own way to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this charming city on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

On arrival in Halifax make your own way to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this charming city on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 2 Halifax

Today you can enjoy your choice of included excursion from the following options:

Lighthouses & Lobster Traps Cruise - Nova Scotia’s rugged coast is dotted with some of the oldest functioning lighthouses in North America, whilst lobstering has been a traditional way of life here for generations. This scenic cruise reveals the unique stories of life on the Atlantic Coast.
Peggy’s Cove Tour - take a guided tour to this picture postcard village and its iconic lighthouse, which stand on a rocky outcrop above the crashing surf of the Atlantic Ocean.
Lunenburg & Mahone Bay Tour - explore Nova Scotia’s craggy southern shore and discover a colourful history of pirates, rum running, fishing and boatbuilding.
Halifax Hop-On Hop-Off Tour - take an independent journey around this historic city, with attractions including the Titanic Cemetery, Halifax Citadel, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and more.

Today you can enjoy your choice of included excursion from the following options:

Lighthouses & Lobster Traps Cruise - Nova Scotia’s rugged coast is dotted with some of the oldest functioning lighthouses in North America, whilst lobstering has been a traditional way of life here for generations. This scenic cruise reveals the unique stories of life on the Atlantic Coast.
Peggy’s Cove Tour - take a guided tour to this picture postcard village and its iconic lighthouse, which stand on a rocky outcrop above the crashing surf of the Atlantic Ocean.
Lunenburg & Mahone Bay Tour - explore Nova Scotia’s craggy southern shore and discover a colourful history of pirates, rum running, fishing and boatbuilding.
Halifax Hop-On Hop-Off Tour - take an independent journey around this historic city, with attractions including the Titanic Cemetery, Halifax Citadel, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and more.

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King Street, Lunenburg
Halifax Citadel

Day 3 Halifax - Montreal on board VIA Rail

Board the VIA Rail train bound for Montreal this morning. Enjoy the rolling landscapes and deep forests of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick as you travel to Montreal. Tonight you'll sleep on board the train, listening to the hypnotic sound of the rails as you drift off.

Board the VIA Rail train bound for Montreal this morning. Enjoy the rolling landscapes and deep forests of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick as you travel to Montreal. Tonight you'll sleep on board the train, listening to the hypnotic sound of the rails as you drift off.

VIA Rail's 'The Canadian'

Day 4 Montreal

Arrive in Montreal this morning. One of the oldest cities in Canada, Montreal was originally established as a fur trading post at the beginning of the 17th century and is now the largest city in the French-speaking province of Québec. Today you can enjoy your choice of included excursion from the following options:

Montreal Sightseeing Tour - take a guided tour of Montreal, with highlights such as the Observatoire Place Ville Marie on Mont Royal, the Notre-Dame Basillica, and Old Montréal.
Walking Tour of Old Montreal – uncover the fascinating history of this cosmopolitan city as you step back in time to explore the winding cobblestone streets of Old Montréal on a guided walking tour.
Beyond the Market Food Walking Tour - from artisanal charcuteries to thirst-quenching craft beers, your guide will introduce you to six favourite eateries and watering holes around the popular Jean-Talon farmer’s market.

Your accommodation tonight will be in a centrally located hotel.

Arrive in Montreal this morning. One of the oldest cities in Canada, Montreal was originally established as a fur trading post at the beginning of the 17th century and is now the largest city in the French-speaking province of Québec. Today you can enjoy your choice of included excursion from the following options:

Montreal Sightseeing Tour - take a guided tour of Montreal, with highlights such as the Observatoire Place Ville Marie on Mont Royal, the Notre-Dame Basillica, and Old Montréal.
Walking Tour of Old Montreal – uncover the fascinating history of this cosmopolitan city as you step back in time to explore the winding cobblestone streets of Old Montréal on a guided walking tour.
Beyond the Market Food Walking Tour - from artisanal charcuteries to thirst-quenching craft beers, your guide will introduce you to six favourite eateries and watering holes around the popular Jean-Talon farmer’s market.

Your accommodation tonight will be in a centrally located hotel.

St Paul Street, Old Montreal

Day 5 Québec City Tour

Today a guided tour to historic Québec City is included. Explore the walled old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and uncover the turbulent history of this picturesque city which overlooks the St Lawrence River. You will return to Montreal for a second overnight stay in the city.

Today a guided tour to historic Québec City is included. Explore the walled old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and uncover the turbulent history of this picturesque city which overlooks the St Lawrence River. You will return to Montreal for a second overnight stay in the city.

Petit Champlain, Québec City
Bistro in Québec Old Town
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Day 6 Montreal - Toronto on board VIA Rail

Re-board the VIA Rail train for the journey to Toronto, Ontario, where you'll spend 2 nights in a city hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Canada's largest city. You may wish to take in the view from the top of the CN Tower, visit the many museums and galleries, or soak up the vibrant sights and sounds of the Lake Ontario waterfront.

Re-board the VIA Rail train for the journey to Toronto, Ontario, where you'll spend 2 nights in a city hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Canada's largest city. You may wish to take in the view from the top of the CN Tower, visit the many museums and galleries, or soak up the vibrant sights and sounds of the Lake Ontario waterfront.

Day 7 Niagara Falls Day Tour

Travel by coach for a full-day tour through the orchard-laden Niagara Peninsula to Niagara Falls, one of the great wonders of the world. Today's excursion includes either a Niagara Falls Cruise or Journey Behind the Falls experience, a meal overlooking Niagara, free time in Niagara Falls and a winery tour including wine tasting.

Travel by coach for a full-day tour through the orchard-laden Niagara Peninsula to Niagara Falls, one of the great wonders of the world. Today's excursion includes either a Niagara Falls Cruise or Journey Behind the Falls experience, a meal overlooking Niagara, free time in Niagara Falls and a winery tour including wine tasting.

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Day 8 on board VIA Rail

Check in at Toronto's Union Station and board VIA Rail's 'Canadian' for an epic train journey across the prairies to the Canadian Rockies. Travel back in time to the days of classic rail travel; the original stainless steel 'streamliner' railcars, made famous by the 'Canadian' in the 1950s, have been totally refurbished with air conditioning, a café car, lounge car, and dome viewing car. Settle in and make yourself comfortable, as 'The Canadian' will be your home for the next 3 nights.

Check in at Toronto's Union Station and board VIA Rail's 'Canadian' for an epic train journey across the prairies to the Canadian Rockies. Travel back in time to the days of classic rail travel; the original stainless steel 'streamliner' railcars, made famous by the 'Canadian' in the 1950s, have been totally refurbished with air conditioning, a café car, lounge car, and dome viewing car. Settle in and make yourself comfortable, as 'The Canadian' will be your home for the next 3 nights.

Day 9 On board VIA Rail

Watch the scenery change as you enter the province of Manitoba and travel through the vast prairies and great plains of central Canada.

Watch the scenery change as you enter the province of Manitoba and travel through the vast prairies and great plains of central Canada.

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Day 10 On board VIA Rail

Continue west through the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, known as the breadbasket of Canada with golden wheat fields stretching as far as the eye can see.

Continue west through the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, known as the breadbasket of Canada with golden wheat fields stretching as far as the eye can see.

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Day 11 Jasper

Step off the 'Canadian' and breathe in the crisp mountain air of the Rockies. This evening enjoy an introductory tour into Jasper National Park in search of wildlife, against a spectacular backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.

Step off the 'Canadian' and breathe in the crisp mountain air of the Rockies. This evening enjoy an introductory tour into Jasper National Park in search of wildlife, against a spectacular backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.

Spirit Island and Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park
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Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park

Day 12 Jasper - Lake Louise

Travel by sightseeing coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America - the famous Icefields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefield which covers an area of nearly 125 square miles, and reaches a depth of 1050 feet. Included is an Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier, and a stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk to experience a glass-floored observation platform 918 ft over glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. After a picnic lunch continue along the Icefields Parkway where scenic highlights include Bow and Peyto Lakes, the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This highway is renowned for sightings of bears, elk, moose and mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy. Tonight's hotel accommodation is in the village of Lake Louise.

Travel by sightseeing coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America - the famous Icefields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefield which covers an area of nearly 125 square miles, and reaches a depth of 1050 feet. Included is an Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier, and a stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk to experience a glass-floored observation platform 918 ft over glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. After a picnic lunch continue along the Icefields Parkway where scenic highlights include Bow and Peyto Lakes, the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This highway is renowned for sightings of bears, elk, moose and mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy. Tonight's hotel accommodation is in the village of Lake Louise.

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Day 13 Lake Louise - Banff

Depart Lake Louise mid-morning for the short coach drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Banff, arriving around midday. The afternoon is at leisure to explore this bustling resort town and surrounding natural attractions.

Depart Lake Louise mid-morning for the short coach drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Banff, arriving around midday. The afternoon is at leisure to explore this bustling resort town and surrounding natural attractions.

Day 14 Banff

Today you can enjoy your choice of included excursion from the following options:

Banff Tour & Gondola - take a small group half-day tour to natural attractions around Banff, including Bow Falls, the surreal Hoodoos rock formations, and beautiful Lake Minnewanka, before enjoying impressive views over Banff National Park with a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain.
Discover Grizzlies, Lakes & Waterfalls - this full day tour will take you through Banff and Yoho National Parks to the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge. View rescued bears and enjoy lunch at Canada's highest mountaintop restaurant, reached by a scenic gondola ride.
Cowboy Horseback Cookout BBQ - saddle up for a horse ride along the shores of Bow River and a Western style cookout. Choose from riding on horseback or in a covered wagon through the beautiful Rocky Mountain terrain.

Today you can enjoy your choice of included excursion from the following options:

Banff Tour & Gondola - take a small group half-day tour to natural attractions around Banff, including Bow Falls, the surreal Hoodoos rock formations, and beautiful Lake Minnewanka, before enjoying impressive views over Banff National Park with a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain.
Discover Grizzlies, Lakes & Waterfalls - this full day tour will take you through Banff and Yoho National Parks to the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge. View rescued bears and enjoy lunch at Canada's highest mountaintop restaurant, reached by a scenic gondola ride.
Cowboy Horseback Cookout BBQ - saddle up for a horse ride along the shores of Bow River and a Western style cookout. Choose from riding on horseback or in a covered wagon through the beautiful Rocky Mountain terrain.

Mt Rundle, Banff
Elk in Banff National Park
Banff and Cascade Mountain

Day 15 Banff - Kamloops on Rocky Mountaineer

Return to the rails, boarding the famous Rocky Mountaineer train for the scenic journey to Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia. As the train crosses over the continental divide you'll pass through the Spiral Tunnels in Yoho National Park, a remarkable engineering achievement. Continue on through Glacier National Park and pass by Craigellachie, where the last spike was driven completing the Canadian Pacific Railway Trans Canada link in 1885. Overnight in a hotel in Kamloops.

Return to the rails, boarding the famous Rocky Mountaineer train for the scenic journey to Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia. As the train crosses over the continental divide you'll pass through the Spiral Tunnels in Yoho National Park, a remarkable engineering achievement. Continue on through Glacier National Park and pass by Craigellachie, where the last spike was driven completing the Canadian Pacific Railway Trans Canada link in 1885. Overnight in a hotel in Kamloops.

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Day 16 Kamloops – Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer

Re-board the train for the final leg of your epic trans-continental journey. Follow the Thompson River through Rainbow Canyon with its cliffs striped with pinks, greens and greys. Continue through the lush farming region of the Fraser Valley to arrive in the Pacific harbour city of Vancouver, where your journey ends, late this afternoon.

Re-board the train for the final leg of your epic trans-continental journey. Follow the Thompson River through Rainbow Canyon with its cliffs striped with pinks, greens and greys. Continue through the lush farming region of the Fraser Valley to arrive in the Pacific harbour city of Vancouver, where your journey ends, late this afternoon.

Vancouver sunset from Stanley Park

Accommodation

A highlight of this itinerary is the opportunity to sleep on board VIA Rail's trains. A Sleeper Plus cabin is included on The Ocean from Halifax to Montreal, whilst on The Canadian you can choose from a budget-conscious semi-private berth or spacious Prestige Sleeper cabin.
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The Rocky Mountaineer breaks its 2-day rail journey with an overnight hotel stay in Kamloops, and the remainder of the itinerary is also based in hotel accommodation, with options available in standard, superior or deluxe categories.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Excursions

Prices and Departures

Price from £4,705 excluding flights

Airfares start from around £550 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 4 nights accommodation on board Via Rail
  • Via Rail from Halifax to Jasper
  • Coach from Jasper to Banff
  • Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Vancouver
  • Taxi transfers between rail station and hotel in Banff and Jasper
  • Choice of excursion in Halifax: Lighthouse & Lobster Cruise / Peggy's Cove Tour / Lunenburg Tour / Hop-on Hop-off City Tour
  • Choice of excursion in Montreal: City Tour / Walking Tour of Old Montreal / Food Tour
  • Quebec City sightseeing tour
  • Niagara Falls sightseeing tour with lunch
  • Discover Jasper evening tour
  • Ice Explorer ride onto Athabasca Glacier
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Choice of excursion in Banff: Banff tour and Gondola / Discover Grizzlies, Lakes & Waterfalls / Cowboy Horseback Ride & BBQ
  • National park fees
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Prices

This itinerary starts from £4,705 per person, based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom. Prices may vary depending on departure date. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates and style of accommodation, or to tailor this itinerary.

Departures

This tour departs from Halifax on Wednesdays and from Vancouver on Mondays during the 2021 summer season.

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