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8 Canada provinces visited

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VIA Rail's 'The Canadian'

Trans Canada Rail Adventure

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  • 15 nights
  • May-Sep

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Highlights

In pictures
VIA Rail train at sunrise

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 diverse cities of Halifax, Montreal, Québec, Toronto and Vancouver

Niagara Falls

Witness the thunderous Niagara Falls from a boat cruise

Banff Gondola at Sulphur Mountain

Enjoy panoramic views from the Sulphur Mountain Gondola

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 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 - 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.

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Old Montreal
Montreal

Day 3 Montreal

Arrive in Montreal this morning and spend the rest of the day sightseeing at your leisure. 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 explore the cobbled streets of Old Montreal, take in the classic architecture of the French Quarter and visit the beautiful Notre Dame Basilica. Or take a hike to enjoy the views from the top of the hill which gives the city its name, Mount Royal. Your accommodation tonight will be in a centrally located hotel.

Arrive in Montreal this morning and spend the rest of the day sightseeing at your leisure. 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 explore the cobbled streets of Old Montreal, take in the classic architecture of the French Quarter and visit the beautiful Notre Dame Basilica. Or take a hike to enjoy the views from the top of the hill which gives the city its name, Mount Royal. Your accommodation tonight will be in a centrally located hotel.

Day 4 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.

Québec City skyline
Bistro in Québec Old Town
Petit Champlain, Québec City

Day 5 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 6 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 Falls, free time in Niagara Falls and a winery tour including a 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 Falls, free time in Niagara Falls and a winery tour including a wine tasting.

Toronto and Lake Ontario
Niagara Falls
Niagara on the Lake

Day 7 Toronto - Jasper on board VIA Rail

This morning 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.

This morning 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 8 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.

Soybean fields, Manitoba

Day 9 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.

Day 10 Jasper

This morning awake in the city of Edmonton, Alberta. After a brief stop continue by rail to Jasper. This small alpine community located in the majestic Canadian Rockies will be your base for the next two nights.

This morning awake in the city of Edmonton, Alberta. After a brief stop continue by rail to Jasper. This small alpine community located in the majestic Canadian Rockies will be your base for the next two nights.

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

Day 11 Jasper with Evening Wildlife Tour

Today is free to explore Jasper at your leisure. Jasper is a friendly alpine resort, surrounded by the many natural attractions of Jasper National Park. You may wish to take a tram ride up Whistlers Mountain, or visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world. This evening a guided tour is included which will aim to reveal some of the region's unique wildlife.

Today is free to explore Jasper at your leisure. Jasper is a friendly alpine resort, surrounded by the many natural attractions of Jasper National Park. You may wish to take a tram ride up Whistlers Mountain, or visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world. This evening a guided tour is included which will aim to reveal some of the region's unique wildlife.

Day 12 Jasper - Lake Louise

Travel by 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. Take an Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier, then a stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk to experience a glass-floored observation platform 918 ft over glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. Continue along the Icefields Parkway where stops will be made at Bow & Peyto Lakes, the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This highway is renowned for sightings of bears, elk, moose & mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy. Tonight's hotel accommodation is in the village of Lake Louise.

Travel by 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. Take an Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier, then a stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk to experience a glass-floored observation platform 918 ft over glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. Continue along the Icefields Parkway where stops will be made at Bow & Peyto Lakes, the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This highway is renowned for sightings of bears, elk, moose & mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy. Tonight's hotel accommodation is in the village of Lake Louise.

Icefields Parkway
Ice Explorer on the Athabasca Glacier, Columbia Icefields
Lake Louise

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 Sightseeing and Gondola

Among the highlights of today's guided tour are visits to the Hoodoos (bizarre rock formations eroded by centuries of wind), Bow Valley Viewpoint, Surprise Corner, Bow Falls and Lake Minnewanka. The tour ends at the Banff Gondola for an ascent to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain. Take in an awe-inspiring 360-degree panorama of the surrounding peaks before making your own way back to downtown Banff.

Among the highlights of today's guided tour are visits to the Hoodoos (bizarre rock formations eroded by centuries of wind), Bow Valley Viewpoint, Surprise Corner, Bow Falls and Lake Minnewanka. The tour ends at the Banff Gondola for an ascent to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain. Take in an awe-inspiring 360-degree panorama of the surrounding peaks before making your own way back to downtown Banff.

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

Day 15 Banff - Kamloops on the Rocky Mountaineer

Today you'll 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. Tonight you will stay in a hotel in Kamloops.

Today you'll 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. Tonight you will stay in a hotel in Kamloops.

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Gold Leaf carriage, Rocky Mountaineer
Kicking Horse River, Yoho National Park

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 Options

With a wide choice of accommodation in Canada, we can mix and match different grades and styles to suit your personal preference - from motels and hotels to design properties and wilderness lodges in stunning locations.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Excursions

Prices and Departures

Price from £4390 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
  • Quebec City sightseeing tour
  • Niagara Falls sightseeing tour with lunch
  • Ice Explorer ride onto Athabasca Glacier
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Sightseeing tour of Banff
  • Banff Gondola ride at Sulphur Mountain
  • National park fees
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From prices per person

Based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departure Duration Twin Price
21, 28 May; 18, 25 Jun; 09, 16, 23, 30 Jul; 06, 13, 20, 27 Aug; 03, 10 Sep 2020 15 nights £4,895

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