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Incredible routes only accessible by rail
Travel by train and you can watch the views, not the roads. Rocky Mountaineer is so luxurious with amazing hosts, and you can’t see those parts of the Rockies any other way! VIA Rail is great for city hopping or doing an epic journey from east to west coast.
A luxury rail tour experience
The experience onboard
Rocky Mountaineer means luxury. From your fanfare welcome to chef-prepared meals, you'll be treated to a VIP experience from start to finish. Rocky Mountaineer only travels in daylight, meaning you'll spend the nights in a hand-picked hotel where your luggage will be waiting for you. The hosts onboard are so welcoming and will prove the highlight of your tour, with fun facts, storytelling and wildlife spotting. You'll constantly have a drink in your hand and a smile on your face!
Rocky Mountaineer has 3 great routes. The First Passage to the West travels between Banff and Vancouver, stopping at Kamloops. Rainforest to Goldrush travels between Vancouver and Jasper, stopping at Whistler and Quesnel. Journey through the Clouds links Vancouver and Jasper via Kamloops and can be combined with any of the other three routes for a longer journey. All the routes offer at least one overnight stopover.
Superior service levels
There are two luxurious service levels to choose from on Rocky Mountaineer. SilverLeaf Service boasts tall picture windows and chef-prepared meals delivered to your seat. GoldLeaf Service is extra special, with a 360° domed glass carriage, à la carte meals in the separate dining carriage and an outdoor viewing platform. GoldLeaf Service provides complimentary drinks and snacks, from local wines to freshly-baked muffins. You can even be upgraded to GoldLeaf Deluxe service for the most luxurious accommodation.
Cities made easy
The experience onboard
VIA Rail is Canada's national provider, with routes criss-crossing the whole country. It's a convenient way to city-hop along the East Coast or a more budget-friendly way to travel by train through the Rockies. The experience on board offers comfortable seats and café areas, but varies depending on your route. Some routes offer reclining sleeper chairs. Some have two or four bunk cabins. Some even boast Prestige Class, with double cabins with en-suite bathrooms, dining facilities and a glass-domed viewing car.
VIA Rail's routes
The Canadian is the famous 4-night train across Canada from Toronto to Vancouver. In the East, VIA links the major cities like Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City. The Ocean route through the Maritimes heads all the way to Halifax in Nova Scotia, through New Brunswick. VIA's Adventure Routes link Winnipeg with Churchill and Jasper with Prince Rupert, as well as heading off the beaten track to adventure destinations in Québec province.
Service levels onboard
Service levels vary depending on your route. Economy sleeper services offer a comfortable reclining seat, while Sleeper Plus provides a bunk in a two-bed cabin with shared shower facilities and access to the scenic glass dome car. On The Canadian, Prestige Class is a cut above the rest, with double en-suite cabins, concierge and à la carte dining. They even have private lounge cars for a comfortable space to relax.
Rail hot spots
The Rocky Mountains
Rocky Mountaineer is best-known for its routes through the Rockies. Its destinations include coastal Vancouver, Kamloops in the BC Interior, adventurous Whistler, historic Quesnel and the mountain towns of Banff and Jasper. The daylight service means you won't miss any views and you'll be able to explore more of each destination on your overnight stopover. VIA Rail also travels between Vancouver and Edmonton via Kamloops and Jasper on a sleeper service.
East Coast city-hopping
VIA Rail connects more than a dozen towns and cities along Canada's East Coast. In Ontario and Québec, the route connects Windsor in Ontario through Toronto, Niagara Falls, Kingston in the Thousand Islands region, and the capital city, Ottawa. As it heads into Québec, it passes Montréal and Québec City, all the way up to the Gaspe Peninsula. In the Maritimes, you can visit Moncton and Halifax in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
One of the most iconic train routes in Canada is VIA Rail's The Canadian. This train across Canada links Toronto with Vancouver. From the Rockies to the Prairies, the route takes in Vancouver, Kamloops, Jasper, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Sioux Lookout and Toronto. It takes 4 nights and 3 days, passing incredibly varied scenery as you begin to understand how vast Canada really is. The Canadian route offers the luxurious Prestige service class as well as Sleeper Plus and Economy.
VIA Rail's Adventure Routes link more some of the more remote wilderness locations in Canada. There is no road to Churchill, The Polar Bear Capital of the World, but you can hop on a train service from Winnipeg. From Jasper there is a route to beautiful Prince Rupert on Kaien Island, close to the border with Alaska, where you'll find incredible bear viewing. You can also travel from Montréal to Senneterre and Jonquière which are full of outdoor activities. These are routes you won't find on any driving tour!
3 easy steps to book
Step 1 - What are you after?
If you're after fine dining onboard your rail tour, and hosts to narrate all the incredible sights, you'll want Rocky Mountaineer. If you'd like the experience of sleeping on board in your own rail car, you'll be after VIA Rail. Do you want luxury through the Rockies? To city hop along the East Coast? Or an epic train journey across Canada? We can help you choose the perfect route to suit you.
Step 2 - The finer details
What have you dreamed of experiencing in Canada? How long have you got to spare, and what is your budget? Together, we'll plan a full itinerary to make the most of your time. We'll advise which service class will suit you best, whether it's GoldLeaf Service on Rocky Mountaineer or Sleeper Plus on VIA Rail. We'll also help you with transfers, excursions and hotels. For an extra special experience, you can even add a cruise to your rail tour.
Step 3 - Review and hop aboard!
Review your full rail tour itinerary with us, confirm you're happy with everything and you're ready to book. You'll get a copy of all your confirmation details and your holiday will be ATOL protected. Remember, if you've seen a package you like, you can call us to book it. You'll be able to tailor your service level on board and choose your hotels. For extra help or a tailor-made holiday, give our travel experts a call to chat through things.
Excursions & extras
Tailor & enhance your holiday
Your Rocky Mountaineer package will likely include some incredible excursions, from city sightseeing to helicopter rides and national park tours. However, any rail journey can be enhanced by adding on excursions before or after your rail tour. Perhaps you fancy whale watching when you arrive in Vancouver or a day trip to Niagara from Toronto? Just speak to us and we can tailor your rail tour to include extra nights and incredible experiences.
Rail & Cruise
Combine with a cruise
Two amazing experiences
One of the must indulgent, iconic and exciting ways to experience Canada is on a rail and cruise holiday. Combine your rail tour through the Rockies with a cruise from Vancouver to the Inside Passage of Alaska. These two very different methods of travel go together like pancakes and maple syrup, providing two different flavours of Canada that contrast and combine perfectly. You can cruise first or ride the rails first, and add extra days in town too.