Trans Canada By Rail - Toronto to Vancouver - 7 Day Tour
Two of Canada's most popular cities combine with an exciting train journey across Canada to create one amazing Canadian train vacation. Enjoy all the pleasures of train travel as the Canadian takes you from Toronto through an ever-changing landscape west to Vancouver.
Your 7-day tour includes a full day of sightseeing in Toronto, first class sleeping accommodations aboard VIA Rail's Canadian, and access to the Skyline Car and the Park Car for amazing views of the passing scenery. You'll arrive in Vancouver relaxed, refreshed, and ready to discover all the treasures of this coastal city.
Pre and Post Trip Options: Many of our guests choose to spend additional nights in Toronto and Vancouver. Vacations by Rail would be happy to make hotel and sightseeing arrangements for you.
Day 1- Arrive Toronto, Canada's Largest City
As the arts, entertainment, and cultural center of Canada, Toronto offers visitors a plethora of memorable sights and experiences. Transfer by shuttle bus from the airport to your hotel in the heart of the city. The day is yours to get acquainted with Toronto on your own.
Your first must-do activity is riding to the top of CN Tower, the world's tallest free-standing structure with unparalleled views of the city and its outlying area. Be sure to visit Eaton Centre for shopping and dining, Chinatown, Old Town Toronto, and the city's many fascinating ethnic markets. Toronto is well-known for its nightlife. Enjoy your evening dining at a gourmet restaurant, sampling the fare at one of the city's smaller ethnic restaurants, or listening to some local music. Once the sun sets, the city comes alive with shows, clubs, and seasonal sporting events. Whatever your interests, there are sure to be many options from which to choose! Overnight The Fairmont Royal York or similar.
Day 2 - Touring Toronto
Today's sightseeing tour of Toronto takes you to the city's most loved landmarks as you travel the 12-mile route through the city's core, stopping at the sights that interest you most. Enjoy Toronto's impressive landmarks and unique shopping, and Indulge in some fine dining before you embark on your cross-Canada train journey at 10:00 pm. You'll depart from Toronto's Union Station, conveniently located across from your hotel. Settle in to your first-class accommodations complete with a comfortable sitting room by day that converts to upper and lower berths at night. Overnight train.
Day 3 - VIA Rail Toronto to Vancouver
As you awake this morning, the train is nearing the small town of Gogama, Ontario. Head to the Dining Car for a hot breakfast before exploring the amenities on board the train. First-class passengers have access to all of the lounges on board the train as well as to the Skyline Car-your exclusive entertainment center with an observation dome offering 360-degree views-and the Park Car with three different salons and an upper observation deck. Be sure to bring your camera as you explore the train to take advantage of the unique vantage point made available from the exclusive lounge cars. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - VIA Rail Toronto to Vancouver
When you awake this morning the train will be pulling into Winnipeg, the capitol of Manitoba. Winnipeg was originally the hub of the Canadian fur trade as it was well-positioned at the junction of three important rivers. Today, this area known as The Forks is the downtown location for some of Winnipeg's exclusive restaurants, shopping, and live entertainment. You will have the opportunity to disembark and explore the town for a couple hours before continuing your journey west.
This afternoon cross the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border, signaling the mid-point of your rail journey. The first important town you will come across is Melville, named after Charles Melville Hays, President of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad Company who died in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Spend the day chatting with your fellow travelers and enjoying exclusive access to first-class lounges, dining on superb meals, and delighting in impeccable service. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - VIA Rail Toronto to Vancouver
Awake this morning in Alberta's capitol city of Edmonton, often regarded as the gateway to the north because of the prominent location it played in fur trading, the Yukon gold rush, and the Alberta oil discoveries. Make the most of your last full day on the train, admiring the passing scenery, mountain towns, towering forests, and tranquil lakes from your private room or from one of the train's observation decks.
This afternoon finds you in Jasper, located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Jasper National Park is a wildlife sanctuary so be on the lookout for elk and mule deer, which often wander about. Late this afternoon, the train passes Mt. Robson and travels into British Columbia, the last province on your Canada rail journey. This evening enjoy your last sumptuous dinner aboard the train. Take in the stunning views from your table and reflect on your breathtaking voyage across five provinces. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Arrive Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver, Canada's third largest city, a little after 9:30 am. Transfer by taxi (included) to your centrally-located hotel. Spend the day exploring this coastal city through a Hop On/Hop Off bus tour-the perfect way to see the city's most important sights. Must-see attractions include Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, English Bay Beach, Granville Island, Chinatown, the UBC Museum of Anthropology, and the Robson Street shopping district. Stroll the cobbled streets of Gastown, view some of the Olympic sites, and dine in one of the city's amazing restaurants this evening. Overnight Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver. (B)
Day 7 - Vancouver
Your Canada rail vacation comes to an end this morning. You may wish to extend your stay in Vancouver to fully explore the city and all of its incredible sights. Or, return to the airport on your own with memories to last a lifetime. (B)
This itinerary is also available in reverse.
Package from Toronto starts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Package from Vancouver starts on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
*Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy. Travelers 60+ years of age receive a senior discount of $84 per person. A discount of $200 per child is granted for ages 2-11.
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