‘The Epic Journey’ between Toronto and Vancouver.
See Canada by train: the VIA rail train on its 4-day rail journey across Canada traversing the forests of Ontario, the rocky outcrops of the Canadian Shield, through to the flat lands and prairies. The VIA Rail train stops among other places at Winnipeg in the Prairies and Jasper in the Canadian Rockies.
You are allowed two free stopovers (in Sleeper Plus class) along the route: more are available but have to be paid for. We recommend the VIA Rail Sleeper Plus Class, where accommodation is either in semi-private berths or private cabins. Meals are included and you can use the Park and Skyline Car on the train with the wrap around windows to ensure the best view as you travel across Canada. Or treat yourself to Prestige Class with luxurious accommodation and a personal concierge.
This has to be one of the most relaxing ways to see Canada.
This journey can be tailor-made to fit in to the holiday of your choice; if you want to add extra days in one area, extend the holiday or maybe change the direction of travel. Talk to one of our experts about how to make this holiday the perfect one for you.
In addition to your roomy seat and the friendly atmosphere, you’ll have access to the Skyline car and its panoramic dome. Spread out and let the gentle motion of the train rock you to sleep while you glide through the wilderness. Extra blankets and pillows can be purchased. Choose from a selection of affordable meals, snacks, beverages, cooked meals and alcoholic drinks on board the Skyline car.
Sleeper Plus Class
Sleeper Plus offers the added comfort of amenities, great service and your choice of a cosy berth or cabin. The show continues inside the train with wine tastings, presentations, musical acts on certain departures, access to lounges and cars with glass ceilings. Inside the dining car, enjoy freshly cooked meals, regional specialties, Canadian wines and a view that won’t quit.
The Prestige Car cabin for two (available on selected journeys) is 50% larger than the cabin for two in Sleeper Plus class, with a wide viewing window that is 60% larger. By day, the cabin offers an l-shaped leather couch, and a comfortable murphy bed for the night, and you will have a private washroom with shower. The cabin also has a mini-fridge stocked with a selection of beverages and you will receive complimentary bar service, priority seating in the dining car and a dedicated concierge attendant throughout the trip.
Sue Garner - Travelled to Atlantic Canada
"The excursions were also perfect"
I would like to thank whoever put together the itinerary, chose the hotels and wrote the information for us to use en route. Everything was excellent! Each hotel was very good quality, but very different from the others. We saw such a variety of things. Our information led us to places we would never have found without it. The excursions were also perfect (canoeing, whale watching, sea kayaking), each of them very small businesses but with very friendly staff. Everything was very remote, which is what we expected, but we were so glad that we found it and were able to enjoy the essence of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Overall, we couldn't fault anything and we would be very keen to use your services again in the future.
Itinerary (4 Nights)
Here’s a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by contacting us directly, so we can give you the best price.
On your relaxing journey through Canada you will pass through the following places. Toronto – This...
On your relaxing journey through Canada you will pass through the following places.
Toronto – This multicultural and dynamic metropolis is home to 20,000 boutiques, a lively theatre scene and some of Canada’s most renowned cultural centres.
Winnipeg – Abounds with performing arts companies, theatres and festivals. Its charming neighbourhoods are easily explored on foot, with plenty of boutiques, museums, historical sites and art galleries along the way.
Saskatoon – Located on the shores of the South Saskatchewan River, Saskatoon is the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan. Home to no less than seven bridges, Saskatoon is also known as “the Paris of the Prairies”.
Edmonton – The hosts over thirty festivals every year, including the Edmonton Folk Festival and the Fringe Festival. Shoppers will love the West Edmonton Mall, one of the world’s largest.
Jasper – Ski hills, hot springs and Jasper National Park. Jasper is a premier destination for nature lovers and outdoor sports enthusiasts.
Vancouver – Renowned for its beauty. Stroll along beaches in the summertime, or grab an afternoon of skiing at nearby resorts in the winter.
You could stop off at any of these places and then catch the next train a few days later.