13 Day Toronto to Vancouver Train Trip: Die Eisenbahn Erlebnisreise

A Canadian adventure is calling your name! Packed with unforgettable natural excursions, must-see highlights, and endless landscapes, this tour combines two legendary trains that connect the Great Lakes with the Pacific Ocean. Board VIA Rail’s “The Canadian” train in Toronto and glide through lake country and the Prairies before exploring Jasper and Banff in Canada’s mountain national parks. Conclude your tour by travelling through the Canadian Rockies in style aboard the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer.

VIA Rail is Canada’s classic overnight rail passenger service. Aboard “The Canadian” train, you’ll step into a golden past and relive Canada’s history. A truly nostalgic experience, VIA Rail includes made to order meals in mid-century rail dining cars, glass domed observation cars, and private sleeper cabins to enjoy Canada’s scenery.

The world-famous Rocky Mountaineer is truly the trip of a lifetime. This luxury sightseeing train travels exclusively through the Canadian Rockies by daylight, slowing to highlight natural marvels. While indulging in hand-crafted, local cuisine, top-shelf beverages, and endless snacks and treats, you will listen to professional guides who will narrate Western Canada’s storied history and highlight unforgettable natural beauty. The Rocky Mountaineer stops overnight in the lake town of Kamloops so guests can sleep in a comfortable hotel and get ready for the rest of their adventure.

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Travel Summary

  • Day 1: Toronto Arrival - overnight in Toronto
  • Day 2: Free day to explore Toronto - overnight in Toronto
  • Day 3: Board "The Canadian" Train from Toronto to Jasper - overnight aboard the train
  • Day 4: "The Canadian" Train - Ontario - overnight aboard the train
  • Day 5: "The Canadian" Train - Manitoba and Saskatchewan - overnight aboard the train
  • Day 6: "The Canadian" Train - arrival in Jasper - overnight in Jasper
  • Day 7:  Free day to explore Jasper - overnight in Jasper
  • Day 8: Sightseeing Tour from Jasper to Banff including Columbia Icefields Excursion - overnight in Banff
  • Day 9: Free day to explore Banff - overnight in Banff
  • Day 10: Rocky Mountaineer Train from Banff to Kamloops - overnight in Kamloops
  • Day 11: Rocky Mountaineer Train from Kamloops to Vancouver - overnight in Vancouver
  • Day 12: Free day to explore Vancouver - overnight in Vancouver
  • Day 13: Vancouver Departure

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Toronto

Arrive in Toronto, Canada’s largest city and the capital of Ontario. Once you’ve checked into your hotel, the rest of the day is yours! Spend the night in your downtown Toronto hotel.

Day 2 - Toronto

Today you will have a free day to explore Toronto. You will spend the night in your Toronto hotel room.

Day 3 - Board "The Canadian" Train from Toronto to Jasper

Today is the beginning of your three nights aboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian train. The train offers a truly unique experience of Canada’s diverse scenery. All meals are included and can be enjoyed in the dining car. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to take in the scenery in the glass dome. At night you will retire to your private cabin as the gentle sway of the train rocks you to sleep.

Day 4 - "The Canadian" Train - Ontario

The entire day is spent travelling across Canada’s second largest province, Ontario. Your route is north of the Great Lakes and the entire day can be spent watching the countryside pass by. Lakes and never ending forests are out your window throughout the day as you glide across our great country on the route the early settlers once took.

Take the time to get to know the train and all of its services. There are regular scheduled talks about local areas of interest. Or get to know all about the various personalities aboard the train, you’ll certainly meet some interesting characters during these four days of adventure. Read a book, watch a movie or catch up on some writing, as there is plenty of time for it.

Day 5 - "The Canadian" Train - Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Enter the peaceful prairies of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. A stop in Winnipeg gives you the option of getting off the train and taking a look around. As you head further west, swaying grasslands and fields of gold stretch out before you in every direction underneath a never ending sky.

Day 6 - "The Canadian" Train - Arrival in Jasper

Enter Alberta and pass through its capital city of Edmonton before continuing west. A milestone moment has been reached. You’ve entered the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Enjoy your breakfast on board as you snake through the snow-capped mountain peaks and winding rivers our country is famous for. Welcome to the cozy little resort town of Jasper.

All your amenities here are within walking distance, and you’re nestled in between some fantastic mountain ranges. You are free to enjoy your day as you please. Spend the night in your Jasper hotel room before the adventure continues the next day.

Day 7 - Jasper

Today you’ll have a free day to explore Jasper at your own pace. Overnight at your Jasper hotel.

Day 8 - Sightseeing Tour from Jasper to Banff including Columbia Icefields Excursion

Today you’re riding along the most beautiful highway in Canada—the Icefields Parkway. Highlights include stops at the powerful Athabasca Falls, the Columbia Icefield, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake and Crowfoot Glacier. Pose for your new profile picture at one of these breathtaking locations.

Arrive at the Athabasca Glacier and climb aboard the Ice Explorer—a specialized bus that travels directly on to the glacier. Relax and listen as your guide explains all about its natural wonders. Tonight, you’ll be staying in Banff.

Day 9 - Banff

Today you’ll have a free day to explore Banff at your own pace. Overnight at your Banff hotel.

Day 10 - Rocky Mountaineer Train from Banff to Kamloops

Toast to your first day aboard the Rocky Mountaineer! Today you’ll pass by the snow-peaked mountains and crystal-clear waters that our country is famous for. Highlights include; the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon and Rodgers Pass.

A dramatic change of scenery will take place as you approach the ranchlands of the interior plateau. Stop and spend the night in your hotel room in the city of Kamloops.

Day 11 - Rocky Mountaineer Train from Kamloops to Vancouver

You’re on your way to the coast today. Dine on a locally-sourced, gourmet breakfast and lunch as you wind through the changing scenery and step out on the outside deck to take in that fresh mountain air.

Arrive in Vancouver and spend the night in your downtown hotel.

Day 12 - Vancouver

Today you will have the entire day to explore Vancouver at your own pace.

After a day of exploring popular destinations like Stanley Park, Granville Island and Gastown, you’ll soon realize why Vancouver is often called one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Spend the night in your downtown Vancouver hotel room.

Day 13 - Vancouver Sightseeing Tour and Departure

Your vacation concludes upon checking out of your hotel. Thank you for traveling with Canada Rail Vacations!

What's Included

  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • 3 nights private bedroom accommodation on board "The Canadian" train in Sleeper Plus Class
  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service or GoldLeaf Service
  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Icefields Parkway Tour including Ice Explorer
  • Rail station transfers in Banff, Kamloops and Vancouver
  • Gratuities/tip for Rocky Mountaineer train staff
  • Independent Tour

Not Included

  • Rail station transfers in Toronto and Jasper
  • Transportation to/from Toronto and Vancouver airports
  • Meals other than onboard the Rocky Mountaineer and VIA Rail
  • Gratuities/tip for hotel, VIA Rail and transfer staff
  • Canadian sales tax

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  • April and October departures will receive a 15% commission
  • May through September departures will receive a 10% commission
  • Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars and are subject to an additional 5% Canadian sales tax.

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