7 Day Toronto to Vancouver Train Trip

on the VIA Rail Canadian Train

Step back into a golden past aboard “The Canadian” train – destination Vancouver. With five days aboard the train, you’ll be mesmerized by lake country, Prairies, and Canada’s Rocky Mountains, you’ll be rocked to sleep by the motion of the train, and you’ll savour made to order meals as you glide across our great country. This nostalgic journey from Toronto to Vancouver aboard this 50’s era train is one you’ll never forget.

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.

Travel Dates in 2024 & 2025

2024 Start Dates - Westbound

Starting on Tuesdays and Saturdays

January 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
February 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
March 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
April 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
May 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
June 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
July 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
September 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
October 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
November 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
December 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31

2025 Start Dates - Westbound

Starting on Tuesdays and Saturdays

January TBA
February TBA
March TBA
April 15
May 3, 13, 24, 27
June 7, 10, 14, 24
July 1, 12, 15, 19, 29
August 2, 12, 23, 26, 30
September 9, 16, 27, 30
October 4, 11, 18, 21, 28
November TBA
December TBA

*Additional dates will be added as they become available throughout 2024. For dates not listed, please contact us for availability.

Travel Summary

  • Day 1: Toronto Arrival. CN Tower Admission - overnight in Toronto
  • Day 2: Board "The Canadian" Train from Toronto to Vancouver - overnight aboard the train
  • Day 3: "The Canadian" Train - Ontario - overnight aboard the train
  • Day 4: "The Canadian" Train - Manitoba and Saskatchewan - overnight aboard the train
  • Day 5: "The Canadian" Train - The Canadian Rockies - overnight aboard the train
  • Day 6: "The Canadian" Train - arrival in Vancouver - overnight in Vancouver
  • Day 7: Vancouver Departure

Route Map

What's Included

  • 4 nights private bedroom accommodation on board VIA Rail's "The Canadian" train
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation pre and post train nights
  • All meals made to order on board "The Canadian" train each day
  • CN Tower admission passes
  • *Complimentary Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour of Vancouver and/or Toronto provided when an additional night is added to your vacation package in either location
  • Independent Tour

Not Included

  • Airport transfers in Vancouver and Toronto (available, please ask for details)
  • Rail station transfers between VIA Rail station and hotels
  • Meals, other than onboard the train
  • Gratuities/tip for rail, hotel and transfer staff
  • Canadian 5% sales tax

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - Toronto Arrival

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! We’ve included passes to the CN Tower so that you can get an unforgettable view of the bustling city from above. You may choose to walk the glass floor or maybe enjoy a seasonal dinner in the rotating restaurant at the top. If your schedule permits, purchasing “Hop On Hop Off” bus passes is a great way to see the city at your leisure. You may also add a second night in Toronto to your vacation package and receive complimentary Hop On Hop Off passes through Canada Rail Vacations!

Spend the night in your downtown Toronto hotel.

Day 2 - Board "The Canadian" Train from Toronto to Vancouver

Today is the beginning of your four 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 3 - "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 4 - "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 5 - "The Canadian" Train - The Canadian Rockies

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. A short stop is made in Jasper before you snake through the snow-capped peaks towards British Columbia.

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

Arrive in Vancouver in the morning and the rest of the day is yours. Due to its diversity and active arts scene there is no shortage of sights to see in this beautiful coastal city. Stroll along the urban beaches, visit historic Gastown or spend your time shopping on Granville Island. You’ll be spending the night in your downtown Vancouver hotel room.

Day 7 - Vancouver Departure

Your vacation concludes upon check out from your hotel. We hope you enjoyed the nostalgia of seeing our country by rail. If your schedule permits, purchasing “Hop On Hop Off” bus passes is a great way to see the city at your leisure. You may also add a second night in Vancouver to your vacation package and receive complimentary Hop On Hop Off passes through Canada Rail Vacations!

Thank you for traveling with Canada Rail Vacations.

7 Day Tour Pricing 2024 & 2025

2024 Pricing - Canadian Dollars

Date Range

Popular Hotels
VIA Rail Sleeper Cabin

Superior Hotel
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Deluxe Hotel
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Prestige Class
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Jan 1 - Apr 11:

$3406

+$157

+$310

+$3750

Apr 12 - May 27:

$5037

+$158

+$336

+$3750

May 28 - Jul 29:

$5129

+$190

+$397

+$3750

Jul 30 - Oct 13:

$5129

+$190

+$397

+$3750

Oct 14 - Dec 31:

$3526

+$158

+$336

+$3750

2025 Pricing - Canadian Dollars

*Book your 2025 Canada Rail Vacation now and receive 2024 pricing for 2025 travel
**You’ll also receive complimentary hotel room upgrades where available

Please contact us for additional details.

Pricing Details:
  • Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars and are subject to an additional 5% Canadian sales tax.
  • Prices are based on double occupancy. For single and triple sharing, please request a quote.
  • To qualify for any current Specials, please request a quote.
  • Upgrades to Premium hotel rooms (5 stars) and Private Tours/Transfers are available. Please request a quote.

Approximate Exchange Rates:

$1.00 CAD =

$0.75 USD

€0.68 EUR

£0.59 GBP

$1.11 AUD