7 Day Vancouver to Toronto Train Trip

on the VIA Rail Canadian Train

Step back into a golden past aboard “The Canadian” train – destination Toronto. With five days aboard the train, you’ll be mesmerized by Canada’s Rocky Mountains, Prairies and lake country, 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 Vancouver to Toronto 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 - Eastbound

Starting on Sundays and Thursdays

June 9, 30
July 11, 18, 25, 28
August 22
September 1
October 6, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
November 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
December 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29

2025 Start Dates - Eastbound

Starting on Sundays and Thursdays

January TBA
February TBA
March TBA
April 24
May 1, 8, 15, 22
June 5, 19
July 3, 17, 31
August 14, 21
September 4, 11
October 2, 12, 16, 19
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: Vancouver Arrival - overnight in Vancouver
  • Day 2: VIA Rail departure On Board "The Canadian" Train in the afternoon - overnight aboard the train
  • Day 3: "The Canadian" Train - The Canadian Rockies - overnight aboard the train
  • Day 4: "The Canadian" Train - Saskatchewan and Manitoba - overnight aboard the train
  • Day 5: "The Canadian" Train - Ontario - overnight aboard the train
  • Day 6: "The Canadian" Train - arrival in Toronto. Complimentary CN Tower Admission - overnight in Toronto
  • Day 7: Toronto Departure

Route Map

What's Included

  • 4 nights private bedroom accommodation onboard 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
  • Complimentary CN Tower admission passes
  • Independent Tour
  • 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

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 - Vancouver Arrival

Arrive in Vancouver, a city known for its cultural and linguistic diversity. This city is very lively and home to a bustling arts scene so you will find that there is no shortage of things to do and places to explore. Popular sites include; the urban jungle of Stanley Park, Canada’s largest Chinatown and the Robson Street Shopping District. 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!

You will spend the night in your Vancouver hotel room.

Day 2 - Vancouver Sightseeing. Departure On Board "The Canadian" Train

Depart Vancouver aboard VIA Rail’s “The Canadian” train in the afternoon.

Travel through the lush Fraser Valley and along the salmon-rich waters of the Fraser River. Meals will be included on board and you are free to roam about the train as you wish. During the day you’ll pass beside river canyons and natural wonders like Hell’s Gate. By nightfall you’ve reached the interior of British Columbia and the sound of the train is rocking you to sleep. Spend tonight onboard the train in your private cabin.

VIA Rail’s “The Canadian” train offers a truly unique experience of Canada’s diverse scenery. All meals are included and can be enjoyed in the dining car, and you will have the opportunity to take in the scenery in the glass dome. At night you will retire to your private cabin. You’ll be spending the next four nights on board as you watch our country unfold in front of you.

Day 3 - "The Canadian" Train - The Canadian Rockies

You’ll wake up to a Rocky Mountain sunrise and head to the dining car for breakfast. Mount Robson—the highest point in the Canadian Rockies— greets you on your approach to Jasper. The train will stop for a few hours in Jasper, which would allow you some time to look around. Continue on through the province of Alberta and pass through its capital city of Edmonton.

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 all.

Day 4 - "The Canadian" Train - Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Your train continues on through the rolling prairies of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Swaying grasslands and fields of gold stretch out before you in every direction underneath a never ending sky. You’ll reach Winnipeg this evening before the train continues on eastwards towards Toronto.

Day 5 - "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.

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

Arrive in Toronto in the afternoon. “The Canadian” will be pulling into downtown Toronto’s Union Station and the rest of the day is yours to explore Canada’s largest city. Use your complimentary CN Tower admissions pass to view Ontario’s capital city from above. You may choose to walk the glass floor or enjoy a seasonal dinner in the rotating restaurant at the top. Afterwards, spend the night in your Toronto hotel room.

Day 7 - Toronto Departure

Your tour is complete upon your checkout of your hotel room. 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!

Thank you for travelling with Canada Rail Vacations! We hope you enjoyed travelling across Canada in this nostalgic setting.

7 Day Tour Pricing 2024 & 2025

2024 Pricing - Canadian Dollars

Date Range

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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