VIA Rail Vacations
Travel Canada's diverse landscapes by train
VIA Rail Canada has perfected the art of ferrying passengers across this vast country. Unwind on a classic overnight train, where you can stretch out in a cozy sleeper cabin and dine on exquisite meals. It's the most comfortable way to explore the natural beauty of Canada.
The old-growth forests of British Columbia. The icy peaks and glaciers of the Rockies. The wide open skies of the prairies. The big city lights of Toronto. The mirror-like lakes of Quebec and Ontario cottage country. The sleepy fishing villages of the Maritimes. These are just a few examples of what you can experience on a VIA Rail vacation.
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These are some suggested train experiences for your Canadian adventure
There are two train routes in Canada which allow you to sleep on the train. Travel between Vancouver and Toronto on [The Canadian](https://canadiantrainvacations.com/explore/the-canadian-train), with stops in Jasper or Winnipeg. Or travel the East Coast of Canada on the Ocean train [from Montreal to Halifax](https://canadiantrainvacations.com/explore/train-trips-east-coast). Both sleeper train routes are available all year long. Sleeper trains in Canada are equipped with special panoramic viewing cars to provide you with the best view of the scenery day or night.
Luxury Train Service
GoldLeaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer train connects Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies. The train runs by daylight and operates from mid-April to mid-October. Prestige class sleeper service on [VIA Rail Canadian](https://canadiantrainvacations.com/explore/the-canadian-train) train operates year-round and you can travel all the way from [Vancouver to Toronto](https://canadiantrainvacations.com/trips/vancouver-to-toronto-train-tour) or vice-versa. Both luxury train services provide spectacular views and optimal photo opportunities.
The Canadian Train
VIA Rail – Sleeper Train
Hopping a ride on this train is the ultimate way to discover how big and beautiful Canada is. ["The Canadian"](https://canadiantrainvacations.com/explore/the-canadian-train) was the flagship of the Canadian Pacific Rail line when it began service in 1955. Travelling from Toronto to Vancouver, the Canadian carries you from the forests of Ontario, through the sweeping fields of the Prairies and past the dramatic snow-capped Rocky Mountains.
Prince Rupert to Prince George
The journey covers 1,160km (720 miles) between the north Pacific Coast and the Rockies on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. It takes approximately 20 hours. Stop overnight in Prince George, so you can experience the entire route in daylight. The panoramic dome cars have floor to ceiling windows, so you won't miss a second of the wild Canadian scenery.
The Ocean Train
VIA Rail – Sleeper Train
Onboard the Ocean Train you'll travel from the French speaking province of Quebec, through the blissful backdrop of [lighthouses and seascapes](https://canadiantrainvacations.com/explore/maritimes-nova-scotia-train) in the Canadian Maritime Province of Nova Scotia before reaching your final destination of Halifax. As you relax onboard, you'll see tiny communities along your route, representing French Canadian, Acadian, Celtic and English heritage.
Quick Facts About Via Rail Vacations
- This passenger rail service connects Canada from Vancouver to Halifax, with four different train routes. Major city stops include Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Jasper, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec and Halifax.
- Depending on the train route, VIA Rail offers daylight or overnight sleeper train experiences.
- Depending on your class of service, VIA Rail offers a selection of snacks, light meals, or gourmet Canadian cuisine made fresh by on-board chefs.
- Train cars feature large picture windows to highlight the vast Canadian landscape.
- Enjoy sweeping views in the Panorama car, where giant windows extend to the ceiling.
The route you take on your trans Canada journey is up to you – and there are many options to choose from. Let a Canadian Insider help you put the pieces together.
Vancouver to Toronto
Hopping a ride on this train is the ultimate way to discover how big and beautiful Canada is. 'The Canadian' was the flagship of the Canadian Pacific Rail line when it began service in 1955. Travelling from Toronto to Vancouver, the Canadian carries you from the forests of Ontario, through the sweeping fields of the Prairies and past the dramatic snow-capped Rocky Mountains
Toronto to Quebec City
The Corridor Train runs between Toronto and Quebec City, with stop overs in Ottawa and Montreal. Travel through the heartland of Canada. This scenic commuter train service offers Economy and Business Class. In Business class guests reveive priority boarding and waiting lounge access as well as onboard meals and drinks served at your seat.
Montreal to Halifax
Onboard the Ocean Train you'll travel from the French speaking province of Quebec, through the blissful backdrop of lighthouses and seascapes in the Canadian Maritime Province of Nova Scotia before reaching your final destination of Halifax. As you relax onboard, you'll see tiny communities along your route, representing French Canadian, Acadian, Celtic and English heritage.
VIA Rail's The Canadian runs between Toronto and Vancouver, offering multiple service levels. Need help deciding which one is right for you? Reach out to our travel experts for advice.
Sleeper Plus Class
VIA Rail's The Ocean Train
- The Ocean has been carrying passengers from Montreal to Halifax for over 110 years.
- The 1,350km journey connects the Eastern edge of Canada and takes about 21 hours.
- Major city stops include Montreal, Quebec City, Moncton, and Halifax.
- The best time to enjoy this trip is from mid-June until mid-October.
- Inaugurated in 1904, the Ocean is the oldest continuously operated named passenger train in North America.
- This is an overnight sleeper train experience, with panoramic viewing cars and meals included.
From the bright city lights of Toronto to the looming Rocky Mountain peaks, our personalized VIA Rail trips offer adventure on a grand scale. Your Canadian Train Vacation Advisor can help create a trip that includes the best Canadian destinations.
Biking the Vancouver Seawall
Vancouver is a delightfully liveable city throughout the year, but it really shines in the summertime. You'll have the best of both worlds - the culture, dining and shopping of a world class metropolis and mountains and hiking trails right on the doorstep. The climate of Vancouver is also ideal in the summer — not too cold, but also not scorching hot. It's just the right temperature to treat yourself to some ice cream as you wander around the city.
Jasper is the gentle giant of the Rockies and this small mountain town offers visitors a more laid-back mountain experience – with equal options for adventure, discovery and relaxation.
Toronto has great neighbourhoods, wonderful ethnic restaurants and bars, museums, Broadway shows, concerts and galleries. You will want to visit landmarks such as the CN Tower, the Skydome and museums - then get off the beaten path and walk vibrant, quirky neighbourhoods that reflect the incredible diversity of Canada's population.
Winnipeg will surprise you – a sophisticated, cultured metropolis rising out of an endless sea of flat prairies. It's gaining attention for its diverse dining scene, excellent new museums and the quality of its theatre, comedy and music.
St. Lawrence River
Predominantly French-speaking, Montréal is set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River and named after Mt. Royal. Its 19 boroughs, many of which were once independent cities, include neighbourhoods from cobblestoned, French colonial Vieux-Montréal – with imposing Notre-Dame Basilica at its center – to industrial Sud-Ouest and artist-friendly Plateau.
Overlooking the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
The tiny cobblestone streets, steep hills and welcoming squares of this European-esque city are a delight to explore under blue summer skies. Once you have had your fill of the quaint, French-Canadian charm after wandering through the streets, you can head to the The Baie de Beauport, the city's beach. Watch the locals play beach volleyball as the sunlight sparkles on the water.
Argyle Street, Halifax
Halifax is the largest port in Canada's Maritime Provinces and its links with the sea and the Celtic people are evident in the dialect of the locals, the songs and fiddle music played in the pubs, and the wonderful maritime museum on the harbourfront. Stroll along the cobbled streets exploring galleries and shops and dine out on fresh lobster on your visit.
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