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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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By this stage, you're already having dreams about mountains, moose and maple trees. We combine your personal preferences with our insider knowledge to save you hours of pointless internet trawling.
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Experiences

These are some suggested train experiences for your Canadian adventure

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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.
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VIA Rail train journeys through the Ontario countryside
Panorama Car on VIA Rail's The Canadian Train
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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.

The Canadian Train

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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.

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Sleeper Plus Class

Sleeper Plus Class

Enjoy your own bed in a luxurious and comfortable private cabin, where you can stretch out and watch the sunset (or sunrise, if you're an early bird). Depending on the size of your group, you can book a cabin for one, two or four travelers. You'll have your own toilet and sink, plus a shower that is only shared with a handful of other people. The perks of Sleeper Plus include: Three gourmet fine dining meals per day, complimentary fruit and cookies between meals, priority boarding and access to the station lounges in Vancouver and Toronto, access to the Panorama and Skyline viewing cars, and non alcoholic beverages included; alcoholic beverages available for sale.
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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.
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An aerial view of the VIA Rail train on the tracks along the water
View of the colourful houses of Fisherman's Cove near Halifax
Places to

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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.

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Here at Fresh Tracks Canada, we have gourmet globetrotters, tranquil train-travellers, bold backpackers, and nature lovers. But what ties us together is that we're all passionate travellers. When we're not helping people plan vacations to Canada, we're getting together to plan our own adventures.
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