The most scenic trans-Canada train vacation

Discover Canada from coast to coast on the historic trans-Canadian railway. Experience five incredible rail journeys from coast to coast. Enjoy authentic local experiences along the way.

Suggested length

19 days / 18 nights


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When to go

May – October

Time on train

5 days, 3 nights

Highlights of your trip

The ultimate Trans-Canada train experience

Choice of unique small group excursions

Spectacular two days on the Rocky Mountaineer train

Four nights aboard VIA Rail sleeper train

Scenic wonders of Lake Louise, Niagara Falls and Peggy's Cove

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Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver

Discover the natural beauty surrounding Vancouver. Explore the coastal rainforest with a visit to the Capilano Suspension bridge.

Trip Itinerary

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Arrive in Vancouver
Day 01

Arrive in Vancouver

Welcome to our hometown — a famously lovely west coast city, surrounded by mountains and the ocean.  

Explore Vancouver
Day 02

Explore Vancouver

Spend the day exploring Vancouver. With a mild climate and so much to do, it’s no wonder people flock to this beautiful west coast city!

  • North Shore Mountain Discovery Tour

    Explore the temperate rainforest of Vancouver's North Shore. This full-day excursion takes you into the stunning nature that surrounds the city, with stops at Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain and Capilano Salmon Hatchery. 

  • Vancouver Food Tour

    Join a carefully-selected culinary experience to some of the many mouth-watering places to eat on a local Vancouver walking food tour. Depending on the day of the week, your tour can bring you through the historic neighbourhood of Gastown or to the Granville Island Market. 

  • Vancouver Hop On Hop Off and FlyOver Canada Admission

    Explore Vancouver’s unique neighbourhoods and top downtown attractions at your own pace on this premium Hop On, Hop Off tour. Then see Canada like never before and take off into a huge dome screen with the latest in projection and ride technology creating a true flying experience (complete with wind, scents, and mist!).

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Vancouver to Kamloops
Day 03

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Vancouver to Kamloops

All aboard! Settle into your seat while the smell of breakfast wafts from the galley. A small jolt announces you are on your way — look forward to a day of stunning scenery. 

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Kamloops to Banff
Day 04

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Kamloops to Banff

After your overnight stay in Kamloops, wake up refreshed and ready for another day of breathtaking beauty. Arrive in the small mountain town of Banff this evening.  

Explore Banff
Day 05

Explore Banff

Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration. Stroll the easy path along the Bow River. You'll immediately feel immersed in your spectacular surroundings. 

  • Banff Sightseeing Tour and Gondola Ride

    Discover Banff’s enchanting folklore and natural history on this entertaining small group tour. Stop at some of the area's most scenic viewpoints before riding a gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. 

  • Lake Minnewanka Nature Cruise

    See the Canadian Rockies from a fresh perspective on a relaxing cruise on beautiful Lake Minnewanka.

  • Gondola Ride and Evening Nature Tour

    Enjoy a scenic gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain to reach the viewing area and boardwalks to take in the spectacular views of Banff. After a day taking in Banff from above, join an early evening nature tour to explore the areas outside the town and if you're lucky, spot some wildlife.

Banff to Lake Louise
Day 06

Banff to Lake Louise

Travel to Lake Louise today, where you’ll see turquoise waters surrounded by glacier-clad peaks. Relax, stroll by the lake, or take out a canoe.

Icefields Parkway to Jasper
Day 07

Icefields Parkway to Jasper

Travel along the spine of the Rockies to Jasper, on one of the most beautiful roads in the world — the Icefields Parkway.

  • Icefields Parkway Tour to Jasper

    On today's full-day sightseeing tour, explore the Icefields Parkway in all its glory. Walk on the Athabasca Glacier, stop for lunch, and step bravely out onto the Columbia Icefield Skywalk (whether you look down or not is up to you)!      

  • Private Icefields Sightseeing with Heli-Tour (Extra Cost)

    Spend the day exploring the Icefields Parkway at your own pace with a private guide. Your tour includes a private helicopter experience and picnic lunch.    

VIA Rail - Depart Jasper
Day 08

VIA Rail - Depart Jasper

Board The Canadian train in Jasper and begin your eastward journey to Toronto. 

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Comfort Level
Hotel Accommodation
3 to 3.5 Star
Rocky Mountaineer Service
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These are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.
Banff Caribou Lodge in Banff with mountain backdrop and trees

Banff Caribou Lodge

Example of a Comfort hotel in Banff

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa is a short walk away from downtown Banff. Relax in one of the hotel’s cozy guest rooms, pamper yourself at the full-service spa, or rent a bike and explore the local area.

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Upgrade to Prestige Class

Upgrade to Prestige Class

Prestige Class is Canada’s version of the Orient Express. Available on VIA Rail’s The Canadian Train between Vancouver and Toronto, this luxury double cabin includes a special concierge service throughout your journey. This is one of our most popular upgrade options.

Your Questions Answered

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What’s Included

Hotel accommodation
Sleeper train experience in a private cabin
Rocky Mountaineer daylight train journey
Meals whilst onboard the train
Choice of unique guided activities
Transportation to and from airports, timed with your flights
Airport and train station transfers with a private driver
Train station transfers
Feature dining experience at one of our favorite local restaurants
Electronic travel documentation package
Personalized Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support

Frequently Asked Questions

Our vacations are not typically ‘escorted.’ You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary but rather have the freedom of ‘independent’ travel.

This allows you, with the help of our Canadian Insiders, to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, timeframe and budget. We’ll guide you through the process and provide the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities tailored to your taste.

Your trip can be as rich as you’d like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can customize your trip and decide what you’d like to see and do.

If your trip is a special occasion, we’ll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you’re traveling with a group, we’ll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

Absolutely! We personalize all our clients’ trips to fit their exact tastes and needs. You can add days at locations that you’d like to explore and spend more time at. Or leave out certain areas that don’t interest you as much. Discuss your travel goals with our Canadian Insiders who make sure that your trip fits your needs and budget.

We partner with many hotels across the country that offer a variety of service levels and unique experiences. Choosing a hotel is based on local availability and personal preference, and our Insiders will help you find the perfect place to rest your head so that you can have the best experience possible.

On some of our trips, you’ll see that we categorize our hotel rooms by Comfort, Superior and Deluxe class, which generally translates into the traditional 3-, 4- or 5-star designation (equivalent to Best Western, Sheraton and Fairmont). However, sometimes we use the same hotel for more than one category and distinguish the room by size, floor level or view.

Our Comfort Level hotels include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations and with excellent service.

Our Superior Level hotels provide amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel.

In Deluxe Level hotels, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget.

Hotel amenities can vary by property, so your Vacation Advisor will discuss what’s most important to you, such as air conditioning, parking, laundry, swimming pool, spa, onsite restaurants, or 24-hour room service.

Accessible hotel rooms vary by hotel, ranging from partially accessible to fully barrier free. Your Fresh Tracks Vacation Advisor will make sure to find the right room for your needs.

All our trips are personalized to fit our clients’ schedule and budget. The price of your trip generally depends on the travel season, train service, accommodations, and the sightseeing tours you take. When you request a quote you’ll be provided with the detailed information you need

Most of our trips include stops to get off the train to explore Canada’s beautiful locations, national parks and unique cities. However, if you’re keen to maximize your time onboard, we’ll pair you up with the perfect train experience.

All of our overnight train journeys feature a private cabin on board the train. In addition, you'll typically enjoy the train's viewing areas, common lounges, and dining cars where you can socialize with fellow travelers.

Rocky Mountaineer operates daylight touring trains, which travel along three of the most spectacular routes in Western Canada. You’ll enjoy onboard commentary, award winning service, and incredible food.

VIA Rail is Canada’s national train provider, with routes running Coast to Coast and through remote parts of northern Canada. The type of train depends on your journey, and can vary from the classic trans-continental sleeper trains to daylight trains with overnight stops.

We define a boutique hotel as being a smaller, more intimate property with an extra emphasis on service. They usually have some of the best restaurants and lounges in town.

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Insider Tips

From the snow capped mountain peaks to the vibrant lakes, dense forest, and alpine meadows you will not find a more diverse landscape with so much to offer! Skiing and hiking are just a couple of my favorite things; there is no other place I would rather call home.

Ashley M


Canadian Insider

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