Canadian Cross Country Journey in Winter

Sleeper train journey in winter

Journey across Canada by sleeper train in winter and see the snowy Canadian Rockies. Enjoy tours on either end of your trip, visit Niagara Falls shrouded in ice and discover coastal Vancouver surrounded by mountains.

Suggested length

9 days / 8 nights

Price

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When to go

November – March

Time on train

4 days, 4 nights

Highlights of your trip

See icy Niagara Falls on a guided tour

Sleep on board the famous 'Canadian' train

Travel through the Canadian Rockies covered in snow

Explore beautiful coastal Vancouver 

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Trip Itinerary

Speak to one of our Canadian Insiders about personalizing this trip. Some of our trips can be done in the reverse direction.
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Begin Your Canadian Winter Vacation
Day 01

Begin Your Canadian Winter Vacation

Welcome to Toronto, Ontario's capital and the largest city in Canada. 

Explore Niagara or Toronto
Day 02

Explore Niagara or Toronto

Spend a day exploring Toronto's bustling, colorful neighborhoods or discover the famous Niagara Falls. 

  • Niagara Falls Winter Tour

    Join a small group tour to see Niagara Falls in all its winter splendour. Frozen waterfalls cascade down the sides of the canyon as layers of snow and ice bury the river. Visits to the Skylon Tower and Journey Behind the Falls are included.

  • Toronto Small Group Sightseeing Tour

    Experience Toronto on a small-group sightseeing tour. Head up to the observation deck of the CN Tower and visit the Casa Loma. Pass through Toronto's scenic waterfront, Queen’s Park, and St. Lawrence Market or the Distillery District.

VIA Rail - Depart Toronto
Day 03

VIA Rail - Depart Toronto

Board The Canadian train in Toronto and begin your transcontinental journey west. Travel north into Ontario’s picturesque lake country. 

VIA Rail - The Canadian Shield
Day 04

VIA Rail - The Canadian Shield

Head west through the rugged landscape of the Canadian Shield and into the province of Manitoba. 

VIA Rail - Canadian Prairies
Day 05

VIA Rail - Canadian Prairies

Journey across the undulating plains of the Prairie provinces — Saskatchewan and Alberta.  

VIA Rail - Canadian Rockies
Day 06

VIA Rail - Canadian Rockies

View the magnificent Rocky Mountains this morning. Travel through Jasper National Park before entering the province of British Columbia.  

VIA Rail - Arrive in Vancouver
Day 07

VIA Rail - Arrive in Vancouver

After travelling through BC's Fraser Valley, your journey onboard The Canadian train comes to an end. Arrive in coastal Vancouver — a spectacular city surrounded by mountains and ocean. 

Discover Vancouver
Day 08

Discover Vancouver

Spend the day exploring the city's sights. With a mild climate and so much to do, it's no wonder people flock to this west coast gem.

  • Private Vancouver City Tour

    Explore Vancouver's top sights with a local expert on this private tour. At your own pace, discover historic Gastown, the 2010 Olympic Cauldron, Stanley Park, English Bay, Granville Island Market and more.

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Prices

Get your personalized quote as prices vary by departure date, train-service level and hotel class. Prices shown are our lowest rates per person, based on double occupancy, and exclude taxes.
Sleeper Plus
Hotel Accommodation
4 Star
VIA Rail Service
Sleeper Plus Private Cabin
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Hotel Accommodation
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Accommodations

These are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.
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Fairmont Royal York

Example of a Deluxe hotel in Toronto

Situated directly across from Union Station, the Fairmont Royal York is steps away from Toronto's iconic sights and attractions. After a day of exploring, head to the hotel’s health club and spa which features an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, and steam room.

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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
Meals whilst onboard the train
Choice of unique guided activities
Airport and train station transfers with a private driver
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.

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.

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.

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Insider Tips

For me, the cross-Canada trips are the perfect blend of diversion and relaxation. My favorite stretch is the descent from the Rockies' alpine forests into the panoramic vistas of the prairies.

Greg A

Greg

Canadian Insider

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