Take the train across Canada

Fill your desire for the energy of big cities and the calmness of nature. As you journey by train across the country, you‘ll see how diverse Canada‘s landscape is.

Suggested length

13 days / 12 nights


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When to go

May – September

Time on train

5 days, 3 nights

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Highlights of your trip

Rail journeys on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer

Spend five days in the Canadian Rockies

Choice of activities catered to your interests

Stay at the Chateau Lake Louise

See glaciers, emerald lakes, forests and wildlife

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Discover Toronto

Enjoy the sweeping waterfront and soaring skyline of one of Canada's most vibrant cities.

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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Arrive In Toronto
Day 01

Arrive In Toronto

Welcome to Toronto! The sights and sounds of Canada’s largest city welcome you as you arrive in the heart of downtown.

Explore Toronto
Day 02

Explore Toronto

Spend a day enjoying the quaint and colorful neighborhoods of Toronto or visit Niagara Falls.   

  • Niagara Falls Day Tour

    Enjoy a small group Niagara Falls full-day tour and a delicious buffet lunch. Get up close to the falls on a thrilling Hornblower boat ride, then explore the quaint town of Niagara-On-The-Lake.

  • Toronto Small Group Sightseeing Tour

    Experience Toronto from its many vantage points on this small-group sightseeing tour. Head up to the observation deck of the CN Tower, take in the city's skyline on board a Harbour Cruise or 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 - Ontario
Day 04

VIA Rail - Ontario

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 - Arrive in Jasper
Day 06

VIA Rail - Arrive in Jasper

See the magnificent Rocky Mountains early this morning as you arrive in Jasper. 

Explore Jasper National Park
Day 07

Explore Jasper National Park

Jasper’s wide-open valleys are enticing to a variety of wildlife and are incredibly breathtaking. Spend the day exploring Jasper National Park on your style of tour.   

  • Jasper Motorcycle Sidecar Tour

    Catch stunning mountain views on a professionally guided, Harley Davidson motorcycle sidecar tour. Choose to explore raging Maligne Canyon, magnificent Athabasca and Sunwapta Falls, or iconic Mount Edith Cavell.  

  • Maligne Lake Tour with Cruise

    Watch for antlers peeking through the trees on this small-group mini-bus tour to Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake and – by boat – to picturesque Spirit Island.

  • Privately Guided Nature Walk

    Join one of Jasper's most knowledgeable mountain guides for a private nature walk. At your own pace, discover wildlife, wildflowers and magnificent views.

Icefields Parkway - Jasper to Lake Louise
Day 08

Icefields Parkway - Jasper to Lake Louise

Travel along the spine of the Rockies, on one of the most beautiful roads in the world — the Icefields Parkway — to picture-perfect Lake Louise.   

  • Icefields Parkway Tour to Lake Louise

    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. Along the way, you'll stop to soar over Cline Pass at 2900 m (9000 ft.) by helicopter. Enjoy a bird's eye view of remote valleys, glaciers, lakes and waterfalls. 

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Comfort Level
Hotel Accommodation
3 to 3.5 Star
VIA Rail Service
Sleeper Plus Class
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.
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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Example of a Deluxe hotel in Lake Louise

Located in Banff National Park, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, a sparkling turquoise lake, and the impressive Victoria Glacier. Explore the area’s outstanding beauty on horseback, or paddle on the lake in a canoe.

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Get away from the crowds on a private guided alpine hike or a private heli-tour — just two of the many activities that can be personalized as private guided experiences. Upgrade one experience or your entire trip, including private transfers and tours. Discover some of the top trips for private adventures.

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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
Train station transfers
Transportation to and from airports, timed with your flights
Feature dining experience at one of our favorite local restaurants
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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.

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.

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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.

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Canadian Insider

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