Across Canada by Train
13 days / 12 nights
Time on train
5 days / 3 nights
Where it goes
When to go
May – September
Your itinerary is personalized to suit your dreams and needs:
- Decide your desired budget
- Choose your own activities and experiences
- Have all the details of your trip arranged for you
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.
Rail journeys on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer
Spend five days in the Canadian Rockies
Choice of activities catered to your interests
Unique Fresh Tracks experiences
Stay at the Chateau Lake Louise
See glaciers, emerald lakes, forests and wildlife
Top experiences and features
Enjoy your Sleeper train experience
Your Questions Answered
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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.
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.
- Private Transfer from Toronto Airport
- Dinner at the CN Tower
Spend a day enjoying the quaint and colorful neighborhoods of Toronto or visit Niagara Falls.
- Niagara Falls Day Tour
On this full-day small-group tour, get up close to Niagara Falls on a Hornblower boat ride and 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. See the city's scenic waterfront, the CN Tower, Queen’s Park and more.
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
Head west through the rugged landscape of the Canadian Shield and into the province of Manitoba.
- The Canadian Train - Onboard Service
Watch the changing scenery from the train's viewing cars and enjoy hot meals in the dining car. Ask your Vacation Advisor about the differences between Sleeper Plus Class and Prestige Class.
VIA Rail - Canadian Prairies
Journey across the undulating plains of the Prairie provinces — Saskatchewan and Alberta.
VIA Rail - Arrive in Jasper
See the magnificent Rocky Mountains early this morning as you arrive in Jasper.
- Jasper Orientation Tour and Transfer
As you step off the train, a friendly local guide meets you at the station. Enjoy an introductory tour of Jasper's highlights before arriving at your hotel.
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
Admire the stunning alpine landscape on a guided Harley Davidson motorcycle sidecar tour. Explore Maligne Canyon, Athabasca and Sunwapta Falls, or Mount Edith Cavell.
- Maligne Lake Tour with Cruise
Watch for wildlife on this mini-bus tour to Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake, then cruise to picturesque Spirit Island.
- Privately Guided Nature Walk
Join one of Jasper's most knowledgeable guides for a private nature walk. Discover wildlife, wildflowers and magnificent views.
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
Travel along the Icefields Parkway on this full-day tour. Walk on the Athabasca Glacier, stop for lunch, and step bravely onto the Columbia Icefield Skywalk.
- Six Glaciers Helicopter and Icefields Tour (ask about a complimentary upgrade)
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Elk + Avenue Hotel
Conveniently located in downtown Banff, the Elk and Avenue Hotel combines Banff’s alpine history with a sleek modern design. After a day of exploring, unwind in the hotel’s jacuzzi or dry sauna, then enjoy fresh Canadian cuisine at the on-site restaurant.
Personalize This Itinerary
Here are some of the most popular ways to personalize this journey.
Add private experiences
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.
What Our Customers Say
Rocky Mountaineer portion was the best part of our trip
Rocky Mountaineer portion was the best part of our trip. We loved the food, scenery, and the story telling by staff and fellow travelers.
Donald and Jenny
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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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