Across Canada by Train

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Take the train across Canada

Take the train across Canada to 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

Stay at the Chateau Lake Louise

See glaciers, emerald lakes, forests and wildlife

Suggested length

13 days / 12 nights


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When to go

April - May 2021 August - September 2021

Map of the Across Canada by train itinerary

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Below is a day by day overview of this trip. Complete details are available for download.
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  • Arrive In Toronto
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    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.

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    Explore Toronto

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

    • Niagara Falls Day Tour
    • Toronto Small Group Sightseeing Tour
  • Explore Toronto
  • VIA Rail - Depart Toronto
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    VIA Rail - Depart Toronto

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

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    VIA Rail - Ontario

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

  • VIA Rail - Ontario
  • VIA Rail - Canadian Prairies
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    VIA Rail - Canadian Prairies

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

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    VIA Rail - Arrive in Jasper

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

  • VIA Rail - Arrive in Jasper
  • Explore Jasper National Park
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    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
    • Maligne Lake Tour with Cruise
    • Privately Guided Nature Walk
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    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
    • Private Icefields Sightseeing with Heli-Tour (Extra Cost)
  • Icefields Parkway - Jasper to Lake Louise
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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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Superior Level

Hotel Accommodation

4 to 4.5 Star

VIA Rail Service

Sleeper Plus Class

Rocky Mountaineer Service

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Deluxe Level

Hotel Accommodation

5 Star

VIA Rail Service

Sleeper Plus Class

Rocky Mountaineer Service

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'From' prices are per person, based on double occupancy and exclude taxes. Prices vary by departure date, the choice of activities, hotel selection and availability at time of booking.
Note: This trip can also be taken in reverse directions.
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Insider's tip

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.

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Canadian Insider

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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
Electronic travel documentation package
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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.
Aerial view of the town of Banff in the Rockies
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