Trans Canada Rainforest Route
Explore the country on this trans Canada train trip
Travel by train through the coastal mountains of Whistler, the Canadian Rockies, and the vast Prairies. Experience both the Rocky Mountaineer and VIA Rail trains.
11 days / 10 nights
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When to go
May – September
Time on train
6 days / 3 nights
See some of the most beautiful towns and cities in the country, including Vancouver and Jasper
Enjoy two and a half days on the famous Rocky Mountaineer and three nights on a VIA Rail train
Discover the stunning wilderness of Canada as you travel through areas only accessible by train
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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.
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.
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! Discover what lies behind the city's famous skyline. Visit the bustling St. Lawrence Market, see the CN Tower, and explore the city's many vibrant neighborhoods — there is no shortage of things to do.
- Private Transfer from Toronto Airport
- Dinner at the CN Tower
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, magnificent mountains, and incredible wildlife are inspiring. Spend the day exploring this national park on your chosen 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.
The Icefields Parkway
Today, head out and explore the beauty of the mountains, glaciers, and rivers as you drive along the scenic Icefields Parkway.
- Columbia Icefield Sightseeing Tour
Rocky Mountaineer Train - Jasper to Quesnel
All Aboard! Your train journey begins as the Rocky Mountaineer pulls away from Jasper. Travel into the sprawling wilderness of British Columbia — keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. Stay overnight in the small town of Quesnel.
- Motorcoach Transfer to Train Station
- Rocky Mountaineer - GoldLeaf Service
In GoldLeaf, you have assigned seats in a top-level dome car with panoramic views and access to an outdoor viewing platform. Gourmet meals are served in the dining room below, and Rocky Mountaineer’s friendly staff entertain you along the way.
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Fairmont Royal York
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.
Personalize This Itinerary
Here are some of the most popular ways to personalize this journey.
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.
What Our Customers Say
Fresh Tracks were very helpful in helping us plan and carry out our train trip across Canada
We thoroughly enjoyed seeing Canada from the east (Toronto) to the west (Vancouver) from the perspective of the trains. We also appreciated the quality of the food, the accommodati...
Richard and Carol
Having grown up in Calgary, the Rocky Mountains have always been my backyard, but there are so many more hidden gems to explore in Alberta. From the outdoor enthusiast’s paradise of Waterton, to the fossil filled Dinosaur Provincial Park, there is something for everyone.
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