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Trans Canada by Rail in Winter

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Snow train across Canada

Climb aboard the train in Vancouver, stopping in the Canadian Rockies to experience a winter wonderland. Continue across the country to end your journey in Toronto.

Sleep onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian Train in a private cabin

See the majestic Canadian Rockies in winter

Explore Vancouver, Jasper and Banff

Choice of unique winter tours and excursions

See the vast Canadian Prairies covered in snow

Spend a night in Toronto

Suggested length

12 days / 11 nights


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When to go

June - March 2022

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Below is a day by day overview of this trip. Complete details are available for download.
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  • Begin your Canadian Winter Vacation
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    Begin your Canadian Winter Vacation

    The cool, fresh air is invigorating as you start your Canadian winter train vacation. Vancouver’s relatively mild weather is a great introduction, but look to the north and discover the winter scene you’ve been dreaming of — Vancouver’s coastal mountains stand before you covered in pure white snow. 

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    Discover Vancouver

    With a mild climate and so much to do, it’s no wonder people flock to this west coast city! Explore Vancouver and the surrounding areas with one of the many activities available.

    • Private Vancouver City Tour
    • Eagle Viewing River Float Tour
  • Discover Vancouver
  • VIA Rail – Depart Vancouver
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    VIA Rail – Depart Vancouver

    Board The Canadian train in Vancouver and begin your eastward journey to Jasper. Pass through the varied landscape of British Columbia's Fraser Valley.  

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    VIA Rail – Arrive in Jasper

    Continue northeast through the Cariboo Mountains and enter the spectacular Canadian Rockies.  

  • VIA Rail – Arrive in Jasper
  • Travel the Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Banff
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    Travel the Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Banff

    Enjoy a scenic transfer along the spine of the Rockies —  the Icefields Parkway — recognized as one of Canada’s most beautiful routes. Each turn reveals frozen waterfalls and impossibly vast mountain valleys.  

    • Suggested Add-On: Private Icefields Sightseeing with Heli-Tour (Extra Cost)
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    Explore Banff

    Nestled amidst the soaring peaks of Banff National Park is the town of Banff — the liveliest of the Rocky Mountain towns. The energy is contagious. It's small enough to walk around and home to world-class eateries and boutiques.

    • Banff Sightseeing Tour
    • Johnston Canyon Icewalk Tour
    • Paint Pots Snowshoe Tour
    • Dog Sledding Tour from Banff (Extra Cost)
  • Explore Banff
  • Travel from Banff to Jasper
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    Travel from Banff to Jasper

    Spend the morning exploring Banff. Browse the quaint local shops for souvenirs, or enjoy a scenic stroll before catching your transfer back to Jasper along the Parkway. Enjoy one more night in the Canadian Rockies.

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    VIA Rail - Depart Jasper National Park

    Board The Canadian train, wind your way out of Jasper National Park and head towards Toronto.  

  • VIA Rail - Depart Jasper National Park
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Comfort Level

Hotel Accommodation

3 to 3.5 Star

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Hotel Accommodation

4 to 4.5 Star

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5 Star

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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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What's included

Hotel accommodation
Sleeper train experience in a private cabin
Meals whilst onboard the train
Choice of unique guided activities
Transportation to and from airports, timed with your flights
Train station transfers
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.
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.
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.
Aerial view of the town of Banff in the Rockies
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