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Vancouver to Toronto Train Tour

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Length

11 days / 10 nights

Time on train

5 days / 3 nights

Train type

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When to go

April – October

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  • Choose your own activities and experiences
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The perfect train trip from Vancouver to Toronto

Combine a cross-country sleeper-train journey with the luxury of Rocky Mountaineer’s daylight sightseeing train. Enjoy the convenience and comfort of train travel on this trip across Canada.

Route map of Vancouver to Toronto Train Tour
Highlights of your trip

Spectacular rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer

Sleep onboard The Canadian train as you travel across Canada

Tour the Icefields Parkway, a highlight of the Canadian Rockies

Explore Jasper and Banff National Parks

Wildlife spotting and photo opportunities along the way

Top experiences and features

Rocky Mountaineer train going around Morant's Curve in the Canadian Rockies

Ride the Rocky Mountaineer train

Enjoy a spectacular array of scenery as you travel towards the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies.

Your Questions Answered

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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
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
Personalized Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support

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 Vacation Advisors 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.

Rocky Mountaineer is a daylight sightseeing train. After spending the day on the train, you will sleep in a hotel overnight then re-board the train the next day. Gourmet meals are served onboard. You can choose between SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf service. SilverLeaf includes an assigned seat in a single-level dome car, while GoldLeaf includes an assigned seat in the upper level of a bi-level dome car. GoldLeaf has a dining area on the lower level and an exclusive outdoor viewing area.

Sleeper Plus Class is available on VIA Rail's Canadian train. Sleeper Plus includes a private cabin with comfortable daytime seating. At night, this seating converts into retractable beds. In addition to your private cabin, you enjoy meals in the dining car and access to the train's viewing cars.

For more information on the features of these trains and the different service levels, please reach out to our local travel experts.

Our Vancouver to Toronto Train Tour is an 11-day, 10-night trip. It includes a 2-day Rocky Mountaineer train journey from Vancouver to Banff and a 3-night sleeper-train experience from Jasper to Toronto.

Meals onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian train are included (Sleeper Plus class). Two breakfasts and two lunches are included on the Rocky Mountaineer. All other meals throughout the trip are not included, unless mentioned in the trip itinerary.

Some trains can accommodate guests with mobility or accessibility needs, though this depends on your specific needs and requirements. Please contact your vacation advisor to discuss your options and what will work best for you.

Our itineraries allow you to choose your preferred activities and excursions in each location. Many of our guests are very active, some are serious adventurers, and some simply want to relax. Let us know your adventure level and we will find activities to suit you.

The amount of luggage you choose to bring is completely up to you and will depend on the length of your trip, the travel season, and your chosen activities. You’ll want to make sure you have a day bag or small carry-on available for when you travel on the train.

Yes! You can find the reviews for this trip in the What our customers say section further down this page, or go to our reviews page to see what past travellers said about planning their Canadian vacation with Fresh Tracks Canada.

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 Vancouver
Day 01

Arrive in Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, surrounded by towering mountains and the sparkling ocean.   

  • Private Transfer from Vancouver Airport

    Bypass the crowds and start making the most of your vacation. A friendly driver welcomes you to the city. 

  • Dinner in Vancouver

    Dine at one of our favourite harbourside restaurants. Watch seaplanes land and enjoy views of the North Shore Mountains.

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Vancouver to Kamloops
Day 02

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Vancouver to Kamloops

All aboard! Settle into your seat while the smell of breakfast wafts from the galley. A small jolt announces you are on your way — look forward to a day of spectacular scenery.

  • Motorcoach Transfer to Train Station
  • Rocky Mountaineer Train Service

    Rocky Mountaineer daylight trains feature glass-dome cars with oversized windows, gourmet meals, and friendly, attentive staff. Ask your Vacation Advisor about the differences between SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf.  

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Kamloops to Banff
Day 03

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Kamloops to Banff

After your overnight stay in Kamloops, wake up refreshed and ready for another day of breathtaking beauty. Arrive in the small mountain town of Banff this evening. 

  • Motorcoach Transfer to Hotel
Explore Banff National Park
Day 04

Explore Banff National Park

Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rocky Mountain air and explore Banff National Park in your chosen way. 

    You have 3 options to choose from today:
  • Banff Sightseeing Tour and Gondola Ride

    Discover Banff’s folklore and natural history on a small group tour, then ride the gondola up to the summit of Sulphur Mountain.  

  • Yoho National Park Tour

    Discover the beauty of Yoho National Park on an exclusive full-day tour. Crossing the Continental Divide, see the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake, and Natural Bridge. Stop at Moraine Lake (when road access permits), then visit Lake Louise. Return to Banff later this afternoon.

  • Banff History Walking Tour
Icefields Parkway - Banff to Jasper
Day 05

Icefields Parkway - Banff to Jasper

Today is an all-day trip down the spine of the Canadian Rockies, on one of the most spectacular roads in the world, with lots to do along the way. 

  • Icefields Parkway Tour to Jasper

    On this full-day sightseeing tour, walk on the Athabasca Glacier, stop for lunch, and step bravely out onto the Columbia Icefield Skywalk.

VIA Rail - Depart Jasper
Day 06

VIA Rail - Depart Jasper

Board The Canadian train in Jasper and begin your eastward journey to Toronto.

  • Suggested Add On: Sunrise Photo and Wildlife Tour (extra cost)

    Expert guides will help you get some great shots of Jasper on this tour, as the early morning light illuminates the park's mirror-like lakes and snow-capped peaks. 

  • Transfer from Hotel to Train Station
  • 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
Day 07

VIA Rail - Canadian Prairies

Make your way across the undulating plains of the Prairie provinces — Saskatchewan and Manitoba. 

VIA Rail - Ontario
Day 08

VIA Rail - Ontario

Awake in the province of Ontario and travel through the rugged landscape of the Canadian Shield. 

Prices

Get your personalized quote as prices vary by departure date, train-service level and hotel class. Prices shown are our lowest rates per person, based on double occupancy, and exclude taxes.
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Accommodations

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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Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel

Example of a Comfort hotel in Vancouver

The Coast Coal Harbour Hotel is close to Vancouver Harbour and Stanley Park, with views of the North Shore mountains available from some floors. Amenities include a heated outdoor pool, whirlpool, spa services, fitness centre and on-site restaurant.

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Upgrade to Prestige Class

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

Excellent overall rating based on 2 reviews

We loved the Canadian Rockies!

Our favorite part was the accommodations, tours, trains and the people. We loved the Canadian Rockies! We would have liked to have stayed longer in Vancouver.

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Veronica, Louis, John and Elanor

PA, USA

You really spoiled us and we felt quite special on and off the train

I just want to thank you for the wonderful attention you gave us for our Canada trip. I think one of the arrangements we appreciated most was the taking of the luggage off the trai... 

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Linda

CA, USA

Insider Tips

Exploring Ontario is a must! Experience the natural wonder of Niagara Falls and visit the historic Niagara region for some of the world's best wineries. The energetic hustle-bustle of Toronto is sure to remind anyone of New York and the quaint European charm of Ottawa always reminds me of England.

Noriko Kitagawa

Noriko

Canadian Insider

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