Canada Coast to Coast by Train

Canada Coast to Coast by Train

21

days

starting from US $7,990per person

Star Rating 5

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Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Experience the cosmopolitan cities of Vancouver and Toronto, the alpine charms of Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise in the magnificent Canadian Rockies, the delights of Quebec’s Charlevoix region, and the picturesque coastal city of Halifax - on this ultimate version of our trans Canadian railway tours. Pause to wander the charming lanes of Old Montréal, sample Quebecois culture and cuisine as you stumble upon the hidden cafes. Discover a part of Canada that is both wonderfully Canadian and distinctly European.

Canada Coast to Coast by Train – Map Coal Harbour in Stanley Park, Vancouver View from the front viewing car of the Rocky Mountaineer Cascade mountain overlooks Banff town VIA Rail's 'Canadian' train travels across the countryside Sunset cruise in Toronto, Ontario Hornblower boat tour, Niagara Falls in Ontario A historic castle in the Quebec countryside Quebec City with the Chateau Frontenac towering above Passengers enjoy dinner service onboard the train Quebec countryside Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
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Trip at a glance

Arrive Vancouver
2 nights Vancouver
1 night Kamloops
2 nights Banff
1 night Lake Louise
1 night Jasper
3 nights VIA Rail
2 nights Toronto
2 nights Montreal
2 nights Quebec City
1 night VIA Rail
3 nights Halifax
Depart Halifax

Itinerary

Please note, like most of our Canada rail packages & tours, this railway vacation can be customized to your needs - just ask one of our local experts when you call.

Day 1 – Across Canada Train Vacation Begins –Arrive in Vancouver
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by mountains and ocean. Depending on your time of arrival, you can relax and dine al fresco, take a trip out to Stanley Park, or try one of the many tours on foot or bicycle. Overnight in Vancouver.

Feature Dinner in Vancouver
Since Vancouver is one of the top culinary destinations in the world, we want to make sure you have the chance to have an amazing meal in the best setting. Having everything planned out for your first night, ensures that you are simply focused on making memories over a great meal!

Day 2 – In Vancouver
Today you have 3 options to choose from to help you enjoy Vancouver and its surrounding area today.

• Option 1: The North Shore Tour
Vancouver is consistently voted one of the world’s most livable cities as it is uniquely situated between mountains and ocean. This tour allows you to venture into the local mountains and temperate rainforest. Take an exhilarating walk across the suspension bridge at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, enjoy the gondola to Grouse Mountain and enjoy an unparalleled view of Vancouver.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Vancouver Tour by Bicycle
The bike is a Vancouverites preferred mode of transport! With an extensive cycle lane network, this tour highlights the best of Vancouver food, history, and culture. Visit the Stanley Park seawall, savour a snack at Granville Island Public Marker and see historic Gastown and Chinatown.
Activity ratingl: Moderate

• Option 3: Walking Tour in Stanley Park
An enriching cultural option for those interested in First Nations History. Experience a unique perspective with a stroll amongst the trees and learn about how First Nations people utilized the flora of the park. Hear myths passed down in oral history and understand just why this park is so unique and important to the First Nations.
Activity rating: Moderate


Day 3 – On the Rocky Mountaineer – Vancouver to Kamloops
A lonesome wail sounds from the Canadian Rockies railroad whistle as the Rocky Mountaineer train leaves Vancouver on the first leg of its journey through the Canadian Rockies.

Over lunch you’ll climb the steep Fraser Canyon, past the thundering water of Hell’s Gate, and take a trip through the high desert of British Columbia’s interior. Relax, chat, read, or stretch your legs on an outdoor viewing platform.

In late afternoon, the train arrives in Kamloops where you spend the night in a hotel.

Day 4 – On the Rocky Mountaineer – Kamloops to Banff
The second day onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, anticipation builds over breakfast for your first sighting of the high peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Along the way you’ll learn about the history of the Canadian Rockies, and the railroad, keep your eyes peeled for elk, bald eagles and bears.

Finally you enter the famous Spiral Tunnels - ascending slowly, round and round through the darkness, until, blinking, you emerge to find yourself high in the Canadian Rockies, surrounded by mighty peaks topped with snow. Overnight in Banff.

Day 5 – Explore Banff
Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rockies air and head out for a day of exploration.

You have
3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Banff to its fullest.

• Option 1: Banff Sightseeing Tour
Explore the historic sights, hear the folklore, and visit scenic viewpoints around the Banff town site on a small group bus tour.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Banff Photography Tour
On a privately guided photography workshop, discover Banff National Park from a new view point. Learn how to take great photos or improve your camera skills and make memories to bring home to share with friends and family.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Banff Heli-Hike and Picnic
Get away from the crowds and soar above the peaks of the Canadian Rockies on a guided heli-hike. View pristine and breathtaking vistas that will leave you speechless, and step out into a natural landscape inaccessible to the average tourist.
Activity rating: Moderate

Insider tip: We’ve included admission to the Banff Gondola today. We recommend an evening gondola ride, once the crowds have dispersed for the day. As you glide through the air, the panoramic vistas at the summit will completely take your breath away.

Day 6 – Deeper into the Rockies – Banff to Lake Louise
On an interpretive transfer, meander your way from Banff to Lake Louise this morning. Finally, you’ll see perhaps the most famous view in the Canadian Rockies - the turquoise water of Lake Louise, surrounded by glaciers tumbling down from the high peaks. This is a place to relax, stretch your legs on a stroll or a hike - or go for a paddle in a canoe.

Feature Dinner in Lake Louise
This evening you’ll relax and make memories over an indulgent dining experience. With spectacular lake views and attentive service, indulge in a 3-course meal in Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Fairview Dining Room.

Day 7 – The Icefields Parkway – Lake Louise to Jasper
Travel along the spine of the Rockies, on what is surely one of the most beautiful roads in the world - the Icefields Parkway.

Here are
2 options for exploring the Icefields Parkway today:

• Option 1: Small Group Sightseeing Tour
With a small group and guide, explore the Icefields and its main attractions. Stop to enjoy a picnic lunch, walk on the Athabasca Glacier, and marvel at the Glacier Skywalk. In the late afternoon arrive in the Jasper area, the picture perfect overnight stop in the Canadian Rockies.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Private Icefields Tour with Helicopter Experience
Explore the Icefields at your own pace with a private driver-guide. Step away from the crowds and take a helicopter tour you won’t soon forget. Marvel at the natural beauty, glaciers and waterfalls. Leave from the Icefields base and soar over Cline Pass and multiple glaciers. Snap a picture of a spectacular 900ft waterfall flowing from two glacial lakes!
Activity rating: Easy

Day 8 – Jasper Tour / Canadian Train Journey East – Board the Canadian Train
Spend the day exploring the Jewel of the Rockies, Jasper.

You have
3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Jasper to its fullest.

• Option 1: Maligne Lake Cruise or Walk
Watch out for antlers peeking through the trees on this small group sightseeing tour by mini- coach to Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake and a cruise to Spirit Island.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Jasper Nature Walk
Explore Jasper National Park on a professionally guided interpretive walk. Enjoy a leisurely pace, and plenty of time for photos and discussion. See wildlife, get close to rare alpine wildflowers, and stunning valley views.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3:
Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
Experience the thrill of riding in a sidecar of a powerful Harley Davidson touring motorcycle - view famous lakes, historical viewpoints and attractions of the Jasper Area. This is a sightseeing tour unlike any other for 1 or 2 people.
Activity rating: Easy

This afternoon you are transferred to the train station where a cozy cabin with a large picture window and seats that become a comfortable nighttime bed awaits you on VIA Rail’s - the Canadian Train. Your across Canada train vacation continues as you leave the Rockies and slowly glide into the Canadian prairies.

Days 9 and 10 – Canadian Train Journey East – Onboard the Canadian
The scenery changes once as you travel across the undulating plain of the Prairie Provinces. Settle into your seat and enjoy watching the sights from your window. The rich yellows and gold of the prairies are illuminated in the sunlight. In the distance you spot a lone red barn surrounded by a old wooden fence which strikes you as uniquely beautiful. Who knew such flat land could be so stunning?

Day 11 – Arrive in Toronto and Explore the City
Spend a day exploring Toronto’s many unique and colourful neighbourhoods.

You have the choice of
2 options to explore Toronto today.

• Option 1: Hop on/ Hop off Toronto Sightseeing Tour
Enjoy this snapshot tour of Toronto from the top of a London style double decker bus. Manage your own schedule, and hop on and off at the sites that interest you the most.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Twilight Toronto Island Tour by Bike
Just a short ferry across Toronto harbour is the hidden gem of the Toronto Islands. By evening, the daytime crowds have retreated to the city, meaning you experience what few others do, the beauty of the islands after dusk by bicycle!
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 12 – Explore Toronto or Niagara Falls
You have the day to explore Toronto.

Choose from the following
3 options to enjoy Toronto and its surrounding area to the fullest.

• Option 1: Full Day Tour to Niagara Falls
Join a guide to see one of the great natural wonders of the world - Niagara Falls. The Hornblower Voyage to the Falls takes you close enough to the falls to feel the spray on your face. Nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake is a charming Canadian town, and the perfect place to unwind on your vacation.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Culture Nature and Discovery Walk
Take a look at Indigenous culture in Toronto on this day tour. Walk towards the shores of Lake Ontario along the River Humber in this idyllic greenspace in the west of Toronto. Discover what life was like for the first inhabitants of the area, smell sacred healing plants, taste delights that are natural and plentiful to the area, and learn the knowledge of indigenous teachings.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Choice of Toronto Food Tour
Take your pick of culinary adventures in Toronto. From a unique pizza tour to a Chinatown exploration. There is also the option to venture to the Corktown+Canary and Distillery District, a neighbourhood with a long Irish immigrant history. Learn about different areas of the city and of course sample some delicious foods along the way including ‘the best dark chocolate in the world’.
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 13 – A New Canadian Culture Awaits – Toronto to Montreal
The Corridor train carries you into the next province of Canada – Quebec! Train travel is the most scenic route you can take in Canada. Enjoy the views along the shore of Lake Ontario, the open farmland of rural Quebec and the shore of the St. Lawrence River. Overnight in Montreal.

Feature Dinner in Montreal
Try something different tonight - sit back and enjoy Nordic cuisine whilst sailing down the St. Lawrence River. Get a unique perspective on Montreal, and indulge in rich cuisine with distinct Nordic ingredients. This fresh and authentic approach to cooking guarantees a memorable evening where all your senses are awakened!

Day 14 – Montreal Sightseeing
Bienvenue à Montréal! You have 3 options to choose from today to help you enjoy Montreal.

• Option 1: Hop on/Hop off Bus Tour
Hit all the big stops along this route - including the Notre Dame Basilica, Bonsecours Market and Mont Royal Park. Hop on and hop off as much as you like for the full day!
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Montreal Highlights by Bicycle
A 3-hour tour by bike that takes in major sights and neighborhoods and learn about the history of the area. Also have the chance to indulge in a delicious picnic at a farmer’s market.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Walking Food Tour
Explore ‘The Main’ – Canada’s answer to The Lower East Side, where you will find culinary masterpieces. Try some tasty morsels, and learn the story of the culinary roots and the communities formed in Montreal.
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 15 – Montreal to Quebec City
Travel a short distance by train through Quebec’s picturesque countryside as your across Canada train vacation heads towards Quebec City. Step into Quebec City’s colorful history as you visit authentic Quebecois shops, and discover the pride that the residents feel for their city.

Day 16 - Explore Quebec City
Today you have 3 options to choose from to help you enjoy Quebec and its surrounding area:

• Option 1: Quebec Bus Tour
Spend the day discovering Quebec City’s French Canadian culture on a group bus tour. From your comfortable seat, enjoy the beautiful architecture of the fortified city, visit historic sites commemorating the battles between French and English, and take in the sights of this unique city.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Private Military Walking Tour
A favourite of history buffs, this tour allows you to discover Quebec City’s role as a military city and learn how various conflicts and sieges have shaped the 400-year-old capital. Visit the Citadel and its associated museum and from July to the beginning of September you may also see the changing of the guard. Visit the Plains of Abraham where the well-known battle took place between the French and British Armies in 1759.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: The Food Tour – Canadian Signature Experience
So confident are the folks that run this tour – that they simply called it ‘The Food Tour’ – the only food tour you will need to take! This tour covers seven different venues, and samples about 15 different products. Try food of French Canadian origin from crepes to organic wine.
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 17 - Quebec Countryside Tour & VIA Rail’s Ocean Train– Overnight on Train
You have 3 options from which to choose today to help you enjoy Quebec today.

• Option 1: Private Countryside Tour
Discover the countryside around Quebec city with a private driver guide today. Visit Quebec's famous shrine at St. Anne de Beaupre, then gaze in wonder at beautiful Montmorency Falls. Finally, savour a visit on the Isle D'Orléans, known for it’s fine foods.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Bike to Montmorency Falls
Enjoy a 25km loop along the St. Lawrence river to Montmorency Falls. including a cable car ride to the top of the falls – 30 feet higher than Niagara Falls. This option is for those who prefer to be active on vacation.
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Quebec City at Leisure & 4-Course Traditional Quebecois Dinner
Today you are free to explore the city on your own. This evening dine in the historic Maison Jacquet built in 1675. Feel the history of the historic home, as you dine on traditional Quebecois cuisine!
Activity rating: Easy

This evening you will be transferred to Ste. Foy where you will board VIA Rail’s Ocean train for your overnight journey. Travel past rolling hills, and quaint coastal villages that appear from times long past as you make your across Atlantic Canada. 


Day 18 – Arrive in Halifax
This morning, relax in the panoramic dome car and count the sails out on the water. Late this afternoon you will glide into Halifax and transfer to your hotel. Explore the welcoming Celtic atmosphere of the Canadian Maritimes’ largest city. Overnight in Halifax.

Days 19 – Explore Halifax
You have 3 options from which to choose to enjoy Halifax today:

• Option 1: Private Halifax Tour
Relax as a private driver guide tours you around Halifax, viewing historic buildings and modern high rises lining the streets. Visit Fairview Lawn cemetery where Titanic victims are buried, pass by Province House National Historic Site, the 1802 Old Town Clock, 1750 St. Paul’s Anglican Church and many other sites of interest.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Historic Halifax Photo Tour
This enriching tour tells you the story of Halifax with the help of old maps, photographs and paintings. The tour guides take you off the beaten path to great vantage points for photography. Catered to all abilities, from the absolute beginner to seasoned professional. If you only travel with a camera phone or iPad, your tour guide will teach you how to get the best photos with texture and depth. Highly recommended!
Activity rating: Moderate

• Option 3: Halifax Tasting Tour
Engage the senses with a food tour! Visit historic landmarks, stroll along the waterfront, and taste the best local food in Halifax. From fresh market offerings to local dishes this tour gives you an authentic taste of the downtown core.
Activity rating: Moderate

Days 20 – Discover Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia has a rich Celtic heritage and sea faring history, not to mention rugged coastlines with fishing villages perched on the Atlantic Ocean.

Choose from the following
3 options to help you explore the area around Halifax to its fullest.

• Option 1: Private Peggy’s Cove Tour
On this privately guided tour, see the quaint lighthouse village of Peggy’s Cove. The iconic lighthouse basks in the Maritime glow as fishermen sail out to sea.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 2: Afternoon Winery Escape
Wine Country is not only found in California or France, but right outside Halifax in the stunning Annapolis Valley! Enjoy aromatic whites, cool climate reds and prize winning sparkling wines. Additionally, this tour includes is a cheese tasting.
Activity rating: Easy

• Option 3: Sunrise Photography Tour to Peggy’s Cove
Bet the crowds and get to Peggy’s Cove in time to take brag worthy photos! If you’re a photography beginner only travelling with a camera phone, or seasoned professional with all the gear, this tour can work for you. Learn how to get the best photos with texture and depth.
Activity rating: Moderate

Day 21 – Across Canada Train Vacation Ends
Much too soon your across Canada train vacation comes to an end as you leave the fresh air and colorful sights of Canada behind.

Common Questions

Are you on the train the whole time?

All of our trips include some stops to get off the train, to explore Canada's beautiful national parks and unique cities. However, if you're keen to maximize your time onboard, we'll pair you up with the perfect experience.

Is this an escorted tour?

While our trips are not "escorted," we combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe. Click here for a more detailed comparison.

How do the trains work in Canada compared to the US or UK?

Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in Europe and the US), the two main rail providers here are driven by tourism. You'll experience the romance of true trans-continental rail travel, with a wide selection of services, accommodation types, plus great food.

What types of trains are used?

Two main companies operate trains in Canada: VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer.

Rocky Mountaineer operates daylight touring trains, which travel along 3 of the most spectacular routes in Western Canada. You'll enjoy onboard commentary, award winning service, and incredible food.

VIA Rail is Canada's national train provider, with routes running Coast to Coast and through remote parts of Northern Canada. The type of train depends on your journey, and can vary from the classic trans-continental sleeper trains to daylight trains with overnight stops.

What we love about this trip

The ultimate trans-Canada train trip

Unique, small group excursions

2 days on Rocky Mountaineer

4 nights aboard VIA Rail

Scenic wonders: Lake Louise, Niagara Falls and the Atlantic Coast

Choice of great hotels and tours

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What Clients Say

We loved that everything was pre-arranged

We loved that everything was pre-arranged

Star Rating 5

Fresh Tracks made our holiday the most unforgettable journey and we appreciate the effort they put in to make it so. We loved that everything was pre-arranged. The train journey in Canada, well what can I say, other than 'the best ever' and the tours you organized were fantastic.

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Overnight and day tours on five trains - Overnight and day tours on five trains
Overnight and day tours on five trains
Gourmet meals on the trains - Gourmet meals on the trains
Gourmet meals on the trains
Sightseeing tour in Vancouver - Sightseeing tour in Vancouver
Sightseeing tour in Vancouver
Hornblower cruise of the Niagara Falls - Hornblower cruise of the Niagara Falls
Hornblower cruise of the Niagara Falls
Accommodation & rail service:
• 16 nights of hotel accommodation
• 2 spectacular days on the Rocky Mountaineer train, between Vancouver and Banff
• 3 nights onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian train, in a private cabin from Jasper to Toronto
• Daytime journeys on the Corridor train, between Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City*
• One night on the Ocean train from Quebec City to Halifax, in a private cabin

*
Economy class for Comfort guests, Business class with delicious meal and wine included for Superior, and Deluxe guests

Sightseeing & activities:
• Your choice of hand-picked activities in Vancouver, Banff, along the Icefields Parkway, Jasper, Toronto or Niagara, Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax*
• Banff Gondola ride
• Interpretive transfer between Banff and Lake Louise

* Price of your trip may vary depending on activity choices.
* Some activities may not be available on all trip start dates, due to seasonal weather conditions. Your Vacation Advisor can provide further details.

Dining experiences:
• Feature dinner in Vancouver or Halifax, depending on your trip’s direction
• 3 course dining experience in Lake Louise - either Chateau Lake Louise or Moraine Lake Lodge
• Nordic Dinner Cruise in Montreal
• 14 delicious meals onboard the trains (Business Class guests on the Corridor train will receive additional meal services)

Transfers:
• A personalized pick up from your arrival airport
• All train station transfers
• A personalized departure transfer, in time for your flight home

Additional Inclusions:
• Gratuities for most ‘private’ transfers and tours (unless otherwise indicated)
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

 

Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian Sales Taxes

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Renting a car and exploring the area
Renting a car and exploring the area
Whalewatching and wildlife tours
Whalewatching and wildlife tours
Golfing at world-famous resorts
Golfing at world-famous resorts
• Upgrade, or mix and match hotel and lodge accommodations
• Upgrade onboard the trains and receive additional gourmet meals and first class service
• Add a cruise to your trip, along Alaska’s Inside Passage
• Ask us to arrange a car rental, and drive through the Rockies at your leisure
• Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies for such activities as guided walking, a round of golf, a thrilling helicopter ride, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax.
• Ask us about the alternative tour options to suite your interests
• Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia - Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens
• Visit the Olympic city of Whistler, and take in the sights and activities by spending a night or two there

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Georgian Court Hotel - Enjoy a soak  before heading out for a stroll along Robson StreetGeorgian Court Hotel - Join in the fun street atmosphere of Vancouver in the summerGeorgian Court Hotel - Sink into your comfy bed after a day of exploration

Georgian Court Hotel

An example of our Comfort accommodations

The Georgian Court Hotel features 180 guestrooms in a 12-story brick building, in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Enjoy a comfortable sleep in your elegant room, surf the internet with the complimentary wireless, or enjoy a meal on the seasonal patio.

Hotel Place d’Armes - Chic and elegant rooms are perfect for those seeking seductive comfortHotel Place d’Armes - Relax in the elegant setting of Suite 701,  serving modern brasserie cuisineHotel Place d’Armes - Enjoy dining and drinks al fresco on the terraceHotel Place d’Armes - Hotel ExteriorHotel Place d’Armes - Modern bathroom

Hotel Place d’Armes

An example of our Boutique Hotel accommodations

It takes a special hotel to equal Montreal's unique urban sophistication and charm, and that's exactly what the 4.5 star Hotel Place d'Armes is. Luxury and exceptional service are the rule at this gem nestled among the lovely cobbled streets of Old Montreal. Here, you'll discover three centuries of history, boutiques and art galleries as well as fine dining and vibrant nightlife.

Fairmont Banff Springs - Exterior of hotelFairmont Banff Springs - Lobby of hotelFairmont Banff Springs - The hotel spa

Fairmont Banff Springs

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs is located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy one of the many activities that the hotel has to offer from tennis, horseback riding, a round of golf, skiing, relaxing at the the Willow Stream Spa (charge), or enjoying a great meal at one of 12 restaurants, lounges or pubs.

Moraine Lake Lodge - Deck overlooking Moraine LakeMoraine Lake Lodge - Canoes are complimentary to guestsMoraine Lake Lodge - Moraine Lake Lodge - Enjoy complimentary market-fresh breakfast, and gourmet diningMoraine Lake Lodge - An authentic mountain experience

Moraine Lake Lodge

An example of our Luxury Mountain Lodge accommodations

Ask our vacation planners about customizing your trip, to stay in some of our more secluded, intimate, and unique wilderness lodges. First class service, gourmet cuisine, and luxurious accommodations are combined with rustic ambiance in a stunning setting. Step out of your doorway for a morning hike, then relax on your patio sipping wine, gazing at the reflection of snow capped peaks on pristine mountain lakes. Here, the only noise is the whispering of pines and the calls of alpine birds.

 

Prices & Dates

2017 Dates starting in Vancouver
April 26
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
June 7, 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4

2017 Dates starting in Halifax*
April 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
May 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
June 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
July 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
September 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
* Be sure to speak to your travel advisor about train times in Halifax

The prices listed below are based on travel service and hotel class for this journey:
• Prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single, triple and child rates can be provided on request.
• Pricing is based on departure date, travel service and hotel class for this journey and may vary from your personalized itinerary.

Comfort Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $7,990to US $11,037per person

Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

Superior Level Hotels
SilverLeaf Train Service
from US $8,990to US $11,977per person

Our Superior Level provides 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. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.

Fresh Tracks Favorite
Deluxe Level Hotels
GoldLeaf Train Service
from US $10,440to US $14,396per person

On our Deluxe Level vacation, 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. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.

Comfort Level Hotels
from US $8,990to US $11,157per person

Our Comfort Level vacations include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations. Combined with our unique sightseeing tours and personalized service, you’ll receive exceptional value, a step above what you might expect anywhere else.

Superior Level Hotels
from US $9,690to US $12,194per person

Our Superior Level provides 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. Unique tours and seamless transfers complete your itinerary.

Fresh Tracks Favorite
Deluxe Level Hotels
from US $10,991to US $14,408per person

On our Deluxe Level vacation, 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. Enjoy unique sightseeing experiences and the insider detail that only Fresh Tracks Canada can provide.

Canadian Train Vacations Vs. Others

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Independent Travel

Flexibility and freedom of a personalized tour to suit your travel goals.

     
Personalized itineraries

Carefully crafted to your budget and needs.

     
Insider Knowledge

Plan your trip with help from insiders who live and travel in Canada. You'll know when to come, where to stay, which train to take, and lots more...

     
Local Support

Someone in Canada you can call before and during your trip, seven days a week.

     
No-one can be trusted more

You'll feel confident when booking your vacation with our accreditation and consumer protection through the following organizations.

Our accreditation and consumer protection partners
     

Pre-packaged Trips

One-size-fits-all approach.

     

Group Tours

Cheapest type of travel with rigid itineraries and crowds.

     

Why choose us?

Online booking sites prefer you to book your vacation with them online. Truthfully, they'd prefer you not to bother them at all! Our approach is completely the opposite.

We don't use online booking – instead we use technology to put visitors directly in touch with our Canadian travel insiders because we believe the best vacations are personal.

Online booking sites and local travel agencies focus on multiple destinations – we focus only on Canada because it's our home and we know it better than anyone else.

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No one can be trusted more...

You'll feel confident when booking your vacation with our accreditation and consumer protection through the following organizations

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  • Our UK clients have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct which means that all package holidays sold by Canadian Train Vacations (Fresh Tracks Canada) in the UK are covered by a full financial protection in the event of the company failure.
  • We're one of the only agencies in Canada offering this protection.
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We loved that everything was pre-arranged

Star Rating 5
October 16, 2016

Fresh Tracks made our holiday the most unforgettable journey and we appreciate the effort they put in to make it so. We loved that everything was pre-arranged. The train journey in Canada, well what can I say, other than 'the best... read more ever' and the tours you organized were fantastic.

We would not have been able to plan this trip on our own

Star Rating 5
October 13, 2016

We feel we would not have been able to plan this trip on our own. We were unfamiliar with the areas we visited, so this was the best way to do it. Fresh Tracks was excellent.

This was the best vacation we have ever experienced

Star Rating 5
October 3, 2016

We are extremely satisfied with Fresh Tracks - they are outstanding communicators, efficient, knowledgable, and answered every question we had. This was the best vacation we have ever experienced

From West to East, a truly remarkable trip

Star Rating 5
September 5, 2016

Helen and I have just returned and have finished the packing away. Now we have time to delve back into particular aspects and dwell on the best bits. Starting with organisation and communication from Fresh Tracks, which was first... read more class. The train travel was effortless, and the meet and greet for the transfer at each requirement was faultless. The accommodation exceeded our experienced expectations. The level of enjoyment made a fabulous trip even more memorable. From west to east, a truly remarkable trip. Thanks.

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

Star Rating 5
July 6, 2016

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 train and to our hotel room, with keys handed to us. How... read more much easier can that be? Pictures really do not do the scenery justice and we just loved the accommodations. The train trip was so fun, but we were glad we upgraded. You really spoiled us and we felt quite special on and off the train.

We will be back and we WILL ask you to plan our trip

Star Rating 5
June 28, 2016

We were treated great by everyone on the trains, transports, each hotel and everyone we had contact with. The way this trip was put together and planned made it so very special. They even came through with the good weather that... read more I had requested! We can not thank you enough.

Thank you for arranging a very memorable trip

Star Rating 5
July 20, 2015

Our Canada vacation was fantastic. Thank you for arranging a very memorable trip. Although there was a train problem between Vancouver and Kamloops delaying our arrival by 4 hours, the Rocky Mountaineer staff handled it professionally,... read more in good spirits, and provided an additional dinner meal. They were fantastic! I would highly recommend the Rocky Mountaineer Trip. Banff, Lake Louise, Quebec City and Halifax were my favorites. The scenery was spectacular.  All the tour guides were extremely knowledgeable. We were very pleased with all the accommodations and most of the connections. Great organizing. We thoroughly enjoyed our Niagara Tour and our dinner at the 360 restaurant at the top of the CN Tower. Business Class on the train to Montreal was very nice. Loved Quebec City! It was a trip of a lifetime. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you again.

We thought the whole trip was wonderful

Star Rating 5
May 5, 2015

We had a GREAT trip in Canada. We thought the whole trip was wonderful, beautiful scenery, for sure. We saw lots of bears, elks, a moose or two, rams and mountain sheep. EVERYONE along the way was fantastic and very helpful... read more and informative about their country. There is a lot of LOVE from the people of Canada towards their country—that was such a pleasure to see. We both learned a lot about Canada and its provinces and the many difference between each province. The Rocky Mountaineer really have gone out of their way to make all their passengers feel really special. We never had to worry about getting from hotel to train and back to hotel at each stop—they made it so easy and relaxing for ALL. I want to THANK YOU again for all the details that were looked after to make our trip the most fantastic one—especially for the special touches at the hotels reference our anniversary. It made our anniversary celebrations so much more than I could have asked for this year! THANK YOU for all your assistance in arranging this trip and making it so special to us both. If we decide to make another trip in Canada, we will let you know. In the mean time, I WILL be telling EVERYONE about Fresh Tracks — if they decide on doing a trip like this.

Something everyone should experience in their lifetime

Star Rating 5
September 11, 2013

We want to thank you all at Fresh Tracks for putting together such an incredible holiday for us. Your attention to detail enabled us to have a relaxing well planned trip. We were able to see so much of your beautiful country without... read more the worry of organizing hotels, tickets, transfers etc. The way in which you arranged the hotels close to train stations or transfers waiting where necessary made the trip as stress free as possible. The hotel choices were brilliant, different, but brilliant. Jasper and Banff were exceptional, the staff in those two hotels made our stay very memorable. But then there was the George at PEI... What an experience... the staff there were amazing as was the atmosphere. Lake Louise will never be forgotten! Waking to the view from our window... my goodness! If one believes in heaven then surely it is Lake Louise! The organization and care of the Rocky Mountaineer staff was something everyone should experience in their lifetime - a truly relaxing and rewarding experience. The trip has only made us determined to visit Canada again. We thank you for all you did for us and have spread the word to family and friends about Fresh tracks. Hopefully in the next couple of years we will have the opportunity to visit Canada again until then we have our memories and our newly enriched souls! Many many thanks.

What a wonderful vacation

Star Rating 5
June 13, 2010

What a wonderful vacation! I had a great time. This was my first time to Canada and the coast to coast train trip was FANTASTIC! All of you at Fresh Tracks Canada should be very proud of yourselves – thank you so very much!

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