What we love about this trip
• Overnight train trip across Canada with VIA Rail
• Rocky Mountaineer's scenic daylight rail journey
• The Canadian Rockies & the glaciers of the Icefields Parkway
• Rocky Mountain towns of Banff & Jasper
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 - Your Across Canada Train Adventure Begins – Arrive Toronto
The sounds of Canada’s largest city welcome you as you arrive in downtown Toronto. Couples hurry along the sidewalk, rushing to one of Toronto’s big stage productions. A woman quickly shifts all her shopping bags to one arm as she raises a hand to hail a cab, and the smell of Chinese food makes you salivate as a delivery boy bikes along the street in front of you. Toronto beckons and you’re anxious to get out and explore this fresh Canadian city.
Day 2 - Toronto Tour / Via Rail’s The Canadian – Toronto to Jasper
Before heading off to the Rockies on tonight’s train, you have the morning to enjoy a Toronto city tour. Highlights include the CN Tower, SkyDome, Casa Loma, Queens Park and Chinatown to name a few.
This evening, you’re on your way to the great Canadian Rockies! The overnight train across Canada between Toronto and Jasper is an incredible rail journey that takes 3 full days. Leave the picturesque lakelands of Northern Ontario behind, as you travel west to Jasper.
Day 3 & 4 - Canadian Rail Journey to the West – Onboard the Canadian Train
The scenery changes once again as you travel across the undulating plain of the Canadian prairie provinces. Settle into your seat and enjoy watching the sights from your window. This is the second and third day and night of your across Canada rail journey.
Day 5 - Enter Canada’s Rocky Mountains – Arrive in Jasper
Step off the Canadian train and take a deep breath – the crisp mountain air is invigorating. You are completely surrounded by mountains and trees. You look to your left and see a downtown gas station with a snow topped mountain peak standing proudly in the distance behind it. Jasper is summed up in that one view. It’s a town with all the modern touches, but the splendor of the Canadian Rockies is never out of your thoughts.
Day 6 - Icefields Parkway Tour - Jasper to Banff
Travel the Icefields Parkway with a small group and guide, through the natural splendour of Jasper and Banff National Parks. Glistening glaciers, cascading waterfalls, emerald lakes, pristine rivers and alpine meadows dot this awe-inspiring mountain wilderness. The breathtaking panorama of snow-capped peaks and endless mountain ridges occasionally opens up to afford a spectacular view of deep valleys stretching to a distant horizon. The tour stops at the Columbia Icefield where you will venture onto the massive Athabasca Glacier in a specially designed Ice Explorer. Other brief sightseeing stops include an opportunity to photograph the turquoise waters of picturesque Lake Louise are made throughout the tour. A picnic lunch, Glacier Skywalk admission and an Ice Explorer ride are included.
Day 7 - Banff Tour
Take a guided tour with a handful of fellow visitors, through the towering mountains of Rundle, Tunnel, Cascade, and Norquay while learning about natural attractions such as the the fascinating wind-shaped hoodoos. Surprise Corner along Tunnel Mountain Drive delivers a breathtaking view of the valley without comparison. Finally, experience an 8 minute gentle ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a four-person, fully enclosed gondola. A spectacular view and picture taking opportunity await you at the top of this 360 degree panoramic vantage of Bow Valley. Spend as much time as you like, before returning to your hotel.
Day 8 - Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Banff to Kamloops in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Your journey offers you a spectacular range of scenery as you travel between the high peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass, Craigellachie where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, and of course the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Overnight in Kamloops.
Day 9 - Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train Vancouver Arrival
Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal Canadian city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the interior, through the winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 10 - With Fond Memories Made – Depart
Today you leave the fresh air and colorful sights of Canada behind as your across Canada train vacation comes to an end.
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Here are just a few of the things to look forward to on this trip...
Toronto city tour
Gourmet meals on the trains
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Banff small group sightseeing tour
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
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
Renting a car and exploring the area
Whalewatching and wildlife tours
Golfing at world-famous resorts