East Meets West Train Explorer

Evening view of the CN tower in Toronto, Ontario Scenic VIA Rail train trip at sunset Birds-eye-view of a train travelling through the Canadian Rockies Tourists travel on the 'Ice Explorer' bus to visit glaciers on the Icefields Parkway Mountain top view of Banff and a gondola Passengers enjoy a scenic ride on the Rocky Mountaineer dome car
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10

days

per person from US$ 4,417

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Trip at a Glance

Traveling across Canada is a dream - and what better way to do it than with the convenience and comfort of train travel? Combine a cross country overnight journey with the luxury of Rocky Mountaineer’s daylight sightseeing train and you will be surrounded by spectacular scenery for the entire length of your vacation. The East Meets West Rail Adventure gives you a complete introduction to Canada in just over a week.

What we love about this trip

Overnight train trip across Canada onboard VIA Rail

Rocky Mountaineer's scenic daylight rail journey

Seeing the Canadian Rockies and glaciers along the Icefields Parkway

Exploring towns of Banff & Jasper

 

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 - 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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What's Included

Here are just a few of the things to look forward to on this trip...

Toronto city tour - Toronto city tour
Toronto city tour
Gourmet meals on the trains - Gourmet meals on the trains
Gourmet meals on the trains
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer - Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Banff small group sightseeing tour - Banff small group sightseeing tour
Banff small group sightseeing tour
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain - Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
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
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

What's Included

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

• 6 nights of hotel accommodation
• 3 nights onboard Via Rail’s Canadian train, in a private cabin
• 2 spectacular days on the Rocky Mountaineer train, between Banff and Vancouver
• Toronto Hop On Hop Off (Eastbound) or 2 Hour City Tour (Westbound) (Private tour for Deluxe Plus Guests)
• Small group sightseeing transfer along the Icefields Parkway, including a picnic lunch and a ride onto the Athabasca Glacier and Glacier Skywalk (full day private Icefields Parkway tour, with 55 minute helicopter tour over the Columbia Icefields for Deluxe Plus guests)
• Small group sightseeing tour of Banff and its surroundings (3 hour) (private tour for Deluxe Plus guests)
• Banff Gondola Ride
• 12 delicious meals onboard the trains
• A personalized pick up from your arrival airport
• Train station transfers in Toronto, Jasper, Kamloops and Vancouver
• A personalized departure transfer, in time for your flight home
• Gratuities for most private tours and transfers (unless otherwise noted)
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

 

Customization & Upgrade Ideas

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize it to match your needs...

• Upgrade, or mix and match hotel and lodge accommodations
• As us for first-hand advice on rail upgrades, on the Rocky Mountaineer and Canadian trains
• Add a cruise to your trip, along Alaska’s Inside Passage
• 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 to arrange a car rental, and drive through the Rockies at your leisure
• Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia - Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens

• Add on a couple day sightseeing tour of Quebec City or Montreal at the start of your trip

 

Not Included

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

 

 

 

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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.

Sawridge Inn - Exterior of hotelSawridge Inn - Restaurant at hotelSawridge Inn - Hotel in winter

Sawridge Inn

An example of our Comfort accommodations

Jasper's Sawridge Inn is a favourite among travellers looking for understated luxury at affordable prices. Unwind in newly renovated rooms with marble bathrooms and take a dip in the large indoor pool.

Sutton Place - Hotel ExteriorSutton Place - LobbySutton Place - Dining RoomSutton Place - Sutton RoomSutton Place - Indoor Pool

Sutton Place

An example of our Superior accommodations

This beautiful boutique hotel is situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver, within walking distance to shopping and restaurants. Facilities include indoor pool, fitness centre, sauna, whirlpool, and spa.

Fairmont Royal York - Exterior of hotelFairmont Royal York - Fairmont RoomFairmont Royal York - Indoor PoolFairmont Royal York - Hotel from across the water

Fairmont Royal York

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

Another of the original historic Fairmont properties, close to shopping and dining, and just steps to Union Station and the theatre district. The hotel features 5 restaurants, a bar, a health club, and shops.

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

Fairmont Banff Springs

An example of our Deluxe Plus 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.

 

 

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Prices & Dates

2015 Start dates - from Toronto
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
September 2, 9, 16


2015 Start dates - from Vancouver
April 30
May 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
June 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
July 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
August 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
September 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24
October 1


Note
Trip includes 2 nights in Jasper if starting in Vancouver - please inquire for exact trip pricing from Vancouver

Below you’ll find the prices for this trip. Make sure to give us a call to chat about your options.
• Prices are per person, and double means two people sharing a room. Please give us a call for triple or child rates.
• RedLeaf, SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf refer to the type of train service on the Banff - Vancouver portion of the journey.
• Comfort, Superior, Deluxe, and Deluxe Plus refer to the hotel accommodations

RedLeaf Train Service &
Comfort Hotels
USD (per person)
DoubleSingle
Apr 30 - May 27, 20154,4175,432
Jun 3 - Jun 24, 20154,9976,311
Jul 1 - Sep 16, 20155,6356,947
SilverLeaf Train Service &
Superior Hotels
USD (per person)
DoubleSingle
Apr 30 - May 20, 20155,2516,501
May 27 - Jun 24, 20155,7657,292
Jul 1 - Sep 16, 20156,4748,043
GoldLeaf Train Service &
Deluxe Hotels
USD (per person)
DoubleSingle
Apr 30 - May 20, 20156,4138,277
May 27 - Jun 24, 20157,1899,514
Jul 1 - Sep 16, 20158,04410,493
GoldLeaf Train Service &
Deluxe Plus Hotels
USD (per person)
DoubleSingle
Apr 30, 2014 - May 20, 20158,87213,499
May 27 - Jun 24, 20159,65614,832
Jul 1 - Sep 16, 201510,39015,645
SilverLeaf Upgrade for Comfort GuestsUSD (per person)
DoubleSingle
Apr 30 - Oct 1, 2015442442
GoldLeaf Upgrade for Comfort GuestsUSD (per person)
DoubleSingle
Apr 30 - Oct 1, 2015884884
GoldLeaf Upgrade for Superior GuestsUSD (per person)
DoubleSingle
Apr 30 - Oct 1, 2015442442

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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

It could not have been better!  I will recommend you to everyone!

It could not have been better! I will recommend you to everyone!

Star Rating 5
May 14, 2014

First if all, the absolute best part about our trip was all the arrangements you made. Everything was perfect - all limos were great and on time, hotels were wonderful (especially the Sutton Place and Rim Rock) and of course the... read more trains (especially the Rocky Mountaineer). At Lake Louise we were upgraded to a lake view since it was our first time at a Fairmont! Oh, Sun Dog's Tour was fabulous. The guide, Grayden, was excellent. We saw lots of wildlife. Between Lake Louise and Banff we saw a grizzly quite close up. We also loved the glacier walk and had a sunny, windless day. Thank you for the outstanding vacation. We loved it all. I am so glad I followed my instincts to use Fresh Tracks Canada. It could not have been better! I will recommend you to everyone!

The accomodations, food and staff were really great

The accomodations, food and staff were really great

Star Rating 5
May 22, 2013

Our expectations were fully met. The accomodations, food and staff were really great. We had several delays on our flights, but the train experiences were fantastic. Since we are back, we have told a lot of people that if you want... read more great relaxation, wonderful scenery and great food, take a train trip across Canada. Many thanks for a great trip.

 

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Trip Map & Outline

East Meets West Train Explorer – Map
Arrive Toronto
1 night Toronto
3 nights Via Rail
1 night Jasper
2 night Banff
1 night Kamloops
1 night Vancouver
Depart Vancouver

What Clients Say

It could not have been better! I will recommend you to everyone!

Star Rating 5

First if all, the absolute best part about our trip was all the arrangements you made. Everything was perfect - all limos were great and on time, hotels were wonderful (especially the Sutton Place and Rim Rock) and of course the trains (especially the Rocky Mountaineer). At Lake Louise we were upgraded...

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